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America – Worse Than Europe on Islam?
FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | Bruce Bawer

Posted on 12/07/2012 4:42:55 AM PST by SJackson

It seems long ago. When I wrote my 2006 book While Europe Slept, I was confident that America was all but immune to the forces that were bringing Europe down. In the book, I spoke of “a philosophical gulf” between Europe and the U.S. that “sometimes seemed as wide as the Atlantic itself.” It was Europe that had appeased and buckled under to Hitler in the name of peace; it was Americans who had crossed the ocean to crush him in the name of freedom. On some level, Europeans still thought like serfs, viewing the state as their protector; in America, every man was a king, and the government worked for us. Europeans wouldn’t give up their long vacations for anything; Americans didn’t mind putting in long hours in order to get ahead. Europeans, seduced by multiculturalism, thought of themselves and others as members of groups; Americans saw everybody as an individual with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Europeans cherished their welfare states; Americans, their freedom.

As for Islam, Europe gave its Muslim newcomers everything, asked nothing, and encouraged and even welcomed separatist enclaves in which their so-called “new countrymen” could remain outsiders forever, in return for which the Europeans fully expected a lifetime supply of loving gratitude; the U.S., for its part, believed firmly in integration, for which it had always had a special gift, demanding that newcomers work, obey the law, learn the language, and respect the country’s founding values, and in return genuinely viewed them as authentic Americans – as, indeed, did the newcomers themselves.

As I say, it seems long ago. I’ve long since come to understand that most of those quaint distinctions just don’t hold anymore. Saudi-funded American “experts” on the Middle East and their allies in the American media have spread pretty lies about Islam throughout American society. Some of America’s most influential legal minds argue tirelessly for the acceptance of sharia in American jurisprudence and for the watering down of the First Amendment where speech about Islam is concerned. The State Department is run by people who have been lying to themselves for years about Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood, you name it, and who are eager to come to some accommodation with the Islamic world on the question of what Americans should and should not be allowed to say about the religion of peace. Top-level figures in the U.S. military preferred to treat the Fort Hood jihadist as a psychiatric case. The so-called Department of Homeland Security is in the hands of people all too many of whom would like to pretend, if at all possible, that acts of terror committed on American soil are just ordinary crimes. From Hollywood to Broadway, from the art galleries to the news media, self-censorship about Islam rules the day. In short, America is at least as susceptible as Europe to the steady accumulation of Islamic power.

As I say, I arrived at this recognition some years ago, and it is, in fact, the theme of my 2009 book Surrender. Nonetheless, I experienced something not unlike a revelation about these matters when I interviewed the heroic Ayaan Hirsi Ali onstage a couple of weeks ago at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend. As most Front Page readers are doubtless well aware, Ayaan was born in Somalia, raised as an ardent Muslim there and in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, secured political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, lost her faith on 9/11, was elected in 2003 to the Dutch Parliament, and in that position became a staggeringly eloquent, brave, and highly admired critic of Islam – only to relocate to America in 2006 after certain government colleagues, perturbed by her “polarizing” views, basically forced her out. In the U.S., Ayaan, who now has several important and bestselling books under her belt, became not only a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute but a wife and mother – and an indefatigable and inspiring public speaker whose invaluable insights about Islam are welcomed by audiences around the country and the world. I was honored to be asked to interview her in front of the sizable and enthusiastic crowd that turned up to hear her in Palm Beach.

As always, Ayaan had many valuable things to say that afternoon. But what especially struck me were her answers to my questions about America and Europe. When she first came to America, she told me, she was overwhelmed by the generous reception she received from the mainstream media, as compared to the condescension with which Dutch journalists so often treated her: she was interviewed on CNN and 60 Minutes, got a positive review in the New York Times, appeared on Bill Maher. Her initial impression was that in America, “the sun shines every day when it comes to shedding light on Islam.”

She now, alas, sees things very differently. “You’re not supposed to use the word jihad….The United States of America does not recognize Islamic terrorism. It’s called ‘violent extremism.’ That is worse than Europe – any country in Europe.” In Europe, she noted, there’s at least “some form of recognition” on the part of officials that terrorist acts are connected in some way to Islam; American leaders, however, prefer the most absurd kind of euphemism. “’Violent extremism’ is the biggest joke of the twenty-first century,” she charged. “The biggest semantic – the most cynical joke of the twenty-first century.” For Ayaan, all this is beyond lamentable, for back when she was living in the Netherlands, America was “the example” for her and others who cherished liberty. It’s for this reason, she said, that it’s so distressing “to see the developments here” in recent years. If America isn’t going to be America any more, she wondered, where is there for freedom-loving people to go?

