The EU has agreed to fight the jihad in tandem with Muslim Mediterranean states. Well, not exactly. They have agreed to fight “terrorism.” But no one can quite agree on what that is. And no one dares ask how committed the Islamic countries will be to helping Europeans resist the jihad. All this will, I think, lead to not a little cognitive dissonance in the future — unless, of course, it leads to the downfall of Europe first.
Tense? Sure. You try maintaining a posture of dhimmi subservience simultaneous with one of toughness on terrorism. You’d be tense, too.
From AFP, with thanks to JE:
BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) – Europe agreed a pact on fighting terrorism with its mostly Muslim southern neighbours, but clear strains remained after a tense Euro-Mediterranean summit clouded by the absence of most Arab leaders.
Discord over the definition of terrorism marked the two-day gathering, which was portrayed by the European Union as a bid to revitalize a 10-year-old partnership with its Mediterranean-rim partners.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, co-hosting the summit with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, hailed the accord on a Code of Conduct on fighting terrorism after extended wrangling over the wording.
“Terrorism can never be justified,” Blair said addressing a news conference to close the summit. “This is a very important moment both for the European countries and for our other colleagues round the table.”
For the EU states, terrorism can never be justified even as a means of winning self-determination, but the Arab states wanted the right to resist occupation.
So terrorism is OK against Israel?
And notice, again, that “jihad” isn’t even on the radar screen. The Europeans are playing with fire with all their vague, namby-pamby, multiculturalist terminology. If they just called things by their right names, they wouldn’t be in this fix.