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If you (reader) are one of the twenty million devout Muslims currently resident in Europe, I’d like to try explain to you why I believe your beliefs are incompatible with the culture of your adopted home. But more than this, I hope also to persuade you that this view (shared by a growing majority of Europeans) does not emanate from ignorance or racism, and why it may not be a defeat or a humiliation for you to agree with it.
You or your parents probably came to Europe initially for economic reasons, seeking a better life and a more secure future. There is nothing dishonourable or unusual about that. Most non-Muslim migrants make the journey with the same ambitions. The West is very wealthy and safe relative to the rest of the world and so it is only rational to want to join it.
Once here, you or your parents probably planned to exist in a peaceful but separate state to the majority, maintaining your beliefs and traditions quietly in the same way that Orthodox Jews and Eastern Orthodox migrants have done in the past. Increasingly, this doesn’t seem to be possible, if it ever was. And in my view, the reasons for that directly relate to the nature of Islamic belief and the sense of mission that is so inseparable from it.
Unlike Christianity or Judaism, yours is a conquering faith, not a persuading one. Relatively little importance is given to peaceful proselytization in Islam. While there are occasionally stalls set out in front of tube stations or elsewhere in city centres to preach Islamic doctrine, this is an imitation of Christian practice and not something organically ‘Muslim’. Rather, Muslims have historically sought to attain dominion over society by violence, sometimes later permitting religious diversity within that society, but never allowing any symbol to enjoy precedence over the crescent. Their hope, indeed their expressed intention, has always been to exalt Islam to a position of cultural dominance and authority. While Christians and Jews have peacefully resided as minorities in many different parts of the world, Muslims have always struggled with the very concept of minority life. Since Allah is supposed to be the only authority to which submission is made, it is seen by most Muslims (and perhaps by you specifically) to be incongruous that a divine authority is subordinate to any non-Islamic regime, whether secular or religious. Minarets are built to tower above all other buildings for grander reasons than amplification. They proclaim symbolically the primacy and authority of Islam over the territory Muslims inhabit. It will simply not do that cathedrals or government buildings are larger or invested with more power and importance. Indeed, it is blasphemous and idolatrous. As Islamists never forget to proclaim before they demolish some priceless artefact – “Nothing and no-one is worthy of veneration except Allah”.
This sense of mission, inherent within Islamic theory, has radically altered human history. The nations of Lebanon, Libya and Syria were once Christian. The territory of what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan was once Buddhist. Persia was once Zoroastrian. That these places are now Muslim is testament to Islam’s conquering urge and military spirit. Islam seeks not only to convert, but to dominate and subdue. It is expansionist by its very nature. It was not designed to be one faith out of many, but to be the one and only faith of all humankind. The Quran itself is not shy of stating this. I would quote the passages urging the subjugation of unbelievers here but this would be so long as to be disruptive to my argument.
Your faith is antagonistic to everything but itself. And since you began settling in Europe back in the 1960s, members of your community have behaved in a way harmonious with that analysis. Just recently in Britain, there has been a wave of serious sexual assault committed by Muslims against exclusively non-Muslim children. Some estimates put the number of girls assaulted by British Pakistanis as high as 200,000. In the town of Rotherham alone, at least 1400 girls are known to have been forced into sexual slavery by Muslim gangs.
And even when it doesn’t lead to assault, your behaviour around women (if you are a man) is infantile and tactless. It would appear customary that upon meeting a woman (Muslim or otherwise, online or in real life) your first words either involve sex or invite a personal relationship that can lead to sex. It might surprise you – it probably has surprised you – but non-Muslim women do not enjoy being asked for their phone number or address by a complete stranger without any preceding conversation. Your lack of charm – indeed, your failure to even understand the idea and purpose of charm – is absolute. To you, women are merely sexual animals, possessing no greater value or agency than cats and dogs. For this reason, perhaps more than any other, I find it difficult to breath the same air as you.
