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Hello America: London Sends Its Regards

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Aug 1, 2011 at 12:11

As much as there are stories of surveillance on the most obscure places in British population centers, a question is posed: has anyone been observed placing the signs; or are they able to get them up the same way as graffiti 'magically' appears in the lesser places that proper citizens tend to ignore?

There has always been a 'caste' system in all sectors of world societies, where people of similar heritage gather/cluster for the sake of gaining familiarity in a foreign place, sometimes to an advantage, sometimes to a worse condition depending upon certain vulnerabilities brought along with the cultures. In America, there are the little Tokyo's, Chinatowns, Koreatowns, the barrios, etc., etc. All have their own societal crutches that allow for that same familiarity they knew from the 'old country.'

The problem with that was/is can be determined by the circumstances of not being able to assimilate into the culture of freedom and liberty that once was the hallmark of 'coming to America.' Instead, much of the cultural inhibitions that they were ostensibly trying to escape is brought along with the other baggage, and may times these poor individuals are trapped in the very cultural barriers they thought were left behind.

There is a difference and distinction with the Muslim cultural attitudes apparently. It appears to be the intent to bring along the Islamic ways to America, in a quite antithetical situation that defies the typical reasoning for coming to America. Since it is obvious from the fundamentalist Islamists perspective that Islamic rule structure is the only approvable way for society, the intent of 'Islamizing' every foreign culture becomes the process in every place Islam sets foot. But, here is the problem: if Islam is as great as they say in places that already observe those precepts, then it must be believed that a practicing Islamist Muslim does not come to a place like America because there is freedom and liberty to be enjoyed, but Islam seems intent to destroy it for non-conformance instead. This is what the Brits and Europeans are faced with; America is not far behind.

The placement of the signs in Britain are symptomatic of a government that has lost sight of what it meant to be British and cannot gain control of the very thing that they imported upon themselves. After messing with the Middle East so much, the meddling has come home to nest.

In the previous post, complacency is identified as the symptom here in America; yet it is not primary issue that faces the United States of America. Islam would not be able to gain any foothold unless there was the opening and extended opportunity given them to breach. Going all the way back to before the Islamic revolution of Iran when the oil crisis gave the Middle East knowledge of an advantage over America's vulnerability due to its energy needs, then America should have reacted quite differently to how America lost all creditability in the Middle east as the Iranian embassy hostage crisis began to unfold. All one need do is review how the American Executive administration responded to the affront to America at that time and realize that every time the wrong answer came out of the presidential office, America was being set up for the next time: and we were. Lebanon, Khobar, the USS Cole, the hijackings, etc., etc., until it took the felling of the WTC, (THE SECOND ATTEMPT, no less) before someone had a momentary thought that said, HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it still took near ten years to get at least one part right.

There is still one place to try making a difference. Get rid of the nonsense that is taking place in what should be a monument of the losses suffered on September 11, 2001; and not even give a squabbling chance for the sacred memory to be overshadowed by the co-collaborators of the perpetrators to place their own monument. Fail at this New York; fail to keep them from further dishonoring the landscape of America's symbolic City of freedom and London's worry over a few measly signs will be fodder for the Late Night show in New York; they will have won the day. Then, you may as well replace Liberty's tablet with a copy of the Quran and remove the torch, for the light will have been snuffed out.


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