I recently spoke at the Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference in The Hague, which focused on Europe's growing immigration crisis and imminent Islamization; Bat Ye'or, Ibn Warraq, Daniel Pipes and others were also featured speakers.
The first night we were in The Hague there was a reception for us at the American Embassy. There I met an official of the Dutch Ministry of Integration, who spends her days in dialogue with Dutch imams and other Muslim leaders. I asked her how many Muslim leaders she encountered who were ready to lay aside attachment to the Sharia, accept the Dutch governmental and societal structure and the parameters of Dutch pluralism, and be willing to live in Dutch society as equals to, not superiors of, non-Muslims indefinitely.
She told me that there were few, but insisted that we had to work with those few, and indeed had to place our faith and hope in them, for otherwise the future was impossibly bleak. I asked her if she had read the Qur'an. She told me no, she hadn't, and wouldn't, because she didn't want to lose all hope -- and because whatever was in it, she still had to work to find some accord with the Muslim leaders, no matter what.
I urged her to ask the Imams with whom she spoke questions that made their loyalties clear, insofar as they would answer them honestly. I urged her to ask them whether they would like to see Sharia implemented in the Netherlands at any time in the future, and whether they were working toward that end in any way, peaceful as well as violent. I asked her to ask them whether they would be content to live as equals with non-Muslims indefinitely in a Dutch pluralistic society, or whether they would ultimately hope to institute Islamic supremacy and the subjugation of non-Muslims.
She couldn't ask them those questions, she told me. Such questions would immediately put their relationship on a confrontational plane, when cooperation was what they wanted, not confrontation. But, I sputtered, you're not getting cooperation as it is. The confrontation is already upon us. What is to be gained by pretending that it isn't happening?
We need to stop deceiving ourselves and allowing ourselves to be deceived. The young lady in the Dutch Ministry of Integration, despite her best efforts to ignore or deny reality, kept coming up against it. Eventually the Dutch Ministry of Integration and other administrative bodies in the Western world are going to have to come to grips with the implications of facts about Islamic jihad that so far they have preferred to pretend did not exist.
The President should acknowledge these realities. He could then address the nation and the world, and tell them that the United States is going to lead the resistance to jihad and Sharia supremacism in the name of equality of rights and dignity of all peoples. That any state that oppresses non-Muslims or denies them equality of rights will receive no American aid. That any state that allows the idea that Muslims must make war against non-Muslims until they either convert to Islam or submit to the Islamic social order will be no friend of the United States. That the idea that the U.S. Constitution should one day be replaced by Islamic Sharia, whether by violent or non-violent means, will be understood within the United States as seditious.
The Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference was one small effort to bring Dutch officials, and ultimately the West at large, to confront the realities of our world that the world is doing all it can to deny. Bat Ye'or spoke about how European officials themselves had brought Eurabia into being by encouraging immigration while eschewing assimilation at the insistence of the Arab League. Only now are Europeans realizing that their culture, their soul, has been sold by their leaders for oil, and the jihad is upon them.
It is a reality so bleak that it's no wonder that most officials prefer fantasy. But they won't be able to maintain their comfortable illusions much longer.
Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter).
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