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Monday, January 19, 2015

UK and France Denial of Muslim No-go Zones Disingenuous

As USA Today reports, “On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will give a speech in London addressing what has been a disputed claim that Muslim immigrants have created “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims are not welcome.”

This claim is being denied by the governments of England and France and declared to be ludicrous at best and amusing in the worst-case scenario. In fact, when hearing of a similar claim by terror analyst Steve Emerson on Fox News, British Prime Minister David Cameron responded: “When I heard this frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.”

David Cameron may “choke on his porridge,” bacon, become disoriented about the time of year, or resort to name-calling, but I commend Governor Jindal for pressing on.

There is a problem and “porridge choking” won’t solve the problem that a disturbing number of European youth are becoming either radicalized or disenfranchised enough to consider fighting against their own country and their own way of life.

British Prime Minister
David Cameron
The prevailing method of ignoring the problem, or any problem that doesn’t conform to a specified manner of thinking, and shutting down dissent by name-calling has never and will never work.

France was not so vehement in their denial of the existence of these “no-go” zones. Rather they referred to the areas as 751 “sensitive urban zones” where you might find disadvantaged youths who appear to be unhappy with their position in society.

The French claim these areas have low home ownership rates, low income and low education levels. I’ve traveled extensively through Europe and many of my relatives and friends are residents of these types of areas in Germany, France and England.

USA Today says “former State Department official John Bolton’s Gatestone Foundation states “the “no-go” areas are the by-product of decades of multicultural policies that have encouraged Muslim immigrants to create parallel societies and remain segregated rather than become integrated into their European host nations.”

So what happens when immigrants refuse to assimilate into their host society and instead set up parallel societies that reflect their own culture, mores and values of their native countries? Well, you get the problem we’re witnessing in Europe.

Louisiana Governor
Bobby Jindal
As Governor Jindal questions: “are they coming to be set apart, are they unwilling to assimilate, do they have their own laws they want to establish, do they fundamentally disagree with your political culture? Therein lies the difference between immigration and invasion.”

Back to France, which is roughly the same size as Texas. In fact, Texas is actually slightly larger (268,58 square miles to France’s 260,558). Recent immigrants and their offspring (foreign-born plus first and second generations of immigrants) make up over 10 percent of the population of France, 8.7 percent of which are Muslims.

Within this relatively small country you have 751 “sensitive zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS)), where violence against white French citizens can be considered quite normal.

The “sensitive” neighborhoods are places which Islamic immigrants regard as their territory and whites enter at their own risk “A French report says almost 1 in 5 French have been victims of racist insults or worse. A few cases have even gone to trial.”

You might now ask, how does this happen? Why is the government turning a blind eye to this growing problem? At the root of any conflict or chasm lies the culprit of the ages: power. The French Left and many mayors actively promote the growth and spread of sectarian Islam, for their own good reason: Muslims have become an important constituency of the Left. In fact, 93 percent voted for socialist President Francois Hollande in the last election.

In the Paris district of Barbes, the city government of Paris is paying to renovate a mosque with what can only be considered a name indicating the harbinger of things to come. The mosque carries the name “Al-Fath” which means “conquest” in Arabic.

Nigel Farage, a political leader in England, has claimed that authorities turn a “blind eye” out of moral cowardice in regards to this issue. Whether you refer to these areas as “sensitive” or “no-go” zones, the areas, their reasons for existence and the issues that they represent will still be present.

The fact is wishing, hoping and singing old James Taylor songs won’t suffice when in parts of northern England there is sexual grooming of under-age girls, while in many parts of Europe child sex abuse, female genital mutilation occur. Of course, just recently, violence against freedom of speech as well as Jewish citizens within Paris played out in horrific proportions.

It’s not just England and France. Just about every country with liberal immigration policies in Europe is experiencing the same problem to one degree or another. According to the Daily Caller, in October 2014, Swedish police ceded control over 55 “no-go zones” to predominately Muslim criminal gangs. An extensive report mapping out 55 no-go zones was released Oct. 24, showing where law enforcement has all but handed control to criminal gangs. Take a look at this scenario that played out in the country:

“A pair of policemen in May were in pursuit of a suspect and unwisely entered the no-go zone of the southern city of Landskrona. Their car was rammed and the officers were forced out of the car. 

They were cornered by a crowd of some 50 hostile thugs and drew their weapons to hold them back and called for immediate backup. 

Several nearby patrol cars responded to the call and sped towards the scene, only to be ordered to stop half a mile away — just outside the no-go border. 

The police commander didn’t send the backup units in, fearing escalation and all-out war. 

The cornered police officers were left to fend for themselves. 

As luck would have it, one of the officers knew a few residents who interfered and convinced the thugs to let them leave.”

So, my hat is off to Governor Bobby Jindal. In the face of British Prime Minister David Cameron, vomiting his porridge, he has the courage to press on, one of the characteristics of great leaders. The wisdom to see, the courage to speak up and the ability to press forward in the face of angry, fearful and political detractors who are fearful and awestruck with their own power. Courage to speak and act is a rare quality in this political season. Not as rare as honesty and integrity, I'm afraid.