In the latest terrorist attacks, a bomb blew up inside a St. Petersburg subway station, killing 14 Russians, barely a fortnight after a jihadi killed four people in London, England. Yet there are still many in Canada who wrongly believe the enemy we face is Islamophobia and not Islamofascism.
By contrast, in Europe, it is increasingly difficult to conceal the truth under the guise of political correctness.
While Huntington has long been credited for predicting the clash of civilizations now unfolding in Europe, it was a Dutch writer of Pakistani origin, using the pseudonym “Mohamed Rasoel,” who on March 6, 1989 wrote in the newspaper NRC Handelsblad about his fears of a disaster unfolding inside Dutch society.
Later expanded as his book De ondergang van Nederland — Land der naïeve dwazen (The Decline of the Netherlands — Land of the Naive Fools), Rasoel warned the open-door immigration policy in Holland of allowing radical, anti-western Islamists to settle in segregated ghettoes would one day trigger serious conflict.
Its publication created a firestorm storm after the writer appeared on several Dutch TV talk shows, as jihadis called for Rasoel’s head and he had to go into hiding under police protection.
Twenty-seven years later, much of what Mansour predicted has come true.
Last month, as the Dutch voted in their election, I sat with Mansour inside the Schiphol Airport to discuss our native Pakistan, India, the country we both love, and the West that we had both chosen as our homes.
“The problems in Holland started in the 60s and 70s when the delusional flower power government called in workers from Turkey and Morocco, not knowing they had actually let in the Trojan horse,” he told me.
“What now?” I asked.
“It’s now up to the French” he responded. “Will Le Pen be the new Marianne of a new French Revolution against the forces of darkness?” he asked with a shrug as we parted company.