We are under the power of our enemies

The other day, as David Jones, creator of the animated children’s character Fireman Sam, was passing through security in Gatwick airport in Britain, he noticed, as reported in the Daily Mail,

the ease with which a Muslim passenger ahead of him—who had her face almost completely covered by a hijab—had passed through security without showing her face.

As he placed his scarf and other belongings into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner, Mr Jones, 67, said to an official: ‘If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.’

To his astonishment, he was stopped by security staff on the other side of the checkpoint at Gatwick and accused of racism after a Muslim security guard who heard the remark said it had caused her offence.

He was held for an hour and told he had to apologize for offending the security guard before he would be released.

I heard about the item from Paul Weston, who wrote to me:

Larry, you may be interested in this.

After reading it, at a loss for words, I replied:

Where is this going to end up?

Mr. Weston wrote back:

Sad to say, but I rather think here:

Is European Civil War Inevitable by 2025? (part 1)

Is European Civil War Inevitable by 2025? (part 2)

Lydia McGrew had also seen the story and wrote about it at What’s Wrong with the World. She sent me the item with this note:

Subject: Pro-Muslim totalitarianism in British airport

I find this story really terrifying. The victim of the bullying tried to hold out and not give the apology demanded of him, but it was made clear that he wouldn’t be allowed to board his flight unless he apologized to a representative Muslim. If you should decide to post this story, I’d like to hear the suggestions your always interesting readers have about what he should have done.

I replied:

This is really disturbing. We could all find ourselves in these circumstances. We’re under the power of our enemies. It’s going to stop being something we’re reading about, and become something that affects us directly.

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Paul K. writes:

I followed the link to Paul Weston’s article and was stopped cold by his opening sentence: “If I were to tell you that within twenty years Europe could find itself engaged in a civil war so bloody it made WWII look like a bun fight, you might logically consider me a candidate for the men in white coats.”

Nothing, not even an alien invasion of earth resulting in the total eradication of the human race, would make World War II “look like a bun fight.” This is not a good way to start off an article. It’s over the top.

Paul Weston replies:

Well, Paul K is probably right. It does sound over the top in retrospect. My point was that WWII was a conventional war, whereas a civil war fought on the streets of England, a la Bosnia, has the capacity to be more vicious with regard to the civilian community. Bear in mind that apart from the city bombing raids, the vast majority of civilians were not on the front line. In a religious/tribal civil war they will be.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 28, 2012 12:26 PM | Send

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