European Enclaves Off-Limits to Non-Muslims?
The Hudson New York Briefing Council, part of the Hudson Institute -- a free-market think tank located in Washington, D.C. -- has a rather alaming article by one of its columnists, Soeren Kern:
Islamic extremists are stepping up the creation of "no-go" areas in European cities that are off-limits to non-Muslims.The evidence that Kern goes on to supply is something of a grab bag. He collects evidence of Muslim enclaves and statements by Islamists demanding shariah in some of these enclaves, but he doesn't show that Islamists are creating the no-go areas, nor that these Islamists are even successfully instituting shariah within them.
Many of the "no-go" zones function as microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law. Host-country authorities effectively have lost control in these areas and in many instances are unable to provide even basic public aid such as police, fire fighting and ambulance services.
The "no-go" areas are the by-product of decades of multicultural policies that have encouraged Muslim immigrants to create parallel societies and remain segregated rather than become integrated into their European host nations.
Don't misunderstand me on this point. I realize that Islamists in Europe do want precisely what Kern fears is already generally happening widely. I also recognize that the no-go zones do exist and need to be addressed by the state authorities in those European countries where such enclaves exist, so as to return them to national control and a European-style rule of law.
The fact of no-go zones and the presence of Islamists are both alarming, and Europeans should be alarmed, but more evidence and closer analysis are needed before conclusions can be drawn as to where these enclaves are headed. Have these been written up already?
The case is similar to that of the riots that took place in 2005 and 2007 within Muslim enclaves located outside of major cities in France. Were these riots incited by Islamists? The evidence points against such a conclusion. A general sense of Muslim identity may have been shared by the rioters, but Islamism does not seem to have been a motive, though the riots themselves are troubling, given the wanton destruction wrought, and such enclaves so alienated from society could become breeding grounds for Islamists.
At any rate, for those readers interested in knowing more about Kern's writings see the Hudson New York Writings by Soeren Kern, search the Strategic Studies Group website for his writings, or go to his own website, Strategic Insights into America, Europe, and the Transatlantic Relationship.