Then there are the acts of extreme violence. Members of your community blew up the train network in Madrid, Spain and the subway in London, England. Members of your community massacred the staff of a cartoon tabloid in Paris. Members of your community have beheaded European citizens, the most recent case occurring only a month ago. You even hunt your own kind! Hundreds of Muslim women have now been killed in Europe in the name of ‘honour’ – and usually by members of their own family. Every year, thousands of Muslim girls are taken abroad to have their vagina mutilated by a shaving razor and then brought back to lead a miserable, painful existence with the perpetrators.
How could we possibly put up with this? What kind of people would we be if we did?
Face the facts, a growing proportion of the native population of Europe actively despises you, and does so without allowing any distinction for your race, Islamic school or individual contribution to European society. After decades of aggressive dysfunction and sickening crime, people simply hate you. They hate you and they fear you. And it is becoming difficult for even the most committed liberal to propose a reason why they shouldn’t.
There is an obvious – some would say cartoonish – contrast between the Islamic conception of society and the hopes and opinions of the Europeans. We value things you view as Satanic. You value things we regard as barbaric. You put faith before reason. We put reason before faith. You regard women as second-class human beings. We regard the sexes as equal. You view freedom of speech as being limited to secular matters. We believe it should permeate every corner of life and thought.
Even if this weren’t the case, your religious tradition is not the one that we are used to and which has inspired and characterised our manners and rituals over centuries. No European books are dedicated to your God. No statues of your Prophet (even if this were allowed) grace the Piazzas of our cities. Few if any Qur’anic phrases have entered our common parlance. We don’t celebrate your holy days, and have no regard for your heroes and saints.
You might reply that Hindu and Sikh mythologies do not inform our ways either, but then Hindus and Sikhs have proven themselves to be comfortable with that. I have never heard of an act of Hindu terrorism, nor any religiously-motivated outrage committed by a Sikh, Buddhist, Scientologist or Jain organisation. Islam has actively distinguished itself in violence, in readiness to fight and to make war where there is peace.
You are wrong if you take us for fools. We know well enough what the phrases Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam mean. We recognise the desire on your part to transfer us from one to the other and by what means. You must have known from the start that a project of this historical magnitude would be resisted with passion and fire. And, please believe me, that passion and fire is already generated in sufficient quantity should we ever be given the excuse to unleash it.
There are people on this (uniquely civilised) continent who would gladly slaughter you like dogs. It is not fantastical anymore to foresee a new Nazi movement emerging in Europe and going on to behave in a Hitlerian fashion. Nobody (save a few lunatics) wishes to go back there. Peace in Europe has been a blessing. Democracy is deserving of all the celebration dedicated to it. But your behaviour is testing the hold of democracy to its white-knuckled limits.
How then can we defuse this bomb? How might we organise a solution that forbids the need for mass violence and the self-destruction of democratic liberalism? This of course is the great question of my generation, and the most important task of the Western World, ahead of the environment, Russia, or any other exaggerated diversion.
That there is – or rather, that you are – an issue in need of resolution can no longer be sensibly denied. We are obliged by everything we hold dear to guarantee that the Islamisation of Europe ceases and that what progress it has already made is reversed. The Western way of life is not just ‘different’ to your own, but a million times superior. We are behaving very rationally by seeking to protect it.
Incidentally, you can deny this last fact as much as you want. It makes no difference to me. Deep down, beneath all the evasions and the layers of self-hypnosis, I’m sure you accept it as much as I do. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t still be here.
And that is the real, embarrassing truth, no? Whatever your friends have scrawled on placards in the past, you don’t ‘hate our way of life’ at all. You are simply jealous of it, and angry that your ancestral lands have failed – and are still failing – to develop in a like fashion.
