You Light Up My Life

…might be Paris’ theme song at the moment, but there are pretty awful things afoot all over Europe that aren’t getting any press time. And, coincidence of coincidence, they all have one thing in common. You got it. The religion of PEACE.
In June a Danish* newspaper, tired of artists censuring themselves for fear of Islamospastics, called for artists to send in charicatures of the prophet. Twelve brave souls sent in their offerings, which the paper then published. Reaction was swift, pretty predictable and typically Islamospastic-fervent.

‘This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims,’ Imam Raed Hlayhel wrote in a statement. ‘Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world. We demand an apology!’

(Not that any democracy seems to work for these a$$holes, but that’s another post.) That was over 5 months ago and things are still fired up. Literally en fuego.
From a City Journal piece, this observation rings ever so true, along with some frightening thoughts for Britain.

Even if for no other reason, then (and there are in fact other reasons), young Muslim males have a strong motive for maintaining an identity apart. And since people rarely like to admit low motives for their behavior, such as the wish to maintain a self-gratifying dominance, these young Muslims need a more elevated justification for their conduct toward women. They find it, of course, in a residual Islam: not the Islam of onerous duties, rituals, and prohibitions, which interferes so insistently in day-to-day life, but in an Islam of residual feeling, which allows them a sense of moral superiority to everything around them, including women, without in any way cramping their style.
…Surveys suggest that between 6 and 13 percent of British Muslims—that is, between 98,000 and 208,000 people—are sympathetic toward Islamic terrorists and their efforts. Theoretical sympathy expressed in a survey is not the same thing as active support or a wish to emulate the “martyrs” in person, of course. But it is nevertheless a sufficient proportion and absolute number of sympathizers to make suspicion and hostility toward Muslims by the rest of society not entirely irrational, though such suspicion and hostility could easily increase support for extremism. This is the tightrope that the British state and population will now have to walk for the foreseeable future; and the sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility has been replaced, in a single day, by the nightmare of permanent conflict.

Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal noted that there are two reasons for the appeasement of politicians:

The first one is that the Muslim population in Western Europe has become so large that politicians fear what it might be capable of.

…while invoking that most French of disasters in the second…

A second reason why some politicians try to appease the Muslims is that these are now a substantial segment of the voting population. Demographics are deciding the fate of Europe’s democracy. Time is running out. If Sarkozy cannot win the battle today, it is unlikely that he or anyone else will be able to do so tomorrow. If Clichy turns out to be Sarkozy’s Waterloo, it will be a catastrophe not just for France.

I wish I could say my money was on the French…or the Dutch…Danish*…or anyone on the Continent. And I’m so worried for the Brits. As Piglet goes, so goes Picadilly? Or Poughkeepsie.
Perish the thought.

3 Responses to “You Light Up My Life”

  1. NJ Sue says:

    As a lifelong Anglophile, I just can’t believe that the British will ultimately acquiesce to cultural intimidation by radical British Muslims. I fervently hope and pray that the silent majority will stiffen their upper lips and say, “This far and no more.” Unfortunately, Britain is still a much more elitist society than the US, and the relativistic self-loathing “chattering classes” enjoy an ever greater influence than in the vast, decentralized USA.

  2. Donnah says:

    Danish, not Dutch.

  3. *Danish, Danish, Danish. Right.

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