Of course they do. It’s the Iraq debate writ small: confronting fundamentalists only makes the problem worse. Much better to politely ignore the problem.
That’s what our modern day Churchill, Keith Olbermann, would do.
The next time they foil a terror plot here, remember who’s really to blame: Charles Johnson.
[A]lthough Salafi Muslims are more isolated now, some scholars say their approach to Islam could become more appealing in response to increasingly negative views of Muslims among Americans and vitriolic Islam-bashing on the Internet.
“Salafi teachings begin to be more attractive to more Muslims as a defensive response,” said Peter Mandaville, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s Public and International Affairs Department. “In the face of this new global war on Islam, they are saying, we will hold fast and emphasize anew the fundamental tenets of our faith.”
That whole article’s worth reading, but if you’re strapped for time, read page 1 and the section entitled “A Separate Community” beginning on page 4. Why, they’re just like the Amish!
For an example of genuine Muslim-bashing, see the Times’s own piece today about Muslim integration in America. Pathetic:
On a hot July night, a few dozen Somali men were kneeling shoulder to shoulder in prayer at a storefront mosque here when the door opened and the frozen head of a pig, an animal considered unclean in Islam, rolled across the floor…
Mr. Matthews, 33, said that the incident was a prank and that he did not know the significance of a pig’s head…
At the hearing Mr. Matthews said that he had planned to put the head outside “where the dark people congregate” as a joke, and that it had slipped from his hand and rolled inside.
That’s like the Klan saying they didn’t mean to light that cross on fire — the matches just “slipped.”
Finally, here’s a report from Swedish TV about integration in the city of Malmo. It’s short but vivid enough to make clear that the problems France is having with its cites aren’t confined to that country.
Update: You’ve got to be kidding.