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Er glasset halvfullt – eller halvtom? Bruce Bawer vurderer David Camerons München-tale.

Cameron has finally dipped his toe in the waters of truth. Please dive in, sir.

Det er mye å sette fingeren på, men det viktigste er at Cameron begynte, om enn visen er halvkvedet.

Terrorism is certainly a major problem, but it doesn’t compare with a host of others. There’s the rapid growth of Muslim enclaves in British cities where women are brutally oppressed in accordance with sharia. There’s the disturbing new pattern of censorship and self-censorship exemplified by novelist Sebastian Faulks, who in 2009, after incurring Muslim wrath for disparaging the Koran—“The consequences of saying things like this could be quite severe,” warned the Islamic Society of Britain darkly—rushed out a pathetic, groveling apology. There’s the spineless defeatism that led the Archbishop of Canterbury, in a 2008 speech, to whitewash sharia and urge “constructive accommodation” of it in the United Kingdom.

And there’s that very accommodation. Police have repeatedly refused to protect abused Muslim wives and children, for example. A couple of weeks ago, a swimming pool in Manchester popular with Muslims turned away a toddler because she wasn’t of the faith. Examples like this become even more troubling in light of a 2007 report from the Dutch intelligence service, which noted that European imams who had previously urged their flocks to become terrorists were now calling for them to shariafy Western society gradually, through a long-term campaign of bullying, intimidating, guilt-tripping, and grievance-mongering.

Noe overraskende griper Bawer fatt i at Cameron tok opp såkalt omvendt rasisme, som er et tabu i offentligheten. Men han brukte uttrykkene «whites» and «non-whites», og dermed blander han inn et stort antall hinduer som er mønsterborgere, skriver Bawer. Men det Cameron gjør er å bruke PK-lingo, og alle forstår hva han egentlig mener: at muslimer ser ned på og behandler ikke-muslimer dårlig. Den offentlige samtalen er blitt kodet og en gåte for uforstående, og er i seg selv et stort hinder for at noe skjer.

Det viktigste var likevel at Cameron gikk inn for en gutsy liberalism, og ikke den pudding-varianten som har vært gjeldende i flere tiår.

“We need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a much more active, muscular liberalism,” said Cameron. Yes, that’s precisely what Britain needs: a gutsy, unashamed defense of liberal values—and with it, a frank critique of the illiberal values enshrined in sharia and enforced in far too many Muslim communities around the United Kingdom.

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