At least there are governments in the world who are not afraid to stand-up and take action to protect their citizens from the threat posed by Islamic terror.
Austria’s centre-right/populist government announced yesterday that it was closing 7 mosques and will expel as many as 60 radical Imams.
In 2015, Austria passed a law a that requires Muslim organizations to express a “positive fundamental view towards [the] state and society” of Austria and bans foreign funding of religious institutions.
Announcing the move, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said:
“Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country.”
and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache added, “This is just the beginning.”
Kurz, who assumed the Chancellorship in December of last year is the youngest world leader at 31. He leads the centre-right Peoples Party which instead of shunning the populist, anti-immigration Freedom Party he invited them into government and Heinz-Christian Strache, his Vice-Chancellor, leads the Freedom Party.
Eastern European governments have taken a particularly strong-line against the threat posed by Islamisation. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has steadfastly refused to take part in EU-backed resettlement programs and even went as far, in 2015, to build a double barbed wire fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia and Croatia.
Mr Orban is also severely critical of Islam and he frequently refers to Hungary as Europe’s last line of defence against Islamisation. The Identitarian movement, Generation Identity, also has its origins in Austria.
Popularism is popular in Eastern Europe because it is effective and pays high dividends in terms of increased security for citizens of countries such as Hungary. For example, the American Bureau of Diplomatic Security noted:
Hungary’s overall crime rate for 2017 decreased significantly compared to 2016 in all major crime categories.
It should, therefore, be unsurprising that Orban is Hungary’s longest-serving Prime Minister and earlier this year he was re-elected for a third term and his Fidesz party along with its Christian Democrat allies won 133 of 199 seats available in the Hungarian Parliament.
Eastern European countries are showing the way for their Western counterparts to act in putting their own people first and ensuring that government delivers on its fundamental moral obligation to protect its own citizens.