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The Wall Street Journal is reporting the beginnings of what could be another sea change for Europe. Remember the 1930’s when so many of Europe’s intelligentsia came to America to escape Fascism? Albert Einstein was one; Karen Horney was another. Our intellectual ranks and our universities were enriched as Europe’s totalitarian rumblings caused the educated ranks to flee to safer shores.
It seems to be happening again. In addition to Hirsi Ali’s imminent departure from the Netherlands, there is a growing feeling that Europe is not safe for those who dissent even a little from the received wisdom of the bureaucratic state, or dare to confront the Muslim taqiyya so prevalent there:
Across Europe, dozens of people are now in hiding or under police protection because of threats from Muslim extremists. Dutch police say politicians reported 121 death threats last year. The number this year will likely be much higher. Geert Wilders, a right-wing member of parliament who also lives in a high-security apartment owned by the state, says he has received 120 menacing emails and letters since January. One of the latest reads: “Oh you cursed infidel! Don’t think you are safe from our mighty organization….It is our wish to kill you by decapitation. Your infidel blood will flow freely on cursed Dutch streets!”
In Germany, several researchers, journalists and members of Parliament receive police protection because of threats by radical Muslims. Hans-Peter Raddatz, an Islamic-studies expert under police protection, recently moved to the U.S.
Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, is also mulling a move to America, at the urging of friends and security contacts. He set off a global storm by publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Twelve Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures are staying out of public for fear of attack.
The article doesn’t mention Paul Belien’s predicament at Brussels Journal. Belgian authorities say he should be tried and jailed for his writings, claiming he inflamed some off-the-wall adolescent to go on a shooting rampage.
Do you really think this kid was reading an online news journal? No, I don’t either. But they have to have someone to blame, just as the Dutch have scapegoated Hirsi Ali.
Well, let’s make them all welcome, shall we? Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave — despite the ACLU attempts to the contrary — they would be kindred souls and we would be enriched by having them here.
Hat tip: LGF commenterAbu Maven