Same pablum, different day

This article is worth your attention, as it encapsulates the feelings of an already large and growing number of people (myself included):

The sad truth, and getting sadder with every attack, is that the political class has little interest in doing what would really be necessary to combat Islamist terrorism, let alone talk about it. They don’t want to talk about how Britain’s (the West’s) lax immigration policies over decades led to hundreds of thousands of immigrants entering the country with varying degrees of willingness to assimilate and adopt Western values. They don’t want to openly criticize the blatant problems with the multiculturalism the UK (West) has pursued for years and the obvious impact it has had on the immigrant population.

Oh no. This would cost them too much. It would shatter the façade of political correctness that’s been constructed over our “civilized” western world, and destroy the illusion, so vital to the political class, that Western values are universal.

The politicians are only willing to give speeches about how united we are and how terrorists cannot tear us apart. But the truth—so clear and obvious—is that with every attack the West becomes more and more divided. We are not united, not by a long shot…

There’s little to no tolerance in polite society for the kind of honesty for which many in the West are hungry…

Our political leaders are basically telling us that this kind of terrorism, random and deadly, is the price we have to pay for their policies of multiculturalism and political correctness. They know that their weak platitudes can’t stop terrorism, and so do the people. They might as well come out and say what they mean: get used to the new normal.  ((slight editing and emphasis by yours truly))

Close the borders.  Send the illegals home.  And stop importing more of the medium — hundreds of thousands of Muslims from broken and radicalized countries — in which this ideology flourishes.

Failure to assimilate

Turkey’s recent election, which further enhanced the Islamist totalitarian powers of Recep Erdogan, shows how far that nation has come from the secular society Kemal Ataturk intended.

The votes by Turks living abroad are even more telling, and should be noted:

About 1.4 million expatriate Turks voted in Turkey’s referendum to grant President Erdogan near-dictatorial powers, with three quarters of them residing in Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. These Turkish voters, living in some of Europe’s most liberal countries, overwhelming cast their ballots for Erdogan’s illiberal reforms of Turkish society…

Life in liberal Europe is not having the impact people hoped—Turks in Europe are not any less nationalistic, less authoritarian or less Islamist than their compatriots at home—rather they are more of all these things..

If assimilation is failing with long established Turks in affluent, full employment Germany, what can we expect with other communities in less prosperous European countries?

The measure squeaked by at home, with just over 51% saying “yes.”  For the Turks living abroad, “Yes” had anywhere from 15 to 25% more support!  That would tend to confirm the thesis that the massive wave of ‘refugees’ in the past couple of years represents an ideological vanguard of Islamism that intends to make Europe submit to it, not the other way around.

The author of the quoted piece seems puzzled that good economic conditions in Germany haven’t produced assimilation.  That’s because assimilation is a primarily a cultural issue, not an economic one.  In the past, Western European nations and the Anglosphere (U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc) fully expected newcomers to adopt their language, follow their laws, and to give their undivided loyalty to their new nation.

Immigrants today don’t have to cut the cord with the “old country” the way past generations did.  With global communication, the ability to travel and the tendency to settle into specific ethnic enclaves in their new land, immigrants today have far less motivation to assimilate.  Let’s face it: for Mexicans in the U.S., “home” is next door, you live in barrios with people like yourself, you can watch Spanish-language TV such as Univision, and even wave the Mexican flag while watching the U.S. play that country in soccer.  These are not Mexican-Americans.  They are Mexicans living in America.  The same is true of the Turks in Europe.  Even at the height of the Cold War, with Turkey a key partner in NATO, Europeans were strongly divided over whether or not to consider Turkey “European.”  Its current regression to pining for the days of the Ottoman Empire should answer that question.

The West has basically allowed a substantial fifth column to develop in their midst — a development our traitorous leadership class has encouraged.  While the resulting attacks rarely amount to more than a single actor at a time right now, I suspect that won’t remain the case much longer.  Even the “lone wolves” usually have ideological and communication ties with the Islamist movement.  At this stage of the game, Turks should be carefully watched, not welcomed in with no restrictions.  It’s time to shut the doors for a while and deal with what we’ve already admitted, rather than keep the welcome mat out for anyone with a pulse.

Death of a thousand paper cuts

That’s what the alleged “war on terror” has become.  The latest cut comes just outside the British Parliament, a key symbol of the long struggle in the West to establish representative government and personal liberties.

Yet even though once again the perpetrator was “Asian” (which in Britain means Pakistani), all the talking heads are more worried about a potential backlash against that ever-growing demographic than they are the continued drip, drip of jihad:

We’ve seen this rise of a kind of a right-wing movement here and throughout Europe. And this is only going to put wind in the sails of those who would say that this is an issue that needs to be looked at, that needs to be examined in terms of refugees.

