A friend who prefers to remain anonymous sent this article by Mark Steyn, Needing to wake up, West just closes its eyes (emphasis mine)
. . .simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984. Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it’s in the grip of sharia, and the other half’s feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates. But just as telling is how swiftly the developed world has internalized an essentially Islamic perspective. In their pitiful coverage of the low-level intifada that’s been going on in France for five years, the European press has been barely any less loopy than the Middle Eastern media.
What, in the end, are all these supposedly unconnected matters from Danish cartoons to the murder of a Dutch filmmaker to gender-segregated swimming sessions in French municipal pools about? Answer: sovereignty. Islam claims universal jurisdiction and always has. The only difference is that they’re now acting upon it. The signature act of the new age was the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran: Even hostile states generally respect the convention that diplomatic missions are the sovereign territory of their respective countries. Tehran then advanced to claiming jurisdiction over the citizens of sovereign states and killing them — as it did to Salman Rushdie’s translators and publishers. Now in the cartoon jihad and other episodes, the restraints of Islamic law are being extended piecemeal to the advanced world, by intimidation and violence but also by the usual cooing promotion of a spurious multicultural “respect” by Bill Clinton, the United Church of Canada, European foreign ministers, etc.
The I’d-like-to-teach-the-world-to-sing-in-perfect-harmonee crowd have always spoken favorably of one-worldism. From the op-ed pages of Jutland newspapers to les banlieues of Paris, the Pan-Islamists are getting on with it.
And now for an apparent non-sequitur:
Via ¡No Pasarán!, this Le Monde article explains how Jews have been disguising themselves to not be recognized as such, out of fear, for good reason (both articles in French).
Across the pond, Yale U has its first Taliban undergrad. A little more than the usual cooing promotion of a spurious multicultural “respect”, if you ask me.
Join Amcha‘s memorial protest for Ilan Halimi this coming Sunday, March 5th, noon, at the French Consulate,
Fifth Avenue & 74th Street, Manhattan, led by Rabbi Avi Weiss.
(technorati tags Ilan Halimi)