To be sure, Ayaan insisted on the continuing reality of “American exceptionalism.” The problem, she lamented, is that too many Americans (President Obama among them) fail to recognize the specialness of America – of what it is, and of what it has given the world. Even after living in the West for two decades, Ayaan said, she’s still awed by all the little day-to-day things that make up a free life. The problem is that most Americans take all those little things for granted. They simply can’t “perceive possession of these basic freedoms as something that can be taken away from then.” They don’t realize that their freedom, historically speaking, is an “anomaly”; they don’t understand that it can “evaporate” – and fast.

Ayaan compared the gradual decline in Americans’ appreciation for freedom to the decay that a family business can undergo over, say, four generations (one thought immediately, of course, of Thomas Mann’s novel Buddenbrooks), as the industrious founders are succeeded in turn by increasingly decadent and indifferent descendants who are used to the money rolling in. Those who reject the idea of “American exceptionalism,” Ayaan pronounced, are, by doing so, simply identifying themselves as members of that fourth generation – as, that is, the decadent and undeserving heirs of a precious legacy that they didn’t earn, don’t value, and are unwilling to take risks, make sacrifices, or exert themselves to preserve for their progeny.

Ayaan recalled people she’d known in Somalia and Ethiopia who, out of fear, had only discussed ticklish matters “behind closed doors” with those whom they fully trusted. In the Netherlands, she was dismayed to watch the very Dutchmen who’d taught her the ABCs of freedom morphing into versions of her acquaintances in the Horn of Africa, scared to breathe a word about Islam lest their careers be endangered. And then she moved to Washington, D.C., the capital of the free world and, she thought, the world’s last, best hope (not to mention the final stop on her long pilgrimage) – only to catch some of her colleagues there behaving in exactly the same dispiriting way: “You wait until someone you suspect of reporting you goes out of the room and then you have your honest conversation. Essentially these are no longer open societies.”

Ayaan’s message to America was clear: “We’re deteriorating. We’re becoming like the rest of the world, instead of the rest of the world becoming like us.” A sobering thought. But the words I haven’t quite been able to get out of my mind since our interview are the ones about America’s refusal to “recognize Islamic terrorism” – namely, Ayaan’s flat statement that our leaders’ failure to face the simple truth makes America “worse than Europe – any country in Europe.” When, in the last year of the last century, I first encountered Muslim enclaves in Amsterdam and saw the whole future nightmare of Europe unfolding in my mind’s eye, I never imagined I’d be hearing such words about America – and nodding in dour agreement.


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1 posted on 12/07/2012 4:43:04 AM PST by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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2 posted on 12/07/2012 4:53:50 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

Tolerance is the tool they use to against a free society ,,, your tolerance not theirs .


3 posted on 12/07/2012 4:54:31 AM PST by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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4 posted on 12/07/2012 4:54:44 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

Dearborn Michigan. Its been right there for the last 15 years, if anyone cared to look.


5 posted on 12/07/2012 4:58:33 AM PST by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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To: L,TOWM

Here’s the list of the country’s top 10 Muslim capitals:

Detroit
Washington, D.C.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Philadelphia
New York
Atlanta
Peoria, Illinois
San Francisco
Houston
Chicago

http://blog.chron.com/believeitornot/2010/08/houston-among-the-top-10-muslim-cities-in-u-s/

Cedar Rapids???


6 posted on 12/07/2012 5:05:08 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

What about Nashville & Murfreesboro, Minneapolis, and other Somali-infested cities?


7 posted on 12/07/2012 5:21:53 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: SJackson
Not everyone in America is stupid to what islam is; just the ones who are supposed to protect us from it!

Three Star General - Muslim Influence has penetrated Pentagon!

CIA Hosting Muslim Terrorists!

Soldier tries to warn of the dangers of Islam!

A Brilliant Living-room Dissertation on Islam

8 posted on 12/07/2012 5:23:06 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: elcid1970

I know. How did they end up in TN? Worse mistake America could make was allowing muslims into our country.


9 posted on 12/07/2012 5:23:42 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Cedar Rapids has a miniscule Muslim population, but it has been in Iowa for a very long time (pre-World War 2) and is very organized. Despite its appearance on this list, Muslims in Iowa seem not to play any national leadership role.


10 posted on 12/07/2012 5:24:20 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids Promotes Global Islamic State

If you need proof that radical Islam is spread across the country, look no further than Iowa’s Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, whose extremism is plain for all to see online. One of its most notable attendees is Bill Aossey, a Muslim Youth Camps of America (MYCA) official and president of Midamar Corporation, a leading supplier of Halal foods that was given a loan guarantee of $1.75 million as part of the stimulus package. On August 13, 2010, Aossey sat at President Obama’s table in the White House to enjoy an Iftar meal.

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/ryan-mauro/islamic-center-of-cedar-rapids-promotes-global-islamic-state/


11 posted on 12/07/2012 5:29:13 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Actually, I was going to mention that Islamic radicalization has gained in strength in recent years, even among Muslims who until now seemed quintessentially Iowans.

