The case for mistrusting Muslims

“… despite friendly and long-lasting relations with many Muslims, my first reaction on seeing Muslims in the street is mistrust…. The fundamental problem is this: There is an asymmetry between the good that many moderate Muslims can do for Britain and the harm that a few fanatics can do to it…. And the plain fact of the matter is that British society could get by perfectly well without the contribution even of moderate Muslims…. their cheap labor that we imported in the 1960s in a vain effort to bolster the dying textile industry, which could not find local labor, is now redundant. In other words, one of the achievements of the bombers and would-be bombers is to make discrimination against most Muslims who wish to enter Britain a perfectly rational policy.”

Theodore Dalrymple in the Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2007