Focusing on Islam, Part III: What tomorrow holds • Brooklyn Paper

Focusing on Islam, Part III: What tomorrow holds

The world’s Muslim population will increase from 1.6 billion to 2.2 billion by 2030, overtaking non-Muslim growth, projects the Pew Research Center.

Britain’s Muslim community is expected to double to 5.5 million people, meaning it will have more Muslims than Kuwait in less than 20 years.

That raises disturbing questions for western democracies grappling with geopolitical tensions.

Will jihadists cease their holy war? Are Muslims up for a religious reformation? Can Judeo-Christian ideals survive? When will we wean ourselves off Opec, a Muslim petroleum dictatorship that predicts our crude oil demand will soar to 113 million barrels a day in 20 years?

Our future global security is inextricably linked to the Muslim world, whose instabilities make it a difficult partner. Some of the richest nations are run by Muslims. Yet they are developing countries, buoyed industrially, financially, and militarily by the United States, that give virtually no allegiance in return.

Pakistan, the nuclear nation Pew predicts will become the world’s most populous Muslim country in the next two decades, is one of the top recipients of American foreign aid. It is also where people chant “Death to America” in public.

The U.S. has pledged the “Land of the Pure” more than $30 billion in assistance since 1948 to promote democracy and root out radicals. Pakistan has pocketed the cash, but not fixed its cruel human rights record or cooperated fully in the war on terror.

Pakistan’s government dillydallied when the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai, 15, in the head last year for advocating education for girls. And Pakistani officials professed ignorance of Osama bin Laden’s lair near a military compound, prompting the State Department to brand Pakistan’s intelligence agency a terrorist organization.

The Muslim mindset is key to our future world relations. But not for any flattering reason, note introspective believers.

“Muslims outwardly show obedience to Islam, but the truth is many of them don’t give a s—.” says a former Pakistani-American living in Denmark.

The man, who didn’t want his name used, tells of checking out what a high-ranking morality cop in Islamabad had been perusing on the Internet during a visit to his home.

“I was alone in the room where his computer was, I looked at the ‘history’ and found that the dude had been on about four or five porno sites the day before,” he says.

Shariah-based intrusions in America are already clear and present, thanks to cavalier Americans.

Al Gore made a reported $100 million profit when he hawked Current TV to the sheik of oil-drenched Qatar, a refuge for Al Qaeda terrorists, stated the 9-11 Commission. Qatar also put up $620 million for the $700 million CityCenterDC a multi-use project six blocks away from the White House, in exchange for stipulations, such as no bars in the vicinity.

Mankind’s successful civil systems have endured because they have championed commerce, science, and human rights — a time-honored triumvirate that has historically evaded many Muslims.

Islam’s expanding footprint raises important red flags for hard-won democracies that won’t matter much without freedom.


Read Shavana Abruzzo's column every Friday on BrooklynDaily.com. E-mail here at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com.

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