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Tuesday, September 26, 2006


A Danish wake-up call on Islam

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like there are some lights finally turing on in the mostly empty belfries in the heads of Europe's intelligentsia!

As the announcements of the arrests of 8 terrorists occurred in Denmark earlier this month, a small book of warning was stocked on the bookshelves of Denmark's bookstores.

Apparently, this little tome has made quite a stir in Denmark. The International Herald Tribune recently reported that this isn't a book written by fringe individuals in Denmark, either.

"Islamists and Naivists," by Karen Jespersen and Ralf Pittelkow, has since risen to the top of the best-seller list and is causing a sensation in Denmark - in part because the authors are establishment figures previously known for their progressive attitudes toward Islam and integration.

The authors are warning Europe that they are not just letting the wolf guard the hen house, but are leading the wolf right into the hen house.

The book's main argument is that Europeans who ignore the threat posed by Islamists belong to a new and dangerous tribe of "naivists," a term coined by the authors. This may not sound so radical at a time when the pope has upset the Islamic world by quoting a medieval passage calling Islam "evil and inhuman" and when Islamic terrorist plots have put Europe on edge.

But the book also equates Islamic fundamentalists with Nazis and Communists - a provocative stand on the heels of the cartoon crisis, which strengthened a backlash against immigrants that was already brewing here.

Naturally, instead of indulging in some introspection, Muslim "leaders" are wailing and gnashing their teeth over this book's appearance.

It's about time that some intellectuals in Europe start to stand against Islamist oppression, instead of cowering before it.

"The mixture of political correctness and fear all too often leads to compliance with Islamism," Pittelkow writes in the book. "The fatal mistake of the naivists was to cave into demands for Islamic-style censorship."

Good job Mr. Pittelkow. May your colleagues see the same light you have seen.

Let's hope they do so before it is too late to stop the Islamist threat!

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