Liberal ideology conceives of “safe spaces” in the context of alleged white patriarchy, but there was a real need for a “safe space” in Britain’s Manchester Arena on May 22, when 22-year-old terrorist Salman Abedi detonated his nail- and screw-filled suicide bomb after a concert by teen idol Ariana Grande. What was the “progressive” answer to yet another instance of Islamic terrorism in the West? Feckless calls for resisting hate, pledges of renewed diversity, and little else.
A rethinking of immigration policies is off the table. Nothing that
an Islamic terrorist can do will ever shake the left-wing commitment to
open borders—not mass sexual assaults,
not the deliberate slaughter of gays, and not, as in Manchester last
week, the killing of young girls. The real threat that radical Islam
poses to feminism and gay rights must be disregarded in order to
transform the West by Third World immigration. Defenders of the
open-borders status quo inevitably claim that if a terrorist is a
second-generation immigrant, like Abedi, immigration policy has nothing
to do with his attack. (Abedi’s parents emigrated to Britain from Libya;
his immediate family in Manchester lived in the world’s largest Libyan
enclave outside Africa itself.) Media Matters ridiculed a comment about
the Manchester bombing by Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt with the
following headline: fox news host suggests ‘open borders’ are to blame for manchester attack carried out by british native.
Earhardt had asked how to prevent “what’s happening in Europe, with
all these open borders, they’re not vetting, they’re opening their
borders to families like this, and this is how they’re paid back in
return.” Pace Media Matters, a second-generation Muslim
immigrant with a zeal for suicide bombing is as much of an immigration
issue as a first-generation immigrant with a terrorist bent. The fact
that second-generation immigrants are not assimilating into Western
culture makes immigration policy more, not less, of a pressing matter.
It is absurd to suggest that Abedi picked up his terrorist leanings from
reading William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth, rather than from
the ideology of radical Islam that has been imported into Britain by
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