Fifty years ago, I became friends with a Muslim immigrant who had moved to the UK from India. At the time, there were very few Muslims in the area where I lived. I asked him what he could do as a Muslim in such a remote location. He said it was the duty of every Muslim to help spread Islam wherever he goes.
Salman Rushdie, the writer persecuted for his book “Satanic Verses” and a former Muslim, speaking in New York over ten years ago (and broadcast on C-Span), said: ‘When a Muslim moves from the Middle East to Detroit, he is not looking to take advantage of America’s freedoms to better himself; rather, he sees himself as part of the advance guard to spread Islam to America.”
When you hear a Muslim spokesperson on a television news program, keep the above in mind.
Yesterday, Wednesday, approximately 36 hours after the Manchester suicide bombing and following press reports that the perpetrator worshipped at the local Didsbury mosque, a trustee of the mosque addressed the press, distancing his mosque from the bombing, while at the same time inviting members of the public to come and join them, taking the opportunity to proselityze.
“The doors of the centre are open to all – they are open to all. “Some media reports have reported that the bomber worked at the Manchester Islamic Centre – this is not true, he has never worked in this centre. “We are concerned about anti-Muslim acts ranging from verbal abuse to acts of criminal damage to mosques in the area and outside the area.”
As you can tell from the last sentence, he also took the opportunity to halt any anti-Muslim backlash that could follow the bombing that killed mostly young white girls attending a concert in the Manchester Arena.
The youngest was 8 years old. As this is unlikely to be the last suicide bombing, we need to ask why we can no longer protect our children.
The suicide bomber was the son of Libyan refugees who fled to England in the 1990’s.
An Australian Muslim psychiatrist born in Bangladesh, writing about the Manchester terror incident, called Wednesday for restrictions on Muslim immigrants into the West. His article appeared in The Spectator Australia. “Refugees have trouble integrating,” said Tanveer Ahmed.
The only solution to the problem of Islamic terror in western countries is to change immigration policies that have allowed this dangerous situation to develop over the last five decades.
The best commentary on the bombing was on the Gatestone Institute’s website. Note the following three paragraphs.
- “After hearing of the Manchester terrorist attack, politicians once more communicated their by now old-routine of “shock” and “grief” at the predictable outcome of their own policies.
- “Most dumbfounding of all, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was watching the developments in Manchester “with grief and horror” and that she found the attack “incomprehensible.”
- “Every time a European leader publicly endorses Islam as a great faith, a “religion of peace,” or claims that violence in Islam is a “perversion of a great faith,” despite massive evidence to the contrary, they signal in the strongest way possible that with every devastating attack, the West is ripe for the taking.” (5/22/17 ‘Manchester: Europe still “Shocked! Shocked!”’ by Judith Bergman)
Ms. Bergman is absolutely correct in writing that Monday’s horror was the result of political decisions taken in recent decades, particularly when it comes to immigration. It’s almost fifty years since a famous British politician denounced the country’s immigration policies, saying the nation was “building up its own funeral pyre.” Enoch Powell, MP, had to resign his position in the Conservative party for, as is now clear, speaking the truth.
Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, sensing the changing public mood on immigration, said Thursday that immigrants are vital for the UK economy. This is meant to scare people into accepting more immigrants, some of whom will, inevitably, be Muslims; and some of those extremists. What he should have called for is a ban on all abortions. This will mean a higher birthrate and, in time, will provide those extra people for the British economy.
Immigration policy must change. The fact remains, following the attack by Salman Abedi, a British born Libyan, that if his parents had not been allowed into the UK, 22 ethnic English (those whose ancestors have lived there for centuries) would still be alive; and over sixty others would not be dealing with potentially life-changing injuries.
It’s no good just increasing the numbers of police and army personnel on the streets, or spending more on intelligence gathering – until something is done about immigration it will all be fruitless.
