It's like that persistent pain that you ignore, until one day the doctor hangs the CAT scan pictures on the office wall and looks you straight in the eye while he tells you what it means and, while you're trying to absorb the fact, adds that your odds would have been a sight better if you'd sussed it earlier.
Europe, being a little closer to the sharp edge, is inclined to take more notice -- though not necessarily to respond any more sensibly than the U.S. has so far.
From The Telegraph:
Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today.Naturally, his claim is denied by Muslim groups. For all I know, the Bishop may be mistaken or exaggerating. But given his position in the Church of England, his warning can hardly be considered frivolous or the outpouring of a fringe loony. Understanding the animosity he would earn from the "respectable" media and the left-leaning Church, he undoubtedly thought the situation was such a threat he had to speak up, regardless of the cost to himself.
The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology. ... Bishop Nazir-Ali, who was born in Pakistan, gives warning that attempts are being made to give Britain an increasingly Islamic character by introducing the call to prayer and wider use of sharia law, a legal system based on the Koran.
This story, too, will be ignored by the American media, and forgotten by tomorrow in the British. It is just one data point along with hundreds of others that accumulate each year, on a graph that shows the clear trend toward the Islamization of Europe and everywhere else that this militant politico-religious system can get a foot in the door.
Aggressive Islam, with all it portends of Roman-derived law being replaced by shar'ia law and the consequent necessity for non-Muslims to convert to Islam or live as dhimmis, is the story of our time, far more important than who is elected president this year. But while many individuals can see what's going down, no politician dares to acknowledge it, and the mainstream media's attention is fully occupied with the election campaign and Britney Spears.
I don't believe any Western country, with the possible exceptions of Britain and Sweden, will submit to Muslim rule. Unfortunately, instead of taking the threat seriously and doing what can be done relatively easily and humanely now, such as stopping Muslim immigration, they will distract themselves with whatever comes to mind -- presidential politics, global warming politics, entertainment-world gossip -- until the Muslim takeover is very nearly a done deal.
What then? Most likely a civil war, and a nasty one. They're always nasty, with no discounts given to civilians, the young, the old, the helpless.
Does that sound hysterical? I'd like to think so. But Paul Weston, writing for Gates of Vienna, makes a sensible argument for the likelihood of civil war in Europe, in an essay that doesn't seem to have gotten much attention but should have. I urge you to read or re-read it. Thoughtfully.
Don't ignore pain. It's trying to tell you something.