November 11, 2005

Quotes of the Day: Mark Steyn (Who Owns the Category)

Filed under: Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 3:20 pm

First, from a Hugh Hewitt interview November 10, on treatment of captured terrorists:

I do think that what’s pathetic about all Western countries, including the United States, including France, including Canada, and a lot of other countries, is that they make these sort of high school sophist arguments about terrorism, as if it’s some sort of theoretical debate. It’s not. We’re dealing with a very difficult situation here. And if you accord to terrorists all the rights of somebody who gets arrested for holding up a liquor store in Des Moines, you are going to lose to the terrorists, because when you accord them the full rights of somebody who is a criminal, you make it impossible to prosecute this as a war, which is what it is.

In the same interview, on the national loyalties of Muslims:

And I may say one of the big developments in recent years is also that people who are Muslims, one of the bad things about this Islamism, is that Muslims now identify that as their primary identity. And in a way, that’s what ties in what happened in Jordan, with what happened in Bali, with what happened in Chechnya, with what’s happening on the streets of France….. once you decide to embrace a Muslim identity, that’s your primary identity. And the fact that you’re a citizen of France, or the citizen of the United Kingdom, or a citizen of the United States, is very secondary to that.

Finally, from his recent UK Spectator column (requires registration) dated November 12, on the current underreported demographic reality:

Now go back to that bland statistic you hear a lot these days: ‘about 10 per cent of France’s population is Muslim’. Give or take a million here, a million there, that’s broadly correct, as far as it goes. But the population spread isn’t even. And when it comes to those living in France aged 20 and under, about 30 per cent are said to be Muslim and in the major urban centres about 45 per cent. If it came down to street-by-street fighting, as Michel Gurfinkiel, the editor of Valeurs Actuelles, points out, ‘the combatant ratio in any ethnic war may thus be one to one’ — already, right now, in 2005. It is not necessary, incidentally, for Islam to become a statistical majority in order to function as one. At the height of its power in the 8th century, the ‘Islamic world’ stretched from Spain to India, yet its population was only minority Muslim. Nonetheless, by 2010, more elderly white Catholic ethnic frogs will have croaked and more fit healthy Muslim youths will be hitting the streets. One day they’ll even be on the beach at St Trop, and if you and your infidel whore happen to be lying there wearing nothing but two coats of Ambre Solaire when they show up, you better hope that the BBC and CNN are right about there being no religio-ethno-cultural component to their ‘grievances’.

November 11 Outside the Beltway Jammer.

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