Will Belgium be the first "sharocracy"?


Sorry to use an unspeakably rude word in the header, but I need to get your attention.

You remember hearing about that group encouraging Christians to resettle in South Carolina, in order to reestablish "godly, constitutional government" in one state? Or the libertarian Free State Project, which aims to locate enough libertarians in New Hampshire to take over the political system there?

Well, an Islamofascist has come up with a similar idea for taking over a small European country and suicidal American leftists are swooning over this fellow. Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs blog (the chronicle of Islamofascism's war against the west) has excerpts from a Salon puff-piece on Belgian Islamofascist Dyab Abou Jahjah. Here's the Salon article's subhead:

Dyab Abou Jahjah’s Arab European League calls for sharia law, celebrates 9/11 and warned Belgian Jews to break with Israel or else. Is he defending Muslims’ civil rights — or inciting hatred?

Well, duh.

He makes no attempt to conceal his goal: he wants to introduce sharia — the religious laws and codes of Islam — to form what he calls a “sharocracy” in Europe. The sale of alcohol in grocery stores would be banned, as would sexually suggestive advertising. Islamic holidays would become national holidays, like Christmas....

When asked by a Belgian television reporter if terrorism or a revolution were possible in the Lowlands, he offered a curt reply: “With the AEL, it could very well happen.”

LGF has a string of articles about this guy.

Will European governments defend their own culture and traditions? Is it too much for them to say to Muslim immigrants, you are welcome to come here but we expect you to respect our ways, and if you don't like our ways you can leave? If you want sharia, feel free to go to Iran or Saudi Arabia.

The recent European Parliament election results suggest that that is a message ordinary Britons and Danes and Poles and Nederlanders want their governments to deliver. They don't want their proud national cultures to be pureed into pan-European mush and they don't want to become dhimmis in Islamic Eurabia.

The European political establishment -- both center-left and center-right -- doesn't get it. Maybe they're too afraid to say something politically incorrect. On issues of national sovereignty and heritage, voters have been faced with a choice between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Until recently voters haven't had a choice representing a responsible alternative -- only neofascist groups like the British National Party and the French National Front, which take a racist line.

But responsible alternative parties are now emerging, providing a home for voters who had nowhere else to go. The UK Independence Party finished third in this month's European Parliament elections, beating the long-established center-left pro-European third party, the Liberal Democrats. And even with the presence of the UKIP, the more Euroskeptic of the major parties, the Conservatives, finished first overall. Elsewhere in Europe: In Austria, a party devoted to exposing corruption in the European Parliament came from nowhere to gain two seats. In the Czech Republic, the opposition Civil Democratic Party, which campaigned against European integration, finished first. In Sweden, a newly organized Euroskeptic party finished third.

The situation in Europe may be like that in the US in the '70s, when there was no major political party supporting vigorous resistance to an expansionist Soviet Union, to an overreaching judicial branch, and to an expanding federal government. In the US, Reagan led the Republican party in that direction and provided a political home to those ideas, energizing Republican conservatives and inducing conservative Democrats to change parties. In European countries like the UK, either a major party will pick up the issue of national sovereignty and cultural preservation, or a minor party will grow to displace one of the major parties on this issue, or else voters who care about these issues will grow disinterested.

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