The Danger of Porous BordersGood fences make good neighbors, don't they?
The Danger of Porous Borders
France has become home to Muslim ghettos where polygamy is openly practiced and sharia law enforced in defiance of secular law. Muslim girls who reject arranged marriages or the wearing of headscarves are denounced as whores and risk gang rape. Normal citizens and even police fear entering crime-ridden outer suburbs of Paris and Marseille, where native French are mocked as “Gaulois” — aliens in their own land. Among the suspects in the July 7 bombings in the city some call Londonistan are a Somali, the son of an affluent Pakistani fish-and-chip shop owner and a Jamaican-born convert to Islam. They all attended the Finsbury Park mosque, inspired by the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri. Courtesy of hundreds of thousands of pounds paid to him by British taxpayers as an asylum-seeker, for years he exhorted his disciples to jihad — and, unsurprisingly, some heeded the call. The filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was an outspoken critic of the treatment of women in some Muslim households, was murdered on the street by a Dutch-born Moroccan, and his killer left a note threatening more attacks in the name of radical Islam. As Michael Leaden of the American Enterprise Institute has noted, van Gogh’s murder “is a textbook case of what happens when a tolerant but confused society takes political correctness to its illogical extreme.” Along with terror, immigrants also have imported a growing problem of organized crime. In many European cities, the Albanian mafia is involved in trafficking sex slaves from Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus as well as in distributing heroin, cultivated in the poppy fields of Afghanistan and smuggled through former Soviet states. If what is happening in European democracies is indeed a textbook case of tolerance taken to a dangerous extreme, this is one Western paradigm that Russia must not imitate. The current government’s laxity in enforcing Russia’s laws and its failure to implement a national strategy of border protection amount to dereliction of duty.