Muslims cannot be integrated

Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson in denial on Islam reality after Brussels attacks

Andrew Bolt

THE Belgian Ambassador’s attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggests he is in dangerous denial about Islamic terrorism.

If Jean-Luc Bodson truly represents Belgium’s views, his country is stuffed.

Turnbull last week criticised Europe for doing too little to stop the terrorism that killed 130 people in Paris last year and 31 in Brussels last week, warning: “European governments are confronted by a perfect storm of failed or neglected integration, foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, porous borders, and intelligence and security apparatus struggling to keep pace.”

He is largely right, though by criticising “neglected integration” he apparently assumes that large Muslim minorities like the 300,000 in Brussels can be integrated, or wants to. Has any northern European country succeeded in this “integration”? Have we?

No, if he can be criticised, it’s not for what he said but what he didn’t.

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THE Belgian Ambassador’s attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggests he is in dangerous denial about Islamic terrorism.

If Jean-Luc Bodson truly represents Belgium’s views, his country is stuffed.

Turnbull last week criticised Europe for doing too little to stop the terrorism that killed 130 people in Paris last year and 31 in Brussels last week, warning: “European governments are confronted by a perfect storm of failed or neglected integration, foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, porous borders, and intelligence and security apparatus struggling to keep pace.”

He is largely right, though by criticising “neglected integration” he apparently assumes that large Muslim minorities like the 300,000 in Brussels can be integrated, or wants to. Has any northern European country succeeded in this “integration”? Have we?

No, if he can be criticised, it’s not for what he said but what he didn’t.

For instance, Turnbull failed to say Islam is part of the problem by stressing warfare and demanding Muslims make others live under its rule. He also failed to say the terrorism threat in Western countries is loosely related to the size of their Muslim minorities.

Yet Ambassador Bodson still bridled at Turnbull’s argument about unintegrated Muslims.

“It’s dangerous because it’s precisely what IS wants — that we would make a confusion between terrorism and migrants and between terrorism and Islam.

“The terrorists who committed the latest attacks and in Paris and in Belgium are European-raised and born. Maybe from foreign origins, but they are Europeans. So it has nothing to do with the refugee crisis,” he protested.

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Seriously? Terrorists shouting “Allah is great” as they kill have nothing to do with Islam?

Muslim terrorists who are immigrants or the children of immigrants have nothing to do with immigration?

Do we then assume Belgium will continue to accept even more Muslim immigration?

But consider this: France and Belgium have suffered Europe’s worst Muslim terrorist attacks since the train bombing in Madrid in 2004. In France, 7.5 per cent of the population is Muslim and in Belgium it’s 6.2 per cent.

In Australia, it’s just 2.1 per cent. So let’s not congratulate ourselves too soon that we do integration better.

We just have a smaller critical mass to deal with — and our politicians must ensure that does not change.

For Belgium, it may be too late.