Yet no mosques in Singapore have been attacked. The large Hindu populations in London, Toronto and Fort Lauderdale have not shouted “Muslims must die!” or firebombed Halal butchers or attacked hijab-clad schoolgirls. CAIR and other Muslim lobby groups’ eternal bleating about “Islamophobia” is in inverse proportion to any examples of it. Meanwhile, “moderate Muslims” in London warn the government: “I’m a peaceful fellow myself, but I can’t speak for my excitable friends. Nice little G7 advanced Western democracy you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.”
But why worry about European Muslims? The European political and media class essentially shares the same view of the situation – to the point where state TV stations are broadcasting fake Israeli “war crimes.”
As I always say, the “oldest hatred” didn’t get that way without an ability to adapt: Once upon a time on the Continent, Jews were hated as rootless cosmopolitan figures who owed no national allegiance. So they became a conventional nation state, and now they’re hated for that. And, if Hamas get their way and destroy the Jewish state, the few who survive will be hated for something else. So it goes.
Steyn’s first paragraph concerns the behaviour of Muslims at last Saturday’s rally here in Toronto, which I covered at this blog extensively:
In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell “You are the brothers of pigs!,” and a protester complains to his interviewer that “Hitler didn’t do a good job.”
Laura Ingraham has also mentioned Toronto’s rallies more than all the rest, I suppose because the words “Toronto” and “seething hordes of furious immigrants” don’t “go together” in most outsider’s minds.
Alas, for those of us who live here…
Remember: there is another huge anti-semitic rally scheduled today in Toronto.
The cops are expecting 15,000 (up from last weekend’s dubious figure of 10,000 — believe me, 10,000 people don’t fit onto Dundas Square, even with spillover onto Yonge Street.)
Of those “10,000”, only a few hundred were pro-Israel.
I will be there, and will look for the few familiar (uncovered) faces.
If you take photos, feel free to email me about them at kshaidle AT rogers.com