I see Mohamed Morsi, poster boy for the Arab Spring, has now fallen back on the old defense that these touchy over-sensitive Jews have to learn to distinguish between anti-Semitism and legitimate and thoughtful criticism of Israeli policies. Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali now says that Mr. Morsi’s remarks that Jews are “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs” and that Egyptian children must be “breastfed hatred” for them were “taken out of context.” It was just a thoughtful call for a moratorium on settlements, or an expression of concern about disproportionate response, or a vague feeling that that Netanyahu guy is a bit extreme or something. Whatever.
A nation without a military is no longer a nation.
But beyond that, in a more general sense, nations that abandon their militaries tend also to abandon their national interests: Increasingly, instead of policies, they have attitudes. “Global warming” — “saving” the planet — is the perfect preoccupation for the ever-more-refined sensibilities of the post-national nation.
Whether Greece defaults or gets bailed out one mo’ time doesn’t really matter: It’s insolvent, and there isn’t enough money in Germany to obscure that fact indefinitely. The longer “political reality” tries to dodge real reality, the bloodier the eventual reacquaintance will be. Europeans are going to have to relearn impulses three generations of Continentals have learned to regard as hopelessly vulgar. Can they do that? A land of 30-year-old students and 50-year-old retirees has so thoroughly diverted the great stream of life that it barely comprehends what’s at stake. “Europe” as a geopolitical rather than geographical concept has been for half a century the most conventional of conventional wisdom. Those, like Britain’s Euroskeptics, who dissented from it were derided as “swivel-eyed” “loony tunes.” The loons were right, and the smart set — the political class, the universities, the BBC, Le Monde — were wrong. “Europe” was a blueprint for sclerosis and decline, and then a sudden, devastating fall. As the “loony tunes” could have told them, it ends with, “That’s all, folks.”
But they are fully Canadian, at least in the legal sense. They came to Quebec from Afghanistan in 2007. And, for all the sympathetic media murmurings about the difficulties of transitioning from a highly traditional culture to a First World society, the Shafias did find certain uses for modernity: In planning the killing of his sisters, Hamed used a Google search – “where to commit a murder”.
Steyn counts the cost of the dream that radically different cultures can be imported without much trouble:
It’s hard to see what Canada has to gain from admitting significant numbers of people from the culture that spawned the Shafias. Perhaps in time one could make functioning western citizens of them, but it would be a slow process and, even if we had the stomach for it, would be unlikely to justify itself in cost-benefit terms. So instead they come and settle into a culture that asks nothing of them. And slowly but remorselessly we adapt to them…
The multicultural experiment is not worth it. By the time those who foisted it on the post-war west acknowledge that, it will be too late.
Norway’s capital Oslo has seen a sharp increase in cases of outdoor rape, with the number of attacks in 2011 already double the total for the previous year, according to figures compiled by newspaper Aftenposten.
Police in Oslo registered 24 such cases in 2010 compared to 48 so far this year, Aftenposten said.
Opposition politicians are again raising the alarm and making connections to “the porno generation”. An alert has been put out for a “non-Western-looking” suspect after the most recent attack.
“It can not be denied that many of the culprits have an ethnic background with a critical view of women,” Conservative party justice critic Andre Oktay Dahl told TV2.
Whether you believe in the ‘birther’ thing or not, the fact that a sitting president had overtly had all his school and other records sealed would never have been accepted from any other president in US history. Something is most definitely rotten in Washington.
Haha! The only thing good about Soros financed Media Matters is that they’re keeping tab on us:
Steyn bets that “Stalin, Hitler, and Mao are kicking themselves” for not thinking up environmentalism
Indeed. “Global Warming” was never more than the greatest transfer of wealth in human history to undeserving third world despots….
Cancer survivor forced to show prosthetic breast to TSA agents during airport pat-down
A flight attendant and cancer survivor has revealed her horror at being forced to show her prosthetic breast to a security agent during a pat-down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Daily Mail)
Enemas for all…. except for Muslims:
Napolitano considering Hamas-linked CAIR’s demands for Muslim women in airports, including the “self-pat-down”
The Department of Homeland Security needs to clarify its position here without delay.CAIR advised Muslim women in the press release quoted here that:
“Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area”… (Jihad Watch)
Napolitano announced that in conjunction with American proctologists, passengers will now be screened by colonoscopy. “This of course requires the understanding and cooperation of the traveling public,” said Napolitano. “People will have to show up a little earlier for flights, and they’ll have to fast for the preceding 24 hours and apply home enemas. But our data show that most American travelers now are in the age group where this should be normal procedure anyway, so this shouldn’t impose undue hardship. Once they understand the benefits, we’re certain the American people will fully support PROBES.” (WaPo)
A few months after 9/11, I was strolling along the Boulevard de Maisonneuve in Montréal. Across the street there was an “adult” shop with its window full of very explicit gay sex paraphernalia. Struggling past it, laden with shopping bags, was a Muslim woman covered from head to toe. It’s not hard to figure where we’re going:
In ten years’ time, the Muslim woman will still be here, along with many others. The gay sex shop will be gone.
