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The West Looks Forward, Muslim Immigrants Look Longingly Backward

Anat Berko has spent 15 years interviewing those involved in every aspect of the suicide bombing industry. Her parents fled Iraq, but had been there for generations. She knows the Arab world and she warns the west that the Arab Spring is coming their way.

Dr. Anat Berko explains that the violence of the Arab Spring is on its way to Europe

Dr. Anat Berko explains that the violence of the Arab Spring is on its way to Europe

Anat Berko is a criminologist and author who grew up in Israel, but whose parents and ancestors going back generations lived in Iraq.

Berko is best known outside of Israel for her books about suicide bombers.  Her first book, “The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers,” was published in 2007.  Her second book, “The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers” was published in 2012.

Berko is very familiar with the psychology of suicide bombers and those who play a role in the industry, such as the dispatchers, the drivers, and the recruiters.  She spent 15 years interviewing those involved in the industry of suicide bombings, especially the women who attempted to blow themselves up. She has many insights into what drives the kind of violence which is largely unique to Arab culture.  Some of what she describes in her books support general theories about violent cultures, while other insights are unique to this particular culture.

So Berko knows the Arab world very well, both because her family history is firmly rooted in the Arab world, and her professional work  brought her into almost daily, extensive, contact with Arabs who were willing to risk everything, or to induce others to risk everything, for an Arab nationalist cause.

In an article published in Gatestone this week, “The Arab Spring in Europe,” Berko explores several themes, but in her very matter of fact manner writes about the refusal of the west to talk directly about the problem of Islamic violence. She brushes aside that reluctance and, with her hand to the back of the head of the readers, reveals in plain language what should be obvious, but which isn’t, because the reluctance to see it is so great.

One would expect that Muslim immigrants, whose children were born in the West, would adapt, become part of the Western society and partake of its freedom — otherwise, why did they immigrate? What we see, however, is the opposite. The beheading of a British soldier in London, and the murder of a soldier in France, are only the beginning of a wave of violence and a dictatorship of fundamentalists who will call the tune. The wave of riots and vandalism carried out by Muslim immigrants in France in 2005 was just a hint at what is to come. The immigrants are brainwashed in the mosques, the madrasas [Islamic religious schools] and informal discussion groups, all of which represent the West as worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.

Did we really need her to explain that to us?  Why, yes, we did, because so few others will say those very obvious things out loud.  The idea that multiculturalism is one of the greatest goods and that it therefore places no demands of adaptation to one’s host country is wrong, is her message.

Berko wants the west to recognize when tolerance moves from being a positive quality and instead endangers western countries, western identity and western freedoms.

If immigrants chose to move to a particular country, then they have decided it is a better place than the one from which they came.  And while pride in one’s origins is touching and sweet, a rigid demand that one’s new home adopt the foreign cultures of the homelands of its immigrants makes no sense.  And worse than that, it leads to an inevitable clash, one which need not have been inevitable.

As Berko explains in a lengthy interview with The Jewish Press, the values and the will of the west have become atrophied.

“What, Germany and France are unable to say that Hezbollah is a terrorist group for fear of offending Muslims,” Berko asks incredulously.  “And yet, Bahrain is able to say out loud: No! We do not want them here, that is a terrorist group.”

Once a country starts making excuses for the illegal acts of immigrants, and the excuse is that the people come from a different culture, the end is near.

“It has to be the same law for everybody, no excuses, no cultural justifications,” Berko says.  “Without clear boundaries, there will never be a rejection of the violence that is acceptable in their own culture.”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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12 Responses to “The West Looks Forward, Muslim Immigrants Look Longingly Backward”

  1. John Keytack says:

    This should actually be developed into more than one article.

  2. Indeed, Dr. Berko is more than on target. In this regard, having participated in the review of "Islam & Blood", I understand, more than most, that the true horror has come full circle – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a-groundbreaking-policy-paper-contained-herein-the-world-stands-on-a-precipice-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki-109/.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/.

