Attempted bombing raises fears about al-Qaeda in YemenThat is one of many headlines round the world today following the "incident" aboard Northwest flight 253 approaching Detroit.
But it hardly begins to cover the depth of the problem, does it?
What about Denmark, Holland, London?
Chattanooga for all we know.
In recent weeks, I have read two major articles and watched one video all with the same theme - the "Islamification" of Europe.
Did you know that there are now more mosques in London, England than churches?
That the largest mosque in the world in being built in London?
Denmark and the Netherlands, deservedly known for decades as open and tolerant and inviting countries are reversing long-standing government policies of inclusion and diversity.
Because Muslims have moved into those countries in huge numbers, eating up welfare payments and health benefits.
Women in tents dominate the city streetscapes.
Gays and Jews are routinely beat up.
Mohammed is the most popular boy's name in Malmo, Sweden.
It is unsettling to say the least to listen to myself, a squishy liberal, tarnishing entire peoples with a single brush, fearful of people because of their appearance or their name or their professed religious beliefs.
But that is where I am on this sorry date.
Denmark has now declared that immigrants must study Danish history and social customs and live (somehow) by Danish social mores.
At least eight years ago, a dear friend of mine who lives in Europe told me this:
"Judaism can be seen as a Religion of Laws. Christianity a religion of Forgiveness & Compassion. Islam is a religion of the sword. Beware the future."
Well, the future is here.
The 19 who perpetrated 9/11 and Mr. Abdulmutallab who was dragged off that plane in Detroit are mere signals.
They have already seriously altered how we do business and how we travel and how we live.
I am not worried about al-Qaeda in Yemen, although I probably should be.
I am worried about the radicalized lunatic exchange student(s) at SFU.
And I am worried about flying to Italy to see old friends and more cathedrals and paintings.
Good luck to us all.