Update Feb. 9: Terrific column on this very topic in the WSJ today by Douglas Murray.
Anti-multiculturalists everywhere must be cheering British Prime Minister David Cameron, who issued a scathing indictment of the practice in a speech today in Munich.
It’s probably difficult for we Americans to relate to the problems many European nations face. They have a greater number of Muslim immigrants than we do — which is not in itself a bad thing — but a far greater percentage of European Muslims have been radicalized. And attempts to integrate them into the greater society have largely failed — either because they’re alienated and don’t want to assimilate or because their beliefs (e.g. the near-total the subjugation of women) are totally at odds with most Westerners.
As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by what some have called ‘non-violent extremists’ and then took those radical beliefs to the next level by embracing violence. This is an indictment of our approach to these issues in the past. And if we are to defeat this threat, I believe it’s time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past.
If you love your country, as Cameron obviously does, then why is it considered bad form to state that emotion publicly and acknowledge that there are those who would like nothing better than to destroy it? We don’t have that sort of problem yet in the United States, but if we did, I’d be firmly in Cameron’s camp.
I love the quote from the website where I found the graphic above:
While our own cultural values are being eroded, we are bending over backward to placate those who would destroy our freedoms.