For an effective and rapid solution to this problem, I propose the following measures – If you are brave, honest and intelligent enough to rid your mind of the numbing circularities of Islamic thinking, a space in the European future can and should be found for you. If not, and if you continue to display the toxic side effects of Islamic belief, then no more kid glove treatment should be forthcoming. If you espouse anti-Semitic, anti-Democratic and anti-Western ideas, you should be arrested and receive criminal records, with all the implications that has for finding employment, pursuing political office and securing tenancy and accommodation. The wearing of the Niqab must be outlawed and repeat offenders deported to a country where it is still the prevailing fashion. All Muslims involved in the mass-rape of British children must hang. Any Mosque preaching violence against Jews, Christians or Homosexuals must be shut down and demolished, and the same with colleges and Islamic faith schools. There must be an end to all immigration from Muslim countries, including from those cultures touted as exceptional (like Tunisia, Turkey or Iran). The culture of the West must be openly celebrated as the supreme culture of the world, and no ‘noble’ savagery must ever be taught as a desirable alternative to our children.
Our foreign policy must also be redesigned to reflect our desire to survive. Turkey should be expelled from NATO and replaced by Armenia. Any sanctions lifted from Iran must be reimposed. Investment in alternatives to Middle Eastern oil, including fracking (in lightly populated areas), fusion technology, nuclear and renewable energy must be radically increased. Western arms should only be exported to regimes which ruthlessly suppress Islamist activity (like Egypt and Jordan) and never to theocratic countries, whether ‘allies’ or not (Saudi, UAE, Kuwait etc…). Needless to say, our support for Israel must be great and unconditional.
In all these efforts, our motivating principle (and final goal) must be that Islam is forever segregated from the Western World.
Finally, reader, I promised at the beginning to tell you why it isn’t a humiliation for you to agree with my arguments… This is for the simple reason that you were a human being long before you were a Muslim, and this will always be the most salient fact about you. You are no more biologically predestined to ignorance and poverty than a Swede or a German. If you wish to become free, you can become free! And if you prefer slavery, well, then there is no defeat in relocating to pursue it, if that is your dream. There can no ‘shame’ in wanting to be where you belong. Nothing is more human.
Whichever condition you choose (and we will make you choose), understand that the West is the homeland of the free, the creative and the happy. A slave will always be foreign here.
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Having nothing better to do last night, I sat down with a friend to watch a DVD performance by the brash, Hicksian comedian Jim Jefferies. The show was called ‘Contraband’.
About half way through, as seems to be obligatory in modern comedy, the Australian performed a routine critiquing the religious, beginning (naturally) with Christianity, moving onto Judaism and then, to my great surprise, Islam.
And he didn’t ‘tackle’ Islam in the playful, tip-toeing style of Dara O’ Briain, Frankie Boyle or Ricky Gervais, but with a dirty-mouthed fearlessness usually only employed against Biblical ideas.
Commenting on a recent scandal involving blasphemy against Mohammad (there have been so many, I honestly don’t know which one this was), Jefferies informed any Muslims in the crowd that his microphone stand was the literal incarnation of Mohammad and that it was ‘fucking gay!’.
I was taken aback, not because I have never encountered this sort of thing before (the internet is filled with anti-Islam comedy), but because Jim Jefferies is not a ‘right-wing’ race-baiter, and nor is he a reviled ‘working man’s comedian’ of the Jim Davidson or Bernard Manning variety. He is a respected liberal who campaigns against race-discrimination and in favour of gun control (born in Australia, Jefferies now lives in Los Angeles), and yet here he was, giving an equal allotment of hatred to a variety of anti-liberal targets. I surely don’t need to remark as to how rare that is.
Jefferies is said to have form on this. I am told that his Islamophobic gestures from ‘Contraband’ are repeated in his other performances (most of them are available on YouTube). We must hope that this bravery has sufficiently cleared the way for others to follow in his footsteps. As an American observer commented in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks – “blasphemy (against Islam) must become so commonplace that it bores people” rather than shocks them.
Of course, it is inevitable that popular culture and Islam will collide at certain points and in regard to certain subjects. While no-one is going to risk being murdered in the defence of bacon, a celebrity or two might be tempted out of PC-world by issues like Muslim homophobia, sexism, and the prohibition of music.
