Will the West Defend Itself?

by | Jan 20, 2015 | Foreign Policy

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe's massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism.

Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population.

Several European countries have what are called “no-go zones.” No-go zones function as microstates governed by Shariah. The host countries’ authorities have lost control over these areas. In some cases, they are unable to provide even police, firefighting and ambulance services.

In France, no-go zones are officially called Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones. According to some reports, there is hardly a city in France that does not have at least one ZUS. There are estimated to be more than 750 such zones in France. According to The Washington Times, “France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.”

France is by no means by itself. Sweden has some of the most liberal immigration laws in Europe. Malmo is Sweden’s third-largest city, with a population over 300,000, of which 25 percent is Muslims who have created large no-go zones for non-Muslims. Fire and emergency workers refuse to enter Malmo’s mostly Muslim Rosengaard district without police escort. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city. In Angered, one of the city’s districts, Muslim youths pelt police cars with Molotov cocktails and have already destroyed more than 15 police cars. They use green lasers to temporarily blind police officers by pointing them at their eyes.

The Gatestone Institute reports that an Islamist group called Muslims Against Crusades has launched an ambitious campaign to turn 12 British cities into independent Islamic states, including Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and what the group calls “Londonistan.” The so-called Islamic Emirates would function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Shariah and operate entirely outside British jurisprudence. Several years ago, The Telegraph reported: “Islamic extremists have created ‘no-go’ areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter. … People of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology.”

No-go zones have also emerged in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. The basic question is: Does the Western world have the power to control its countries? In terms of capacity, as opposed to will, the answer is a clear yes. Western lack of will is a result of our having been paralyzed by the doctrine of multiculturalism. Diversity worship and multiculturalism have currency and are cause for celebration among our elite. Multiculturalists teach that cultural values are morally equivalent, such as those of Islam and the West. To suggest that Western values are superior to others would win one opprobrium by the know-it-all elite. Western values are indeed superior to all others because they hold the individual as supreme. Though Western values are superior to all others, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has “utterly failed.” Both Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain’s ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the United Kingdom’s push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britain’s Judeo-Christian culture. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the roots of violent Islamism are not “superficial but deep” and can be found “in the extremist minority that now, in every European city, preach hatred of the West and our way of life.” I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives see multiculturalism as a success or failure.


  1. Western values are worth defending. We should push back much more aggressively against the multi-culturist statists who seem clueless about the benefits of representative government, individual liberty, and free trade to the world in which they live … all of which arose out of the traditions and political institutions of England and the English-speaking world. Western values ARE SUPERIOR. We should not be ashamed to say so.

  2. Multiculturalism has it’s roots galvanized by religion (“you are your brother’s keeper”) through indoctrination resulting in a ‘belief’ (not truth) that it is moral to sacrifice each of our lives for that of another. The question to ask is “why is that moral?” The philosophy of altruism is evil and embraced by our representatives for one reason, to make us dependent upon them.

  3. Williams ably recounts the fruits of the open immigration for Moslem barbarians policy that is still supported by ARI and TOS.

  4. I’m sorry to say, but this article seems to me like american propaganda.

    I am an European who lived in 2 different European countries so far, and visited most of Europe. I even live in UK right now.
    There is no such thing as no-go zones anywhere in Europe, quite the opposite. In fact, I don’t think I can find a single sentence in this article that I agree with.
    Please stop spreading hatred and fear, especially through such gross lies. I adhere to Western values, but those values don’t include hatred and violence.

  5. Vlad, I must, and I do, grant you this: You don’t have to prove a negative. Those who assert a positive must prove it. I truly believe there is tons of evidence to back up the assertions in this article by Walter Williams. He gave all the space he used to assertions, and no space to evidence. That gave you total freedom to deny. Somebody will publicly blast the evidence & proof, bye and bye. Evidence & proof one way or the other, then comes the action. Mike Kevitt

  6. Christianity, on the contrary, shuns mixing with the ‘heathen.’ Ever heard of the Christian crusades?

  7. Mike Kevitt, thanks for granting me this.

    To be honest, I’m still waiting for the evidence & proof that you’re talking about, but so far my experience says otherwise.
    As regards to the so-called action that comes, I hope you’re not talking about actions against certain religious or ethnic groups. That would represent something I and many other people I’m sure feel strongly about, specifically because it represents hatred and violence, and it will only fuel more hatred and violence instead of solving something.
    Of course, if one individual, for example, violates the law somehow, that person must face the consequences. But that’s different from wanting to enforce an action to someone, and waiting for the evidence & proof to come “one way or the other”.

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Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. In 1980, he joined the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and is currently the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics. He is also the author of Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? and Up from the Projects: An Autobiography. Williams participates in many debates and conferences, is a frequent public speaker and often gives testimony before both houses of Congress. This editorial was made available through Creator's Syndicate.


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