"I think it's in the interests of everybody. There's every reason to try and assimilate - and I unapologetically use that word 'assimilate' - a section of the community, a tiny minority of whose members have caused concern. After all, once somebody's become a citizen of this country the best thing we can do is to absorb them in the mainstream."Denying that he was advocating assimilation of people's religious beliefs he added that:
"The reason that religion is used as a descriptor is it's a small category of radical Muslims that have adopted attitudes that we think are bad for the country and the most sensible thing to do is try and change those attitudes."This is what I love about John Howard and the Aussies. They have no compunction, whatsoever, about asking immigrants to commit to making the necessary changes needed to become fully integrated members of Aussie society. It's not much to ask, and every country has the right to expect their citizens to adapt to the rules and regulations of that country, not the other way around.
They're not asking the Muslims to give up their religion, they're just asking them to embrace their new homeland and all that entails. Radicalization has the opportunity to grow and flourish in communities that separate themselves from society, because those individuals have no loyalty outside of those 'communities'.
The Australians are very wise and brave to insist that those who wish to live there need to make the effort to assimilate. Hopefully other countries will follow suit. Then, and only then, will there be hope of stopping the spread of radical Islam.