Thursday, May 18, 2006

Endangered Europeans Seek Safety in U.S.

Hirsi Ali has resigned from parliament in The Netherlands and is moving to the U.S. Ali has been a critic of radical Islam. Because of that, she has received multiple threats of death. Therefore, she was under constant guard and lived in an apartment with bullet-proof windows. The other residents of the apartment house sued out of fear of terrorist attacks on Ali, and a Dutch court ordered her out of the building.

Ali is not the only one.

Across Europe, dozens of people are now in hiding or under police protection because of threats from Muslim extremists. Dutch police say politicians reported 121 death threats last year. The number this year will likely be much higher. ...

In Germany, several researchers, journalists and members of Parliament receive police protection because of threats by radical Muslims. Hans-Peter Raddatz, an Islamic-studies expert under police protection, recently moved to the U.S.

Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, is also mulling a move to America, at the urging of friends and security contacts. ...

As Tiger Hawk observes:

The organized threat of Islamic radicalism is such that once powerful European countries -- erstwhile seats of empire -- are no longer able to preserve the security of their leading citizens, including legislators and newspaper editors. What are these people doing? On the advice of fellow Europeans and security experts, these persecuted people are moving to the United States, the only Western country whose government at least arguably acts as though it is at war with militant Islam.

When your life is in danger, you move to safety. Ali did not move to another country in Europe or to Canada. She moved to the U.S.

The Europeans made a fundamental error decades ago by letting in Muslim immigrants who did not share basic Western values of freedom and tolerance. Now they are reaping the consequences. Even worse, the Europeans do not seem to realize they are in a conflict, whether or not they choose to engage in the battle.

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