Saturday, December 03, 2005

Why American Muslims have not turned to Terrorism?

An interesting view as to why American Muslims have so far been moderates and happy with America while European Muslims are increasingly extremist and discontented with their adopted countries.

Is this phenomena really due to a fundamental difference in the way the US assimilates its immigrants (pluralistic and merit based assimilation into a native population that is very comfortable with God), versus the European way (statist based assimilation into a native population that is largely atheistic and that also has vestiges of xenophobia and classicism)

Could it also be because the Muslim population in the US is still only about 1% of the total population as compared to 5-10% for a typical Western European country. Therefore has the US just not reached a critical mass of Muslims in its population and therefore has not yet felt the pain of adjusting to what is a rather difficult cultural group to assimilate.

Only time will tell......Here is an article that believes the US is generally better at assimilating diverse populations of immigrants (a view I happen to hold based on my own experiences in this great country)

Religious Protection
by Spencer Ackerman
In September, the world watched the ringleader of the July 7 London terrorist attack, his voice inflected with a West Yorkshire accent, preach jihad in English. Al Jazeera aired the communiqué of 30-year-old Mohammad Sidique Khan, which Khan recorded to explain why he helped murder over 50 of his fellow Britons on a bus and in the Underground. "Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment, and torture of my people, we will not stop this fight," .....(Go to TNR for the rest of the story - Registration Required)


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