Evening Standard (shortened)
“VIOLENCE IS INHERENT IN ISLAM - IT IS A CULT OF DEATH”
=== Human rights activist Ayaan Harsi Ali issues a stark warning about the growing threat of Muslim extremism in Britain.
+ Islamic Faith Schools must close
+ Sharia law could happen here
+ Multiculturalism has failed
+ Islam is the new fascism.
By David Cohen
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, never one to shrink from controversy, has some words of advice for- - - Tony Blair. “Close the Islamic faith schools today. Britain is sleepwalking into a society that could be ruled by Sharia law within decades unless Islamic schools are shut down and young Muslims are instead made to integrate and accept Western liberal values.”
Hirsi Ali, 38. the Dutch Somali human rights campaigner who lives under police protection and who is in London to promote her provocative new book, “Infidel”, argues that Catholic and Jewish schools can stay because the values they teach are not a threat to liberal democracy. “I haven’t seen anybody coming out of a Catholic or Jewish school advocating violence against women or homosexuals, or wanting to murder innocent people in the name of their religion”.
Having grown up within Islam Hirst Ali believes she is uniquely placed to warn the British public that they are living under a “great deception” about the true nature of Islam. “They have deceived themselves that the men arrested in the [alleged] beheading plot last week and the 7/7 bombers are a fringe group of radical muslims who’ve hijacked Islam and that the majority of muslims are moderate.
“But they are not. The plot to murder muslim soldiers in the British army is consistent with the purest teachings of Islam, which encourages you to kill Muslims who join the infidel army. Violence is inherent in Islam - it’s a destructive nihilist cult of death. It legitimates murder. The police may foil plots and freeze bank accounts in the short term, but the battle against terrorism will ultimately be lost unless we realise that it’s not just with extremist elements within Islam, but the ideology of Islam itself.”
But surely she must see, I counter, that the majority of British muslims are moderates? - - - - - - “If the majority are moderates, why did the Muslim community never take to the streeets to abhor the 7/7 bombers? Why is it that the only time we see Muslims protesting en masse is when Islam is allegedly insulted, like with the danish cartoons, or the pope’s comments?
“i’ll tell you why; because Islam is the new fascism. Just like Nazism started with Hitler’s vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate - a society ruled by Sharia law - in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism. Young Muslims need to be persuaded that the vision of the Prophet Mohammed is a bad one, and you aren’t going to get that in Islamic faith schools.”
- - - - - - - - - - (The journalist rehearses her upbringing from a five year old girl subjected to the mutilation of circumcision and arranged marriage to a fervent defender of women’s rights and to her recent history from when the murder of Theo van Gogh, the Dutch film maker who made her film “Submission” made her famous because the knife plunged into van Gogh’s body by his Muslim murderer had attached to it a note saying that she would be next. She became a Dutch MP )
When I ask Hirst Ali why she’s become even more outspoken since we last met, she says that she’s realised that “being politically correct and diplomatic” gets you nowhere. “ the world is now in a far more dangerous position than it was then”
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“The mistake that Blair and Bush made is that they called it a War on Terror, whereas in fact, it’s a War on Islamic Fascism. It’s a war on values and the only way we are going to win it is to be honest about what we’re fighting. This plot to behead Muslim army recruits is a warning to all potential recruits and it can be supported by what’s in Islam.”
Hirst Ali says that on current projections of immigration growth and birth rates, British Muslims will be the dominant group within the next 50 years. A recent poll in which 40% of young Muslims said they would prefer to live under Sharia law, and a majority said they were in favour of women taking the veil, should worry liberals.
“We risk a reverse takeover in 50 years; a majority Muslim society could democratically vote for Sharia law, and then what you face is that Britain will slowly start to look like Saudi Arabia . Women will be veiled, driven away from the public sphere, polygamy will be rife.”
She takes in my sceptical look and says: You think it can’t happen? The problem with liberals is that we believe that people are as reasonable and tolerant as we are. How naive is the self-deception of the West to continue to talk of moderate Islam? We’re trying to appease Islam, but we are headed for a terrible confrontation between fascist Islam and Right-wing Fascists who will step in when Liberals fail to do so. - - - - - - - - -
So what does she believe should be done? “We have to fight their values with ours. We have to persuade young Muslims that liberal democracy is superior, that what the Prophet Mohammed said is not right, that the Koran is a man-made brutal doctrine of death whose time has long passed. We have to show the next generation of Muslims, the children, that they have a choice and to do that - to have any hope whatsoever - we have to close down Islamic faith schools. “
Unsurprisingly Hirst Ali says she is much happier living in America than in Europe because “people really appreciate what I do, and the personal risks I take, whereas here they prefer to shoot the messenger.”
When I ask her how she sees her role going forward, she begins talking to me about her new book. - - - - - “I suppose that’s the most I can do - creating chinks of self-doubt where previously there was none> I can start the revolution within Islam but it will be up to others to finish it”
“Infidel” by Ayaan Hirst Ali is published by Free Press, Simon & Schuster, £12.99