Thursday, February 10, 2011
Last Sunday, as the media were reporting that the Muslim Brotherhoodwas sitting down with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, the BBCreported in an unrelated story that British Prime Minister David Cameron had announced that “state multiculturalism has failed.”
For those of us who have been calling for years for the United Kingdomand Europe to become “intolerant” of the radical Islamist threat to our culture, this is a thrilling and gratifying moment. (See my book “The West’s Last Chance,” Regnery Publishing, 2005, particularly Chapter 7.)
It is the obligation of both citizen and statesman to avoid both illusion and self-delusion when considering national threats. And so it is ironic that on the same weekend that the British government finally removes the scales from its eyes and looks straight-on at the mortal threat that aggressively asserted Islamist values pose to our civilization, in Egypt – at the constant hectoring of Washington voices – the remnants of the Mubarak government begins its halting, perhaps inevitable march toward the illusion of Egyptian democracy.
Regarding Egyptian democracy, I agree with the tone of Mohandas Gandhi’s answer while in London in 1931 to the question of what he thought of Western civilization: “I think it would be a very good idea.” I, too, hope for – but doubt – the plausibility of Arab Islamic democracy.