And talking of intelligence, Mrs. May was correct in her response to US intelligence releasing information from England to the New York Times. Intelligence services need to be very careful about betraying one another’s confidences. The arrangement between the US and UK dates back 75 years, to 1942. Australia, Canada and New Zealand were included more recently. These Anglophone nations need to be able to trust each other. After a face-to-face discussion with Theresa May earlier today, President Trump has promised to find the source of the leaks and punish those responsible.
One final thought on Britain and terrorism: the British have a history of compromising with terrorism, starting with Ireland a century ago and continuing until the Good Friday Agreement twenty years ago. After World War II, Jewish terrorists blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, an act that led to Britain withdrawing from the mandated territory; even though the British defeated the Mau Mau in Kenya, they gave the terrorists what they wanted; the same in Cyprus; in the 70’s they handed over Rhodesia to terrorists led by Robert Mugabe; and then worked on South Africa to hand over to Nelson Mandela, a terrorist leader who was responsible for the deaths of 200 people. The lesson repeatedly learned is that terrorism works!
This time, the British are fighting for their homeland, the United Kingdom – will they once again compromise with the forces of evil?
SOLVING CENTURIES-OLD PROBLEMS
Prior to visiting Jerusalem, Mr. Trump was in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and home of one of its strictest sects, the Wahhabi sect of Islam. Wahhabis believe that all non-believers are infidels and enemies and they have a history of violence directed at non-Muslims. This includes September 11th, when 15 of the 19 hijackers had Saudi citizenship. Even the attack in Manchester has its origins in Wahhabism, by way of ISIS.
Saudis have helped finance terrorism around the world and continue to provide imams for taxpayer-funded chaplaincy programs in the US, as well as new mosques around the world. The “help” Saudi Arabia promised Germany when the latter took in over a million refugees, was to offer to build 200 new mosques.
But oil, as we all know, is very important and the Saudis happen to be one of the world’s biggest producers and the country that determines the price of the black gold.
Saudi Arabia is also of strategic importance and an avowed enemy of Iran. Their differences go back to the seventh century when Shia Islam broke away from the majority Sunni Islam. Today, Saudi Arabia backs Sunnis throughout the Middle East against Shia Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Some wealthy Saudis have even backed ISIS, an organization that supports Sunnis against the Shia.
With a visit to the world’s three main religious centers, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, President Trump is working on achieving a comprehensive Middle East peace, hoping to succeed where all his predecessors have failed.
He should remember the words of the Apostle Paul. In his First Epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul looked ahead to the time prior to Christ’s Second Coming when there is much talk of world peace. “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” (I Thess. 5:3).
The US has the power and influence to impose a peace treaty on the Israelis and Palestinians – but it won’t last. The latter will ultimately not embrace peace until the country of Israel ceases to exist. How can you negotiate with people who are committed to your destruction?
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
A news item a few days ago revealed that attendance at Church of England services in the United Kingdom is increasing, after decades of decline. This is attributed partly to the rise of English nationalism, as evidenced by Brexit.
Whatever the reasons, it might eventually help the BBC.
On Monday’s 9am broadcast on BBC World News, Lyse Doucet, a BBC journalist from Canada, was standing in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem awaiting the arrival of President Trump and his wife. As the president was delayed, Lyse Doucet recapped on Mr. & Mrs. Trump’s visit to what she described as the most important Christian religious site in the world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which witnessed the “death, burial and reconstruction of Jesus Christ”.
I think she meant “resurrection.”
Which brings me to Little Emily, a 5-year-old girl featured in our local newspaper two or three years ago. Her Baptist pastor was giving a sermon on Easter Sunday and asked the children what they knew about the resurrection. 5-year-old Emily raised her hand and kept saying: “I know! I know!”
So the pastor asked her to tell the congregation what she knew about the resurrection. Her reply made it into the local paper. “If you experience a resurrection lasting more than four hours, you need to go to the doctor.”
Reportedly, the pastor was unable to finish his sermon.
Maybe one day Emily could work for the BBC, as their Religious Affairs Correspondent!