Saturday, February 12, 2005

Dhimmitude and Europe

From Spain to the Neatherlands, muslin extremism is running rampant and none of the countries know how to deal with it or refuse to deal with it. Some just ignore the problem, hoping it will just go away, some try to appease the movement in hopes of "getting along" and others are openly embracing it in the name of "diversity and understanding". This from the enlightened Europe that thinks the United States is wrong about everything from culture to domestic politics to foreign policy.Spains election was determined by the islamists and with the number in France rising, seemingly unabated, the make up a large voting block, not to mention the havoc they could cause such as they have in the Neatherlands. The Dutch have had several wakeup calls including, but not limited to, the Theo van Gogh killing and are dealing with it by continuing down the road to dhimmitude.Some are fighting back but...there is always a but...Steven Vincent In The Red Zone brings us this.

On February 1, the Washington Post's Keith R. Richburg described how Geert Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker and outspoken critic of Islam, is under constant threat by Muslim extremists.

Wilders now travels everywhere with six bodyguards. He cannot sleep in his own home, but is moved around between various undisclosed safe houses. He sees his wife twice a week, at a safe house. Richburg quotes Wilders,

We are in an undeclared war. These people are motivated by one thing: to kill everything that we stand for.

If Europeans are indeed involved in an "undeclared war" against Islamic extremism, they are not winning. All the vigilance and security measures in the world cannot protect them if the citizenry itself no longer accepts, obeys and defends the values inherited from their forefathers. Meanwhile, the bien pensants and Olympian progressives of the continent scoff--and profess to fear--boorish, pugnacious, irrational American patriotism and sense of destiny. But it is precisely our irrational will to believe in and accept--beyond all argument and "nuanced" deliberation--the greatness and universality of our values that will inoculate us from dhimmitude and creeping jihad, and prevent the Muslim Redoubt from erecting its barricades upon our shores.
Check out Steves article and read it all.