Indeed, that last element is potentially the richest Islamophobic vein of all. Surely nothing is so fundamentally beloved by and interwoven with the spirit of the Western world as music. It is an art the West (and the West alone) has perfected and through which the highest forms of Western expression have been communicated. It consoles our deepest miseries, undergirds our joys and sustains us through all the voids in-between. Naturally then, music artists are revered with an intensity superior to that aroused by the practitioners of any other art-form.
I sometimes wonder what would happen if Taylor Swift – a woman currently worshipped like a Nordic Goddess – fell victim to a Muslim bullet for being ‘Haram’ (which, like all musicians, she undoubtedly is). I’m pretty sure the backlash (among the public, if not the government) would be palpably more severe than followed 9/11, 7/7 or Charlie Hebdo. At a stroke, the youngest billion of the world population would be transformed into dead-eyed, anti-Muslim zombies, horny for violent relief. Such is the terrifying power of sex, groupthink and idolatry.
Popular culture has, by definition, immeasurably greater political influence than the exotic fancies of the intelligentsia. Very few people pay any attention to books or newspapers. The majority of people live in a state of cheerful stupidity, a kind of apolitical daze. What would happen if they were shocked out of it? The mind boggles.
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That the victory of Greece’s Syriza party in last Sunday’s referendum has fizzled quickly into dust will have surprised no-one. You cannot, after all, magic a debt away by refusing to pay it. Or at least you can’t do so and expect to retain the good favour of the creditor.
The nation of Greece is completely at the mercy of the German government. This was never inevitable. Rather it is the sad product of Greece’s over-reliance on state (public sector) employment and the financial incontinence of its state purse. Socialism, in other words.
And has socialism ever resulted in anything but slavery? No, not really. While socialist experiments might appear to work in the short-term in very rich nations like those of Scandinavia, the money eventually runs out and the citizenry ultimately sacrifice their financial liberties to replenish it.
Socialism leads directly to slavery. As the Austrian economist Von Hayek in his magisterial work ‘The Road to Serfdom’ put it: “The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want to go; with the result that they may all have to make a journey which most of them do not want at all.”
The problems with socialism are the same as with fascism. Both systems of government tie the population to a single mast, restricting dissent and innovation. Both forbid or make difficult the individuality so important to economic creativity. Socialism depresses the nervous system of a country, much in the same way as social security checks suppress the ambitions of the individual dependent on them.
And knowing this makes it all the more worrying that in America, a nation defined by its intolerance of socialistic ideas, Democrat voters are currently lionising the self-confessedly socialist candidate Bernie Sanders.
Given his airy populism, Mr Sanders is beloved by all the familiar faces – Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Michael Moore etc… – and will no doubt go into the nomination process having been heavily publicised on the liberal media circuit. Prepare yourselves for memes, modified ‘Hope’ posters, viral videos, celebrity endorsements and dumb references to the dumb concept of the ‘99%’.
As to who is preferable – Sanders or Hilary Clinton – this is like being asked to choose between hanging or the guillotine, the cyanide capsule or Romeo’s dagger.
Let there be no confusion, a socialist America would be a major turning point in world history; a tragic and lamentable collapse. The last bastion of resistance will have fallen, and the cause of liberty set back a hundred years.
For the sake of the world, America must retain its grit, its renegade spirit of self-reliance, freedom and personal responsibility. There must never, ever be a red flag over the White House.
A red flag can so easily transform into a white flag, and a white flag into a black one.
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In case you are unaware – and it’s possible that large numbers of people are unaware given the lack of reportage in the media – ISIS Jihadists are clearly preparing to attack the British capital.
Three stories in particular lead me to this conclusion.
On Armed Forces Day (the 27th of June) a plot by ISIS fanatics to bomb a military parade in the borough of Merton, South London was foiled by police working in league with an undercover agent. A week later, on the 4th of July, Pakistani intelligence reported the capture of 3 militants in Peshawar, among whose possessions were detailed maps of London, ISIS materials and documents describing the most heavily populated areas of the city. And finally, about a week ago, a man (as yet unidentified) was photographed carrying a large ISIS standard down a street opposing the Houses of Parliament.
