THE SILENT, STEALTHY INVASION OF
OUR COUNTRY BY ISLAM.
Dr. René Menguy
Several months ago, I posted the following blog. In view of subsequent events, I believe it has become ever more pertinent.
THOUGHTS ON OUR WAR WITH ISLAM.
IT IS A WAR ISN’T IT?
Dr. Rene Menguy
“Macbeth will not be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.”
Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1, Shakespeare
The bard himself told us that the incredible can happen.
For some time now, I’ve been trying to write about one of my recurring fears, the surreptitious, insidious infiltration of Western Societies and ours in particular by a virus called ISLAM. The project had moved very slowly because of a feeling that readers might think me a paranoid nut-case. Dead in the water I was until last Monday’s issue of the Naples Daily News, (10/30), where, lo and behold, page 21 A, I found this AP article:
“SWISS BAN MOSQUE MINARETS”
This is the first paragraph:
“Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on Minarets on Sunday, barring construction of the iconic mosque towers in a surprise vote that put Switzerland at the forefront of a European backlash against a growing Muslim population.”
I’m not crazy after all. The transformation of our landscapes was not a mirage. Christmas-card images of quaint New England towns, and cottages surrounded by white picket fences with, here and there, church spires emerging from the snow, were slowly being marred by the appearance of minarets. However, only recently have I become aware of these changes, so subtle and gradual have they been. Time lapse photography might have been more revealing. Let me explain why all this alarms me so much.
I grew up in Fort Lee, NJ until 1938, when at the age of 11, our family moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Went to school there, fought the Japanese with the French Foreign Legion , was decommissioned, and, at the end of hostilities, sent back to Paris where I attended Medical School at the Sorbonne. I then did a 2-year surgical residency in Morocco and during this time performed more operations than some surgeons will in a lifetime. I then returned to the US in 1952 with a Fulbright grant and a 5-year fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I then embarked on an academic career.
I returned to Rochester for a short visit in 1991 and, lo and behold, smack-dab in the center of town was an Islamic Cultural center. At the time of writing some 35 mosques and Moslem centers can be found in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and environs. Mosques in the “land of sky-blue waters!” Wow!
Driving down from the Delaware Water Gap to New York along highway 80, one can see, left and right, Mosques and Minarets. They’re now part of the landscape, and no longer incongruous.
Because of my unusual life, I have a dual perspective of our world. One is American and the other is Franco-European.
Keep in mind that France, being so close to Rome, the center of the Catholic Universe, is profoundly Catholic. Despite that, it has failed to suppress a gradual and subtle invasion by middle easterners of all stripes whose offspring, now solidly ensconced in French Schools, have often attempted to impose their own mores and codes upon their contemporaries; something that politicians have tried hard to prevent.
Muslims constitute approximately 10% of the population of France and have become a force behind ISLAMIST movements, (deemed such because of their political goals rather than particular religious observances), that aim to establish Sharia law. Their very presence in France poses a threat to French culture. Their religion has prevented any significant integration into French society by contrast with German, Russian or Hungarian immigrants.
France’s clash with Islam began during the eighth century. Following the death of Muhammad in 632, his successor, Abu Bakr, the second convert to Islam (the first was Muhammad’s wife, Khadija) was chosen to be Muhammad’s successor and first Caliph. He continued to solidify Arabia. Sunni Muslims believe him to be Muhammad’s legitimate successor. Shia Muslims (Shi’at Ali) consider him an imposter and believe that Ali, another one of the early followers, was the legitimate heir.
By the7th century, Muhammad’s successors, the Rashidun, had conquered all of present Syria, Byzantium, and most of the Middle East. By the 8th century, they had colonized Spain and Portugal. While invading and pillaging their way through southern France, they were decisively stopped and defeated in 732 at the battle of Tours by the Frankish general Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne. This ended their invasion of Europe.
They’re now trying another tack: taking over Western Societies: under the cover of MINARETS, something we can hardly fight given our absolute commitment to religious tolerance.