Where are the peaceful Muslims? That may sound a little bigoted, but it is a valid question. Time and time again, after a terrorist attack, a riot, shooting or anything that involves Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism, the public immediately finds itself bombarded with the same line over and over again:
“This action does not speak for Islam as a whole. Islam is a religion of peace.”
That line is a bigger lie than the liberals, “I am with the government and I am here to help.” Total hogwash. True, you cannot paint a group with a wide brush, but that does not mean that you turn a blind eye to the danger a group poses.
More than 1,000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. The street outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protesters and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for punishment of America over Aleppo. The demonstration became an alternative to an official rally calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria outside Downing Street.
During the speeches which lasted almost an hour, the crowd chanted Allahu Akbar ‘God is the greatest’ and cheered for those calling for a global caliphate. A poet invited to talk shouted: “We need a Caliph who will clean up these streets. Who will smack up armies and who will back beef [fighting]. “Backhand your missiles back to your land; that’s the plan. World domination at hand. We can expand and take out these fools.”
The crowd mostly segregated into men and women with many of the women wearing Islamic clothing. One protester appeared to be waving a Taliban flag, while others held placards made by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, which calls for the re-establishment of a caliphate.
Haitham al-Hadad, a Saudi-trained Salafist Muslim, congratulated the crowd on amassing so quickly and in such large numbers saying: “This gathering today – in a matter of a few hours, hundreds of brothers and sisters coming together – is a sign of positivity and revival and a sign of victory for Allah.”
Asim Qureshi, director of the Muslim rights group CAGE, who once called Jihadi John ‘beautiful’, laid the blame for the situation in Aleppo at America’s door, saying: “Never forget who the problem here is.”
“When they say ‘look, America is the one who is going to come and help you in this,’ then we have to remind them. Go back to the beginning of the war on terror when we were investigating cases of individuals being put on rendition flights to Syria where they had the soles of their feet beaten by the Syrian regime the moment they arrived in prison. “And who sent them there? The Americans, the CIA.”
The protest blocked lanes of traffic when it got underway at around 9 pm on Tuesday night. Motorists were forced to find alternative routes as the protest got underway. The embassy was under heavy security in preparation for the event, with U.S. Marines and London Metropolitan Police in Riot Gear watching the crowd while a prayer session got underway outside the embassy
So far the United States has escaped riots such as these that have paralyzed Europe with fear and violence. However, with the expanded refugee program and lax border security how long will that last? The White House pointed out that the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings were the result of domestic terrorism and not ISIS. I find it hard to make that distinction.
Wherever there is a community that is not integrated into the larger mainstream culture of a nation, whether by choice or design, the opportunity for mistrust and violence exists. That is true for everywhere. So long as the Muslim community largely isolates itself it is a threat to Western Democracy as a whole.
Do not misunderstand me, I am all for the freedom of religion; as Thomas Jefferson stated, “I do not care if my neighbor worships one god or 20, so long as he doesn’t pick my pocket or break my bones.”
I think that so long as a Muslim is going to follow the laws and customs of our country we should welcome them with open arms. But as Americans and Europeans, we must have the expectations that they will blend into our culture as a whole. They are our guests, we are under no obligation to accommodate them. Should they not want to blend in, then do not let the door hit you on the way out to where you came from.
I have many Muslims that are friends, both locally and around the world through the wonder of the internet. To them I have asked the same question over and over again, why do the multitude of Muslims that claim to be peaceful not stand up to those that are violent. Until that day comes, it is prudent for the West to take action.
To me, it Islam is truly a religion of peace, then they will repudiate those that use it for violence. Christianity had its period of violence but we moved beyond it to embrace the age of reason. Despite the attempts to tie Christianity to the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church and the Klan, it is evident that they are not mainstream Christianity.
Islam must push ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban to the fringes and join the rest of the world in the new century before we can honestly be expected to let down our guard.
Nations have an inalienable right to self-preservation. Unfortunately in the past that has left many nations to do things that later they were not proud of. However, a nation that does not preserve its identity will lose its independence in due time to the outsider.
I say this to my English and European friends while there is still time: preserve your heritage, your culture and your way of life while there is still time to do so.