We applaud some of what British Prime Minister Theresa May had to say after Saturday’s terror attack in London – she put the blame where it lies and said there was a bit too much tolerance in the UK for Islamic extremism. In a country where some 20,000 jihadists are said to live and plot, that’s probably an understatement, but hey, it’s a start. Certainly, she’s a step ahead of London’s Muslim mayor, who is one of those fools who thinks Islam has nothing to do with what’s going on.
But rather than crack down on the number of Muslim immigrants who are allowed into England or start putting well-known radical mosques under surveillance, May thinks the way to prevent Islamic terrorism lies in putting restrictions on what people can say on the internet.
“We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements to regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning,” May said Sunday.
This is one of those proposals that sounds good when you’re in the heat of the moment and you’re thinking about ISIS-supporting Twitter accounts and secretive websites deep the back corners of Web where terrorists plan attacks on innocent Londoners. It’s not so good, however, when you listen to May prattle on about the “pluralistic values of Britain” and realize that her idea of an internet speech crackdown would probably target anti-Islamic sentiment just as much – or more than – pro-ISIS chatter.
After all, we’ve seen in Germany how quickly Europeans are to give up their free speech rights in the name of protecting so-called marginalized groups. And Britain itself has a shaky history of arresting and prosecuting citizens accused of “Islamophobia.”
When it comes to European leaders, we’ll take May over Merkel or Macron any day of the week, but she would do well to edge a little closer to Donald Trump’s way of seeing Islamic terror and a little further away from her continental allies. Western Europe has already done irreparable damage to its own citizens with a thoughtless agenda of multiculturalism that has allowed thousands and thousands of Middle Easterners to set up camp in their cities without even making a polite attempt at assimilation. Worse, many of these Arabs are demanding that their hosts change THEIR culture and THEIR laws to make them feel more welcome.
This disaster-in-progress has led to a dramatic uptick in terror and crime, which has inevitably led to a backlash. Now these leaders, unwilling to just stand up and admit that they were wrong, want to make it illegal to speak the truth about their failed agenda…and about the unwanted Islamists living among them.