Dhimmitude is the attitude of submision to Islam's power by non-Muslims. Because of the agression of Islam against all infidels (Kuffaar) there are those infidels who choose to enter into the Dhimmi-contract of Sharia law. The Dhimmicontract prescribes the paying of a tax, humiliation and conformism to Islamic intolerance of dissent from Islamic theology.
The English who have send an army to Iraq to support the US efforts to democratize Iraqi society have been strongly Dhimmitized for almost 15 years. The extend of this Dhimmitude is obvious from the failure of British newspapers and the BBC to print of show the Danish Moh-toons. In contrast to French and German media.
In 1989 Indian writer Salman wrote the Satanic Verses. As a result of the book a fatwah for his assasination was issued.
Rushdie found refuge in the UK. After a few years most intellectuals lost their interest in Rushdie. In 1992 the UK created the Muslim Parliament. One of the Parliaments first acts was to debate the Rushdie case. The Muslim Parliament stated that Rushdie was: "an egoistic, arrogant, conceited and despicable person who has no right to freedom of speech, which he respects according to his own words"
Siddiqui, the founder of the Islamic Parliament confirmed his fatwa against Rushdie, and placed the affair in a wider perspective: "What we did against the Satanic Verses is a revolution. We have made clear that we will tolerate neither the book nor the author"(roar of approval from the audience).
Siddiqui called upon Muslims to murder Rushdie on BBC camera. Other Muslim leaders did the same on public events. This is a criminal act. But when the House of Lords had to decide whether there should be legal prosecution it judged that there were no grounds to prosecute. And Siddiqui was proud of this succes. He boasted: "we said "come and arrest us for breaking the law. The British government does not have the spine to arrest us and put us on trial. We are the only ones who stood firm. Rushdie, the government, the media they all changed their position. The recent publication of a paperback editions shows how brave they are, they are hiding who they are" "
The weakness of the British State against the call to murder in order to silence those who mock Mohammed and Islam are an example. An example of how Western governments are complicit to terror, Islamic terror. A far more serious complicity is the complicity of Western intellectials who are not excused by having to weigh in factors like freedom of speech. The assassins of Islam can use the many pro-Islamic Western sources which treat all criticism of Islam as signs of prejudice and even racism. Pro-Islamic Western intellectuals even use the canard of stating that those who criticise Islam and get threatened or murdered "were asking for trouble".
(This article is based on a translation and interpretation of parts of a Koenraad Elst article in Dutch called: "Islam and the Unbelievers", Thanks and hat tip to IK to point me in the direction of Koenraad Elst)