Fox reverses but Jindal does not on Muslim ‘no-go zones’

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bobby Jindal Says West Allows Muslims to Set Up ‘No-Go Zones’.

A leading US Republican governor has condemned the alleged existence of so-called Muslim “no-go zones” in Britain and western Europe during a visit to Parliament in London. “And in the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home,” the governor said in a speech in London. “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no go zone.’” The idea of “no-go zones” went mainstream last week when Fox News guest Steve Emerson described zones where “religious police” beat those not wearing “traditional Muslim attire.” Prime Minster David Cameron called Emerson a “complete idiot” for promoting the premise and Fox News issued a correction confirming that these zones don’t actually exist. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country, and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion,” Fox said in their correction.

Delivering a speech on foreign policy in London Monday, Jindal condemned European governments for allowing the existence of certain enclaves, populated densely by Muslims, where Shariah Law take precedence over democratic European law, referred to by some conservative media outlets as “No-Go Zones,” according to NBC News. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, made his claims that such areas existed in British cities, even though an assertion last week by a right-wing US terrorism commentator that Birmingham was a Muslim-only city has been widely ridiculed. His comments regarding the alleged “no-go zones” came just days after Fox News corrected similar language in its broadcasts regarding Muslim enclaves in Europe. It is the toughest speech I have read on the whole issue of Islamic radicalism and its destructive, murdering, barbarous ways that are upsetting the entire world.

He is a prominent figure in US conservative circles where there is widespread belief that western European governments have ceded control of enclaves to Muslim immigrants operating Sharia law. In Jindal’s speech, entitled “Exposing the truth about Radical Islam,” the Republican argues that “Islam has a problem” and Muslim immigrants need to work harder to assimilate into their adopted countries. “If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it. Jindal is traveling through Europe on a 10-day economic development mission that could also bolster his foreign policy credentials as he considers a possible presidential campaign. “We spent several days here, had the chance to meet with several elected leaders and what you hear from them, for example, these so-called no-go zones,” he told NBC News in an interview. “I think it’s a mistake for any country to allow the development of areas within their country, whether it’s neighborhoods or other areas, where the same laws, the same values, the same rules, simply don’t apply.” And he uses the term “radical Islamists” without hesitation, placing much of the blame for the Paris murders and all radical Islamist terrorism on a refusal of Muslim leaders to denounce these acts. As Foster continued to press him for evidence and accused him of “exaggerating” the situation, Jindal replied, “I think your viewers know absolutely there are places where the police are less likely to go.

Jindal’s stance settles him far to the right of many world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Françoise Hollande who have pushed back against anti-Muslim rhetoric, reminding that Muslim leaders have condemned the massacre that’s kicked off a swell of anti-Muslim sentiment. “I’m all for legal immigration where people want to strengthen America, learn our values, learn our language, work hard, get an education and improve themselves and improve our economy,” he said. “[But] in many ways, you’re looking at folks that want to come and, in some ways, they want to overturn our culture they want to come in and almost colonize our countries.” “My dad and mom told my brother and me that we came to America to be Americans. Nonetheless, his message, is playing quite well in the conservative circles as he prances on his so-called “economic development trip” which surely must be helping him rake in some pretty pennies for his own presidential campaign economies. They absolutely know there are neighborhoods where they wouldn’t feel comfortable.” In some places in Europe, and indeed, even in the United States, so-called “Sharia Courts” have gotten notice by conservatives who think their existence is proof that Sharia Law is inching its way into Western legal systems. But, I am explicitly saying that it is completely reasonable for nations to discriminate between allowing people into their country who want to embrace their culture, or allowing people into their country who want to destroy their culture, or establish a separate culture within.” Last year, Jindal began quietly working to raise his profile nationally – writing a playbook on repealing Obamacare for fellow conservatives, visiting the border to talk about illegal immigration and suing the federal government over Common Core – but Monday’s speech signals that he’s trying to raise his profile internationally, as well.

Jindal seems to understand that many won’t like this view. “The politically correct view is to say that any view – anybody that says that is viewed as being culturally arrogant as being insensitive, having a colonial perspective. But, for the people paying the freight, the Louisiana taxpayers, the Dorian Gray face of Bobby Jindal the Governor is turning darker and uglier daily as each sun fades.

Still, it’s clear that the message appeals to some conservatives. “Jindal gets it,” wrote Larry Kudlow in the National Review titled “Jindal’s brilliant take on Radical Islam,” after reading an advance draft of the remarks. The controversy comes in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris, where radical Muslims who were French citizens massacred the offices of the satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store. The state is looking at cutting another $300 million from higher education which could put Louisiana public education further into the dumpster with cuts of over $1 billion since he first took the oath of office.

So just because two parties in, say, Dearborn, Michigan (which has a heavy Muslim population) or Paris, France, have the option of having their dispute settled by a Sharia court, that doesn’t mean that public floggings for insulting Islam, or stoning of women who decline to wear Burqas, is coming to a Western city near you. Public anxieties about terrorism rose and European authorities vowed to redouble their efforts to root out terror cells and planned attacks before they occur. Said el-Sissi, “It’s inconceivable that the thinking we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.” He then asks, “How is it possible that 1.6 billion Muslims should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live?” He concludes, if this is not changed, “it may eventually lead to the religion’s self destruction.” And what Jindal and el-Sissi are saying is not so different from the thinking of French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy. For a governor who went on the chamber circuit early in his tenure, claiming that the “Louisiana Way” of budgeting was superior to that of “Washington Way”, the state infrastructure is facing a wayward mess. However, such subtleties are either lost on Bobby Jindal, or they don’t make for as salacious and attention-getting a device as invoking Muslim No-Go Zones.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he calls the Charlie Hebdo murders “the Churchillian moment of France’s Fifth Republic.” He essentially says France and the world must slam “the useful idiots of a radical Islam immersed in the sociology of poverty and frustration.” He adds, “Those whose faith is Islam must proclaim very loudly, very often, and in great numbers their rejection of this corrupt and abject form of theocratic passion. … Islam must be freed from radical Islam.” So three very different people—a young southern governor who may run for president, the political leader of the largest Muslim population in the world, and a prominent Western European intellectual—are saying that most of the problem and most of the solution rests with the people of the Islamic religion themselves. The governor’s practice of mortgaging the state’s future so he can claim that Louisiana has been an income-tax-increase- free- zone throughout his administration has hit default. Such a government budgetary practice might please the likes of Grover Norquist and gang, but it is making an abysmal mess to the state’s health care and education system. And London mayor Boris Johnson argues in his book “The Churchill Factor” that Winston Churchill was the most important 20th century figure because his bravery in 1940 stopped the triumph of totalitarianism.

And, Lord knows, we surely can use a few, given the AWOL status of the man who is assimilating quite well on the national stage while his state continues to face budgetary hell of his own making. Jindal argues that America must restore its proper leadership role in international affairs. (Of course, Obama has taken us in the opposite direction, and won’t even use the phrase “Islamic radicals.”) And Jindal invokes Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher by saying, “The tried and true prescription must be employed again: a strong economy, a strong military, and leaders willing and able to assert moral, economic, and military leadership in the cause of freedom.” Reagan always argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad. To find out more about Lawrence Kudlow and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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