Today, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, at AM 640. We focused on two stories - the policing of Ferguson, Missouri, and the decapitation by ISIS of my fellow Granite Stater - James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire, who was kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising.
His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the planet's coolest new gang and saw the heads off anyone who gets in their way: Christian, Yazedi, Kurd, Shia, Alawite, and, indeed, plenty of little schoolgirls in pretty pink dresses. As I said to John, more British Muslims are serving with ISIS than as soldiers of the Queen. Click below to listen:
As the apologists for mass Muslim immigration assure us, not every western Muslim wants to join up with the head-hackers. That's true, but the number of folks back home cheering them on is not insignificant: I mentioned to John a poll showing that "15 per cent of French people back ISIS". Ah, but don't worry: it's probably an outlier.
Just before I went on air, Jeffery Hype tweeted:
@MarkSteynOnline In 2001 you made the argument that the US should attack Saudi, not Iraq. Applying same logic is it now time to invade UK?
But you gotta get up earlier than that to beat me to this stuff. I recommended to former Nato commander General Wesley Clark that America invade Britain way back in 2007.
Don't worry, I was just winding up General Clark, and at this stage I'm not sure it would accomplish anything. From the United Kingdom's point of view, the Afghan war has long been in essence a British civil war relocated to the Hindu Kush and played out between those British passport-holders loyal to Queen and country and those who regard themselves as soldiers of Allah. But the execution of James Foley broadens the scope, and foreshadows a world in which Americans are beheaded by nominal "Australians", Australians by "Belgians", Belgians by "Canadians", Canadians by "Germans", Germans by Americans.
There are two approaches to ISIS: You can kill it. Or you can feed it. And right now we're feeding it - with manpower, and with victims. And, as it feasts, it grows.
In 1970, the developed nations had twice as big a share of the global population as the Muslim world: 30 per cent to 15 per cent. By 2000, they were at parity: each had about 20 per cent.
And by 2020…?
But, as I said all those years ago, soon you won't even be able to make that comparison. Because we are becoming them.
And so it is that in the supposed "Syrian civil war" an American citizen is beheaded by a British subject.
~Tomorrow, I'll be keeping my weekly radio date south of the border with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.