Leftists give away our heritage
YOU won’t defend what you don’t value. That’s why so many of the Left now want to sell out Europe and even Australia.
Hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants from the Third World are this year streaming into Europe, and in ever-increasing numbers.
They are demanding to have what people from another culture have created — and are demanding it simply because they want it, too.
After all, their own cultures have failed to produce any such riches, and without reform won’t.
Actually, when I say these people are poor, I mean only relatively. Many are actually rich enough to have seen the West’s wealth on their iPhones, and to have paid thousands of dollars to fly, drive or sail to the gates of Europe.
Now, normal people do not let strangers barge into their homes to take what they fancy, yet the Left in Europe has done just what the Left in Australia did when 50,000 illegal immigrants sailed here under Labor.
It has said yes, let them come and take it.
And Australian journalists, in an astonishing frenzy of sanctimony, demanded we take thousands of them, too, to come help themselves.
None of this makes sense, although the sanitised news reporting may explain some of this delirium.
For instance, the media have focused on a drowned toddler and on desperate families with children to whom you would give your heart, and some cash. But almost completely absent from media reports are the unmistakeable symptoms of the culture clash Europe is now admitting.
I have seen virtually no news report here about the violent riots in three German cities last week between Kurdish and Turkish immigrants, nor about the brawl in a German hostel by around 100 Syrian migrants outraged by the tearing of a Koran by an Afghan.
There has been a virtual blackout on last week’s riot on the Greek island of Lesbos by hundreds of Afghan men. There was a similar blackout on the scores of migrants chanting “f— you” at Budapest when denied a train.
No TV news bulletin showed migrants in Hungary hurling stones, or the well-built migrant at an aid centre turning aggressively to a camera to mime the slashing of a throat. Few reports noted the warning by Spain’s government of infiltration of these columns of migrants by Islamic State terrorists.
Nothing that might make you fear the consequences of this great river of people is given much coverage. Even news in April that Muslims on a boat to Italy murdered Christian passengers was played down.
TV reports last week also said little about the massive trail of rubbish left along the road by this migrant army — rubbish suggesting an uncomfortable truth, that renters do not respect a home as owners do.
Nor is much context given for the rising unease by working-class Europeans at this massive influx of people from the Third World, 72 per cent of them men and overwhelmingly Muslim. That context: European nations from Spain to Sweden are already suffering from the great cultural clash of our time, between Islam and the Christian West.
All have struggled to assimilate large Muslim minorities, and all have battled increasing jihadism.
They have learned that mass immigration from the Middle East is now more like colonisation, as our own Lakemba shows.
No surprise. Why assimilate, when satellite TV beams in programs from home, the internet binds a world-wide ummah, subsidised mosques are around the corner, shopkeepers speak Arabic and cheap travel keeps old ties strong?
All this has been played down by our media class. What should be seen as a threat to be resisted to maintain our Western societies is presented instead as a duty to accept.
Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praised by the Left for seeming to welcome an expected 500,000 illegal immigrants this year, admits Germany will be changed, and possibly not for the best.
“What we are experiencing now is something that will occupy and change our country in coming years,” she said.
“We want the change to be positive, and we believe we can accomplish that.”
Or maybe Germany won’t, but then it will be too late.
So how to explain this refusal to defend the West from an invasion of people whose culture often seems at war with all the West represents?
The answer is most obvious with Germany — shame for the past.
Merkel knows using the German army to force unwanted minorities onto trains for shipment will be too shocking a reminder of her country’s Nazi history.
This guilt still drives Germany’s intelligentsia, with Nobel-winning writer Herta Müller groaning: “We have the responsibility given the past.”
But shades of a similar shame runs through the West’s media and political elites, who have long held Europe in contempt for its racist and colonialist legacy, and howled down any suggestion of its civilising influence on the world.
That’s not so in the prouder and more religious nations of Eastern Europe, now the most adamant about not accepting these immigrants.
But the intelligentsia of Western Europe has for decades vilified even their rich Christian heritage, the foundation of their freedoms, as little more than a shameful relic of an oppressive faith ministered by paedophile priests.
And so Christian churches in countries such as Holland are converted into offices and shops, while proud mosques rise in immigrant suburbs.
In Australia it has been the same — or worse.
For nearly 30 years, Midnight Oil’s lyrics have been the soundtrack of our increasing self-loathing:
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
We’re gonna give it back
Decades of such preaching in schools and universities have succeeded. They have produced a political and media class that trashes the very idea of Western civilisation — those bits it can still understand.
This is a class that resents its own wealth and despises its past, inventing genocides that never occurred.
It is a class that sees Australia as riddled not just with racists but planet-killers, eating evil coal and living on “stolen” land for which some ritual apology must be made at public events to “traditional owners”.
It is a class that sneers at patriotism (Sydney’s Waverley Council once even banned the Australian flag at the Bondi Pavilion, calling it inflammatory) and mocks talk of “Team Australia”.
It is a class which celebrates hyphenated identities — Lebanese-Australian, Chinese-Australian — and attacks Australia Day as “Invasion Day”.
At bottom, this is a class which attacks the traditions that produced our prosperity, and which believes we little deserve what we grubbily have.
No, share our wealth with those more worthy. Invite the Third World to come take what we sinners only stole.