Quoting the remark by a British patriot in one of the darkest days of World War II that spoke of "the British way of life," conservative columnist and icon William F.Buckley Jr. observed that this cherished modus vivendi is under attack from the island nation's large Muslim population.
Noting that "Western Europe has a Muslim problem," Buckley added that "it is particularly acute in Great Britain,
which is more intimately linked to constitutional traditions and procedures, " than the nations on the continent.
The threat to Britain's way of life, he observed, "is not, this time around, in the shape of a continental army threatening invasion or Nazi bombers darkening the sky," but instead "Muslim immigration." Noting that there are now about two million Muslims in England, Buckley recalled the British custom of granting instant citizenship to members of its empire: "Any citizen could leave Malaysia or Pakistan or India or Jamaica and simply show up, declaring himself a British resident," Buckley explained.
Thanks to that policy, Britain is now being forced to cope with such problems as Muslim demands for their own schools -- where the question is what will be taught -- and to endure the consequences of Quranic demands that Muslims make war against the infidels - in this case their British hosts.
Wrote Buckley, "One hears exactly what one would expect from British authorities. The new prime minister, Gordon Brown, spoke at his first news conference of the 'importance we attach to nonviolence.' That attachment makes unpalatable 'the extreme message of those who practice violence and would maim and murder citizens on British soil.'"
Buckley concluded, "You said a mouthful, prime minister. But it is time for the mother of parliaments to look unruly, unassimilable creeds in the face and say: No more."
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