Monday, February 20, 2006

Another Look at Europe

Europe may be waking up quite nicely after all. Perhaps Eurabia is not as foregone a conclusion as Oriana Fallaci and Bat Ye'or suggest in their despair. The theory is that while European leaders pontificate about responsible limits to freedom of speech, a revolution in underway in political attitudes, immigration policy and the management of existing Muslim communities. The argument is that recent dhimmitude on the part of European leaders is Western taqiyya, an attempt to get our own hudna while we sort out what needs to be done. Lets see where this goes. Colour me "cautiously optimistic".
The Muslims refused to assimilate. They were expelled. This was the story in Europe 400 years ago. We are watching the sequel today. Europeans are rarely welcoming to outsiders, even when the outsiders are blond and blue-eyed and come from the country next door. When the outsiders are un-European, swarthy and Muslim, they are tolerated at best. When some Muslims also insist that Europeans stop acting like Europeans, on pain of death, European tolerance comes to an end.
In the clash of cultures between secular Europeans and extremist Muslims, there can ultimately be no compatibility or compromise, only loss by one side or the other of the absolute values it holds dear. European capitulation on European soil, where they remain the dominant majority, is unlikely: Europeans revel in their liberty to mock religion, to poke fun at sacred cows, to be outrageous, even to offend.
European leaders have reacted to the Muslim upset over the cartoons two ways. publicly and to buy time, they seek to calm the protesters by deploring the abuse of freedom of speech. More significantly, they seek to preserve their societies by legislating Western norms, by tightening or ending immigration from Muslim countries, by enabling the expulsion of radical imams and other Muslim activists, and by raising the spectre of mass deportations.
Downunda's very own John Howard has also launched an assault against extremist Islam. He distinguished Muslim culture from that of previous waves of migration, criticised the practice of jihad as unique to Muslim culture, and the level of misogyny well above that of other migrant groups. All well and good. Even if he mentions that Lebanese have integrated well in Australia, without the important qualification "Christian", while most Muslim-related problems in Australia, such as the recent Sydney riots seem to be generated by the Lebanese Muslims.
Of course, Howard was compelled to once again mention that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are nice, moderate, yadda yadda yadda. Ameer Ali takes issue with Howard's comments, and notes that the proportion of Jihadis is quite tiny. This puts him at odds with compatriots who estimated the proportion of Salafi/Wahhabi Muslims in Australia at 10%, hardly a tiny or irrelevant minority.

Interestingly, this would also make Aussie ROP followers quite different to their British counterparts, 40% percent of whom support Sharia law in the UK. This is all well and good, you might say, Sharia is just a harmless cultural artifact. Bullshit. Two points: they are free to follow Sharia anyway. What they want is an official imposition of Sharia law.
It comes as no surprise then that Patrick Sookhdeo, a leading British analyst, believes that
'The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state' in the UK.

The cartoons, you see, have not been published in this country, and the Government has been very critical of those countries in which they were published. To many of the Islamic clerics, that's a clear victory.
"It's confirmation of what they believe to be a familiar pattern: if spokesmen for British Muslims threaten what they call 'adverse consequences' - violence to the rest of us - then the British Government will cave in. I think it is a very dangerous precedent."
Dr Sookhdeo adds that he believes that "in a decade, you will see parts of English cities which are controlled by Muslim clerics and which follow, not the common law, but aspects of Muslim sharia law.
"It is already starting to happen - and unless the Government changes the way it treats the so-called leaders of the Islamic community, it will continue

More frighteningly, a very similar percentage (37%) of UK Muslims agree that UK Jews are valid targets in the "struggle for justice in the Middle East" (ie destruction of Israel.). 37% of UK Muslims support targeting their fellow countrymen, women and children purely on the basis of their race, as part of a campaign against a completely different country ! (Yes, most Jews, like yours truly are NOT RELIGIOUS AT ALL. We are a RACE, the religion is OPTIONAL ! Some of us are Buddhists, for Chrissake...).
While the call is made in Britain, action has been taken in France. A Jewish man was kidnapped and tortured to death by a gang of Muslims. This gang who had attempted to kidnap Jews in the past, quoted passages from the Koran to the victim's family, and suggested that they "go to the synagogue" to get ransom money (which the gang rejected in any case. Perhaps money wasn't the issue).
Naturally, French authorities were quick to rule out anti-Semitism. It remains to ask whether the anti-Semitism so reflexively ruled out was that of the kidnappers, or their own.
The charge of anti-Semitism is invalid, you see, because the torturers were not pretending to be Palestinian jihadis. They were pretending to be Iraqi jihadis.
Looks like Le Pen has chosen anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism above the cancer eating away at his country. He has stretched out his hand to the Islamists. An anti-Semitic, fascist/Islamist alliance in France. And so soon after the Ramadan Intifada. Who would have thought. Le Pen has the support of 25% of France, and now plans to add the Muslim 10%. Sarkozy is now France's only hope.
I am a French woman of European stock, an author, a Christian, whose freedoms are threatened by the invasion into France of millions of Muslims who are imposing their laws and their violence on our society. This urgent appeal is to save my homeland, its culture, its centuries-old civilization and its European population, all in peril because of the treasonous conduct of our leaders. We did not fight Nazism, we did not sacrifice our men in the French Resistance, only to abandon our country to this new, more virulent form of Nazism.
I am a woman living in a country where women are veiled or raped. I am an historian who has been persecuted by the police for writing of our Celtic ancestors, while our President hammers away that we are of Muslim origins! I am a novelist, but today it is wrong to prefer Flaubert or Proust or Victor Hugo. In America, many of you have seen 'Les Miz' based on Hugo's novel. Did it not inspire you to preserve your freedoms?
I come from poverty, worked hard at school and never committed an act of violence. The grand-daughter of a Spanish immigrant who fought at Verdun, daughter and niece of WWII resistance fighters, one of whom was in General Leclerc's 2nd Armored Division at the time of our liberation from barbarity, I sing our national anthem and I honor our flag which has been replaced in some French cities by the Algerian flag! I point with pride to our Celtic, Roman and Frankish origins, our kings, our knights, our heroes, our cathedrals, our Christian faith, our writers and musicians and artists and scientists. They are trying to make us bend to Islamic law. In school I studied our constitution, not the Koran!
I am sorrowfully aware that many of you feel that France deserves her lot. I beg you not to confuse our leaders and our appeasers who have sold out their country with patriotic Frenchmen who love their country. If Jacques Chirac did not help you in Iraq it is because one cannot serve two masters, and in France Islamic law is master. We have reason to believe that Chirac's daughter Claude is married to a Muslim and that Chirac himself may have converted! We have been muzzled for decades, cowed into silence, as we watch our country move towards
extinction. If France is lost, the Western world is lost. Americans! Your brothers, those of European origin, those whose roots and civilization are the same as yours, are being killed all over Europe: in France, England, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Scandinavia, even in Australia! Here in France, if you speak of preserving Western civilization you risk imprisonment. If you say you are a victim of anti-white racism, you are told there is no such thing.
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