Jewish World Review July 13, 2005 / 6 Taamuz,
When Islamics won't assimilate
As details emerge about the terrorists who struck London's mass
transit system last week, many people are questioning how four young men who
had lived in Great Britain all or most of their lives could turn into
fanatics capable of killing their fellow Britons for the cause of radical
Islam. Although their names have not yet been released, three of the men are
believed to have lived in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Leeds, some
200 miles north of London. Yet these men considered their fellow countrymen
infidels and enemies whom they wanted to kill in the most vicious manner.
Could the same thing happen here?
The U.S. has already suffered a devastating attack on September
11, 2001, and may again become a target. A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll
shows that 55 percent of Americans believe we will be hit again, perhaps in
the next few weeks. But when most Americans think about the terrorist
threat, they envision it coming, as it did before, from abroad. None of the
September 11th jihadists was American-born or raised, nor were their
predecessors, the men who killed six persons and injured many more in the
first World Trade Center bombings in 1993. Americans were attacked by men
who came here with the express purpose of killing us, not by home-grown
But the London bombings appear to be different. England has a huge problem with large, unassimilated and hostile Moslem communities. According to Peter Bergen, author of "Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden," a British government report last year estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 British Muslims support al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, and somewhere between 300 and 600 of these trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan before the Taliban was overthrown. Even in the face of this threat, Britain has been reluctant to crack down on the most extreme hate-mongers in its Muslim populations. Only after tremendous pressure, for example, did the government decide to prosecute a radical cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri, for inciting murder, though he had openly preached violence for years to young men including Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, and attempted shoe-bomber Richard Reid before police finally arrested al-Masri last year.
"Denbigh," writes Pipes, "has a student population that is
about 80 percent Muslim. Years ago, it accommodated the sartorial needs of
their faith and heritage, including a female student uniform made up of the
Pakistani shalwar kameez trousers, a jerkin top, and hijab head covering.
But when a teenager of Bangladeshi origins, Shabina Begum, insisted in 2004
on wearing a jilbab, which covers the entire body except for the face and
hands, Denbigh administrators said no."
Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim
population, with many British elites patting themselves on the back for
their tolerance and multiculturalism. Meanwhile, an increasing number of
Muslim youth in Great Britain grow more alienated and hostile to their
adopted country. Obviously there is a big leap from wearing the jilbab to
blowing up trains, but it would be naive not to recognize that a fanatical
brand of Islam unchallenged and unchecked is at the root of both.
JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)