Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Islamist Threat In Europe (and Beyond)

Mark Steyn has much to say to Europe, and one can only hope that people are paying attention. Two years ago, a Jewish man was viciously murdered by his Muslim neighbor in Paris. On the same night, also in Paris, a Jewish woman was murdered by a Muslim. The French media ignored the story.

This month, Ilan Halimi, another Jewish man, was kidnapped, and tortured by a Muslim gang. He died from his wounds. A Reuters story I cited in a previous post downplayed the identity of the monsters who committed this horrific crime.

Steyn examines this, as well as the wider implications:
...radical young Muslim men are changing the realities of daily life for Jews and gays and women in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and beyond. If you don't care for the Yids, big deal; look out for yourself. The Jews are playing their traditional role of the canaries in history's coal mine.

Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well:

''We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.''

Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984. Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it's in the grip of sharia, and the other half's feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates. But just as telling is how swiftly the developed world has internalized an essentially Islamic perspective. In their pitiful coverage of the low-level intifada that's been going on in France for five years, the European press has been barely any less loopy than the Middle Eastern media.

What, in the end, are all these supposedly unconnected matters from Danish cartoons to the murder of a Dutch filmmaker to gender-segregated swimming sessions in French municipal pools about? Answer: sovereignty. Islam claims universal jurisdiction and always has. The only difference is that they're now acting upon it.