‘No-Go Zones’ Are Not a Conservative Meme

Last week terrorism expert Steven Emerson erred when he claimed on a Fox news program with Jeanine Pirro that Birmingham, England was a no-go zone that was “100 percent Muslim.” That was an egregious gaffe and, to his credit, Emerson apologized though for his pains he continued to be excoriated by critics who sought to discredit his entire body of work, something that is as unfair as anything he might have said since the credibility of his groundbreaking work studying the growth of Islamist extremism in the United States has never been seriously questioned. But in the following days, the counter-attack against those calling attention to the growth of Islamist extremism in Europe has now gotten to the point where it is no longer possible for anyone to mention the existence of a “no go zone” for non-Muslims anywhere in Europe. But those who are trying to portray the entire topic as a conservative or anti-Muslim meme that must be stamped out are forgetting some important information. It wasn’t Fox News or any conservative outlet that helped popularized the idea of such zones; it was the impeccably liberal New York Times.

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‘No-Go Zones’ Are Not a Conservative Meme

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