Monday, September 11, 2006


Proof that the events of September 11, 2001, March 11, 2004, July 7, 2005, and scores of similar incidents around the world before and between those dates, taught America's political leadership exactly nothing.

In 2005, more people from Muslim countries became legal permanent United States residents — nearly 96,000 — than in any year in the previous two decades.

More than 40,000 of them were admitted last year, the highest annual number since the terrorist attacks, according to data on 22 countries provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

Many have made the journey unbowed by tales of immigrant hardship, and despite their own opposition to American policy in the Middle East. They come seeking the same promise that has drawn foreigners to the United States for many decades, according to a range of experts and immigrants: economic opportunity and political freedom.

Those lures, both powerful and familiar, have been enough to conquer fears that America is an inhospitable place for Muslims.

“America has always been the promised land for Muslims and non-Muslims,” said Behzad Yaghmaian, an Iranian exile and author of “Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West.” “Despite Muslims’ opposition to America’s foreign policy, they still come here because the United States offers what they’re missing at home.”

Muslim immigrants to Europe during the 60's and 70's said the same thing. Now they demand Sharia law, blow up subways and proclaim their intent to make Europe a Muslim continent.

This is how the Bush administration "protects" Americans - by inviting tens of thousands more people from the lands and culture that attack the US to come and live here. By dilluting further American culture with tens of thousands more people from deeply alien and hostile cultures. This is what passes for sensible immigration policy in Washington on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

To any generation before this, the actions of the ruling class in Washington - as exemplified by new of last year's record Muslim immigration (not to mention the collapse of the US-Mexican border) - would be regarded as treason. But our enlightened time has a better word for it: multiculturalism.

And George W. Bush may go down as the greatest multiculturalist of them all.