You people, you media jackals, are having crazy attacks because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dared say there are areas in Europe, heavily populated by Muslims, which effectively are “no-go zones” because police and other non-Muslims are largely unwelcome.
Oh, the humanity! Jindal dared trigger a politically correct trip wire! How could he?!?
Isn’t it terrible when somebody tells an inconvenient truth?
Daniel Pipes is a somewhat controversial but widely respected historian and expert on Middle Eastern affairs who has taught at Harvard and the University of Chicago and served in multiple diplomatic roles. Since 2006, Pipes has maintained and published a list of “no-go zones” in France — places “that the French state doesn’t fully control.”
One year and five days before Jindal’s remarks, the London Times quoted Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary,Tom Winsor, thusly: “Some parts of Britain have their own forms of justice.” And: “There are communities from other cultures who would prefer to police themselves.” In those places, Muslim patrol groups enforce Sharia law, confiscating alcohol, forcing women to cover their skin, acting as vigilantes without police interference.
As far back as 2006, the respected writer Claire Berlinski published the book “Menace in Europe,” whose dust-jacket summary’s second sentence described a Europe with Islamic “ghettos so hopeless and violent that even police won’t enter them.” In those Islamic enclaves, Berlinski wrote, the residents “view assimilation as something literally worse than death.”
In 2011, the Gatestone Institute also reported on “no-go zones,” noting that a group called Muslims Against the Crusades had launched a campaign to turn 12 British cities into independent Islamic states. In East London, “Neighborhood streets have been plastered with posters declaring ‘You are entering a Sharia controlled zone: Islamic rules enforced.’ ”And on and on go the stories — fact-based reporting by reputable sources — of areas in Europe that indisputably amount to what Jindal carefully and accurately said were “so-called ‘no-go zones.’ ”
Yet when Jindal dared say it, in this era where President Barack Obama insists that it is a horrible sin of insensitivity to identify terrorists and lawbreakers as being Islamist, the wrath of a herd-mentality media came down on Jindal’s head. One would have thought, from reading the fulminations against him, that Jindal was prevaricating and demagoguing like, oh, maybe Bill Clinton.
Hillyer said he thought the Advocate was even worse than the Times-Picayune was in bashing Jindal over the “no-go zones” issue. We’re not so sure. But it doesn’t really matter. Both were atrocious.
We’re still trying to understand why it is that left-wing members of the American media are so solicitous of Muslim culture that they would deny its existence. After all, the people with the most to lose when it comes to coexistence with encroaching Islam aren’t those Americans living and voting as conservatives – it’s the cultural Left who are in the crosshairs. As former Iranian president Ahmedinejad said, there are no homosexuals in Iran – because they hang them from construction cranes. How many feminists are there in the areas ISIS controls?
One positive from Jindal’s “no-go zones” flap is that it’s harder to ignore the Left’s cognitive dissonance on the issue. And for that point alone Louisiana’s governor has scored.