In America, there has been one community after another filled with the newest brand of immigrants. First the Irish Catholics, then the Italians, and now Russian and North Africans. In each of these turnovers, there have been the trouble makers. Men seeking quick wealth and a way out of the slums commit crimes and exploit their own people.
This small percentage aside, most of these poor and badly educated immigrants worked hard and moved on to better housing and better incomes. Not once did you see the Irish, Italians, or even Russians try to topple their host country. But the Islamic ghettos of the European continent are now being blamed for the rash of support for Muslim terror.
The New York Times reports
Yves Goldstein makes no excuses for Belgium’s failure to find Salah Abdeslam and the other Islamic State recruits who attacked Paris and then bombed Brussels Airport and a subway station.
The problem is not Islam, he insists, but the negligence of government officials like himself in allowing self-contained ethnic ghettos to grow unchallenged, breeding anger, crime and radicalism among youth — a soup of grievances that suits Islamist recruiters.
Now on the surface, this premise seems plausible. People living in substandard housing and facing a murid of problems are forced to live and interact with only those who are just like them. They are not exposed to the better things in society and feel trapped in their ghettos. This causes resentment to those outside, as they feel as though they are kept there by those outside.
The problem with this is that this has not ever resulted in a political decision to attack the whole of society. To get to this conclusion, you have to ignore some pretty glaring facts.
Not all of those who participated in the attacks were born and raised in these ghettos. A few had newly arrived from Syria. This means they had not had the time to grow this resentment.
We do not see this kind of thing happening among non-Muslims. Though there has been non-Muslim terrorists in the past, they had stated political goals. For instance, self-determination was the stated aim of the IRA in Ireland.
And it completely ignores the fact that there is a problem the EU has ignored; most of the Muslim population look up to these thugs.
The Times continues
Friends (of Goldstein) who teach the equivalent of high school seniors in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek told him that “90 percent of their students, 17, 18 years old, called them heroes,” he said.
It has become like parents of an unruly child. It was this person’s fault, or the schools fault, or my fault as long as we do not have to say it is the child’s fault. But until we place the blame where it rightly belongs, we will never address the problem.