  3. Rodica Novak says:

    The evil is here in our World God is out our Life Make no difference Who is your God Christianity and Jews are anther attack by the peaceful Religion call Islam They have to be stop if not we all going to die The Dark Ages is coming The History repeat and nobody can change NO MONEY NO POWER ONLY GOD.

  4. Dafna Yee says:

    This article is spot on! When I tried to tell a discussion group that the Arabs, particularly the Saudis, have been funding the publications of textbook so that they print pro-Arab propaganda, they said I was exaggerating. Worse happened when I tried to tell them about why people in the State Department, big newsmagazines and newspapers are so pro Arab because because these people were trained at the very same top universities whose courses and entire departments were funded both directly and indirectly by the Arabs they said I only said that because I'm pro-Israel. The worst, though, is when I tried to point out how the Arabs have infiltrated US secondary and even elementary schools, they dismissed what I said by calling me a conspiracy theorist! So, the danger is both real and immediate!

  5. A classic example of anti- Muslim hysteria driven by the ultrPatriotic Israelis who love Israel so much that they are will to destroy Muslims.
    According to Marcus, We Muslims are in the West so the we, with our children, can take over the West and destroy "Freedom" as the West knows it.

    Just for the sake of argument, even if we were all a monolithic mass, waiting for the signal to awken us for mayhem and murder, the numbers leave a lot to be desired; Muslims who range from 2% to about 55 of the total population of ANY Western country, are supposed to overcome the 98% non-Mulsims who are also well-armed and have the entire military and security forces on their side. Not only are we believed to be able to overcome the vast differences we have among us, but we are also feared capable of destroying our new adobtive countries.

    It takes a lot of willful fools to swallow such theories, but sadly, so many "experts" have been promoting these fictions with so much Blindl, pro-Israeli money behind them, that everyone seems to be gulping this fear-mongering theme against Islam and Muslims.
    In the meantime, We Muslims cannot unite to organize ourselves out of a burning barn.

  6. There were some typing errors in my earlier post and I did not know how to correct them.

    A classic example of anti- Muslim hysteria driven by the ultrPatriotic Israelis who love Israel so much that they are will to destroy Muslims.
    According to Berko, We Muslims are in the West so the we, with our children, can take over the West and destroy "Freedom" as the West knows it.

    Just for the sake of argument, even if we were all a monolithic mass, waiting for the signal to awaken us for mayhem and murder, the numbers leave a lot to be desired; Muslims who range from 2% to about 5% of the total population of ANY Western country, are supposed to overcome the 98% non-Mulsims who are also well-armed and have the entire military and security forces on their side. Not only are we believed to be able to overcome the vast differences we have amongst us, but we are also feared capable of destroying our new adobtive countries.

    It takes a lot of willful fools to swallow such theories, but sadly, so many "experts" have been promoting these fictions with so much Blind, pro-Israeli money behind them, that everyone seems to be gulping this fear-mongering theme against Islam and Muslims.

    In the meantime, We Muslims cannot unite to organize ourselves out of a burning barn.

  7. Dafna, I have the same problem trying to tell the danger of radical Muslims to American liberals they don't like the truth they just throw a race card at you.

  8. Mr, Siddiqui, You have been living in another planet or you have been in a coma for the past decade or so.

  9. Linda Goudsmit says:

    FINALLY–someone is saying the unsayable! Contrary to the absurd politically correct narrative of the Obama administration, Islamists worldwide seek to devour their host nations and implement sharia law.

  10. Daavid Murphy says:

    I hope enough people wake up and realize what is already happening and what is about to happen in this country. I have years of experiencing what has been going on in with Muslims in Europe. We are next in line to accommodate them while fighting them on our streets.

  11. Islam is an ultimate expression of legalism which is always tyrannical and cruel because that's the fundamental nature of legalism.

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