Comment by Anti-Jihadist:
Speaking of islands in Southeast Asia...
Last time I was in Thailand, I went to Phuket, a large island off the coast of SW Thailand in the Indian Ocean. Phuket, a beautiful island, is the centerpiece of Thailand's huge tourist industry. And the center of Phuket is an area called Patong Beach. Think Vegas and Hawaii, crammed together in one place, along a 3 km stretch of white sandy beach. That's Patong, a sprawl of discos, clubs, bars, seedy hotels, and any other dive you can imagine...and maybe some you can't. Any sort of indulgence, sin, or temptation that people want or money can buy, is there in Patong. And yes, the beach is lovely too, and the scenery is exotic and gorgeous. It's a nice place, if you can get there, and if you're so inclined to enjoy its, um, attractions. European tourists seem particularly drawn to its decadence. Patong was serious damaged in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami (and dozens died there), but was almost entirely rebuilt within 12 months.
Anyways, what I noticed when I went to Patong in 2006, smack in the middle of the bars, the kathoeys and the cheap touristy trinket shops, was a gigantic mosque under construction. It must have covered an entire US-sized city block. It was about as out of place there in Patong as a Southern Baptist church would be on the Vegas strip. It just didn't belong there at all, and I was horrified.
I'm sure the mosque has since been completed, no doubt thanks to continued infusions of Gulf oil money (the few Muslims already there in Thailand could never afford such extravagance mosques).
There, on a beautiful beach in Thailand, the Muslims have secured themselves a beachhead. Think of it as the Green Inkblot strategy. And it's working. What can we do to stop such advances, in such faraway places?
It's trying to answer questions like that, that bring me here to this site.