To Be Or Not To Be
There's a tremendous thread over at Pajamas Media over the existence or non-existence of "Eurabia" which now features an actual exchange of replies between Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal and Ralph Peters himself, commenting for the first time on a blogpost. Belien, as some readers may know, has been warning for years of the creeping takeover of Europe by Islamic elements as expressed in the shorthand "Eurabia". On the other hand, Ralph Peters has argued that Eurabia is a myth. The ‘Eurabia’ Myth: Muslims Take Over Europe? Sorry, There’s No Chance was recently authored by Peters in the NY Post. Far be it for me to choose between these two formidable polemicists. But since it's always fun to stir the pot, here's an article that just came out of the Daily Telegraph about Sharia spreading -- not in France -- but in Britain.
The BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action produced evidence yesterday that it was being used by some Muslims as an alternative to English criminal law. Aydarus Yusuf, 29, a youth worker from Somalia, recalled a stabbing case that was decided by an unofficial Somali "court" sitting in Woolwich, south-east London. Mr Yusuf said a group of Somali youths were arrested on suspicion of stabbing another Somali teenager. The victim's family told the police it would be settled out of court and the suspects were released on bail.
So what do the police do? Take a wild guess.
Although Scotland Yard had no information about that case yesterday, a spokesman said it was common for the police not to proceed with assault cases if the victims decided not to press charges. ... Mr Yusuf told the programme he felt more bound by the traditional law of his birth than by the laws of his adopted country. "Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law," he said. "It's not sharia, it's not religious — it's just a cultural thing." ... Some lawyers welcomed the advance of what has become known as "legal pluralism". Dr Prakash Shah, a senior lecturer in law at Queen Mary University of London, said such tribunals "could be more effective than the formal legal system".
Now in fairness, Peters isn't arguing that there isn't a rising Islamic influence in Europe. Only that at some point the Europeans will bite back. Many of the discussants on the thread pointed out that Peter's historical parallel -- the gassing of the Jews -- involved the suppression of a minority representing 1% of the population, and cannot be compared to dealing with a militant, youthful population segment making up as much as ten percent of European populations. As I said I'm not going take a position. Just encourage youse guys to Read the Whole Thing.