...Dutch borders have been virtually shut. New immigration is down to a trickle. The great cosmopolitan port city of Rotterdam just published a code of conduct requiring Dutch be spoken in public. Parliament recently legislated a countrywide ban on wearing the burqa in public. And listen to a prominent Dutch establishment figure describe the new Dutch Way with immigrants. "We demand a new social contract," says Jan Wolter Wabeke, High Court Judge[!!} in The Hague. "We no longer accept that people don't learn our language, we require that they send their daughters to school, and we demand they stop bringing in young brides from the desert and locking them up in third-floor apartments."..
Dutch Integration Minister Rita Verdonk, one of several top politicians under death threats from Islamists, plans courses for imams to train in citizenship and Western values. She demonstrated what that might mean in front of press cameras in January, telling an imam who refused to shake her hand because of "religious rules" that he had better learn Western customs. "Next year I expect to speak to you in Dutch," she said through an interpreter...
Wow, hard-core! And how about Poland? From Pakistan, The Daily Times reports:
A Christian group in the Polish city of Poznan has put up posters in the city’s trams of modern “martyrs” who have died at the hands of Muslims or in Muslim nations, its head said Monday. “We did this in the spirit of Christian solidarity with those who suffer for their faith,” said Boguslaw Kiernicki, head of the St Benedict Foundation which was created six months ago.
Of course, the Pakis see this as a provocation, like Islamists see almost everything...Gateway Pundit gives us an example of the Polish call to arms:
George Shahata, thirteen years old, was killed byMuslims in Egypt.
Debka, which is usually spectacularly correct or spectacularly wrong, reports on al-Qaeda getting cozy in the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territories:
Urgent consultations in European and Arab capitals and Jerusalem are reported by DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources over the threatened targets published by Al Qaeda’s Gaza cell – the Army of Jihad - dated Feb. 16.
Not only must “non-Muslim foreigners of all nationalities” leave, but “foreign embassies and consulates must be evacuated and their staff leave within one month of this warning.”
DEBKAfile’s sources stress that the meaning for the Palestinian Authority, Israel and even Hamas, is the launch of an al Qaeda offensive to transform the Gaza Strip into a radical Islamic entity as set out by the statement issued by the Army of Jihad
“…we address all believers of our people and all those who sacrificed their blood and property to defend Islam and Muslims against the Zionist occupation.
Allah ordered us to fight to combat atheism. With Allah’s support we defeated our enemy and obliged Israel to withdraw in humiliation from the Gaza Strip.
One thing remaining to be done is to implement Sharia laws.”
Hmmm....like the Germans who voted in the Nazis, I believe the Palestinians are going to undergo some surprising lifestyle changes. All funded by the E.U, who keep the aid a-flowing; they can't afford to upset their Muslim masters, you know! After all, if half of the Islamic world rioted over cartoons published in a little Danish newspaper, could you imagine what would happen if the European Union cut off cash to everyone's favorite terrorist organization, Hamas? Perish the thought, the EU will keep paying...
...And so will the Jews of France! From E-nough, a link to an article entitled Echoes of Auschwitz today in France, with the gruesome details of the Ilan Halimi killing:
I want you to understand and visualize that in this year of 2006, in the Paris suburbs, Ilan Halimi remained naked in a cellar, handcuffed and gagged so that no one would hear his screams over a period of more than three weeks.
"There was a tiny hole in the gag to allow a minimum of food through a straw. A cigarette was stubbed out on his forehead with the words "That, it's because you're a Jew." He was repeatedly beaten and cut with cutters.
"He was, it is thought (we are awaiting confirmation from the state prosecutor), amputated of an ear and several fingers, without anesthetics, of course, screaming behind his gag with no hope of being heard.
"He received a deep wound from a knife before being soused in white spirits and set alight.
"Eighty percent of his body was covered in burns when he finally died in the ambulance, having at last been found agonizing in the early hours of morning near a station at the back and beyond of the Essone (Paris suburb). He was just a young telephone salesman, the son of poor working-class Jews from North Africa.
Hmmm...I would't call France "Auschwitz" yet - give it another year or so until the freight cars get rolling, then we'll use the term freely!
Finally, we'll let Ralph Peters have the last word:
BAGHDAD - I FLEW over the streets of this city on Sunday. The calm made a striking contrast to the media hysteria. No mosques burned. No demonstrations seethed. The closest thing I saw to violence was a children's soccer game played in a suburb.
Baghdad isn't Candyland, of course. We skimmed the city at 300 feet — combat altitude — with the Blackhawk's guns up.
But it sure wasn't civil war. For now, at least, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his blood-cult terrorists haven't succeeded in pitting Sunni against Shia.
The situation in Iraq is far less rosy than our pigheaded ideologues promised. But, in this imperfect world, even the best results are flawed. Given the complexity of Iraq's human composition and its gore-soaked history, we should be astonished that the country's moving forward at all.
Yet, in their way, the Iraqis have more confidence than we do. Collectively and individually, they're struggling to find their place in a new order whose shape has yet to be settled. The country's future remains undecided — as it will for years to come.
Here in Baghdad, I stand by my position of three years past: We won't know the true results of our engagement in Iraq for at least a decade. And the Iraqis, not us, will decide the outcome.
Meanwhile, Iraq is moving forward. The process may be stronger than our disappointed initial expectations allow us to see. The real story of the tumult of the past week is that it didn't spread and didn't completely derail the painful process of forming a new government. Zarqawi didn't win.
If we're frustrated, the terrorists must be far more disappointed. What you really saw over the past several days was passive resistance to fanaticism. Despite old hatreds, the people spoke by refusing to succumb to calls for violence. Iraq could still break into bits, but we just witnessed an unsung moral victory.
Nice to end with some hope...