When Muslims Move In - Systematic Colonization Of Neighborhoods In Britain
An Anonymous commenter left us some links about how the current warfare (between Muslims and non-Muslims) in Windsor is the result of the negative effects of having Muslims move into one's neighborhood:
Integration of British Muslims has been increasingly hindered by the rise of ghettos. New research shows the population of these mostly inner city communities has been rising very fast -- by one-third over the past decade. These findings have reopened the debate on how to solve this problem, which also breeds extremism. And solutions are not going to be easily found, according to the experts.
London, 8 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Asian Muslim ghettos in Britain have kept growing fast over the past 10 years, hindering integration and raising fears that dissatisfied Muslim youngsters may become easy prey for extremist groupings.
Magnus Ranstorp is the director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
“I think that home-grown terrorism is certainly being accelerated by the growing ‘ghettoification.’ Not just in Britain, but across Europe. And it’s very easy for the recruiters and for those who are manipulating the individuals to taking that final step. To find the willing recruits who are socially excluded and then marginalized in the society,” Ranstorp said.
This “ghettoisation” has been most visible in eight major cities. Leicester, Birmingham, and Bradford top the scale, followed by London, and others. And the integration or assimilation process in the ghettos is so slow, according to the report released by the Royal Geographical Society, that in many cases it will never happen.
Ali Noorizade heads the Arab-Iranian Studies Centre in London. He says the problem has been that the ghettos are a voluntary creation by mostly Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants, not something the society has forced upon them. And he adds that they rarely need to venture outside.
“They deal with themselves. Some of them never learn English. They have a Pakistani doctor, they have Pakistani lawyers, and therefore, you know, it became part of their culture to live within their ghetto. And they don’t show any intention to integrate with the society,” Noorizade said.
“The women are totally isolated. Majority of them are brought to England to bring children. They are coming from a remote village, and suddenly they find themselves in a society they know nothing about. And then their husbands force them to stay indoors and not to participate in any kind of activities,” Noorizade says.
Here's another link:
A controversial BBC report on Hindus being driven out of the northern English city of Bradford by young Muslims in an act the Vishwa Hindu Parishad provocatively describes as "ethnic cleansing", has evoked sharp reactions all around.
Meanwhile, Britain's mainstream election campaign continues to steer away from the Asian debate over the religious divide, in a reminder of the chasm between race relations and the political centreground.
There seems no middle ground as Hindus and Muslims trade charges. Bradford's Muslims deny they are chasing the Hindus away, while sections of the Hindu community acknowledge the exodus was originally a matter of choice.
"We are almost like white people," Jiniah Parthasarthy of the VHP told The Times of India. "We have small families, the woman works. But not Muslims. So, we are all leaving those crowded Asian ghettos. Over the years it was our own free will. Now, some Muslims are harassing us".
Parthasarthy, a former finance ministry employee in Delhi, has worked in Bradford for nearly 40 years. He believes the Hindus initially left the city to escape the dirt and over-crowding, but now they want to escape the "Talibanisation of Bradford, the Khalifa movement, more than 50 mosques, 100 madrassas".
He blames the air of menace on the radicalisation of young Muslims by firebrand leaders such as Sheikh Omer Bakri, whose Al Muhajiroun movement boasts that it trains potential jihadis bound for Kashmir and Chechnya. Many believe that Bakri's quarterly excursions from London down to Bradford stir up trouble of the sort discouraged by the largely Pakistani organisation that runs Bradford's mosques.
Even as police reject the VHP's charge of "systematic ethnic cleansing of Hindus", there is some incredulity among sociologists and political analysts about the use of highly charged words, which provoke knee-jerk responses from a Europe that has been fighting Balkan ethnic cleansing for a decade.
"Ethnic cleansing is a push-button word," according to a peace studies expert at Bradford University. "It doesn't exist in a developed western European country. Thank God for that".
If you ever want to understand a conflict, consult a "peace studies expert", eh? Actually, the dudes title ought to be Professional Pussy, or Pussifist.