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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why Sweden?

As I am sure most of you have already heard, there was a suicide bombing in Stockholm on Saturday night. The bomber was not a Lutheran. The Swedes hurried to call it 'terrorism,' a term they would not have hurried to use regarding Hamas.

I'm sure a lot of you were surprised that Sweden has been targeted for Islamist suicide bombings, especially in light of the fact that country has made it clear that it stands against Israel. But you shouldn't be surprised. The Islamists have far bigger goals than the destruction of the State of Israel. Robert Spencer explains what they're after now (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch).
So if this effort succeeds entirely, and it becomes illegal in Sweden to speak critically of Islam or Muhammad (if that isn’t functionally the case there now already), will there be no more acts of jihad against Sweden?

Again, this is unlikely. For behind all these shifting pretexts is an imperative that cannot be placated: the mandate, rooted in Islamic doctrine, to wage war against unbelievers until they either convert to Islam or submit as inferiors to the rule of Islamic law. The pretexts always shift, and are useful to stir up a righteous anger against Infidels that is useful for making recruits among peaceful Muslims, but if one cause of that anger is taken away, the anger itself will not dissipate. Instead, it will just find another object, and manufacture a grievance to use for that purpose if necessary. The anger itself, and the resultant jihad, are the only thing that is constant.

So while the audio file sent to the Swedish news agency spoke of Afghanistan, insults to Muhammad, and Lars Vilks, the biggest mistake embattled Swedish Infidels could make would be to think that if reasonable accommodation were made in Sweden’s military posture and attitude toward speech about Islam, a lasting peace with the Muslims in their midst would then ensue. A prediction: a period of calm may indeed come in that case, but it would only be the calm before a greater storm than ever, as Islamic supremacists newly emboldened by Sweden’s show of weakness in making these accommodations would press forward even more fiercely than before.

And one thing is certain: Western governments, possibly including Sweden itself, will amply prove the truth of that prediction by the policies they adopt and pursue in the next few years.
It's 3:00 am in Europe. Is anyone home?

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At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Condell, just a week ago.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - all that Israel-bashing didn't confer any immunity upon Sweden, now did it? Tell it to Carl Bildt.



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