Monday, May 29, 2006

What's Going On Over There

Flemming Rose, the editor of Denmark's Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that first printed the Mohammed cartoons, writes an interesting column here in which he discusses Europe's Islamic immigration:

The role of victim is very convenient because it frees the self-declared victim from any responsibility, while providing a posture of moral superiority. It also obscures certain inconvenient facts that might suggest a different explanation for the lagging integration of some immigrant groups -- such as the relatively high crime rates, the oppression of women, and a tradition of forced marriage.

Dictatorships in the Middle East and radical imams have adopted the jargon of the European left, calling the cartoons racist and Islamophobic. When Westerners criticize their lack of civil liberties and the oppression of women, they say we behave like imperialists. They have adopted the rhetoric and turned it against us.

These events are occurring against the disturbing backdrop of increasingly radicalized Muslims in Europe. Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 ringleader, became a born-again Muslim after he moved to Europe. So did the perpetrators behind the bombings in Madrid and London. The same goes for Mohammed Bouyeri, the young Muslim who slaughtered filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam. Europe, not the Middle East, may now be the main breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. [emphasis mine]

I've written that very thing here before: the terrorists who have killed so many innocents in New York, Washington D.C., Madrid and London weren't poor Middle Easterners who learned to hate the West when their families were killed by imperialist American warmongers, they were relatively well-to-do immigrants to Europe who learned to hate the West from self-loathing Westerners. Link from Atlas.

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