(MSNBC reporter Matt Bradley, just after the attack)

Thus does the western media play Wormtongue once again: the threat isn’t from Islam, you see.  No, the real threat is from those who point out that massive Muslim immigration seems to correlate with the rise of Sudden Jihad Syndrome in various western nations.

Enough with the “diversity is our strength” pablum.  Pouring hundreds of thousands of Muslims into Europe (and, to a lesser but still significant degree, the U.S.) doesn’t enrich society.  It dilutes it.  It fragments it.  This isn’t about importing a few exotic neighbors with whom you can trade cooking tips.  It’s about enabling an invasion and importing a culture that is completely alien and overtly hostile to Western-style representative government and culture – and always has been.  Just over a year ago I traveled to London.  My son and I visited the Whitechapel district.  The moment we got to street level from the Underground my first impression was that I was deployed back to the Middle East.  Needless to say, we didn’t stay long.  When you travel to England and find the Emirates instead, something is terribly amiss.

I dare these treacherous reporters to name one Muslim-majority nation that is freer than the United States.  Name one that produces more advances in science and technology.  Name one that permits the upward social and financial mobility available to those who would work hard in the West.

It can’t be done.

Our chattering classes are permitting and encouraging civilizational suicide by the West.  On their hands will be the blood of thousands of Westerners and Muslims.  The longer their spell keeps people passive, the greater the eventual response when the public realizes their betrayal and rises to act.

The question of the era is whether that awakening will take place before or after it’s too late to fight back.

Where is our modern Charles Martel?  Where is the spirit that defended the gates of Vienna?  Will their descendants meekly submit to the same oppressive worldview that has already tried twice to conquer Europe?

Where are the Men of the West?

A dearth of adults

Quote of the day, from Victor Davis Hanson:

An adult president is going to have to tell the American people that a mandated equality-of-result economy is fossilized, entitlements are insolvent, the debt is unsustainable, interest rates are going up, the medical system is pure chaos, and people have to get over expecting to live off government, not because it is unethical, but because it is untenable.

The problem is, our infantilized society — in which “you hurt my feewings” seems now to  be the measure of everything — is increasingly unlikely to elect such an adult.  Indeed, rather than re-embracing the values and norms that once made our society thrive, the current generations seem determined to run farther than ever from them.  Given that, it’s far more likely the untenable status quo will continue until it simply can’t, at which point we’ll be lucky if there are adults around to clean up the mess and try to rebuild.  We’ll be even luckier if those rare adults take on the burden of leadership more out of altruism and a sense of civic responsibility instead of personal ambition.

What invasion looks like, part 2

Want to know why the demand for firearms in Austria is currently exceeding supply?  Why some Europeans are now lamenting their lack of a Second Amendment?

This might have something to do with it. (Must-see animation at the link)

To crib from a favorite leftist phrase, “visualize enforced borders!”  With those, you MIGHT maintain peace.  What you see in the visualization at the link above is a recipe for violence, possibly on a scale not seen since 1945.  After all, the moving graphics were created using United Nations data, which I would not be surprised to find underestimates the problem.

Remember the leaders and activists responsible for enabling it, too.  They should not escape history’s judgment — nor their own peoples’.  The word ‘treason’ should not be used lightly.  But if it doesn’t apply here, I don’t know where it would.

If anyone finds a similar animation for the flow of immigrants into the United States, please let me know.  Sometimes pictures are indeed worth thousands of words.

Inviting trouble

An amazing number of people seem to get their backs up at the very idea there should be such a thing as a national border, or controls on who enters the country and/or chooses to take up residence here.  This is based on a false, dangerous, utopian view that “all people are the same.”  Disappointingly, many of these “open borders” groups attempt to justify their position as somehow being Biblical.  I do my best on this blog to discuss issues in a way that reaches people where they are… while I am unashamedly a Christian, I don’t believe that is a prerequisite for me to have a conversation with someone about the issues of the day (though I’ve noticed it sure does help those to be civil and productive).  That said, I cannot remain silent when well-meaning (and not-so-well meaning) people try to advocate suicidal policies and attempt to justify them as somehow “Christian.”

Let’s clear this up: the Bible makes clear we are all created in the image of God; that before Him, we all have value.  That revelation, like it or not, is a vital part of the underpinning of the Western cultural impulse toward “equality.  But that same sacred book also makes clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  While that also puts us on a level playing field vis-a-vis the Creator, scripture goes on to show there is a vast gulf between those who seek to repent and turn toward Him, and those who harden their hearts, reject Him, and often as a result reject any obligation or compassion toward their fellow man.

So it would be very wise for comfortable Christians in the West, blessed with an absence of systematic persecution for centuries, to listen carefully to their brothers and sisters who literally are on the current front lines of the age-old struggle born of Man’s Fall:

“Our sufferings today are a prelude to what even European and Western Christians will incur in the near future. Your liberal and democratic principles here [in the Middle East] are not worth anything. You need to rethink our reality in the Middle East because you are receiving in your countries, an increasing number of Muslims. You too are at risk. You have to take strong and courageous decisions, at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think that men are all the same. It is not true. Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values ​​are not their values. If you do not understand in time, you will become victims of the enemy that you welcomed into your home.”

