It’s been done. Indeed, there has been a general rise in the number of threats against France, and counterterror activity in response to them.
Those in the West who would object to the burqa ban as “causing” this round of threats by “radicalizing” Muslims are submitting to the jihadist mindset that the ban is as severe a provocation as they claim, and that attacks are the logical or even natural response to being so “provoked.”
But consider the set of priorities. Think of all the “human rights” one could strive for in the name of a just society. Which one did the jihadists pick? The “right” of a woman (assuming it’s even her choice) to shroud her face in public in the name of Islamic piety, with all of the symbolism the burqa and niqab carry for Islamic supremacism, and the utter subjugation and objectification of women.
“Bin Laden threatens to launch terrorist attacks in France over move to ban burkas,” from the Daily Mail, October 27 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audio tape to kill French citizens to avenge their country’s support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.
In the tape, obtained by satellite television station Al-Jazeera and then posted on its website on Wednesday, Bin Laden said France was aiding the Americans in the killing of Muslim women and children in an apparent reference to the war in Afghanistan.
He said the kidnapping of five French citizens in the African nation of Niger last month was a reaction to what he called France’s oppression of Muslims.
‘How can it be right that you participate in the occupation of our lands, support the Americans in the killing of our women and children and yet want to live in peace and security?’ said Bin Laden, addressing the French.
‘It is a simple and clear equation: As you kill, you will be killed. As you capture, you will be captured. And as you threaten our security, your security will be threatened….
Or, as we ban burqas and niqabs, apparently we’ll be in line for all of the above: killing, capturing, and threats. Quite the proportionate response there, Osama.