In which Melanie Phillips, a British-based commentator on issues of contemporary concern, addresses the failure of governments in Britain and elsewhere to adequately address the problem of Islamic extremism: not merely violent extremism, but non-violent extremism as well.
In both Europe and America, the problem of Islamist aggression is matched by the inability or refusal of the governing and intellectual classes to acknowledge the nature and scale of this threat to the west…
Of course, most Muslims are not aggressive religious fanatics who want to conquer the west. But the overwhelming majority of aggressive religious fanatics who want to conquer the west happen to be Muslim.
It’s not a form of bigotry to try to protect ourselves against that threat. It’s essential to do so. But we can only protect ourselves if we correctly identity the nature of this threat, and specifically its roots in Islamic religious belief.
For sure, many Muslims do not subscribe to this particular interpretation of their religion. But enough do subscribe to make it a desperately serious threat. And it is a legitimate interpretation of Islam. Only one interpretation, sure; but it’s rooted securely in the theology, and has been expressed throughout the centuries in Islam’s colonialist and warlike history.
Indeed! And as the old saying goes, “those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” And not just history, but current events as well! We here in the States should look at what is happening in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, and elsewhere in Europe as a cautionary tale, and ensure that it does not repeat itself here. But are we doing so? Sadly, it does not appear that we are.