The Statue of Liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” It doesn’t say, “Give me your lunatics yearning to remain enslaved in a 13th Century death cult and dedicated to the destruction of the West.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron has figured it out. And he pulls no punches in this speech to an international security conference in Munich. British Muslims, he said, must adopt mainstream Western values of freedom and equality. He also declared that the concept of multiculturalism has failed and must be abandoned.
“We won’t defeat terrorism simply by the actions we take outside our borders. Europe needs to wake up to what is happening in our own countries,” Cameron told the conference.
In an attack on Britain’s previous government, Cameron said authorities there had been too hesitant to intervene when some sectors of society espoused abhorrent views.
… “We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values,” Cameron said. “We have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream.”
Cameron’s not alone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently took the same position:
Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarising her conservative camp.
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.
“This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.
In the land Down Under, the Australian government seems to have come to the same conclusion according to the government’s white paper on counter-terrorism:
“A … shift apparent since 2004 has been the increase in the terrorist threat from people born or raised in Australia, who have become influenced by the violent jihadist message,” it warns. “A number of Australians are known to subscribe to this message, some of whom might be prepared to engage in violence. Many of these individuals were born in Australia and they come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds …”
”The scale of the problem will continue to depend on factors such as the size and make-up of local Muslim populations, including their ethnic and/or migrant origins, their geographical distribution and the success or otherwise of their integration into their host society.”
Great Britain, Germany and Australia get it. Still waiting to see how long it takes for France, Canada and the United States to get it.
The leaders of their countries are finally speaking up without fear of being politically incorrect. What are the chances of that happening here?