Michael Adebolajo, the terrorist who butchered a British soldier, is along with his accomplice, a man who has no use for British culture, British economics, British politics, British mores, British anything. He is a soldato [sic] in an Islamic jihad that seeks to destroy Great Britain.
[Founder of the now-banned Islamist organization al-Muhajiroun Anjem] Choudary says that he was [Omar Mohammed, a radical Islamist cleric who urges his followers to fight the jihad] Bakri’s right hand. Working together, he says, they aimed to rally Muslim youth throughout the country against the policies of the British government and usher them onto the streets.
When he is asked how he wants to change the UK, Choudary smiles gently. … He insists that he wants to introduce Sharia law throughout the country as well as ban alcohol and gambling. And, of course, abolish the monarchy. He wants to transform Buckingham Palace into a mosque. Choudary sees jihad as a means of defending Islam. He has praised the 9/11 terrorists—and he refuses to condemn the London bombers from 2005.
A friend of Choudary’s steps up to the table. He calls himself Mohammed and also wears a black robe. He is in an excellent mood. “The entire country’s afraid now,” he says with glee. Mohammed says that he happened to run into Adebolajo a few weeks ago, “but didn’t notice anything special about him.”
These people did not “immigrate” into Great Britain in order to participate in and take advantage of all that Great Britain and British culture had to offer. They came to radically change the very culture that made the country great, to make it over into the country from which these people came.
They refuse to assimilate into British society; instead they demand that British society assimilate into their homeland’s society.
The British have no obligation to accommodate them, nor do the British have an obligation to accept into their country people such as these—indeed, no nation has an inherent obligation to accept any individual or group who wishes, for any reason, to enter.
The British should accommodate these people and their ilk in one respect, though: accept their refusal to assimilate—send them back home. The safety, the very identity, of the country demands it.
And so does the safety and identity of the United States demand similar responses to those who do not wish to integrate themselves into that which has made us so great, but who, on the contrary, wish to radically change us, to make us over into an extension of their homeland.