The Walls That Divide Europe

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 09:27 AM

By Herbert London

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It is something of an old chestnut that “good fences make for good neighbors,” but it is also true that walls often keep people in and usually keep people out. This was true of the Berlin Wall erected in 1961 and it is true of the walls being erected throughout Europe today.

These contemporary walls operate under the name of “no go” zones, areas that are off limits to non-Muslims. These zones function as microstates governed by Shariah.

In many locations from Malmo to Hamburg, from Liverpool to Rotterdam host country authorities have lost effective control over these zones and in many instances are unable to provide even basic public aid such as police and fire assistance and ambulance services without permission from the local imam.

Here in unvarnished terms are the influences of multicultural policies that encouraged Muslim immigrants to live in parallel societies “walled in” through a desire for separation and the host’s desire to avoid integration.

In Britain, for example, a Muslim group called Muslims Against The Crusades, has launched a campaign to convert 12 British cities — including Londonistan — into independent Islamic states. In the “Tower Hamlets area of East London extremist Muslim preachers routinely issue death threats to women who refuse to wear Islamic veils.

Neighborhood streets are plastered with posters declaring “You are entering a Shariah-controlled zone; Islamic rules enforced.” The Muslim extremist Abu Izzadeen heckled the former Home Secretary John Reid by saying, “How dare you come to a Muslim area.”

At last count the French police maintain there are 751 “no go” zones (Zones Urbaines Sensibles, ZUS) listed on the French government website. And mosques in Paris have been broadcasting sermons and chants of “Allahu Akbar” via loudspeakers into the streets. By any stretch, this represents an occupation force in France.

In a widely publicized event, firefighters in Malmo Sweden were attacked by Muslim stone throwers in their effort to extinguish a fire in the town’s main mosque. The argument for the disruption was that the firefighting team did not obtain permission from the imams to enter “their” community. According to Malmo-based Imam Adly Abu Hajar: “Sweden is the best Islamic state.”

These walls that divide are having a profound influence on European societies. Muslim extremists employ the separation as a tactic to proselytize and Europeans often describe these zones as evidence Muslims cannot be integrated. The governments in question, eager to maintain stability, acquiesce in favor of the multicultural position.

However, the acquiescence does not yield an expected result. The “no-go” zones breed hostility; these areas are time bombs waiting to be set off by even relatively benign circumstances.

For decades the Berlin Wall was a symbol separating two worlds: freedom and dictatorship. It is instructive that the new walls separate liberal values from notions of religious extremism in a manner not entirely dissimilar from the past.

Guns, tanks and barbed wire do not separate “no go” zones from host societies, but the separation is real and no less dangerous.

Herbert London is president emeritus of Hudson Institute and author of the book "Decline and Revival in Higher Education" (Transaction Publishers).



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