This sickening story from Calgary illustrates a problem for the rule of law in countries with large Muslim enclaves. Over the years, France and other countries with such enclaves have seen repeated rioting and a failure to control such rioting. Tiberge at Galliawatch chronicles some of what is going on along these lines in France right now.
No one can say that the Muslim "demonstrators" in Calgary confined themselves "merely" to destroying property and burning cars, if there were anything "mere" about that. They targeted and beat up helpless people who dared to come out and disagree with them politically. That whole "free exchange of ideas" thing is pretty much lost on die-hard Muslims when it comes to topics about which they feel passionate.
Most disgraceful of all, the police apparently blamed the victims. One beating victim recounts being told by a policeman that he caused his own attack by turning up at an anti-Israel rally with the counter-demonstration symbol of an Israeli flag.
The press joined in, telling one young woman who was beaten that her physical "pose" in a photo showing her talking with the anti-Israel protesters before they attacked her en masse was "confrontational."
The behavior of the mob is predictable, most unfortunately. The response of the police and press to the beating of innocent people is less predictable and, in a sense, more troubling. What motivates them? Is it political sympathy with the attackers? Is it general leftist sympathy with criminals? Is it fear of Muslims? Is it blind bias in favor of a mascot group, represented by the "pro-Palestinian" attackers?
Whatever the motive or combination of motives, the outcome is a truly blatant case of blaming the victim, which bodes ill for the rule of law. If walking near the "wrong people" with Jewish or Israeli symbols about one's person is now a beating-worthy offense, more or less recognized as such by the Calgary police (no arrests have been made), and condemned by the press, the existence of a free society in Calgary is open to question.
Most ironic of all (as pointed out by a Facebook friend), Canada has "hate crimes" laws which should definitely cover these beatings, accompanied as they were by the howling of anti-semitic slogans. That would be true even if the people attacked were not actually Jewish, since such laws always cover "perceived" ethnicity. But as is so often the case, those laws are ineffective except where they were intended to be effective--namely, to stifle even mild criticism of leftists' mascot groups.
We need to recognize that this is the sort of thing that happens when countries have large Muslim enclaves. The ability, and even the will, is simply not there to make large groups of Muslims live according to Western norms when they decide to riot, to beat up peaceful people, or to demand unreasonable concessions. Sometimes, as in Dearborn at the Arab Festival several years ago, the police actively cooperate in stifling peaceful discussion that Muslims deem offensive. In Calgary, they are apparently taking the simpler route of letting people get beaten up and then telling them that they are to blame.
This is sobering further evidence, if more were needed, of the dangers of large-scale Muslim immigration. If those involved do not have citizenship, they should certainly be deported, but even this minimal step seems depressingly unlikely. Still less likely is a frank conversation about the consequences of Western immigration policy vis a vis Muslims.