You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to put the pieces together here. We are due for a bloody nose; something along the lines of 7/7 and possibly worse. And as efficient as our security services have proven over the past ten years, if ISIS are determined to strike London, there is little that can be done to stop them. Eventually they will succeed. And then what?
If or when the attack comes, what will be the aftermath? I truly hope it’s more substantial than the passive aggressive silence that followed Lee Rigby’s slaughter. That is far from a given though, and so, if they are needed, here are some suggestions:
1. Surround and protest the Mosques connected with the perpetrators and petition for their closure/destruction.
2. If you have any Muslim friends on social networks who do not condemn the attacks, delete them and encourage friends to do the same with their own contact lists. Be brave and inform them why they are being shunned.
3. If you haven’t already, ‘like’ the LibertyGB and EDL facebook pages and share their messages.
4. Talk to a liberal friend about Islam and provide them with the Quranic verses promoting violence against non-believers (and introduce them to this blog or like-minded sites like VladTepes, Gates of Vienna etc…).
5. Send a (polite, non-aggressive) email your local MP favouring hard and immediate measures against any organisation or ‘charity’ connected to Jihad. I have emailed MPs many times. All of them read and replied to my messages. It is worthwhile. Even if your MP is a sponge-brained liberal, they cannot ignore the majority indefinitely. It is vital to make use the power of the majority while we still have it.
6. Befriend an ex-Muslim.
7. Support local campaigns against the construction of Mosques.
I strongly believe that these measures over time can yield tangible results.
I understand that none of them have the thrilling glamour of civil war or terrorism, but then the defence of the status quo is always less glamorous than the initiatives of revolution.
We are at war with madness. A consistent and boring stupidity, unwilling and unable to recognise its ugliness and distance from the truth. The glamour it possesses is the glamour of the vandal; the dazzle of the rough and dreadful destroying the precious and worthwhile. It is not a glamour worth having.
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In July 2013, while the Trayvon Martin scandal was at its peak, I wrote the following words on this blog:
“I seem to be pretty much alone in the foggy coolness of the centre ground. I honestly don’t know whether Mr Zimmerman qualifies as a cold-blooded murderer, or whether the alternative is true, that he is merely a very trigger-happy, quite unmanly paranoiac. I don’t actually know George Zimmerman. Nor do you. Nor does any media personality, priest, or racial demagogue… Either way, let’s not pretend Zimmerman has gotten off scot free. The humiliating question of his ethical status – monster or paranoiac? – has been internationally broadcast for weeks on end. Neither are pleasant evaluations of a man’s character and neither offer him any kind of moral exoneration. Only one however is punishable by law, and on this matter the court has spoken. The case is closed.”
A couple of readers took issue with me then and I greeted their views by reiterating my plea of ignorance.
Well, the other day I read a very long article (admittedly on a conservative-leaning website) describing the events of that fateful night, and I feel compelled to report that my conclusions have now been modified.
I now support entirely the verdict of the jury as regards Mr Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin clearly posed a threat to Mr Zimmerman’s safety and the media coverage alleging otherwise (and which led to my original ambiguity) was irresponsible and deceptive.
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The question of whether Greece remains in or tumbles out of the European currency may well have been decided by the time this article is published. Whichever way the referendum has now gone, my argument here is substantially broader than the current dispute, involving the extent to which Greece forms an essential part of the European geo-cultural community; a question more of an eternal nature than a merely temporal one.
As Greece’s economic health began to flatline in 2007/8, many chauvinist types in Northern Europe (specifically, British, German, Finnish and French conservatives) were quick to ask questions like – “How important is Greece to us anyway?” – “Who cares about Greece?” – “Is Greece/are the Greeks even European?” – “Why does Greece matter to us?” etc….
