On 9/11, I would never have imagined that five years later, a man who refuses to condemn the stoning of female adulterers would be respected as the leading voice of "moderate" European Islam; that European governments would still be funding within their borders mosques and Muslim schools that teach contempt for democracy, Jews, gays, and sexual equality; that Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen would argue for accepting the oppression of Muslim women in the West; and that Britain would still be sheltering radical clerics, Queen Elizabeth knighting the likes of Iqbal Sacranie (who calls homosexuality "unacceptable"), and London mayor Ken Livingstone praising as "progressive" the above-mentioned al-Qaradawi (who has defended suicide bombers and the execution of gays). The delusion endures: in August, the AP reported that Germans were "stunned" by news of a planned train bombing in their country because they thought their "opposition to the Iraq war would insulate" them from terrorism; and Britain's "Communities Secretary," following the arrest of "English lads" who'd planned to blow up London-to-U.S. flights, promised to consider a proposal by Muslim leaders to pacify would-be domestic bombers by introducing sharia law in immigrant areas.
I would never have believed on 9/11 that in 2006, most Europeans would still be unaware – to pluck two examples at random – that over seven in ten immigrant women in Sweden (according to an EU study) are affected by "honor-related violence" and that Jewish children (according to a French government report) "can no longer get an education" in France because of abuse by Muslim classmates. Some law-enforcement authorities have already thrown in the towel: in 2004, Swedish police admitted they "have no control over the situation in Malmö," a city plagued by Muslim rapes and robberies; this August, after a Muslim gang shootout in Oslo, police said they were "reluctant to crack down on the gangs out of fear for their own safety."
On 9/11, the free world was powerfully reminded of its freedom. In Europe, alas, that day's spirit has been steamrollered by an establishment that – apparently having already accepted the inevitability of Europe's Islamization – routinely turn the truth on its head, representing aggressors as victims and self-defense as inflammatory. That upside-down picture needs to be set aright, and the spirit of 9/11 resurrected. For the bottom line is simple: if we don't cherish our liberties with the fervor that the jihadists treasure their faith, we'll lose.