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The Gathering Storm

Another 12 lives have been added to the casualty list from the Islamic fanatics’ war against the West, this time at the offices of a French satirical magazine that was deemed insufficiently reverent toward Mohammad, and there are the usual worries among the chattering classes that Islam will be blamed. The long-awaited backlash against Muslims in the west hasn’t happened yet, and the West’s governments and opinion-makers are as eager as ever to prevent it, but they are right to worry. Each new outrage tests the public’s patience and draws the world closer to an inevitable confrontation between the west and its sworn enemies.
America has already launched costly battles in Afghanistan and Iraq in response to the terror attacks on its soil on Sept. 11, 2001, and even as it withdraws from those conflicts with little regard for the consequences Europe is being forced to confront the broader war within its own borders. Shortsighted immigration policies have left many European nations with large Muslim populations that are rapidly growing while the indigenous ethnic population is at or below replacement levels, and the newcomers are not assimilating to the existing cultures but rather attempting to impose their own culture on their hosts. A generous welfare system and a condescending multi-culturalism seem to have only exacerbated the resentments in the Muslim ghettos that have sprung up across the continent, which are often radicalized Islamic states within the state. The excellent British writer Theodore Dalrymple offers a chilling description at City Journal of the situation in his adopted country of France, where bureaucratic planning has created a segregated ring around the major cities where the police and firemen and emergency medical personnel are afraid to go, filled with angry young men whose culture is defined by its opposition to the nation at large. He describes how the resulting crime and disorder are affecting the lives of ordinary French citizens, and how they have thus far resigned themselves to the situation, and how the arbiters of elite French culture have even championed the anti-French subculture of the ghettos, but the disorder has now killed 12 at a satirical magazine and will soon move on to the gay bars and will eventually threaten everything that even the enlightened French culture will inevitably find worth fighting for.
Already there are worries that there will be increased support in France for Marine Le Pen’s National Front, which has not had much success in shedding the image of her father’s unabashed fascist policies but is the only political party that has forthrightly challenged the creeping Islamization of France. Anti-immigration parties are finding increased support across Europe, and although the European and American press like to describe them all as “right wing” some are merely urging reasonable restrictions on immigration and assimilation policies for those already in the country along with the same sort of economic agenda that conservatives offer in America, but there are parties with a more authoritarian style that will also make gains in countries where the more established parties refuse to offer viable solutions to the pressing problems posed by an increasingly radicalized Muslim population. Wherever any resistance to the Islamic immigration is considered beyond the respectable limits of discourse, the disreputable parties will become increasingly popular.
The United States has a smaller, albeit growing, Muslim population, and it is not segregated and alienated to the same extent as In Europe. Nor are the parameters of the debate about Islam’s uneasy coexistence with the West so severely restricted, despite the best efforts of politicians and the academy and the establishment press and the entertainment industry. The death toll from radical Islam’s war against the West is nonetheless high here, and likely to grow higher, and the same willing blindness to the problem too often prevails at the highest levels of power. The anti-social ethos that Theodore Dalrymple describes in the ghettos outside Paris is eerily similar to what is found in the ghettos within America’s cities, right down to hip-hop music and fashion and government-subsidized bling, and the reaction by America’s intellectual elites to its anti-social and police-hating ethos is pretty much the same, and all that’s missing is radical Islam’s appeal to the spiritual void of those angry young men and its promise of something more meaningful. Post-modern Europe has nothing similar to offer, and America needs to recall the vision that once served that purpose.
The same apologetic and appeasing offer of debilitating support that America has offered its ghettos since launching a “War on Poverty” is what it now offers the Islamic world, but generous welfare systems and a condescending multi-culturalism are no more likely to work here than in France.

— Bud Norman

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2 responses

  1. The nobility of a man is measured by how much truth he can tolerate. If our tolerance is the measure of our values and ideals, then we are truly a noble society of the highest order. In times of mortal danger, however, this nobility may come at too high a price for our society to pay. As items are jettisoned from a listing ship to lighten its weight and right itself, we must consider whether some of our highest ideals are in fact an Achilles Heel being exploited by our enemies.

    I acknowledge the response that such consideration renders a victory of sorts on the part of terrorism – that altering a cherished ideal in response to terrorism equates a “win” for those seeking our destruction. One must step back and view the matter from somewhat of a distance to better understand the dichotomy between the application of our values as it involves the nihilism of terror.

    A much maligned U.S. senator by the name of Barry Goldwater once said that “…extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice […] moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue” These words resonate when faced with the withering criticism of the nattering class who attempt to hijack the English language and classify speech they disagree with as being the product of “hate”. Indeed, these voices are on par with those who seek impose their injurious vision upon us inasmuch as they they cannot be made to see that which is otherwise plain and obvious.

    I must confess that this is probably the most difficult post for me to write as some may not fully grasp its true implication. What it is not is any sort of capitulation to our enemies. Likewise, it is not the verbal equivalent of a head-nod to terrorists. Rather, let us pull back the covers to fully view our enemy so as to better understand that which we must do to defeat him.

    As of today those who utilize terrorism to achieve their objectives are stronger than Western civilization. They possess an abundance of will unmatched by that of our leaders. They will not blink in the face of death and will pursue their goals unfettered by any moral compass other than that which speeds victory. Strength and will are the most potent weapons in their arsenal.

    In response, Western civilization brings judgment to the battlefield…judgment as it involves ourselves, our enemies and our efforts to combat barbarianism. It is our judgment that shall defeat us rather than the efforts of our enemies. Judgment is both a luxury and millstone in times of mortal danger. If history is any guide, then let us at least recognize that one must be ruthless and unrelenting in the waging of war if one wishes to quick and decisive conclusion to it.

    Our values and ideals are not diminished by employing the actions necessary to defend ourselves. In fact, these values and ideals are subject to extinction if we do not fully defend ourselves and defeat those who seek our destruction. Whether one agrees with this point or not, ask yourself which is the greater sin (yes, judgment rearing its ugly head again) – going to an early grave with untarnished values or marshaling ones primordial instincts and defeating the enemies of civilization so as to preserve that which we hold dear.

  2. When you see the growing number of Black women wearing hijabs and Black men sporting bushy beards when neither one has ever set foot in the Middle East you know that they are rejecting Western culture and adopting an adversarial position to the native culture. There are many facets of the Ruling Class culture of which Middle America disapproves. We do not have to man the ramparts to defend Hollywood’s culture or the anti-family, anti-Christian subcultures that have sprung up in America. But we have to be careful that in our battle over the culture we do not watch our backs only to find that Islam has become the greater threat

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