Their Finest Hour?

Their Finest Hour? By Bruce Bawer.

What more do you need to know about the difference between Eastern and Western Europe in 2018?

When Donald Trump visited Poland last July, he was greeted with wall-to-wall cheers, a sea of American flags, and enthusiastic chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

When he goes to Britain on Thursday, he’ll supposedly be welcomed by massive protests and “a giant ‘Trump Baby’ balloon” floating in the skies over central London — a puerile insult for which Sadiq Khan, that city’s Trump-hating mayor, has approved a permit (even as his police force has refused to allow a pro-Trump rally during the presidential visit). This in a country where Members of Parliament from all parties, it will be remembered, argued after his election victory for him to be banned from the UK. …

Of England’s 300-odd mayors, about thirty, or ten percent, are Muslim — this in a country that’s about four percent Muslim. The other day, one of those mayors, Sheffield’s 28-year-old Somali-born Magid Magid, actually banned Trump from his city (not that Trump had planned to go there anyway, but still).

Recall, too, that all those grooming-gang scandals — in which local authorities were revealed to have spent years, even decades, covering up the fact that packs of young Muslims were making sex slaves out of thousands of pre-teen non-Muslim girls — occurred in localities like Rotherham, Rochdale, Peterborough, Newcastle, Oxford, Bristol, and Telford.

A relative of mine who lives in one of those leafy rural counties of southern England that have remained relatively untouched by the Islamic invasion — and that still bear something of a resemblance to the Agatha Christie-like settings of Midsomer Murders (where homicide is a quaint matter involving vicars, tea shops, and local cricket matches, not fanatical fathers and mothers committing honor killings) — despises Trump and cherishes England’s multiculturalism. …

Tommy Robinson, the nation’s most prominent critic of Islam, is sitting in prison … I was delighted to learn this weekend that Daniel Pipes’ Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum (MEF) is organizing and funding the next big London protest against Robinson’s incarceration (it’s on July 14), and is also paying for his legal defense and “bringing foreign pressure on the UK government to ensure Mr. Robinson’s safety and eventual release.” That’s great news — but why did an American non-profit have to take the lead in this matter?

Churchill? Who?