22 Oct 2010
It has taken some time for aggressive European style Islam hatred to make its mark in the US. For years, the old world’s constant state of conflict with its Muslim citizens and the hysterical warnings over the imminent takeover of the West by Sharia law has produced little more than a shrug of the shoulders in America, the classic immigration land. There was relatively little in the way of a reaction against Muslim Americans in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. There were no mass protests against Muslims, no mosques burned.
There were a few bloggers prepared to declare war on jihad; people like Charles Johnson whose tirades on his “Little Green Footballs” blog attracted millions. One of these, Pamela Geller, was particularly active and particularly virulent in her comments, and later began her own blog, “Atlas Shrugs”. She, along with bearded intellectual Robert Spencer (he blogs on “Jihad Watch”), head the organisation “Stop Islamization of America” (SIOA) and are now regarded as the leaders of the anti-Islam movement in the US.
And they are becoming increasingly radical and it was they who were behind the protests in New York this month. They are good friends with Wilders, and admirers of his radicalism. His belief that Islam is a conspiracy to conquer the world, rather than a religion, is one they share.