There are many issues surrounding the conflict of culture between western civilization and Islam. Westerners wonder at the volatility of the Muslim street and the blind, vicious, unreasoning nature of Islamic vengence over trival or non-existent offenses. Perhaps it's because they're keeping their squirrels on a short leash.
This is a 2008 article from the Daily Mail:
Pakistan, the West Virginia of the Ummah, where there is no difference between the family tree and a telephone pole.
Minister: Muslim 'inbreeding' in Britain is causing massive surge in birth defects
Referring to the culture of Muslim arranged marriages between cousins, environment minister Phil Woolas said: "If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there'll be a genetic problem."
Mr Woolas, whose views were supported today by medical experts, said the practice did not extend to all Muslim communities and that most cases occur in families from rural Pakistan, where up to half of all marriages are thought to involve first cousins.
According to today's Sunday Times, the minister, who represents Oldham East and Saddleworth said: "If you talk to any primary care worker they will tell you that levels of disability among the . . . Pakistani population are higher than the general population. And everybody knows it's caused by first cousin marriage.
And if the daughters refuse to obey? Well, that's why Allah created automatic transmissions.
Massive inbreeding among Muslims has been going on since their prophet allowed first-cousin marriages more than 50 generations (1,400 years) ago. For many Muslims, therefore, intermarriage is regarded as being part of their religion. In many Muslim communities, it is a source of social status to marry one’s daughter or son to his or her cousin. Intermarriage also ensures that wealth is kept within the family. Islam’s strict authoritarianism plays a large role as well: keeping daughters and sons close gives families more power to control and decide their choices and lifestyles.
So while you are looking at the people rioting in Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt and Libya, bear in mind that there may be a very good reason why God has allowed them to be ruled by strict autocrats for all these years. In some respects the differences between a tyrant and the director of an insane asylum may be slim.
[...]Today, 70 percent of all Pakistanis are inbred and in Turkey the amount is between 25-30 percent (Jyllands-Posten, 27/2 2009 “More stillbirths among immigrants“). A rough estimate reveals that close to half of everybody living in the Arab world is inbred. A large percentage of the parents that are blood related come from families where intermarriage has been a tradition for generations.
A BBC investigation in Britain several years ago revealed that at least 55% of the Pakistani community in Britain was married to a first cousin. The Times of India affirmed that “this is thought to be linked to the probability that a British Pakistani family is at least 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with recessive genetic disorders.”
The BBC’s research also discovered that while British Pakistanis accounted for just 3.4% of all births in Britain, they accounted for 30% of all British children with recessive disorders and a higher rate of infant mortality. It is not a surprise, therefore, that, in response to this evidence, a Labour Party MP has called for a ban on first-cousin marriage
Also at Pajamas Media.