There are lessons that we can learn from the enemy. There is little admirable in the evil machinations of the left’s tactics, but their defense of their own people is one of them. When one of their own is under attack, they circle the wagons, hunker down, dig in their heels and defend to the death, no matter how egregious the act (think John Edwards, Barney Frank, Charles Rangel, et al — a veritable rogues’ gallery).
The right lacks this quality. We tend to eat our own, and then wonder why we have no real leaders. The right allowed the jackals, the vultures to destroy Sarah Palin; even now we hear that she is unelectable (for 2012). Why? She’s perfect. Palin is the most glaring example, but she is but one in a long line. It has to stop. Would Tom DeLay have resigned if he had been a Democrat? Would Jack Ryan have pulled out of the US Senate race (against Obama, no less) if he had been a Democrat? The list is too long. The right has to man up.
Robert Spencer published this piece at Front Page magazine. He has been a staunch defender of me and my work, a rare and wondeful quality. Thanks, Robert.
Warman is suing me for $500,000.00 Dollars. A ridiculous amount for an equally ridiculous lawsuit. Nonetheless even nuisance suits such as this must be defended against. To date legal fees have run me about 10K. I’ve covered that from my own pocket. I am now asking for your help. I know times are hard for many of us but if every reader who visited daily were to contribute 5 or 10 dollars then that would go a long way to helping all of us out.
Centre refuses to host Steyn lecture on free speech
A man who talks about free speech and Islam gets banned from talking at a civic auditorium out of fear of angering muslims. You can’t make this stuff up, I wonder if the irony is lost on the managers of the auditorium or on muslims?
Organizers of an upcoming talk by conservative writer Mark Steyn planned for London, Ont., say they were muzzled by a local city-owned convention centre. Strictly Right have found a larger — and more expensive — venue. Mr. Steyn will speak on Nov. 1 at London’s 1,600-seat Centennial Hall.
Here are the pics.Several hundred EDL members marched to the the Israeli Embassy in London and held a peaceful rally in support of Israel with Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a ‘tea party’ California State Senate candidate as guest speaker. London, UK
The American Rabbi Nachum Shifren is visiting England to meet with members of the English Defence League and express his solidarity with the European resistance to Islamization. See this post at ICLA for a video of a BBC news report featuring Rabbi Shifren. The report describes (in that well-known snarky BBC tone) the growing transatlantic cooperation among groups opposing Islamization.
The English Defence League (EDL) has been meeting with Orthodox Rabbi Nachum Shifren this week ahead of today’s demonstration in support of Israel outside the Israeli embassy in London. This is part of the growing interaction between the EDL and the counter-jihad movement in the US that I enthusiastically support.
Rabbi Nachum Shifren is running for Senate in California. Atlas strongly endorses this candidate. Rabbi Shifren is an Orthodox Rabbi and California State Senate Candidate. Rabbi Shifren has received endorsement from the Jewish community in Los Angeles and has been praised by organizations throughout the US for his steadfast support for the American Constitution and individual rights. He has built coalitions spanning all ethnic groups (Korean-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics). The EDL has built similar coalitions.
Support Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff against Austria’s Thought Police!
The Gates of Vienna has a list of blogs who support free speech in Austria. WoJ proudly joins this effort against a dictatorial effort to destroy freedom of speech to advance the Islamization of Europe. Elisabeth’s Voice
While I’ve been talking about free speech in Copenhagen, several free speech issues arose in North America. I was asked about them both at the Sappho Award event and in various interviews, so here’s a few thoughts for what they’re worth:
Too many people in the free world have internalized Islam’s view of them. A couple of years ago, I visited Guantanamo and subsequently wrote that, if I had to summon up Gitmo in a single image, it would be the brand-new copy of the Koran in each cell: To reassure incoming prisoners that the filthy infidels haven’t touched the sacred book with their unclean hands, the Korans are hung from the walls in pristine, sterilized surgical masks. It’s one thing for Muslims to regard infidels as unclean, but it’s hard to see why it’s in the interests of us infidels to string along with it and thereby validate their bigotry. What does that degree of prostration before their prejudices tell them about us? It’s a problem that Muslims think we’re unclean. It’s a far worse problem that we go along with it.
Take this no-name pastor from an obscure church who was threatening to burn the Koran. He didn’t burn any buildings or women and children. He didn’t even burn a book. He hadn’t actually laid a finger on a Koran, and yet the mere suggestion that he might do so prompted the president of the United States to denounce him, and the secretary of state, and the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, various G7 leaders, and golly, even Angelina Jolie. President Obama has never said a word about honor killings of Muslim women. Secretary Clinton has never said a word about female genital mutilation. General Petraeus has never said a word about the rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pushtun men in Kandahar. But let an obscure man in Florida so much as raise the possibility that he might disrespect a book – an inanimate object – and the most powerful figures in the Western world feel they have to weigh in.