Teun Voeten used to live in a hornet’s nest.From 2005 to 2014 he called Belgian’s Molenbeek neighborhood home – which was revealed in the last few days as basically terror HQ, where the Paris attacks were planned. And according to the Belgian Prime Minister’s warning that more attacks are imminent, it sounds like the neighborhood may still be full of hornets.
It wasn’t always that way – at first.
When Voeten first moved in, as a young bohemian professional, he was excited to live in what he hoped would be a vibrant and diverse neighborhood, full of ethnic food and maybe trendy bars and art galleries.
But writing for Politico, Voeten says over the years he witnessed a neighborhood becoming increasingly intolerant. “Alcohol became unavailable in most shops and supermarkets; I heard stories of fanatics at the Comte des Flandres metro station who pressured women to wear the veil; Islamic bookshops proliferated, and it became impossible to buy a decent newspaper. With an unemployment rate of 30 percent, the streets were eerily empty until late in the morning. Nowhere was there a bar or café where white, black and brown people would mingle. Instead, I witnessed petty crime, aggression, and frustrated youths who spat at our girlfriends and called them “filthy whores.””Finally, after a Salafist tried to convert him on the street he moved out.
Voeten says Molenbeek became Europe’s jihadi base as a result of Belgium’s messy governance and the culture of denial that pervades the debate about Islam in the country.
“The country’s political debate has been dominated by a complacent progressive elite who firmly believes society can be designed and planned. Observers who point to unpleasant truths such as the high incidence of crime among Moroccan youth and violent tendencies in radical Islam are accused of being propagandists of the extreme-right, and are subsequently ignored and ostracized.”Does that sound at all familiar? Just take a look at the comments Col. West endures for his statements and warnings about radical Islam.
Even Voeten says, “I always thought of myself as a defender of human rights and human dignity, beyond left- or right-wing categories. Now suddenly I was painted as a right-wing firebrand. For some people I became an “untouchable” and I even lost a few friends, who refused to talk to me.”It doesn’t take a brain surgeon (named Ben) to see the exact same pattern occurring in this nation. Just today we reported about the first majority Muslim city in the United States.
It is naïve to think the same thing couldn’t happen right here. Too many European countries are learning what happens when their citizens are cowed into political correctness and open their arms to thousands upon thousands of people who don’t really wish to assimilate and may well be planning terror.
Ask Sweden what it’s like now to be the rape capital of the West. Ask France how it’s feeling. Ask Belgium how it’s doing with the third day of total lockdown in its capital.
It’s worth a few minutes to read Voeten’s full article. And then it’s worth thinking about the path we’re currently headed. Time for a course correction.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]