Phillips is shocked, shocked, that there are Islamists employed in her country
If surprise is the characteristic mode of liberals, because they are deeply convinced that human beings are all good and are all the same, and therefore they are always surprised when actual human beings turn out to be bad or different, then Melanie Phillips is truly what she always says she is—a liberal. “The scale of infiltration by Islamists into mainstream British society,” she writes, “becomes ever more astounding and alarming.” In addition to the Muslim Doctors’ Plot, a traffic warden in a London suburb turns out to have been convicted for a terrorist attack on a Paris train station in 1995. Britain’s Security Service, MI5, has a list of “eight police officers and civilian staff who are suspected of links to extremist groups,” including al Qaeda. And, “while you’re rubbing your eyes over that,” she adds, there’s the matter that a man who owns the company that supplies security to many important government buildings in Britain is a known Islamist sympathizer.
Phillips of course has never had a syllable to say against the mass immigration of Muslims into Britain; she has never suggested that it be stopped or reduced, let alone that Muslims be removed from Britain. Yet she is surprised, astounded, and rubbing her eyes that a country that with her approval allows a mass immigration of Muslims into Britain employs some of those Muslims in mainstream positions as doctors, police, traffic wardens, and suppliers of government services. She somehow expects that Britain can indiscriminately allow millions of Muslims to enter and live in Britain, even as it keeps “bad” Muslims from working in any number of quite ordinary jobs once they are in Britain. And she is surprised, astounded, and rubbing her eyes that this is not the case.
It doesn’t occur to her that if Britain must exercise, FOREVER, such a high level of discrimination against Muslims once they are IN Britain, it might be better not to admit them into Britain in the first place. Nope. That little bit of kindergarten logic skips by her completely. Liberals NEVER make the connection between their liberal beliefs and the negative consequences of those beliefs. And that is why they are ALWAYS surprised.
Karen writes from England:
She’s beginning to look very stupid! What does she think Moslems were coming here for if not to infiltrate the society? And how can you tell a good one from a bad one? By all appearances both bombers looked pretty good and no amount of checks would have revealed that they were evil.Jeff in England writes:
But for every Phillips there seems to be a Leo McKinstry or a Peter Hitchens or a Minette Marrin at least mentioning the option of immigration restriction. Phillip’s narrowness of focus and inflexibility which has served her well in dealing with certain aspects of this issue (she is like a charging bull who never gives up) is starting to work against her. Slowly but surely, she is falling behind many of her fellow commentators on the Islamic issue. It is getting harder for most ‘Suspects’ not to at least mention Islamic immigration restriction. Sadly, Melanie will probably be the last to do so here in the UK.Ben W. writes:
The fact that Melanie Phillips is shocked to find Muslims working in professions in Great Britain shows how little she knows about the immigration process. In most countries a massive influx of immigrants is usually preceded by a first wave. This first wave is the government allowing professionals from other countries to come in (doctors, nurses, electrical engineers, computer programmers, journalists, school teachers) to be employed by companies who have such positions open.LA replies:
I think Ben is breaking down the problem into more parts than are needed in order to understand it. The fallacy in Phillips’s position is self-evident. Consider again her amazing sentence:Ben replies:
Why she would use the word “infiltration” as if these people subversively and secretly infiltrated those organizations is funny. They were welcomed by her government into the country and since they had the appropriate credentials, a “non-discriminatory” society would have to allow them to work in any organization. Just like the American military has Muslim chaplains (and we don’t see the hilarity of this obtuseness).Thomas writes:
Melanie Phillips is willing to expose certain instances of Islamist infiltration, but not to pass judgment on them. She is a fairly typical member of the “concerned chattering classes” in Britain—a pseudo-conservative commentator without the courage of her convictions (if any).Ben writes:
I didn’t realize how widespread the phenomenon of professional occupations going to immigrants had become. The following from Mark Steyn writing at Jewish World Review underlines this:Karen writes:
Jeff writes: “Phillip’s narrowness of focus and inflexibility which has served her well in dealing with certain aspects of this issue (she is like a charging bull who never gives up)”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 09, 2007 01:30 AM | Send