The Western world can no longer ignore the latest elephant in the room: Islamic imperialism. Europe has gone so far as to hamper free speech on the subject, apparently preferring to put the safety of its citizens at risk over admitting that the elephant exists.
Meanwhile, Muslim countries make not the slightest effort to hide their intentions, as recent actions of 18 such states at the United Nations illustrate. They cooperated in the preparation of the report released in March by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), which accused Israel of "the crime of apartheid," despite knowing full well that such a baseless claim would be rejected by the world body now that Donald Trump is at the helm of the free world. The reason they went ahead with it anyway was to convey to the West that delegitimizing the Jewish state was merely the first step in a master plan to unravel all of Judeo-Christian civilization and values.
For a body such as UNESCWA to declare the State of Israel in an official Institute's report, as being guilty of "the crime of apartheid" according to international law, shows that Islamic expansionism is a real and an active political problem.
UNESCWA must have had some idea, before publishing the report, that such a loopy conclusion could not be adopted, even by the UN, which has been doing its utmost to rewrite historical facts. In the last few years, UNESCO has repeatedly declared pre-Islamic historical sites Islamic.
Nevertheless, UNESCWA proceeded to pass this surreal political concoction, probably to declare to the Western world again its attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel and all the freedoms it represents in the Judeo-Christian world that might threaten the expansion of Islam.
It was an attempt to project power.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey, which even before his new, absolute powers, wanted to represent all of Sunni Islam, shows to the Western world the true face of Islamic imperialism and the conventional, irregular and cyber war it appears to have declared on the Christian world.
The UN report and Erdogan's rhetoric both evidently expresses the Muslim world's thoughts about what it apparently thinks should be the fate of Israel and Europe. So far, not a single Muslim state has condemned or opposed Erdogan's aggression against Judeo-Christian civilization.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech in Ankara on April 17, celebrating his victory in the referendum the previous day, which granted him new, absolute powers. (Image source: Getty Images)
According to Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, "[T]here will soon be religious wars inside Europe". The enemy is already inside the gates; many European regimes seem unaware that there is even a threat.
Corrupted elites, with the help of many in the international community, try to suffocate Israel economically; and the biased and dishonest media seem to be trying to hide from the public that they work as proxies of Islamic imperialism, promoting Islamic ideology and condemning the values of the West.
Pope Francis and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew use Jesus's phrase "Love each other as I have loved you" as a religious justification to love people who are ordered -- under threat of eternal hellfire -- not only never to love you, but to have nothing whatever to do with you, apart from trying to win you over to their firmly-held belief:
"O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them." -- Qur'an 5:51
The logic of much of Europe's religious and political community seems to be that if the elephant in the room is spoken to nicely and made to look cute and adorable, people will not think of it as a threat to their safety.
Left-wing ideologues and unwitting fellow travelers hide the nature of the elephant. This was the approach of President Obama, who, along with European leaders, provided space in which the elephant could operate, grow and undermine the fabric of Western societies.
Key to this enabling has been a Western focus on fake politics -- such as the obsession with issues such as transgender bathrooms and rights for women who are already blessed with rights -- while Islamists are actually oppressing gays and women in the most rigid fashion.
The Obama administration metamorphosed real politics into fake politics, where people talk -- instead of about freedom and democracy -- about feminism, gender studies, transgender bathrooms, feeling offended and endless vaginology.
Christian leaders have also been trying to deflect from the threat. Both Pope Francis and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I use Jesus's phrase, "Love each other as I have loved you" to disguise and minimize it.
Meanwhile, the elephant in the room gets bigger and bigger and is ready, according to the Turkish president's statements, to destroy the house.
The West seems addicted to prettying up terrorist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood or the PLO. Wishing away danger is nothing new to the West. It was not until President Ronald Reagan exposed the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," for example, that the threat of Communism began to be taken seriously. Within six years, the USSR collapsed.
The behavior of many Western political leaders, jumping from one definition to another about the "true nature of Islam," has so far been disastrous. The tenets of Islam are there or all to see; people in the West seem not to want to look.
What are we Westerners doing trying to tell Muslims what their religion is, in the first place? Do they try to tell us what "real Christianity" is?
Sadly, too much of what we have seen of Islam in the West has been violent. Countless attacks, with shouts of "Allahu Akbar" have been claimed in the name of Islam. In terms of what their religion stands for, you at least have to give them credit for being forthright. We in the West are the ones who have lied.
Ultimately, if we do not confront this problem, this problem will confront us.
Maria Polizoidou, a reporter, broadcast journalist, and consultant on international and foreign affairs, is based in Greece.