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Unprecedented cultural capitulation

Dear Editor:The San Francisco-bound train is climbing Donner Pass. In the dining car I am seated next to a feisty British widow named Maureen and a retired couple from Minneapolis. Conversation among strangers on Amtrak can quickly become intense. “My father fought at Dunkirk,” Maureen says, “and now I’m wondering what he fought for.” She speaks of Muslim immigrants who have no interest in assimilating into the mainstream British society, of demonstrations in London by radical Islamists chanting, “Kill the English, kill the Americans, kill the Jews.” I figure this must be remote to the folks from Minnesota, but that’s not the case. The woman, a retired nurse, relates her experience in a Minneapolis hospital with immigrants from Somalia. “A female patient is not allowed to speak to the doctor even when the doctor is a woman. Her husband describes her symptoms but he won’t mention any that are gynecological. The doctors are so frustrated because they can’t adequately treat these patients.” We are witnessing an unprecedented cultural capitulation. Admirable pluralistic concepts of diversity and multiculturalism are being twisted to subvert the underlying values of our society. How many mosques in the U.S. are teaching jihad? We lack the apparatus to find out.Below us Donner Lake gleams in the sunshine. Tragically misguided in their route and timing, the pioneer Donner party nevertheless possessed traits that we lack: a clear sense of national identity and an instinct for survival. If we don’t acquire them fast, we won’t survive the coming winter.Judith KingGlenwood Springs