In her powerful and sobering book "Radical State," Abigail R. Esman writes about "the larger question not even Americans have asked since the World Trade Towers fell: as we fight on to spread democracy, preserve democracy, defend democracy, no one yet, it seems, has actually defined, for all of us, what democracy actually is."It’s insane. Abigail Esman is a friend of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali ex-Muslim who collaborated with Theo van Gogh on a film about the treatment of Muslim women, "Submission." Van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim in broad daylight on a street in Amsterdam. The killer stabbed a note into his body; it threatened Ayaan and other Dutch freedom fighters who had dared to speak out against the Islamization of the Netherlands.
That's right. And for Americans and Europeans who have drunk the Kool-Aid that former British prime minister was drinking when he said "the most remarkable thing about the Koran is how progressive it is," one of the main things about democracy that we have to preserve and defend is the importation of huge numbers of Muslims into America and Europe. To stop bringing in these Muslims, no matter how much they wage jihad against us, would be racist-Islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigotry.
"Radical State" shows what the cost of that is. Esman, an American who lives in the Netherlands, reveals in a moving and personal way how Muslims are already transforming Europe into a place far more dangerous and threatening than it was before Muslims started arriving in such large numbers.
Abigail tells the whole story: how in the wake of van Gogh's murder the Dutch contemplated their dhimmi navels and did nothing. Nothing. No balls, none. They just kept on spending billions in welfare for the tsunami of Islamic immigrants who are rendering their country uninhabitable, but gotz for the warriors, the mavericks who were fighting the great fight. Fighting for us all.
Well, they did spend a bit to provide guards for freedom fighters like Ayaan and Geert Wilders. But where did they put Wilders up? In jail. No kidding. Esman says: "In an irony worthy of a Greek tragedy, the leader of the fight for 'Freedom’ in the Netherlands was forced to spend his evenings and weekends literally behind bars — at the high-security prison in Zeist, in fact, that had held the Lockerbie bombers during their 2001 trial — while those who sought his death walked free."
It’s even worse than that. Esman goes on to say that "in a desperate measure to aid the victims and potential victims of honor violence" –- an overwhelmingly Muslim phenomenon — "as domestic violence shelters reached capacity levels, the government by now had begun housing younger women in prison cells."
Yes, you read that right.
"And yet here were the girls who had done exactly what the Dutch had asked them to do: sought out a more emancipated life," writes Esman. "They were guilty of no crime — not one that should have sent them to prison, and none that, in Western society, should have called for punishment by death. They simply wanted a non-Muslim friend at school, or to choose the man they wanted to marry, or to fall in love."
And so the West fails the victims of honor killing in death and the potential victims in life. European and American feminists are not rising up against this savagery. These girls that Esman writes about, these jailed potential honor killing victims, are Europeans. They're Western women. They trusted Europe. They trusted the West. They believed the West would save them. They believed education would save them. They believed the rule of law would save them, that the police or someone would intervene. They were preparing to live as free European women, but this was not to be.
In the end, no one helped them.
And it is no accident that this is happening. "Radical State" shows what has been the impact on daily life in Europe of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, formerly known as the Barcelona Process.
The goal of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation is to create a new Greater European Union encompassing both Europe and North Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea becoming a domestic Eurabian sea. The goal is to establish a "comprehensive political partnership," including a "free trade area and economic integration"; "considerably more money for the partners" (that is, more European money flowing into North Africa); and "cultural partnership" -- that is, importation of Islamic culture into post-Christian Europe.
Skeptical? It’s already happening. Just read "Radical State" and you’ll see.
As Esman shows on every page, Muslims have already begun demanding special privileges and accommodations, and getting them. And the truth tellers and people wanting to be free are punished. The government of the Netherlands ought to be hanging its head in shame.
We cannot, and we must not, let the Islamic supremacists take control of Europe's destiny. We must take a strong stand. If the West is going to achieve any victory over the jihad, it will be because of the inestimable contributions of the people who are the heroes of "Radical State": Hirsi Ali, van Gogh, Pim Fortuyn, Geert Wilders, and other courageous truth tellers who have spoken out at great personal risk, and sometimes at the cost of their lives. They are the heroes not just of this book, but of this age, and we owe Abigail Esman a debt of gratitude for showing why that is so.