Samizdata spots what it thinks is a coming trend in the UK.
Muslims in Britain should start taking a good look at the auguries. Windsor, a town known for its genteel (and tourist infested) tearooms, has been playing host to low level riots and violence by enraged English youths for several nights now, sparked by Muslim thugs attacking a mother and daughter and by aggressive demands for a mosque to be built in the overwhelmingly non—Muslim town.
At the same time, Leader of the Common Jack Straw has been saying publicly that he would rather that Muslim women not wear veils as it is deeply divisive socially.
He's probably right that a growing segment of the non—Muslim public in Britain is getting fed up with deamands for tolerance that are never reciprocated. The same seems to be happening elsewhere in the world, as the worldwide spectacle of Islam's ill—tempered inability to tolerate our free speech plays itself out again and again. The process is underway, perhaps. When it becomes a demand by the overwhelming majority, it is hard for politicians to resist.
Europe has a sober past in dealing with ethnic minorities. We are in for some interesting times in Europe. Particularly France, I would think.
Hat tip: Rosslyn Smith
Thomas Lifson 10 07 06
Even worse violence overnight in Windsor. The Sun reports,
MUSLIM yobs who wrecked a house to stop four brave soldiers moving in after returning from Afghanistan sparked outrage last night.
The house in a village near riot—torn Windsor had BRICKS thrown through windows and was DAUBED with messages of hate.
Four young Household Cavalry officers who had planned to rent it were also the target of phone THREATS.
They were yesterday forced to look elsewhere to live — after top brass warned them against inflaming racial violence near the Queen's Windsor Castle home.
Last night furious Shadow immigration minister Damian Green said: 'This is a shocking development.'
Right in the shadow of a part time seat of the monarchy, Her Majesty's troops are unable to live because Muslims won't allow it.
This incident has the stuff to become a major political symbol, something able to sway more public opinion to the proposition that the old way of dealing with Muslims hasn't worked out well. The radicals among the Muslims seek this confrontation, so expect more of it.
Hat tip: Rosslyn Smith
Patience Wheatcroft in the Sunday Telegraph:
Gradually, however, people are gaining the courage to defy the diktats of political correctness and to question the assumptions of what should be acceptable in Britain today. In Bournemouth last week, David Cameron admitted to feeling uncomfortable about the segregation that now exists in many cities, where people remain isolated in ethnic communities. Jack Straw has publicly raised the veil on an issue that, privately, many will have admitted to finding disturbing. And even the Church of England, it seems, may be rediscovering sufficient backbone to assert the importance of its role as the predominant faith in the country.
Multiculturalism, as an increasing band of influential voices is prepared to say, has not worked.
Hat tip: Jack Kemp