Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald assesses the costs of the jihad for Western governments and taxpayers:
What is the actual expense caused by the large-scale presence of Muslims in the Lands of the Infidels, which so many are taught to believe are enemy lands, so that they are now settling deep within those enemy lines? And once there, they are entrusted with the task of transforming it, slowly or quickly, and making it a place where, eventually, Islam can dominate and Muslims rule. What is the cost this has entailed for Western governments?
What is the cost of guarding every subway train and station, every bus station, every railroad station, every airport, and many planes? What is the cost of guarding synagogues and Jewish day schools, churches and Christian schools, Hindu temples? What is the cost of guarding the outspoken — from Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders to Carl I. Hagen in Norway? What is the cost to protect pipelines, water-treatment plants, nuclear reactors? What is the cost to search for, or to keep under surveillance, known or suspected supporters of terrorism, whose support may be anything from active participation and planning, to giving refuge, to fundraising, to propaganda?
What is the cost to the countries of Western Europe and North America? Can someone offer a figure? What does it cost to investigate, arrest, and try people? What does it cost to pay for the long investigations? What does it cost to pay for a whole network of informers, some of whom are no doubt completely phony but have found a new way for Muslims to make a living on Infidel backs by offering to watch over their fellow Muslims?
The whole problem need not have existed in the first place. But now — is it tens of billions a year? Is it hundreds of billions a year? And what could have been done with that money? What could have been done had the mistake never been made in the first place — if Islam had been understood before admitting people? What could have been done to relieve poverty, to prevent cuts in spending on health, education, social security, if this enormous expense, which grows and grows and grows, were not present?
And shall we add in the hundreds of billions spent on the Jizyah of foreign aid to Muslim countries? The damage done, already, to the school systems, social cohesion, and general pleasantness of life in France, in Holland, in Germany, in England, in Belgium, in Norway, in Denmark, in Sweden?
What will that mosque proposed for Val d’Elsa in the heart of Tuscany — that huge mosque demanded by local Muslims, to be erected between Siena and Florence, arising out of the Tuscan countryside, much to the horror of the local population that may be powerless to prevent this alien intrusion — this alien and hostile intrusion, in the midst of green Tuscany? What will it cost?
What will it all add up to? What does it add up to right now?
And the money is not even well spent. It would not cost very much to:
1) develop sane immigration policies, based on an acknowledgment that those who want to replace Western societies with Sharia states are not welcome;
2) translate the best websites, including www.secularislam.org, www.dhimmitude.org, www.faithfreedom.org, www.jihadwatch.org into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Chiinese, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, not with machines but with the best translators, paid correctly for their services. All of this would still cost less than a plane or two, and could help to transform the understanding, by many in Europe, and even some in the Muslim world, of what is going on, and what the tenets of Islam are, and how they have worked out over 1350 years, and what that means for the world today.
3) see how the Saudi economy runs without technical experts from the West. Perhaps oil production will suffer; certainly that possibility must be factored into the real cost of oil, which should be reflected not in the price, but in the taxes the government should place on that oil. Since, in any case, the world’s reserves will begin to decline by 2010, why wait to ease the pain?
By internalizing the real cost of fossil fuels and making them ever less attractive, while nuclear and solar energy become ever more attractive, and by depriving the Saudis of the financial wherewithal to support mosques and madrasas, to buy diplomats and journalists, to accumulate and distribute arms — think of it.
Fight the Jihad. Save the Environment. All at one and the same time.
But none of this is being done. Penny-wise and pound-foolish is the Pentagon. Where is the attempt to get the truth out? Where is the propaganda? Why is the government silent? And if it insists on being silent, why does not covertly fund those who need funding to do what the government may be too afraid to do, but that must be done? Where are the rich, who instead of funding some university or NPR or suchlike, realize that it is they, it is their children and grandchildren, who will suffer if Europe becomes islamized, and if America lives in a state of permanent internal siege.
This is not a theoretical problem. It is completely realistic. Nothing matters as much.