Perhaps the most daunting aspect to the problem of Islamic terrorism is the openness of secular societies to infiltration by those whose desire is to destroy them. The states of Europe have demonstrated how easily a seemingly modest influx of Muslim immigrants or "guest workers" can become a pressure bloc of non-trivial strength. Unfortunately, America seems not to have drawn the moral from the tribulations of the Old World; Muslim immigrants are being welcomed here at a higher rate than ever before.
Part of the problem, and inseparable from the rest, is the tendency to grant Islam and its adherents "religious protection:" that is, to deem Islam just "one more religion," equally as protected by our Constitution and laws as Judaism or Christianity, and to make no objection to its importation to our shores. But no other religion abroad in the world today commands the subjugation of the "infidel" by any means expedient. Nor is it thinkable that Islam, a creed that explicitly sanctifies deceit that furthers its aims, could be trusted even if its spokesmen were to renounce, publicly and explicitly, all use of force or fraud in pursuit of the Islamization of the world.
The founder of Islam, and the Qur'an he imposed upon his followers, make it plain that violence and guile are indispensable to that effort; by command from Allah, they cannot be renounced:
Fighting is prescribed upon you, and you dislike it. But it may happen
that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love
a thing which is bad for you. And Allah knows and you know not. [Qur'an, Sura
I was Umar's clerk. Once Abdullah bin Abi Aufa wrote a letter to 'Umar
when he proceeded to Al-Haruriya. I read in it that Allah's Apostle in one of
his military expeditions against the enemy, waited till the sun declined and
then he got up amongst the people saying, "O people! Do not wish to meet the
enemy, and ask Allah for safety, but when you face the enemy, be patient, and
remember that Paradise is under the shades of swords." Then he said, "O Allah,
the Revealer of the Holy Book, and the Mover of the clouds and the Defeater of
the clans, defeat them, and grant us victory over them." The Prophet said,
"Khosrau will be ruined, and there will be no Khosrau after him, and Caesar will
surely be ruined and there will be no Caesar after him, and you will spend their
treasures in Allah's Cause." He called, "War is deceit'. [The Sunnah of Sahih
Bukhari, Book 52, entries 266 and 267]
Fourteen centuries of history speak eloquently to the attachment of Islam and Muslims to force and fraud.
Just to hold what we have against the Islamic tide, it's become irrefutably necessary to deny Islam and Muslims further access to the United States, to the states of Europe, and to Australia, New Zealand, and all other lands with an attachment to peace and freedom. But political policy alterations that would bar immigration by Muslims are not on the table in any legislature at this time, nor should we expect to see them soon. Politicians are exceedingly reluctant to incite the wrath of a special-interest group, most particularly one whose members are known for their penchant for rioting.
But a holding action is not and cannot be enough. Islamic terrorism is already transforming free societies, the United States included, into semi-garrison states. The use of mass transport involves major constraints and humiliating rituals. Gaining access to a large building or a sports stadium has become an arduous process as well. Few persons can avoid a twinge of uncertainty as they drive onto a bridge. We worry constantly about our drinking water, our power plants, and our fuel depots. Even our communications have become occasions for wariness; one never knows who might be listening, or how he'll choose to interpret what he hears.
Of special mention is this: even nominally peaceable Muslims are prone to making demands for accommodation on the societies that admit them. They press for exemptions and subventions through a variety of means, often with a component of threat to them. For example, when Muslim cab drivers in Minneapolis agitated for an exemption to the common-carrier rule, the threat was the disruption of airport traffic. When Muslim travelers agitated for foot baths in those airports, the threat was that they would render the conventional public rest rooms unusable by us "infidels." These threats to create marginal discomforts for the general public were more effective than a threat of suicide bombing would have been, as the accommodations proposed struck most persons as tolerable prices to pay for a return to harmony. Yet there's no qualitative difference between such threats and an ultimatum of war.