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“Christopher Caldwell is a mild-manneredÂ Financial Times journalist who over the past decade has covered continental Europe (France especially) and its relationship with Islam in particular.
“That Caldwell is so mainstream, well-respected and analytical makes his conclusion all the more devastating â€“ that the mass migration of Africans and Asians into Europe since the Second World War was an unprecedented, economically unnecessary and ill-thought-out plan that has had a profoundly negative impact on our way of life. Furthermore, he says, the mass importation of Muslims at a time when Europe has lost its own faith and Islam has developed a dangerous and powerful radicalism threatens the very freedom of Europe.
“… self-loathing was at the heart of the immigration experiment and later experiments in multiculturalism and political correctness; only a society so racked with self-hatred would have invited foreign labour in such numbers despite the economic benefits being so thin….
“Can Europe be the same? Clearly not. Can we reach some happy compromise that peacefully integrates such large communities and avoids the conflicts that have plagued such multi-cultural countries in the past? Probably not.
“Pim Fortuyn in Holland offered the best hope of a non-racist [sic!], liberal Europe that believed in itself; after his murder the future lies either with Nicolas Sarkozy, who believes in republican integration, or the likes of Geert Wilders, whose implacable hostility to Islam is increasingly shared across Europe.
“This is a fascinating, earth-shattering account of the most radical change in European history.”
Yet another adulatory review of Caldwell’s paranoid anti-Muslim tract,Â Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, this one byÂ Torygraph blogger Ed West in theÂ Catholic Herald, 21 August 2009From the Bunglawussi blog…
Obama Gov’t Supports Islamic Terrorism:
The Obama- bastards are on the side of our enemies…
US gives more cash to Hamas
What’s that? It isn’t going to Hamas? SeeÂ here andÂ here.
Suicidal Short-Sightedness Update: “UNRWA assistance to Palestinian refugees from Iraq,” fromÂ ReliefWeb, August 23:
Official PA news agency: a Jewish state threatens all humanity
But all those Arab states full of jihadists? No problem!
“Humanity” for Arab-Muslims of course means Muslims only. Infidels or Jews need not apply…
They Sincerely Want Peace Update: “A Jewish state threatens all humanity: Official PA news agency,” by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook forÂ Palestinian Media Watch, August 10
Sweden: Large Muslim population intimidates local Jews
“Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews…” — Qur’an 5:82
Aftonbladet Blood Libel Update. “Stockholm’s rabbi: Large Muslim population intimidates local Jews,” by Matthew Wagner for theÂ Jerusalem Post, August 24
“The release of the Abdel Basset al-Megrahi indicates to the jihadist world that their scorn for our lifestyle, for our Western values and freedoms is justifiable”
WhyÂ this was a bad idea. “Failing to learn the Lockerbie lesson,” by Laura Rosen Cohen in theÂ National Post, August 24 (thanks toÂ Kathy Shaidle):
[…] The release of the Abdel Basset al-Megrahi indicates to the jihadist world that their scorn for our lifestyle, for our Western values and freedoms is justifiable. Their insistence that our societies are decadent, morally inverted places are perhaps not without merit. If we do not punish the murderers of our own precious children, families and friends, if we do not extinguish the lives of the terrorists, or even incarcerate them, why should they think otherwise? Moreover, if we as a society, voluntarily send these messages of impotence and self-defeat to our enemies, why on earth do we deserve any of our remaining freedoms?
What case can be made for a society that annuls the value of its own citizens’ life and enables their murderers to live freely?
Let the Scottish example be a lesson to us all: the barbarians are at the gate. Instead of reinforcing the walls, we’ve just given them an extra set of keys and told them to make themselves at home. Inevitably, they will.
Over my dead body. Which isÂ just the way they want it, of course!