- By Andrew C. McCarthy (edited by Paul Murphy)
Losing Malmo... And Brussels, and Rome, and Amsterdam ...
Do you remember the jihadist terror campaign that ravaged Malmo, Sweden's third largest city? Do you recall the bombings, the suicide-hijackings, and the random assassinations that finally coerced the city to surrender to Islamization?
No? Funny, I don't remember them either. Yet there is no question that Malmo has surrendered. Large enclaves of the city, like similar enclaves throughout Western Europe, have earned the dread label "no-go zone.' They are unsafe for non-Muslims, particularly women who do not conform to Islamist conventions of dress and social interaction. They are especially perilous for police, firefighters, and emergency-medical technicians.
...The police and other emergency personnel are viewed as agents of the non-Muslim state. Their presumptuousness in entering the Islamic enclave and acting under the color of Swedish law is taken as an affront to Islamic sovereignty.
... "Fire and emergency workers . . . refuse to enter Malmo's mostly Muslim Rosengaard district without police escorts.' And sensibly so: When firefighters attempted to extinguish a blaze at the city's main mosque, local Muslims pelted them with stones.
Violent extremism, the theory goes, is wanton and irrational. Therefore, it is mere coincidence that today's violent extremists are almost uniformly Muslims. Indeed, the big thinkers settled on the antiseptic term "violent extremism' specifically to avoid the word "terrorism,' which, owing to the inconvenience that Islamic scripture adjures Muslims to "strike terror into the hearts' of their perceived enemies, would give violent extremism an Islamic connotation that is to be studiously avoided, no matter how accurate it may be.
... Islamist leaders have adopted a strategy of voluntary apartheid in their quest to Islamize the West.
The strategy has been championed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Its chief jurisprudent, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, urges Muslims to relocate to Europe, Australia, and North America. There, they should live among other Muslims, conduct their affairs in accordance with sharia (the law of Islam), and pressure Western governments to accept the primacy of sharia in Muslim enclaves — enclaves that will grow and spread and connect. By convincing "Western leaders and decision-makers of our right to live according to our faith — ideologically, legislatively, and ethically,' Qaradawi reasons that Muslims would "traverse an immense barrier in our quest for an Islamic state.'
... "Muslims should not be marginalized or attempted to be assimilated, but should be accommodated,' the report proclaimed. "Accommodation is the best strategy for integration.'
... Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, goes even farther, inveighing that "assimilation is a crime against humanity.' ... "Islam is Islam,' he snaps, "and that's it.' Meanwhile, he warns Germany's leaders not to pressure their large immigrant population of Turkish Muslims to become German. The message to Muslims is clear: Integrate? Yes. Assimilate? Never.
...in England Islamist organizations are now pressing to turn twelve British cities into Islamic emirates: autonomous Muslim enclaves governed by sharia law, independent of the national justice system. They call one proposed emirate "Londonistan'... In these cities, non-Muslims are serially harassed, women are threatened (and worse) for failing to don the veil, and visiting officials such as former home secretary Jon Reid are heckled, "How dare you come to a Muslim area?'
In France, the government now posts on its official website the list of 751 Zones urbaines sensibles, the Muslim enclaves considered no-go zones. Non-Muslims are on notice: Enter at your own considerable risk. The police no longer go in. The nation no longer exercises sovereignty. The same pattern is seen in Brussels, Rome, Amsterdam, and the Ruhr: As the number of Muslims increases, so does the number of enclaves. The police will not enter without police escorts, which often means the police will not enter, period. As one police chief told the German press, the governments may deny it, but everyone knows these no-go zones exist, and "even worse, in these areas crimes no longer result in charges.' The Muslims are "left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture.' ...