by Leo Hohmann
Driving into parts of inner-city Detroit, Chicago or Miami at certain times of day can be pretty scary, but when the drug culture meets Shariah law it becomes a whole new level of frightening.
Yet, that’s what some U.S. neighborhoods have to look forward to if things don’t change in Washington, says the author of a new book on Europe’s “no-go zones.” In fact, the early warning signs are already becoming visible in some U.S. communities, says Raheem Kassam, who visited more than a dozen Muslim-dominated enclaves on the continent.
The jolting message contained in “No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You,” is one of warning for America, which is in the process of building up its own no-go zones by making the same immigration mistakes now on full display in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Almost daily reports of attacks, often with knives or vehicles, have been reported in these countries, while these type attacks are almost never seen in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, countries that have barred their doors to Muslim migration.
But Kassam is worried about the United States.
Places like the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis, where Shariah cops make house checks to make sure Somali refugees are not becoming too Westernized, and Hamtramck, Michigan, where the call to prayer is blasted over loudspeakers in Arabic and storefronts that once peddled Polish sausage are now brimming with halal meats.
These can be the early warning signs of a budding no-go zone, says Kassam. But even more crucial, he says, is the level of assimilation by second and third generation Muslim Americans. If the experience of Europe is any indication, trouble is on the horizon for U.S. cities.
Kassam was born in West London to parents of Tanzanian descent and has an ethnic Indian background.
His family practiced Ismaili, a sect of Shia Islam that is considered heretical and targeted for persecution in most Sunni-dominated countries.
“So I was a practicing Muslim until about the age of 20 but I guess I was lucky to be raised in this kind of liberal Muslim family,” Kassam told WND.
Shariah-compliant Somalis make life-changing impression
His good fortune ran out when he went off to the University of Westminster and realized that the greater slice of Islam did not share his family’s liberal, pro-Western mindset. He met many Sunnis from Somalia and other countries and came face to face with the dark secret of Islam often hidden from Westerners by the mass media – Shariah.
“I saw things going terribly wrong at my university with the Somalis, they were terribly strict [in following Shariah],” he said. “The University of Westminster is the same college Jihadi John attended, and I didn’t want to get into what these guys were about. So I left Islam about 10 years ago.”
Jihadi John was the British-born son of Arab migrants who beheaded American journalist James Foley, a beheading that was parlayed by ISIS into a propaganda video.
After watching CNN and “the Anderson Coopers of the world” present what he believes is a distorted view of Islam, Kassam went to work for the U.K. Independence Party headed by Nigel Farage.
Farage would later write the foreword to his book.
He later became editor in chief of Breitbart London and now splits his time between London, New York and Washington, D.C.
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The book is based on his travels to 14 cities with notorious no-go zones. Places like the Molenbeek area of Brussels and the Rosengard section in Malmo, Sweden, where outsiders, including police, dare not tread.
“I could not pick and choose when I wanted to be there, it was just whenever I could arrive, it was the middle of the night in many cases, it was whenever the train or the plane arrived,” he says.
In the Alum Rock neighborhood of Birmingham, England, graffiti on the side of a building read “No whites allowed after 8 p.m.”
What Kassam found in every one of his destinations was poverty, crime and extreme ghettoization, often not far from a posh area of the city.
His book is not the first journalistic investigation of no-go zones, but it may be the most thorough.
Steven Emerson, another journalist, has reported extensively on Muslim enclaves in the West but he ran into trouble more than two years ago when he referred to “no-go zones” during a television interview on Fox News.
“Steve’s major problem was that he called the entire city of Birmingham a no-go zone. If he had said ‘areas of Birmingham’ he would have been all right,” Kassam noted. “It was just an innocent slip of the tongue that anyone could have made but they seized upon it to destroy our entire narrative.”
Fox apologized for the report and British Prime Minister David Cameron piled on, calling Emerson “undignified” among other, worse names.
“When you have the British prime minister intervene and go out of his way to call out Mr. Emerson you know he was looking for that opportunity. One slip up and we lose the whole narrative. They forced us into a defensive position with their bullying.” entire post worth the read
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