The Washington-based Gatestone Institute refuses to let up. In the face of widespread deafening silence, possibly resulting from the freeze of fear, it continues to publish articles showing that Islam has, for most intents and purposes, taken over one of Europe's historically leading countries: France.
In Gatestone's most recent article, University of Paris Prof. Guy Millière writes that the State "scarcely maintains law and order in France" in the face of Muslim violence: "France is a country at the mercy of large-scale uprisings. They can explode anytime, anyplace. French leaders know it, and find refuge in cowardice."
Just a few days ago, well-known Italian writer and Arutz Sheva columnist Giulio Meotti wrote starkly for Gatestone, "Instead of fighting to save what is savable, French opinion-makers are already writing the terms of surrender."
Meotti focuses on the Islamic cultural takeover of France, while Millière focuses on the more physical – "Arab and African neighborhoods [have] become 'no-go zones.'" But the message is the same: France is allowing itself to be turned into an Islamic country.
Two years ago, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris suggested converting empty churches into mosques. Possibly along those lines, a report released by France’s main think tank suggests that French authorities should replace the two Catholic holidays - Easter Monday and Pentecost - with Islamic holidays and a token Jewish holiday (Yom Kippur) as well.
"By hybridizing cultures and rejecting Christianity," Meotti writes, "France will soon end up not even teaching also Arabic, but only Arabic, and marking Ramadan instead of Easter. Instead of wasting their time trying to organize an 'Islam of France,' French political leaders, opinion makers and think tanks should look for ways to counter the creeping Islamization of their country."
Prof. Millière writes that in one of the no-go zones in a Paris suburb, a routine police patrol ended with a fight between the officers and a black 22-year-old – leading to two weeks of riots. This explosive situation, he states, is "the result of a corrosive development initiated five decades ago [when] President Charles de Gaulle directed the country toward closer relations with Arab and Muslim states. Migratory flows of 'guest workers' from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, which had started a few years earlier, sharply increased… Twenty years later, serious difficulties became obvious. The immigrants now numbered millions… Neighborhoods made up of just Arabs and Africans were formed. The economy had slowed down and mass unemployment settled in. But the jobless immigrants did not go back home… Political agitators started teaching them to detest Western civilization. Violent gangs of young Arabs and Africans began to form. Clashes with police were common… The situation grew difficult to control. But nothing was done to fix it; quite the opposite. In 1984, a movement called SOS Racisme was created by Trotskyist militants, and began to define any criticism of immigration as 'racist.'"
After a law was passed in 1990 prohibiting discrimination "based on ethnicity, nation, race or religion," it was used to "criminalize any criticism of Arab and African delinquency, any question on immigration from the Muslim world, any negative analysis of Islam. Many writers have been fined, and most 'politically incorrect' books on those topics have disappeared from bookshops… The French government asked that history textbooks be rewritten to include chapters on the crimes committed by the West against Muslims, and on the contributions of Islam to humanity."
France is no longer a Catholic country," according to Frederic Lenoir, editor-in-chief of Le Monde des Religions. Similarly, the newspaper Le Figaro wondered if Islam can already be considered “France’s prime religion.”
The Montaigne Institute think tank proposed the creation of a “Grand Imam of France," no less, "as if Paris and Cairo would have the same historic roots," wrote Meotti. The same institute has also suggested teaching Arabic in public schools.
France’s director-general of intelligence, Patrick Calvar, has been clear: “The confrontation is inevitable,” he said. There are an estimated 15,000 Salafists among France’s seven million Muslims, “whose radical-fundamentalist creed dominates many of the predominantly Muslim housing projects at the edges of cities such as Paris, Nice or Lyon. Their preachers call for a civil war, with all Muslims tasked to wipe out the infidels down the street."
Possibly most telling of all, currently on trial in France is Georges Bensoussan, author of The Lost Territories of the Republic - speaking of the sweeping hatred for the West among young people of immigrant origin, of the full-blown hatred of Jews among young Muslims, and of near-secession of the "no-go zones" - and A Submissive France. He is being tried for comments he quoted about Muslim anti-Semitism. The verdict is due today.
The critical situation can possibly summed up with this one tidbit: One-third of the French Muslims say they want to live according to Islamic sharia law and not according to the laws of France.