The attitude underpinning such enquiries would eventually lurch to the wild extreme in the German weekly newspaper Die Welt in which a columnist revived the canard that modern day ‘Greeks’ are not actually the famous ‘Greeks’ of old.
“The idea” he wrote “that the Greeks of modern times are descendants of Pericles or Socrates and not a Turkish-moulded mixture of Slavs, Byzantines and Albanians, used to be a belief among most educated Europeans. The architects of the EU themselves could not escape this belief. In this context, they brought clammy Greece into the European boat in 1980. The consequences can be seen every day.”
I’m not a geneticist and so cannot comment on the ‘Greeks are not real Greeks’ theory, but in regard to the first set of questions, the answers (in order) are as follows – “It is hugely important” – “We all should.” – “Yes.” – “Because of Islam.”
As alert observers (or at least anyone with a map and a brain) will have known for some time, the fate of Greece may foretell the fate of Europe… For over a thousand years, Greece has been the fighting border-guard of the West against the world of Islam, and should it fall now, or – just as bad – shift allegiance, our civilisation becomes at once a thousand times more precarious.
The Turkish army, for hundreds of years the nemesis of Greek aspiration, is the strongest in the Muslim world and considerably larger and better maintained than any in continental Europe. Indeed, Turkey’s military is the only non-European army currently occupying European land in contravention of international law.
According to most international rulings on the subject, the island of Cyprus is part of Greece. Turkey’s hold on the northern half of the territory is put up with only out of fear of Turkish arms.
Throughout history, various other Greek islands have been claimed by Turkish nationalists, and the Greek mainland was for centuries subsumed entirely by the Ottoman Empire, the modern Hellenic Republic only emerging from the dreamless sleep of Islamic rule in 1830.
At present, Turkey is also the only thing separating Greece (and thus Europe) from the territory of the Islamic State with which it has a rather dubious relationship. Routes through the country are almost always chosen by Western-born terrorists travelling to join ISIS, and local authorities have been notably slack in preventing this. Of course, if there are ISIS cells coming into Europe via Turkey, their footprints will first depress Hellenic soil.
The Greek military, for its part, is large by southern-European standards but still considerably weaker than the armed forces of Turkey, Egypt or Saudi Arabia. Westward from Greece, the first war-capable nation-state is Germany. Europe at its weakest thus shares a border with Islam at its strongest.
History is known to have a gift for poetic irony. As Greece, Rome and Jerusalem are the fountains of our civilisation, it would appear both apocalyptic and appropriate that anti-Western Muslims are freely landing in Italy, crossing into Greece, and plotting the downfall of the Jewish State.
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So, Donald Trump, the brash celebrity billionaire and star of TV’s ‘The Apprentice’ has dramatically announced a bid for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Cue hysteria. Cue mob humour. Cue intellectual laziness.
I understand how conventional it is to laugh at Trump; at his braggadocio, his squirrelly hair and material emphasis. He is clearly someone who enjoys the media spotlight and who often speaks with the media in mind. But away from the quirks in his character, it cannot be denied that Trump, via his achievements and lived philosophy, also personifies America at its most unapologetic, creative, tough-minded and independent.
He is a throw-back in that regard; the living relic of an era – fast being lost – in which the United States was the country to imitate if you wanted your own to succeed. It was an era of unipolar domination, whether on the economic, cultural or military plain. It was the era in which most of the skyscrapers you see on the dazzling Manhattan skyline were constructed, when the bridges were built (on budget and on time), and when the US army considered concepts like ‘retreat’ and ‘failure’ to be eccentricities unique to Europe.
I believe this American spirit still survives, in pockets and enclaves, but the condition of America in general is increasingly tenuous. Toxic issues are beginning to develop in the marrow of American life; issues that if left without treatment, could prove lethal to its long-term prospects.
