Diana West, in a Washington Times op—ed, provides a vignette of dhimmitude as practice by the UK police. The following incident took place during hte anti—Danish cartoon rally by Muslims in London:
...[an] English bobby vigorously silencing such a citizen, described as a van driver, who, according to the televised report, had angrily criticized the Muslim protesters. It is tragically enlightening.
"Listen to me, listen to me," said the policeman, shaking his finger at the van driver. "They have a right to protest. You let them do it. You say things like that you'll get them riled and I end up in [trouble]. You say one more thing like that, mate, and you'll get yourself nicked [arrested] and I am not kidding you, d'you understand me?"
Van driver: "They can do whatever they want and I can't?"
Policeman: "They've got their way of doing it. The way you did it was wrong. You've got one second to get back in your van and get out of here."
Van driver: [bitter] "Freedom of speech."
This vignette wasn't law and order in action. It was desperate, craven appeasement. As the bobby put it, "You say things like that, you'll get them riled."
Hat tip: Andrew Bostom
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