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May 10

Londonistan

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an enormous fifth column of Islamist terrorists and sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London had become the European hub for the promotion, recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism - so much so that exasperated European security agencies mockingly dubbed Britain "Londonistan."

Melanie Phillips, columnist for London's Daily Mail, pieces together the story of how Londonistan developed. She posits that the advance of the global jihad is being facilitated by a wholesale collapse of western values and national identity within Europe and in which Britain is taking the lead. Paralyzed by minority rights and the terror of Islamist violence, Phillips argues that the British establishment is even now failing to confront the religious fanaticism in its midst and is choosing instead to appease it. Meanwhile, the post-modernist onslaught upon the concept of truth itself has produced such confusion that, instead of standing up to the ideas that threaten democracy, many in Britain now subscribe to the false narrative of those who are laying siege to their society. This disorientation of the once-implacable British bulldog has major lessons and warnings for America as well.

MELANIE PHILLIPS is an award-winning columnist for London's Daily Mail. Educated at Oxford, she won the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996 and is the author of All Must Have Prizes and others books. Her website - www.melaniephillips.com - collects many of her essays.

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