CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 25, 2017 — Most Americans have heard of Sharia law and have some idea what it is. Those who do not completely understand it still know that it is incompatible with Western ideals and ways of living. For most of us, that is not a good thing.
As Muslim refugees continue to pour into Europe, national cultural dynamics are changing, often more rapidly than those countries are able to manage.
In 1938, a short story appeared in “Esquire” magazine, “Leiningen Versus the Ants.” Leiningen is a hard-working, coffee plantation owner in Brazil who has built his coffee business through his industrious work ethic and ingenuity. One day he is warned of a massive swarm of ants that is eating its way through the jungle, devouring everything in its path. Most people flee, but Leiningen stands his ground.
As the sea of ants surges closer, a Brazilian official shouts to Leiningen, “You’re insane! They’re creatures you can’t fight—they’re an elemental—an ‘act of God!’ Ten miles long, two miles wide—ants, nothing but ants! And every single one of them a fiend from hell.”
Leiningen chooses to fight. He digs a series of canals, fills them with fuel and creates curtains of fire. When those burn out, he floods them with water. But the ants learn to cross the canals. Some jump into the canals and drown, but their numbers are so great that other ants can use their bodies as a bridge to cross the water.
On the simplest level, this is a “man against nature” story, but it was first published in 1938, and the tale held a more dire warning about global politics and the rise of Adolf Hitler.
Today, the Leiningen metaphor takes on new political meaning. It applies to the way the world views Islam, and to the surge of humanity that sweeps into Western nations, slowly but surely altering or destroying their cultures.
Just as the coffee plantations were overwhelmed by a sea of ants, so too are Western nations that yield to the onslaught of immigrants being overwhelmed by a sea of humanity. They are being transformed by people who have no interest in compromising their beliefs or behaviors, even when they are guests of another country.
Sharia is the divine right of Allah who is judge over all things. No human on earth can usurp his power. Because Islam recognizes no separation between church and state, there is not one iota of wiggle room for any Western government to negotiate in a reasonable manner.
Because of this, Muslims are distinctively unique from other immigrants. Recognizing this has nothing to do with Islamophobia or political correctness. It has everything to do with the internal model of society and government that is Sharia Law, the most sinister aspect of which is that Muslims believe Sharia to be superior to any other form of government on the planet.
Pamela Geller describes the immigrant surge as a “demographic time bomb.”
Even people who have pooh-poohed the idea of the coming invasion are beginning to realize their views were falsely premised.
Writes Trevor Phillips, former chief of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission,
“For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.”
Now Phillips says Muslims are creating “nations within nations” in the West.
At this stage in the process, Muslims still realize they have not gained absolute control of the societies they wish to alter. Thus they make “modest” proposals that at first, seem harmless. Westerners, in an effort to get along, all too often go along with ideas like revoking the mandate that disallows Muslim girls from wearing headscarves in public schools. That seems harmless enough, doesn’t it?
But that is where the West always gets snookered. Soon the demands become larger and more prolific and, before long, the Muslim community outnumbers the native population. Much like Leiningen’s ants, Islam takes over, Sharia becomes the law of the land and “dhimmitude” is suddenly the dominant form of government.
(“Dhimmitude” is a term created Bat Ye’or to describe how Islam takes over a society and forces its population into servitude.)
Like it or not, the West is headed in that direction. The ants are willing to commit suicide to cross that bridge on the backs of their brothers, and the only way to stop it is to recognize its existence before they take control.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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