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Monday, February 20, 2006

Gaming the System: Islamic "Radicals" Take Advantage of Western Liberalism

The key question is and will continue to be: Are Muslims in the West, Australia, New Zealand, and other non-Muslim countries, going to live by the rules of the West and other those of other localities, or by the rules of Islam?

Look at some of the weaknesses and backpedaling of European Westerners, small by galling examples of how Europe has caved in and is "unwilling to live by its own standards." Here's a laundry list of some of the demands and changes:

1. A British judge agreed to bar Jews and Hindus from the jury of a Muslim.

2. Sheikh Qaradawi was welcomed in London despite his call for the murder of homosexuals and the fact that he himself was a wanted murderer in Egypt.

3. King Ferdinand III, who fought to win Spain's independence from the Moors, was removed as patron saint of the annual fiesta in Seville out of deference to Muslim feelings.

4. The Dutch Language Union decreed that the word Christ would now be spelled with a lowercase "c," starting in August.

5. Crucifixes (and Bibles) are disappearing from hospitals.

6. Some Muslims are demanding that statues of Dante be removed because the poet's "Divine Comedy" placed Muhammad in hell.

7. A government office in Britain banned Winnie the Pooh, piggy banks and other images of pigs so Muslims wouldn't have to see them.

8. France suffered through the burning of 10,000 cars in 2005.

9. British police "ignored" illegal signs that broke the new hate-speech laws that read: "Exterminate those who mock Islam" and "Be Prepared for the real holocaust." Instead the arrested two counterprotesters carrying posters with the images of Muhammed.

10. Danish police were warned to stay out of Muslim neighborhoods during the first cartoon riots as Muslims say: "This is our area.We rule the place."

11. Austrian-Muslim-fathers are demanding that female teachers, whether Muslim or not, be required to wear headscarves in school.

12. The Muslim Council of Britain, justifies Palestinian suicide bombers and wants Holocaust Day eliminated.

13. Spanish fiestas, hundreds of years old, have been eliminated out of fear of offending Muslims.

14. Mardi Gras in Belgium was axed for the same reason.

Europeans have only themselves to blame: (Numbering and emphasis is mine.)

Much of the Muslim assertiveness is an outgrowth of Europe's disastrous love affair with multiculturalism. (1)In theory, immigrants were to be encouraged to maintain their own identity and traditions in exchange for accepting Europe's system of shared values. In practice,(2) it has mostly been a plan for hands-off separatism and resistance to assimilation.

(3)Governments offer financial help in building schools and places of worship, and (4)encourage the importing of imams from Arab countries, many of them predictably haters of the West. Raed Hlayhel, an imam in Denmark, for instance, was part of an entourage that toured the Middle East, building rage over the cartoons. (5)He and the other imams took along several fabricated cartoons, one showing Muhammad as a pedophile and another depicting him having sex with a dog. (6)Shouldn't these provocations earn each of these imams a one-way trip back to the Middle East?

As historian Fred Siegel of New York's Cooper Union points out, many of the imams have taken a page out of Yasser Arrafat's book, (7)speaking tolerantly in Europe, but calling for blood when on the Arab media. He says Muslim spokesman know how to game Western liberalism, demanding free speech when they deny the Holocaust, then dropping the free-speech argument and arguing that anti-Muslim criticisms and cartoons should be censored on grounds of multicultural sensitivity.

Europe has a hard decision on what to do with the so-called "conveyor-belt" Islamist groups that do not commit terrorism themselves, but recruit and indoctrinate young males, then turn them over to terrorist groups. One of them, Hizb ut-Tahrir, active in Denmark and more than 40 other countries, played an incendiary role in the cartoon controversy. "By combining fascist rhetoric, Leninist strategy and Western sloganeering with Wahhabi theology, Hizb ut-Tahrir has made itself into a very real and potent threat that is extremely difficulty for liberal societies to counter," Zeyno Baran of Washington's Nixon Center wrote in Foreign Affairs.

The conveyor belts are designed to take advantage of the West's protections of free speech and civil liberties. But they are dangerous parts of the broader terrorist operation. Germany banned Hizb ut-Tahrir. Other nations should too. If the West doesn't stop the spread of Islamic radicalism, the danger will soon be far graver than it is now.


Thanks to John Leo, Yahoo! News

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