Bollards of the Mind

Bollards of the Mind, by Mark Steyn.

From The Daily Mail:

A Muslim student union leader has claimed she would like to ‘oppress white people‘ and has suggested there would be an Islamic takeover if more people read the Koran.

Zamzam Ibrahim, who was elected President of Salford University’s Student Union in March, also suggested friendship between men and women is un-Islamic and is opposed to the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy.

The Swedish-Somali student officer also described the government’s Prevent strategy as ‘disastrous’ and ‘racist’.

Miss Ibrahim is probably wondering what the fuss is all about. …

In one message she responded to a question on AskFM on what book everyone should read. She said: ‘The Quaraan. We would have an Islamic takeover!’ …

I don’t quite know what a “Swedish-Somali” is precisely, but neither Swedes nor Somalis are the responsibility of the British state. Nevertheless, Miss Ibrahim has been welcomed to Britain and prospered there, and presumably “white people” were among those who elevated her to the presidency of Salford’s student union. She is one of the most influential young people in the country. If one were to hear that the BBC had given her a TV show or that Jeremy Corbyn had fast-tracked her for a safe Labour seat, one would roll one’s eyes at the dreary predictability of it all. …

Zamzam Ibrahim’s view of where she wants British society to wind up is no different in its essentials from the [Manchester] bomber’s. They’re both about the same age; the main difference is that Salman Abedi is in a zillion pieces being scraped off the pavement, and Zamzam Ibrahim will wind up in the House of Lords.

And in a democratic age what matters is the disposition of the large number of people who stick around rather than the small number who self-detonate. If the issue is terrorism, Miss Ibrahaim is not a problem. If the issue is whether formerly cohesive societies can survive the mass importation of ever more people with a fundamentally different and incompatible vision of how that society should be run, she is in fact symptomatic of a much bigger problem than the occasional suicide-bomber or van-renter….

As Miss Ibrahim’s ascent through the cloisters of Salford reminds us, bollards aren’t much of an obstacle to any of that.

hat-tip byrmol