A few years ago, a moderate Muslim was invited to open the Iowa legislature with prayer. He prayed for God’s wrath on ‘unbelievers’.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 5:34:40 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Which proves the point of “no moderate muslims”.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 5:51:37 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: SJackson

Political correctness and tolerance will get us all killed.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 5:55:47 AM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: Bigg Red

mark


15 posted on 12/07/2012 6:12:46 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

What do these cities all have in common? They’re run by democrats.

It shores up my belief that cowardly American leftists are recruiting muslims because they need a surrogate army to kill conservatives.


16 posted on 12/07/2012 6:51:07 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: SJackson

Don’t doubt it. The way I see people around here scrambling to speak spanish, apologizing for not being able to, giving me grief for being unapologetic for being protctive of our language.

The French don’t do that. They are allowed to be pissed when you don’t speak French over there.

And yet, look at the way the “Youths” have taken over.


17 posted on 12/07/2012 6:58:23 AM PST by stanne
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To: ilovesarah2012

Don’t forget Indiana.


18 posted on 12/07/2012 7:08:03 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: wesagain; All
Not everyone in America is stupid to what Islam is; just the ones who are supposed to protect us from it!

So true. . .between critical Leadership in denial; and the power of Political Correctness (which should by now; be seen as the 'jack boot' to free and honest speech) and as well; influential Christian Churches who choose to exemplify Christian Love - by 'judgment' rooted in same destructive PC 'values' - we are now left with a Western Civilization; facing a unequivical death challenge.

Allen West recognized America's enemies; and post-Election; he is now; no longer, part of our Leadership in Washington. All too pathetic. Newt recognized the threat; but how many in DC listening. Marco Rubio 'tuned in'; but for how long... There is Leadership that has not yet been blinded. A Congressman just recently railed against the influence of Obama’s ‘Brotherhood’ Advisers. Have seen no follow up; no ‘significant reporting’; much less response. We need more; and louder voices; and less fear of the discussion and the challenge.

Meantime; Obama and his ‘Advisers’ are not in denial. They know ‘what is going on’; and they are certainly, in agreement to the ‘bigger picture’.

The task difficult and compounded; when a man such as Geert Wilders; has 'Visa's' declined because he is marked as an 'enemy/threat'- all as compromise to Muslim 'feelings' and for his ‘free’ - but not Approved - exercise of speech.

The 'battle' here; is of course; not one of 'hate'; but rather of Moral Reason. Cannot move 'forward' without it; and we know that; because the enemy we face; exemplifies what happens to cultures; who determinedly resist such influence.

19 posted on 12/07/2012 7:16:29 AM PST by cricket
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To: cricket
All the more reasons that we need a groundswell of American patriots revealing the "truth" about what islam has done to the world for centuries and what it plans for America in our future. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!

Jos_24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.'

20 posted on 12/07/2012 7:25:30 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: sergeantdave
It shores up my belief that cowardly American leftists are recruiting muslims because they need a surrogate army to kill conservatives.

Well, no question they have a common enemy. They will not however; have the 'last laugh'. Anymore than the Islamists who were of 'one mind' with Hitler; and so collaborated; would have had the last laugh, either; had Hitler not been stopped. For certain; they would have been next on his list.

21 posted on 12/07/2012 7:32:36 AM PST by cricket
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To: ilovesarah2012

Typically, it’s stupid liberal churches who sponsor these third world savages & their spawn and then bring them into our midst in the name of “compassion”.


22 posted on 12/07/2012 8:06:40 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

How did they end up in TN? Worse mistake America could make was allowing muslims into our country.

~~ The State dept.

Check out - http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/

It’s all there.


23 posted on 12/07/2012 8:29:06 AM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: jjotto
Despite its appearance on this list, Muslims in Iowa seem not to play any national leadership role.

A few years back there was a story of a fair sized Moslem youth camp to be built, I think in Iowa, or somewhere in that part of the US.

24 posted on 12/07/2012 11:46:54 AM PST by Will88
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To: jjotto
Quite a few stories found by Google, but I can't tell right off if the camp was actually built:

Muslim youth camp Iowa

25 posted on 12/07/2012 11:51:32 AM PST by Will88
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To: Will88

The former Girl Scout camp site is owned/administered by the Corps of Engineers who nixed efforts to make it an active camp again.

But there is

http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/381953/


26 posted on 12/07/2012 12:01:21 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Not surprising. I’d heard of those camps before. When it comes to threats from Islam, our governments are filled with traitors and fools. I just wonder what it would take to tip the balance back to common sense and sensible law enforcement.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 12:24:31 PM PST by Will88
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To: SJackson

At least we still have our guns and can shoot back.


28 posted on 12/07/2012 3:01:48 PM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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