In a Front Page Mag article a few weeks ago about the incursion of Sharia Law into normal societies, Robert Spencer of JihadWatch recalled the following anecdote by a British general in the 1800s:

General Sir Charles James Napier, the British Commander-in-Chief in India from 1849 to 1851. It is said that a Hindu delegation protested against the British prohibition of sati, the practice of burning a widow to death on her husband’s funeral pyre, by telling Napier that it was part of their cultural custom. Napier famously responded:

“You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

When Leftists and Rightwing isolationists whine, asking how long we’ll be in Iraq and complaining that it’s already been too long, they occasionally get the wise answer that “England was in India for 200 years.” Indeed.

At the same time, if ever there were a population that could claim “subjugation,” “colonization”, “humiliation”, and “discrimination” at the hands of Western imperialism, it’s the Indians. Even though they’d have a better excuse than the Muslims as regards terrorism, notice that Indians haven’t been engaging in terrorism against the West. By and large, Indians are not terrorists. What’s more, Anglicized/Americanized Indians are functional, productive members of society who as a group don’t need to be monitored for subversive activities.

Yes, Indians in India still have a way to go. The protests and effigy-burning last week after Richard Gere overdisplayed public affection for one of their actresses is proof of that, as is the fact that they still have a tendency to bury their female babies in the desert. But the point is that they’re not going to bury yours.