Turning a Blind Eye to Islamic Extremism

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Turning a Blind Eye to Islamic Extremism

As the U.S. and world speculate about what will happen in North Korea now that the dictator Kim Jong Il is dead, here's something else that ought to disturb your Christmas celebration, but is not getting much press.

An Islamist group in Belgium is intensifying a propaganda and intimidation campaign, whose purpose is to turn the country into an Islamic state.

Over the past several months, a Muslim organization calling itself "Sharia4Belgium" has become increasingly belligerent in its appeals to Muslims to overthrow the democratic order in the country.

The latest installment comes in the form of a video. A Belgium Islamist sheik is seen declaring the black flag of Islamic jihad will "soon be flying on top of all the palaces in Europe."

Belgium and the West have two choices. They can turn a blind eye and pretend this isn't happening, thus allowing it to advance like an untreated disease, or they can do something about it. Given the West's tolerance for intolerance, I'm betting on the former.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: December 21, 2011