Last week, Prince Charles of Wales visited the White House. His mission, as the UK Telegraph described it, was to "persuade George W. Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since Sept. 11."
His timing could not have been much worse. As Prince Charles spoke with the president, Muslim rioters throughout France burned cars, shot at policemen, and launched gasoline bombs on schools and churches. Over 1,200 people have already been arrested. This rioting follows on the heels of a surefire Darwin Award situation, wherein two Muslim juvenile delinquents fleeing French police holed up in a power plant and electrocuted themselves. That tragedy sparked a maelstrom of rage among France's large Muslim minority, which has responded by setting France's major cities alight.
In the typically French way, President Jacques Chirac stated publicly that the French republic would remain "stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear." Privately, however, he told the president of Latvia that the riots were France's fault, largely due to the "ghettoisation [sic] of youths of African or North African origin" and France's "incapacity to fully accept them."
Maybe, just maybe, Europe doesn't get it.
When Muslim terrorists murder 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, the European response is to lecture Americans about their "intolerance" (this is actually Prince Charles' second attempt to teach Americans some European manners -- in November 2001, Charles labeled American response to Sept. 11 "too confrontational"). When Muslim terrorists bomb Madrid, the European response is to elect a socialist apologist for Islamist terrorism. When Muslim terrorists bomb London, the European response is to complain about increased safety measures. And when Muslims riot and burn half of France, the European solution is to apologize for their own close-mindedness.
This is called enabling. The global Muslim community has shown itself to be aggressive internationally, isolationist domestically and often violent religiously. The solution to such behavior isn't kowtowing -- it's strong and forceful opposition. Yet because of political correctness, because so many on the international left are afraid to label the indefensible (SET ITAL) as (END ITAL) indefensible, Western civilization finds itself in flames.