The irony, of course, is that so many people, have adopted a way of interpreting #humanrights & #liberalvalues in a manner that often undermines them
It is time for some home truths. #Islam has been at #war with the West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab armies invaded #Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the #Christian #Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the #Ottoman Turks conquered #Constantinople in 1453), took control of #Spain, #Portugal, #Sicily and other lands on the north #Mediterranean coast, it was the start of endless #jihad wars
Most importantly, we seem unable to understand that Islam is above all else, a totalitarian project covering all aspects of human life from the spiritual to the material, from law to government to clothing to food to sex to taxation and more. This totalitarianism rejects democracy in the most basic way, as having come from mere humans rather than divinely from Allah
Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism "has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace" visibly contradicts the historical record
Failures to acknowledge Islamic radicalism by many of the people elected or employed to protect European citizens from danger have exposed us to terrorist attacks that have killed and maimed hundreds. In a matter of some twenty years, we have all found ourselves living in security-focussed towns and cities, afraid to walk down our high streets, shop in our markets, attend rock concerts, or visit government buildings. Meanwhile, 1000s of Jews are leaving Europe, driven out by fears sparked by a new wave of #antisemitism that has been led in many places by Muslim fundamentalists. #France, with its 750 no-go zones & its privileged #Islamist population, is the worst affected, even though it had Europe's largest #Jewish community in its midst.
Over the past 3 decades, Western #societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. Having rejected many expressions of #political and #religiousextremism, bigotry, and cruelty; having abandoned imperialism and colonialism; and having enacted laws