Jindal holds political meetings during European economic development trip

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Bobby Jindal remarks: Does two-year-old CNN report prove existence of ‘no-go zones’?.

Bobby Jindal on Monday stood by his criticism of so-called “no-go” zones in Europe, where sovereign nations allegedly cede authority to Muslim immigrants, a controversial idea that many critics say is overblown. And the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate decried what he called immigrants’ insistence on “non-assimilation, the fact that “you’ve got people who want to come to our country but not adopt our values,” which he called “dangerous.” Jindal has the reputation of policy wonk among Republicans and boldly told GOP officials during a 2013 address to the Republican National Committee that they “must stop being the stupid party” and needed to “stop insulting the intelligence of voters.” Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether he would walk back his comments on no-go zones, made in a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London earlier that day, Jindal said, “not at all.” “And I’m also making a bigger and maybe even more controversial point that radical Islam is a grave threat, we need Muslim leaders to denounce the individuals, not just the acts of violence,” he said, adding that “it is absolutely correct to insist on assimilation” of immigrants in the United States.

But pressed for specific examples of such no-go zones, Jindal demurred, saying he had met with “elected officials and others” to discuss them and noted a report in UK tabloid the Daily Mail that purported to highlight the challenges facing law enforcement in such areas. If he had, he’d know that there’s no such thing as a “no-go zone” in London where sharia law applies and where religious police patrol the streets. Jindal was also unable to offer examples during an earlier interview with CNN’s Max Foster, saying that he’s “heard from folks here that there are neighborhoods where women don’t feel comfortable going in without veils …

I won’t deny that some immigrants in London and elsewhere probably want to have their own enclaves, but the mere want of something doesn’t make it a reality. They never hear of any trouble because the community deals with that on its own.” Now for a primer on “no-go zones,” a term that had gotten a lot of rotation in recent weeks. Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away,” he told Foster. “I know the Left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that’s not what this is.

As someone who lived in London for three years during the past decade, and as someone who spent time in the North London neighborhoods I think Jindal is referring to, I can state unequivocally: He’s out of his mind if he really believes this. As explained by Fox News’s Greg Palkot, France’s “no-go zones” are known more euphemistically/bureaucratically as “zones of urban sensitivity” and have high levels of crime and concentrations of Muslims — and where police fear to tread. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros went a bit further in her definition: “There are broad swaths and pockets, as we know, of these ‘no-go zones’ that have Sharia law and they’re only going to get larger because of the fear to acknowledge it and fight it with policies that will stop these immigration tactics.” And terrorism expert Steve Emerson, on the Jan. 10 edition of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” characterized them as “sort of safe havens. During his London speech, Jindal said, “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,” according to prepared remarks. “It is startling to think that any country would allow, even unofficially, for a so called ‘no-go zone.’ The idea that a free country would allow for specific areas of its country to operate in an autonomous way that is not free and is in direct opposition to its laws is hard to fathom,” he said. The CNN report in question, by correspondent Dan Rivers, provides a profile of … well, here’s how it was described in a teaser: “Sharia law in the heart of London, details of Muslim vigilantes harassing women, gays, people just out for a drink.” Rivers walked the streets of Whitechapel with the so-called Muslim patrol — yes, vigilantes who were out to harass people and make them follow their rules. “You cannot dress like that in Muslim area,” said one of the patrolmen to a woman dressed in a skirt.

The idea of “no-go zones” sparked controversy last week when a Fox News commentator raised the prospect of areas in France, Britain, Sweden and Germany where those countries’ governments “don’t exercise any sovereignty,” and instead are run largely by Muslim immigrants. Fox News, however, issued a formal apology for the remarks, with host Julie Banderas retracting the comments as “regrettable errors” and saying the network “deeply regret[s] the errors and apologize[s] to any and all who may have taken offense.” But a Jindal aide said the governor stuck largely to the text as prepared, which included the criticism of the zones. And the remarks have drawn praise from conservatives and national media attention at a time when the potential presidential contender is looking to raise his profile in time for a White House bid. “It is the toughest speech I have read on the whole issue of Islamic radicalism and its destructive, murdering, barbarous ways which are upsetting the entire world,” Kudlow wrote in an op-ed. Democrats, though, knocked Jindal, with Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Chalif telling CNN Jindal “butcher[ed] the facts” in the address. “It’s no surprise that Bobby Jindal would go abroad and butcher the facts in an effort to divide people — this is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Jindal here at home,” she said. “Jindal is just embarrassing himself.

He is abroad while Louisiana is facing a budget crisis of his own making — he can’t even govern his state, he is the last person we want wading into foreign policy.”

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