Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 27 Comments
And that in a nutshell is the trouble of it all. Because Islamism should carry a price, instead it only carries rewards. Islamists in Europe and America do not actually have to be isolated hermits working out of a few ghettos. Instead they are able to gain all the benefits of the West, from advanced degrees to high paying jobs to political recognition, while maintaining their hatred for the West.
The results are inevitable. The investigation of a CERN physicist for contacts with Al Queda, and a Glasgow doctor and dentist attempt to carry out an airport car bombing. These are not the alienated or disenfranchised immigrants, a description that the press routinely uses to try and turn the perpetrators into victims. No, some are even European born. Rather what they are are Islamists who blended successful lives in the society of the infidels, with their own religious fanaticism. And they were able to do that because tolerance for Islam eliminated any barriers and obstacles to being both Islamists and middle class professionals.
The question is not a casual one, because in reality most terrorism stems from the sons of the middle and upper class. The immigrants in the ghettos may riot, toss molotov cocktails at the police and rob and rape-- but it tends to be the university graduates who actually join up with international Muslim terrorist groups and begin planning attacks. Traditionally the middle class has always provided the upper ranks of terrorist groups, and it is no different with Islamist terrorists.
The lead 7/7 bomber, Mohammad Sidique Khan was a university graduate. The lead 9/11 terrorist, Mohammed Atta, was the son of a lawyer and a graduate student. Neither of them were oppressed and hapless immigrants. By contrast they had mastered the rules of their host countries, and used that to their advantage. Had they been living on the margins of society, they would have posed comparatively little threat except in the way of petty crimes. Instead their education and their ability to insinuate themselves into the lives of their target nations made them far dangerous than they normally would have been.
Tolerance for Islam, means that Islamists do not have to choose between Islamism and having the trappings of a successful Western life. They can have both, dipping their feet in specially installed foot baths, praying for the death of Jews and Christians in break rooms converted into prayer rooms, working in foodless environments during Ramadan... and plotting and scheming with no one the wiser until it all blows up on some busy day and the bloody results wind up splashed all over the TV news.
France has come the closest to trying to force Islamists to choose one way or another with the Burka ban. And it has naturally resulted in an ugly backlash, because Islamists do not want to give up the privileges they came to Europe for, they want it all and feel entitled to take it all. They see imposing Islamic law, first on fellow immigrants and their children, and then on the nation and the continent at large, as a binding religious duty. And thanks to the tolerance of the same legal and political system they are sworn to overthrow, nothing stands in their way.
Meanwhile Turkey's Islamist regime is pushing to join the EU, despite feeding hate toward the infidels and the rise of Islamism at home. The Islamists in Ankara want the economic and political advantages of EU membership, even as internally they continue to reject the rule of law, targeting their secularist political opponents and striving to recreate Turkey as an Islamic state.
Erdogan and Gul are no different than the American and European Islamists who conduct their war against the civilized world under the cover of politics. Except they are not circling a parliament or a few elected representatives, but steering an entire nation into the darkness of Islamism... and consciously providing a model for European Islamists to do the same in France and England, in Belgium and Sweden, and all around. And their model is based on the premise that Islam can be combined with all the benefits of Western life, so long as Islam is in the forefront every time.
When treason prospers, none dare call it treason. When Islamism prospers, none dare call it what it is, an elementally fascist movement, overseen by cunning politicians and fixers and manned by prosperous professionals, who happen to believe that their host societies must be subjugated to the will of Allah. European and American tolerance has removed every obstacle to Islamism, thereby inherently promoting it. After all if the aspiring Pakistani or Syrian student does not have to choose between the material prosperity of a Western life and the religious fidelity of an Islamic one, he will easily choose both. And we have seen where that path leads already. To a burning car at Glasgow Airport, to bombs in backpacks and airplanes passing low across New York City.