Trump announced his bid for presidency this week with a resounding rally held in his Manhattan skyscraper ‘Trump Tower’. The fallout would last for days. Here are some of the more ‘provocative’ statements emphasised by the press:
On immigration – “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
On jobs – “Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it… That’s right. A lot of people… can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs, because there are no jobs, because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have jobs.”
On health-care reform – “We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare… Yesterday, it came out that costs are going for people up 29, 39, 49, and even 55 percent, and deductibles are through the roof. You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high, it’s virtually useless. It’s virtually useless. It is a disaster.”
Shortly after these comments were made, left-leaning cable channels set about presenting them as stand-alone bigotries, considerably more extreme and stupid seeming than in their original context. The television network NBC responded quickly by severing all ties with Trump, accompanied by the retail giant Macy’s, hair-product brand Farouk Systems, and the Latino TV networks Univsion, Televisa and Ora TV.
I won’t deny that the comment about Mexican rapists was lazy and ill-advised. There doesn’t seem to be a problem with sexual violence in Mexican communities more serious than in others. But outside of these unfortunate snippets (incidentally, I don’t share the Republican anxiety over subsidised health-care either), I found the speech rather inspiring.
Trump offered his audience an honest, easy to understand diagnosis of real and important maladies. His remarks about the pathetic failings of the Iraqi ‘military’ were dead on the nail. His comments about China’s cynical devaluation of its currency were timely and brave. His stated willingness to protect Israel should comfort the hearts of besieged democrats around the world.
But more than anything, it was Trump’s call for a ‘cheer-leading’ President who can resurrect the attitude of exceptionalism that truly impressed me. As I have written perhaps too many times before, positivity and the “Let’s Win!” spirit is not only useful on the football field or basketball court. It is the same attitude that destroyed the Empire of Japan and liquidised Iraqi divisions in Kuwait. It is the attitude that built the Hoover Dam, and which drives the world economy.
Trump understands this. He understands the psychological basis of American strength, that this strength is not derived from virtue alone, but from arrogance, determination and unilateralism too.
Despite my enthusiasm, I am soberly aware that a Trump administration is as unlikely Caitlyn Jenner birthing triplets. Impossible, of course, but perhaps not wholly undesirable.
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On last night’s edition of BBC Question Time (a long-running British political discussion show), the panel was asked to discuss counter-radicalisation efforts in British schools. This then prompted a young woman in the audience to describe the policies already in effect at her college.
At her place of study, the girl reported, library computers automatically turn off when a student clicks on a website including the words ‘ISIS’, ‘Jihad’, ‘Islamism’ and similar terms. She added that this is also the case when the website in question is unaffiliated with Islam, such as the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and, presumably, this blog.
The host of the programme David Dimbleby reacted by calling the measure ‘extraordinary’… To that I would add the terms ‘counterproductive’ and ‘illogical’.
The very last thing we need is for a generation of British students to spend their (psychologically) formative years in the shade of political ignorance. Since it is fair to guess that the fallout from Islamisation will be the chief concern to these youngsters in the future, it is surely preferable that they be forewarned from as early an age as possible.
Indeed, ignorance of Islam, as well as being a failure of duty on the part of British educators, will also risk creating more Islam.
As Muslims increase as a percentage of Britain’s youth population, non-Muslim students will increasingly find themselves (especially in inner-city areas) in shared learning environments with believers. If the non-believers in this situation are never taught the downsides of Islam, the institutions will quickly lose their diversity entirely and become simply Muslim. After all, how can young White and non-Muslim BME kids be expected to resist aggressive conversion if even our roughest criminals in prison cannot?
That isn’t a risk worth taking in my opinion. Children should be given as much information about Jihadism as they are given about HIV and Gonorrhoea.
As to counter-radicalisation in general, I don’t believe any effort by government will be successful. Since the ministers charged with overseeing a multi-cultural society will never speak frankly about the deficiencies of one particular part of it, no measure getting to the root of the issue will ever be attempted.
Islamist terrorism is not the result of a misunderstanding of Islam, but of an unusually profound understanding of it. How can this be legislated against without legislating against Islam itself?
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