While the EU joining in on the pressuring of Israel to make concessions that damage her security, the Islamic fundamentalists have chosen their next target—SPAIN !! For 700 years Spain was Al-Andalus (the Arabic name given to those parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims, or Moors-remember Othello?). At various times in the period between 711 and 1492. It refers to the Umayyad Caliphate province (711-750), Emirate of Córdoba (c. 750-929) and Caliphate of Córdoba (929-1031) and its “taifa” (“successor”) kingdoms Now the Islamists want Spain back. But wait…I thought once Israel concedes itself out of existence, there will be NO Islamic terror. Isn’t that what the EU says? If I lived in Europe I would be quite scared, because if the Islamics take Spain could countries with large Islamic populations such as Britain, France, and Germany be next? Count on it!
The Rapid Re-Islamization of Southern Spain [“Al-Andalus”] August 4, 2008 By EMERSON VERMAAT
“Al-Andalus is a myth, (a myth) about the unity of Muslims, (a myth) about a great Muslim-dominated civilization (presented as) an alternative to the West,” says Moroccan political scientist Mohamed Tozy. “Al-Qaida wants to revive this myth, but we cannot ignore the fact that after some time it will have disagreeable territorial consequences.” 21
In November 2007 the Arab League endorsed the Moroccan claims to Ceuta and Melilla, putting pressure on Spain to leave the enclaves, something Spain is not willing to negotiate about. 22 In November 2007 Spanish King Juan Carlos paid a visit to both Spanish enclaves. He received an enthousiastic welcome from the cities’ inhabitants who clearly wish to remain Spanish. But on the Moroccan side of the border demonstrators voiced their anger showing banners with texts like: “Ceuta and Melilla are Moroccan. Juan Carlos go.” They demanded that Spain “depart from colonialism.” Some demonstrators tried to enter the enclaves but were stopped by Spanish police.23 Moroccan King Mohamed VI said the visit was “an act of nostalgia reflecting a dark era.” 24 National Court of Spain legalizes polygamy That the creeping process of Islamization does not even stop at the doors Spanish courthouses is clear from a recent decision by the National Court of Spain (“Audiencia Nacional”). It was in June 2008 that this prestigious court ruled that a Senegalese Muslim immigrant who had more than one wife was entitled to Spanish citizenship. Ndiaga Diop arrived in Spain in 1991. He lives in the Spanish town of Almería, not very far from Granada. He has two wives and six children in Senegal, a Muslim country where polygamy is part of the national culture and tradition – as is the case in many other African countries. When Diop applied for Spanish citizenship in 2002 his application was denied by the Ministry of Justice on the grounds that he had more than one wife. This was not in accordance with Spanish “basic social principles.” The maximum sentence for polygamy under the Spanish penal code is only one and a half year, hardly a deterrent for committed polygamists from Africa. And Diop is a just another example of such a man. He appealed to the National Court of Spain and won. The court ruled that Diop had adapted himself to his new society, that his behavior did not negatively affect the “public order” and that the Spanish law respects his convictions. Diop’s lawyer Marcelo Quílez was jubilant. “Although he (Diop) was a polygamist, the court granted him Spanish nationality,” 25he said. Diap is now entitled to bring his wives and children into the Spain – in the context of “family reunification.” The National Court of Spain fails to take into account that this ruling sets a highly worrying precedent. There are thousands of African illegal immigrants in Spain who are also married to more than one wife. Will they be entitled to Spanish citizenship, too? The court’s ruling also reflects a dangerous trend in Spain and some other European countries. A trend which allows judges to decide that non-Western cultures and traditions take precedence over national laws based on Western values. Values which can only be ignored at our peril. Today, a judge may rule that polygamy is alright, tomorrow another judge may rule that female circumcision and wife-beating are alright because we must “respect” the cultures and traditions of non-Western immigrants. Some defense lawyers even argue that judges should show understanding for the motives and cultural habits of those immigrants who commit “honor crimes.” Susan Moller Okin severely criticized the “multiculturalists” who by emphasizing “group rights” and “minority cultures” in fact destroy Western freedom, society and values. She also blames some European governments: “During the 1980s the French government quietly permitted immigrant men to bring multiple wives into the country, to the point where an estimated 200,000 families in Paris are now polygamous.” 