Friday, November 18, 2005

The Writing on the Wall

Another great essay from the Brussels Journal, which should be read on a daily basis:

The Writing on the Wall

Though Islamic fundamentalism and the stifling French social welfare system are partly to blame, I suspect that many immigrants hate the West not because they see it as an enemy – that may be true of the United States – but because they despise it – especially liberal, secular Western Europe. They are filled with hatred for the arrogance of the Europeans, who regard themselves as enlightened and tolerant, but in their sense of infinite superiority fail to see that they are merely imposing their own culture upon others.

Interestingly, the latter is exactly what the liberal mainstream in Europe accused traditional Western society of doing in the 1960s. The “youths” of the 60s broke loose from the perceived imperialism and intolerance of conservative morality in a largely Christian society during a spate of unrest and protests on university campuses, culminating in the symbolic month of May 1968, when marxist students rioted and burned cars in the streets of Paris. Today, the culture of this so-called post-modern “Generation '68” is the dominant one. Through their almost totalitarian control of politics and education, the revolutionaries of '68 have reshaped European society into a secular and anti-religious one. That is the kind of society which their leaders, who dominate politics and the media today, like to describe as “enlightened” and “tolerant.” But they cannot comprehend that a new generation with a different culture is doing exactly the same as they did in their youth: rebelling against the arrogance of a dominant culture in a wave of large-scale vandalism.

Those same cultural leaders, who still think of their own behaviour almost four decades ago as heroic and justified, find it hard to condemn the rioting “youths” of today. They are now condoning those who hate and despise them, because in their own secular “jihad” against the last remnants of the conservative Christian culture of Old Europe, they think that the Muslim immigrant “youths” are their allies. Hence, they fail to see their own mortal enemy. Conservative Christians and others who do not worship secular “multiculturalism” are branded as intolerant, racist xenophobes and laws are made to silence them. In doing so, however, the liberal establishment is feeding the beast that will eventually destroy it.

The “youths” burned down schools and sports centres because they perceived these for what they are: attempts to lure them into the culture of Western liberal society. From this point of view all the policies promoting integration and participation, equality, education and employment, especially when they are shrouded in liberal, “tolerant” rhetoric, can only be interpreted as insults to their dignity. They are Europe’s future because they are its youth, and they know it.


At November 19, 2005 1:15 AM, Blogger sissyblue said...

What an interesting observation! What is with the French burning their cars? Hasn't someone told them even a dog doesn't shit in it's own bed?????

At November 19, 2005 2:14 AM, Blogger talnik said...

Sissyblue: This is why the French have such a bad economy. They think burning cars with gasoline is more efficient than running cars with gasoline!

At November 19, 2005 3:23 AM, Blogger hutchrun said...

The report, which the government ordered to be kept confidential, states not only that Belgium has become a recruiting base for Islamic extremists and a launch pad for terrorist attacks abroad, but also that the Belgian Sûreté d’Etat has remained passive in the past because there were no indications that the terrorists would attack Belgian targets. Furthermore, the report suggests, the Sûreté feared “to discredit certain authorities or politicians, under the pretext that these would consider the information of the Sûreté de l’Etat in these fields to be a confirmation of a ‘racist or xenophobic’ attitude towards immigrants or Muslims.”(18)

Moreover, the Belgian secret service had other priorities: it has traditionally devoted most of its attention to Flemings advocating the dissolution of Belgium and the establishment of an independent Republic of Flanders. Ironically, it was an MP for the separatist Vlaams Blok, Filip De Man, who first questioned the government about the unsettling report that led to Timmermans’ resignation. According to the report, the Belgian Muslim community, numbering over 350,000 members, of which more than 200,000 Moroccans, almost 100,000 Turks and 13,000 Algerians, has been heavily infiltrated by fundamentalist extremists since the mid-1980s.

At November 19, 2005 2:53 PM, Blogger Cosmophant said...

I got this from a French source:

"Do you hear in the fields, the howling of these fearsome soldiers? They are coming into your midst, to slit the throats of your sons and wives!...
What! These foreign cohorts! They would make laws in our courts! What! These mercenary phalanxes would cut down our warrior sons...
To arms, citizens! Form your battalions! March, March! Let impure blood of our enemies soak the furrows of our fields."

Anyone else heard this? It's echoing all over France. (Have you guessed the source?)


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