What does it profit the West to invite into our lands throngs of people whose worldview is fundamentally incompatible with the very foundations that make our society appealing in the first place?  There are still many who come here seeking to join in what has been built, and who do so by following the process that has been prescribed.  But there are far more who either sneak in for the purpose of taking what is not theirs, or in an effort to join like-minded cohorts who only intend harm to those who live here.  This is why borders are important.

Why should we hold out the promise of an equal partnership with ideologies that make no such provision for dealing likewise with others?  Are we now so open minded we believe we have to open our doors and make way for those who would supplant us?  Has our Quixotic quest for the ‘perfect equality’ now led literally to a death wish?

That all are created equal in value does not mean that whatever worldviews, priorities and actions we choose to adhere to are also of equal value.  One need only look around the world and through history to see that not every system bears the same fruit.  Islam has produced nothing but bitter fruit for 14 centuries.  It is past time for those who can see clearly to recognize–and act on the recognition–that treating the individual Muslim with human dignity does not require treating Islam as somehow just “one of many truths.”   It is not, as the astute observer Alexis de Tocqueville noted two centuries ago:

Reading the latter [Koran] is one of the most … instructive things imaginable because the eye easily discovers there, by very closely observing, all the threads by which the prophet held and still holds the members of his sect. … [T]hat the first of all religious duties is to blindly obey the prophet, that holy war is the first of all good deeds … [A]ll these doctrines of which the practical outcome is obvious are found on every page and in almost every word of the Koran are so striking that I cannot understand how any man with good sense could miss them.

Unlike today’s spineless relativism, Tocqueville also saw clearly that not all worldviews are created equal:

If  Christianity should in fact disappear, as so many hasten to predict, it would befall us, as already happened to the ancients before its advent, a long moral decrepitude, a poisoned old age, that will end up bringing I know not where nor how a new renovation. … I closely studied the Koran especially because of our position with regard to the Muslim populations in Algeria and throughout the Orient. I admit that I came out of  that study with the conviction that, all things considered, there had been few religions in the world so dreadful for men as that of Muhammad. It is, I believe, the major cause of  the decadence today so visible in the Muslim world and though it is less absurd than ancient polytheism, it’s social and political tendencies, in my opinion much more to be feared. I see it relative to paganism itself as a decadence rather than an advance.

I will go Tocqueville one better.  As someone who has traveled in the Muslim world, interacted with the people, and read and discussed the Koran with them, I’ve reached a conclusion.  Islam is among the most successful systems of subjugation and exploitation ever devised.  It is a lie straight from the pit of Hell, designed to deflect the grace, forgiveness, freedom and individual redemption of the Cross with the burdens of legalism, maltreatment and hopelessness.

Does that conclusion mean I hate Muslims and wish them ill?  Quite the contrary… it means I recognize they are spiritually enslaved.  It means I love them individually, but not by affirming in word and deed the very system that oppresses them and would, given half a chance, take root to do the same here.  It means I recognize Christian grace and Islamic works are fundamentally incompatible worldviews, and that when given the opportunity, I point out the differences.  The people of the West used to realize their obligation to spread the Truth with which they had been blessed, and this led to waves of missionaries around the world.  That legacy still exists, much diminished in no small part because we’ve become unsure in our own civilization that there even IS such a thing as Truth.

And that, more than anything, has given evil the opportunity to rear its very ugly head, both here and abroad.  I defy you to watch the beheadings of Daniel Pearl, James Foley or the other victims of this murderous cult, and then still claim that truth is in the eye of the beholder.  Understand that the longer that attitude persists, and the more we simply throw open our borders to whomever wants to wander in, the more likely it is such activity will take place not in Iraq, but in Detroit; not in Pakistan, but in New York.

For those of you reading who are fellow followers of Christ, I urge us all to pray for God to do what all our nation’s material power cannot: show the power of His grace to millions who have no idea what is available to them.  Just as importantly, we need to pray that the cataracts of spiritual relativism fall from the eyes of those who live here with the trappings of grace without acknowledging its Source.   The world needs the Light more than ever before, and yet it is growing dim even here.

Some of you reading this may have stayed with the post to that last paragraph, then went “what?”  If you’re curious how I’ve reached the conclusions I have, I welcome your questions.  But note this: I have no interest in fruitless recitation of tired old canards that try to put Truth on trial for the personal failings of alleged individual adherents.  As I noted before, ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… and that includes your host.  My failings–and those of others across the centuries–do not negate the Truth.  They validate the need for it.  If you are unwilling to accept that premise, there is likely little we have to discuss and our time is better spent in other pursuits.

And with that, the comments section is open… and unmoderated.  Use the freedom responsibly and in search for answers, not arguments.