26 The lax attitude of European governments and judges will not help to solve the huge problems caused by non-Western immigrants. On the contrary, such an attitude seriously hampers their much needed integration into society. © 2008 Emerson Vermaat. All rights reserved. Emerson Vermaat is a Dutch investigative reporter specialized in crime and terrorism. His website is: Emerson Vermaat.com 1. Memri Special Dispatch, July 27, 2008, No. 2003, Egyptian Islamic Preacher Amr Khaled: Within 20 Years Muslims will be majority in Europe. Excerpts from an interview on Dream 2 TV, May 10, 2008. 2. Timesonline, May 8, 2008 (“Churchgoing on its knees as Christianity falls out of favour”). 3. Ulrich Haarmann, Geschichte der Arabischen Welt (Munich: Verlag C.H. Beck, 1987), p. 321, 322. 4. Brynyar Lia, Architect of Global Jihad. The Life of Al-Qaida Strategist Abu Mus’ab Al-Suri (London: Hurst & Company, 2007), p. 55, 106; Emerson Vermaat, Mustafa Setmarian Nasar: A close friend of Bin Laden’s and Al-Zawahiri’s, published in: Militant Islam Monitor, December 4, 2005. 5. Bruce Lawrence (Ed.), Messages to the World. The Statements of Osama bin Laden (London/New York: Verso, 2005), p. 14. 6, Ibid., p. 227. 7. El País (Madrid), June 17, 2007, p. 32 (“Los communicados de Al Qaeda”). 8. Ibid. (“La aparación de ‘yihadistas’ de segunda generación desata la alarma policial”). CGI report “Evolución de la amenaza del terrorismo islamista en España.” 9. El Mundo (Madrid), December 12, 2007, p. 3 (“Al Qaeda a la Puerta de Europa”). 10. El País, April 15, 2007, p. 7 (“El Sueño de Al Andalus”). 11. Ibid. See also Aaron Hanscon, The Jihadist dream to liberate Spain, Frontpagemagazine.com, December 25, 2006. 12. El País, January 2007, p. 8 (“Marruecos desmantela una red que enviaba terroristas suicidas a Irak”). 13. El País, April 15, 2007, p. 7 (“El Sueño de Al Andalus”). 14. Focus (Germany), June 30, 2008, p. 136, 137 (“Allah in Andalusien”). 15. El Mundo, October 10, 2007, p. 22 (“La Liga Arabe reivindica el uso para los musulmanes de la mezquita de Córdoba”). Moratimos: “Lo que haga la Iglesia Católica estará bien hecho.” Yet, it was Moratimos who initiated this conference. 16. The Independent, January 5, 2007, internet (“Spanish bishops fear a rebirth of Islamic kingdom”). 17. Geoff Pingee and Lisa Abend, Spain’s New Muslims, published in: The Walrus, August 4, 2007, internet. 18. WorldNetDaily, May 3, 2006 (“Gadhafi: Islam taking over Europe”). 19. Geoff Pingee and Lisa Abend, op. cit. 20. El Mundo, June 21, 2007, p. l, 3, 22 (“El islam invoca tesis de Zapatero pro de la ‘memoria histórica andalusi'”). All information about this conference is based on this article. 21. El País, May 14, 2007 (“Hasta dónde llega la amenaza islamista sobre Al Andalus?”) 22. El Mundo, November 9, 2007, p. 21 (“Marruecos condiciona una ‘buena’ relación con España a un diálogo sobre Ceuta y Melilla”). “La Liga Araba brindó su ‘apoyo total’ a los ‘derechos legitimos’ de Rabat sobre Ceuta y Melilla.” Spanish Deputy Prime Minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega: “No hay nada que negociar.” 23. El Mundo, November 6, 2007, p. 11 (“Mas de 1.000 marroquíes, contra la visa en la verja de Melilla.” “Protestas al otro lado de la frontera”). There were also about 1000 Moroccans who demonstrated at the Moroccan border with Ceuta. So the total number of demonstrators was about 2000. 24. El Mundo, November 7, 2007, p. 1 (“Mohamed VI dice que la visita es ‘un acto nostálgico de una era sombría'”). 25. El País, June 6, 2008, p. 43 (“La Audiencia da la nacionalidad a un senegalés que fue polígamo”). 26. Susan Moller Okin, Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999), p. 9, 11.