Sunday, March 05, 2006

Fantasy

Interesting meeting between Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and "an official of the Dutch Ministry of Intergration". It is fascinating to see how the knowledge that our Dutch elites have put themselves into an impossible corner is creeping up on them and that they are desperately looking for a way out. Meanwhile they are still lying to us that "everything is okay and will work out in the end, if we are just nice to each other and have mutual understanding".

"an official of the Dutch Ministry of Integration, who spends her days in dialogue with Dutch imams and other Muslim leaders. We began a wide-ranging discussion about the nature of the jihad threat and the proper response to it. In the course of this I asked her how many Muslim leaders she encountered who were ready to lay aside attachment to the Sharia, accept the Dutch governmental and societal structure and the parameters of Dutch pluralism, and be willing to live in Dutch society as equals to, not superiors of, non-Muslims indefinitely. She told me that there were only very few, but insisted that we had to work with those few, and indeed had to place our faith and hope in them, for otherwise the future was impossibly bleak. I asked her if she had read the Qur’an. She told me no, she hadn’t, and wouldn’t, because she didn’t want to lose all hope -- and because whatever was in it, she still had to work to find some accord with the Muslim leaders, no matter what.

I urged her to ask the imams with whom she spoke questions that made their loyalties clear, insofar as they would answer them honestly. I urged her to ask them whether they would like to see Sharia implemented in the Netherlands at any time in the future, and whether they were working toward that end in any way, peaceful as well as violent. I asked her to ask them whether they would be content to live as equals with non-Muslims indefinitely in a Dutch pluralistic society, or whether they would ultimately hope to institute Islamic supremacy and the subjugation of non-Muslims.

She couldn’t ask them those questions, she told me. Such questions would immediately put their relationship on a confrontational plane, when cooperation was what they wanted, not confrontation. But, I sputtered, you’re not getting cooperation as it is. The confrontation is already upon us. What is to be gained by pretending that it isn’t happening?

I don’t envy this articulate and intelligent young lady her job. But her remarks reminded me of a message I received not long ago, after I had criticized former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid’s bit of Wall Street Journal puffery about how Islam is really a religion of peace. A reader took me to task for “suggesting that Islam is irredeemable in some sense.” He asked: “if we assume this to be true, what is to be done. What would Mr. Spencer suggest that this or any American president do to deal with this reality. Wahid was thought to be a step in the right direction when he was president of the extremely large population of Indonesia, but if he is not much more than a ‘trumped-up counterfeit,’ where do we go from here.”

Where do we go from here? We go to reality. We stop deceiving ourselves and allowing ourselves to be deceived by others. If Wahid was being disingenuous about the teachings of Islam, then he doesn’t offer Westerners hope. He offers them a weak reed that will collapse when they need it the most. Why? Because Muslims who are attracted by the siren song of jihad will see through his pleasing platitudes and recognize how slim a case he really has with reference to the Islamic texts. Westerners can be fooled by him, and Muslims can’t. The young lady in the Dutch Ministry of Integration, despite her best efforts to ignore or deny this reality, kept coming up against it: she found that only a small minority of Muslim leaders in Holland were at all interested in working toward integration.

Eventually the Dutch Ministry of Integration and other administrative bodies in the Western world are going to have to come to grips with the implications of that fact, and with the implications of other facts about Islamic jihad that so far they have preferred to pretend did not exist. What would I suggest that the President do about this reality? I would suggest that he acknowledge it as a reality. That he address the nation and the world, and tell them that the United States is going to lead the resistance to jihad and Sharia supremacism in the name of equality of rights and dignity of all peoples. That any state that oppresses non-Muslims or denies them equality of rights in any way will receive no American aid whatsoever. That any state that allows the idea that Muslims must make war against non-Muslims until they either convert to Islam or submit to the Islamic social order will be no friend of the United States. That the idea that the U.S. Constitution should one day be replaced by Islamic Sharia, whether by violent or peaceful means, will be understood within the United States as seditious.

The Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference was one small effort to bring Dutch officials, and ultimately the West at large, to confront the realities of our world that the world is doing all it can to deny. Bat Ye’or spoke about how European officials themselves had brought Eurabia into being by encouraging immigration while eschewing assimilation at the insistence of the Arab League. Only now are Europeans realizing that their culture, their soul, has been sold by their leaders for oil, and the jihad is upon them.

It is a reality so bleak that it is no wonder that most officials prefer fantasy. But they won’t be able to maintain their comfortable illusions much longer."


Theodore Darymple wrote up his thoughts on a study session at the Dutch Ministry of Justice:


"To my amazement, the Dutch Ministry of Justice asked me to give a talk. The audience proved intelligent, respectful, but not supinely uncritical.
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It IS indeed literally amazing, that our officials seem to be coming out of their ivory towers. To built new ones no doubt.

Why IS it so that we prefer fantasy?

5 comments:

Charles Martel said...

the dutch government talking to Robert Spencer?????


wow!

snouck - that's progress. that really is.

expat said...

As a secular, baptized , nominal Roman Catholic my response is Victory or Death and (in the words of the Francoist anti-Reds) Viva La Muerte! But then I volunteered for combat duty when very young and have never been addicted to creature comforts.

Snouck said...

Charles Martel:
"snouck - that's progress. that really is."

Snouck:
There is no such thing as progress. Only the "eternal return" of those things that were already before.

Snouck said...

Are you Spanish, Expat? And a Falanghist?

Charles Martel said...

"There is no such thing as progress. Only the "eternal return" of those things that were already before."

very true. as my discovery of the person "Charles Martel" proves.

It is remarkable, and I would consider myself well versed in European history, that I never knew of Charles Martel prior to the cartoon war - I did a bit of digging around and found this "hidden" history of Europe.
The Duke of Lorraine and crucial battles i had never heard of also popped up. I heartily recommend to any Jihad Watchers - or any person concerned about modern Europe to read about these old battles and characters.
For without them, we'd be all speaking Arabic today, under the eye of some Muttawa run police state.