Understanding It– The Threat of Pan-Islamism

Mark Steyn writes of the breakdown of the nation state and the challenge of confronting a “pan islamic” ideology by modern nations. Interesting analysis:

excerpts: …That’s the issue: Pan-Islamism is the profound challenge to conventional
> ideas of citizenship and nationhood. Of course, if you say that at the
> average Ivy League college, you’ll get a big shrug: Modern multicultural
> man disdains to be bound by the nation state, too; he prides himself on
> being un citoyen du monde. The difference is that, for Western do-gooders,
> it’s mostly a pose: They may occasionally swing by some Third World
> basket-case and condescend to the natives, but for the most part the
> multiculti set have no wish to live anywhere but an advanced Western
> democracy. It’s a quintessential piece of leftie humbug. They may think
> globally, but they don’t act on it.
> The pan-Islamists do act. When they hold hands and sing “We Are The
> World,” they mean it. And we’re being very complacent if we think they
> only take over the husks of “failed states” like Afghanistan, Somalia and
> Lebanon. The Islamists are very good at using the principal features of
> the modern multicultural democracy – legalisms, victimology – to their own
> advantage. The United Kingdom is, relatively speaking, a non-failed state,
> but at a certain level Her Majesty’s government shares the same problem as
> their opposite numbers in Beirut: They don’t quite dare to move against
> the pan-Islamists and they have no idea what possible strategy would
> enable them to do so.
> So instead they tackle the symptoms. Excellent investigative work by MI-5
> and Scotland Yard foiled this plot, and may foil the next one, and the one
> after that, and the 10 after that, and the 100 after those. And in the
> meantime, a thousand incremental inconveniences fall upon the citizen. If
> you had told an Englishman on Sept. 10, 2001, that within five years all
> hand luggage would be banned on flights from Britain, he’d have thought
> you were a kook. If you’d told an Englishwoman that all liquids would be
> banned except milk for newborn babies that could only be taken on board if
> the adult accompanying the child drinks from the bottle in front of a
> security guard, she’d have scoffed and said no one would ever put up with
> such a ludicrous imposition. But now it’s here. What other changes will
> the Islamists have wrought in another five years?
> Absent a determination to throttle the ideology, we’re about to witness
> the unraveling of the world. ..


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