|Justin Trudeau at Muslim prayer meeting in Calgary|
Which country has the fastest-growing Muslim population? No, it's not Canada, it's Ireland. But Canada is a close second. From 2010 to 2030, the general population of Canada is expected to increase by 18%. However, according the Pew Forum survey "The Future of the Global Muslim Population," during that same time period the Muslim population of Canada will increase by 183% -- i.e., 10 times faster than the general population. One focal point is Calgary; it's the fastest-growing Canadian city, and its Baitunnur Mosque is the largest mosque in North America.
In fact, there has been a huge but mostly silent emigration from Muslim lands into many countries, but especially into Ireland, Canada, Finland, Norway, New Zealand, the US, Sweden, Niger, Italy, Paraguay, Laos, Guatemala, Timor-Leste, and the UK (in rank order).
Why is this movement of population occurring? It may be that Muslims are thinking they should leave their homelands as quickly as possible. That's particularly the case with those who live in countries around the Persian Gulf -- Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. For more than a thousand years, the Gulf Arabs made their living mainly by running the slave trade (see George MacMunn, Slavery Through the Ages), but Westerners finally forced them to abolish that business. Not long ago, the Gulf Arabs switched to collecting money from the oil industry, as the Americans and British were busy drilling wells. Now the oil is starting to dry up, and the chances of making a living at anything else are rather slim, because the Gulf countries are really just sand. As a further result, there's also almost no agriculture. But, for now, there's enough money for investments.
The emigration is what Jews would call a diaspora, except that it's nearly invisible, because there's very little contact with the host population. A Gulf Arabic man looks almost like someone from southern Europe, and if his wife covers her head, so do lots of European women. The Arabic language, with its strangely velarized consonants, wouldn't really draw too much attention. (Many Muslims outside the Gulf, though, speak languages other than Arabic.) As for what goes on in the homes -- who knows?
But there's the question of where Muslims can go. They're not always welcome in Europe, although that doesn't stop them from trying. Far better to find a land where people won't notice what's happening, where the locals have been brainwashed by Liberal (Cultural Marxist) regimes into thinking that theirs should be "a nation of immigrants," where people have been convinced that it's better to be "multicultural" than to take pride in one's own culture. What's needed, in fact, is a country that's basically just vacant land, a nice piece of acreage that's just waiting to be taken and developed, a place where nobody is now living. What country fits that description best? Canada, of course.
(Is "multiculturalism" a description? Or a command? If the latter, to whom does it apply? Multiculturalism eventually means a world of no culture, with everyone waiting to be mentally spoon-fed by the government. Without a culture, there is no reference point, no anchor, no defense against tyranny. Still, tyrants have come a long way over the years, having learned how to get the public to really enjoy waiting for the next executive order.)
With Justin Trudeau securing the Muslim vote for his Liberal Party, it will take only a few decades for more than half of Canada's population to be Muslim. Perhaps our granddaughters should start getting used to wearing the hijab and other "modest" clothing, even in the middle of summer. Not to mention undergoing genital mutilation, enjoying the blessings of holy matrimony of the polygamous variety, getting an occasional beating with the blessing of Sura 4 of the Koran, and becoming among the 20,000 annual victims of Muslim honor killings (to use Robert Fisk's estimate). And complaining will accomplish nothing. In the years to come, don't bother calling the police: the Gulf Muslims in particular are determined that sharia (Muslim religious law) will replace any local laws. Many Western countries have eagerly been taking steps in that direction already. If Canadians despise their own culture, they will make little effort to maintain the ideals that their ancestors fought for.
Getting into Canada isn't hard. It's mainly a question of which doors one prefers to use. After getting in, the next task is to bring in all one's relatives, preferably under the "family class." Then one can continue the Muslim tradition of avoiding birth control and begin multiplying in the old-fashioned way.
It's hard to imagine a softer target than Canada. We welcome Muslims into this country, even if we send our young men and women to die in the Middle East fighting those same people. If Canadians protest about anything related to Muslims, they risk being accused of a "hate crime," a subsection of Orwell's "thought crime." In both cases, the conviction is contained within the accusation. Did Justin Trudeau's father Pierre pick up this curious bit of jurisprudence as a souvenir on a trip to Cuba?
At the moment, there is in Canada no "facts on file," no centralized data bank, to document the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, or even the 1 million who are now here. Canada is the only industrialized country to lack a right-wing party. And we have no right to deride Americans for giving up their civil liberties without a peep: Pierre Trudeau's invocation of the War Measures Act predated Bush's Patriot Act by 31 years. The real "hate," though, will be that of our descendants, and it is us they will despise, for our unwillingness to speak up for them when we had the chance.
When I write things of this sort and send them out, most people pretend they never received them. Shortly after writing the above paragraphs, however, I saw again the book by Wafa Sultan called A God Who Hates. In the first few pages she tells a fable about a village where everybody is very depressed. A visitor asks what is wrong, and somebody says that there is a terrible ogre that rules the village. The ogre's name is Fear. The visitor goes looking for the ogre, and finds that it is only a very tiny creature. There's hope for all of us.