Assimilation is the enemy of terrorism

Charles Krauthammer, noting that one-quarter of all British Muslims sympathize with the recent bombings (and one-fifth have little or no loyalty to Britain), observes that these trends are worse among younger British Muslims. For this he blames a "massive failure of assimilation."

Massive failure of assimilation?

Excuse me, but isn't that the whole idea of multiculturalism?

Or is it just an unintended consequence?

Krauthammer maintains that the British situation is not analogous to the United States, because of our long history of assimilation.

However, the clear modern trend is to move away from assimilation -- in the name of multiculturalism.

From the 1880ís to the 1940ís when millions of immigrants arrived in the United States, Assimilation was the accepted norm in our culture and society. Assimilation can be defined as the process by which groups adapt or change to the dominant culture. When the 1960ís brought with it the Civil Rights Movement, Cultural Pluralism or Multiculturalism replaced assimilation.
I don't care whether it's called "diversity," "multiculturalism," "identity politics," or the old fashioned word "segregation," it's become increasingly clear that this stuff is leading the country in the wrong direction.

The British bombings ought to be seen as an early warning.

posted by Eric on 07.29.05 at 10:29 AM


I've never liked the word "assimilation" (" will be assimilated..."). I prefer "integration", or "Westernization". For those who don't want to be loyal to the country they're living in, for those who side with or aid her enemies, there is an alternative: expulsion. In other words: Love it or leave it. Put your heart in or get your ass out. Beat it. Hit the road. Scram. Get lost.

I ended that on a pretty harsh note, I know. That nasty sentiment wasn't intended for you lovers of Classical Values but only for those haters of all values, the terrorists.

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