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December 22, 2008

On 'America's long and straight slide to death by political correctness, multiculturalism and cultural relativism

Topics: Understanding Islam
Herb Denenberg's must-read piece today at The Bulletin sounds a warning that America, the greatest nation in the history of the world, has started a long and straight slide to death by political correctness, multiculturalism and cultural relativism, and it's coming about because of the inability of our leaders to recognize the advance of the stealth jihad:
So, America and the West wake up before you fall victim to a relentless, bloody and stealth jihad and become subject to Islamofascism. Europe is already virtually gone, as Mark Steyn concluded in his classic book, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. Is America next?

I've been waiting for a clarion Churchill-like speech warning against that oncoming jihad and Muslim takeover of the West. We have some important books on the subject, such as Robert Spencer's The Stealth Jihad, an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to save America. But some times it takes a speech to reach enough of the people, as many will simply not take the time to read long books. You'll recall Winston Churchill warned against the Soviet takeover of Europe in his immortal address at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., on March 5, 1946. He warned, "An iron curtain has descended across Europe."

In that speech, Churchill said, "The Communist parties or fifth columns constitute a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization." We might change to update that as follows: "A small but vocal segment of Islam in America constitutes a growing challenge and peril to Western civilization."

Churchill went on to say, "Our difficulties and dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them." We might change that to "Our difficulties and dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them, by refusing to call Islamofascist terrorism by its right name and insisting on political correctness in referring to the danger simply as extremist terrorism or some such." This political correctness has already reached an advanced stage in the thinking of President-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, and has even infected the Bush Administration. It might be properly called a form of national suicide by political correctness.

Churchill also said, "If all British moral and material forces and convictions are joined with your own in fraternal association, the high-roads of the future will be clear." We can't even say that now as Britain and the rest of Europe is already virtually gone to the stealth jihad as documented by Mr. Steyn and by two other important authors: Melanie Phillips', Londonistan, and Bruce Bawer's, While Europe Slept. So we are in an even more dangerous predicament, as our great ally during World War II, Britain, may not be at our side. And for other reasons, we certainly can't count on Putin's Russia to help in any way. We may be virtually "America Alone" as Mr. Steyn's title suggests, and that is one more factor indicating we may be in even greater peril now than we were going into World War II. This suggests the urgency of recognizing the problem we face and acting, accordingly.

I've now found the Churchill-like speech that warns of the stealth jihad, warns that it is spreading across the world, and also warns we better recognize we're in a war whether we like it or not. This speech was recently delivered by Geert Wilders, a member of the parliament of the Netherlands.

He delivered the speech in Jerusalem for good reason. He said, "We are here to voice our concern over the growing Islamization of the West. We do this in the city, the city of David. The city that, together with Rome and Athens symbolizes our ancient heritage."

Then we went on to a critical point, stressing that it is not just Israel that is under siege, but all of Western civilization:

"This city is the capital of a democracy under threat. Israel is under siege, like the Jewish community in the Land of Israel is under siege for over a century now ..."

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: 'Islam has bloody borders.' Israel is located precisely on that border. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, just like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way of the Islamic advance. Just like West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

"Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other places to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Therefore, the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad ..."

As is often the case, Israel and the Jews are only the canary. They are first on the list, but are never the last. We forget the great poetry of Martin Niemoller, the German pastor, who wrote:

"When Hitler attacked the Jews

I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.

And when Hitler attacked the Catholics,

I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.

And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists,

I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.

Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church --

and there was nobody left to be concerned."

This is not just a great lesson of history but also a lesson of morality akin to the Golden Rule. It explains the consequences of abandoning the Golden Rule.

This account of world events adds up to World War IV between Western civilization and jihad, the Muslim extremists. Yes, all our borders, wherever they are in the world, are bloody borders and getting bloodier.

To understand the way the stealth jihad is working, Mr. Wilders goes to his own Netherlands. The mass migration of Muslims there continues full-speed ahead. The nation is being swamped with Muslim immigrants, often uneducated, if not illiterate. They bring with them the local customs of backward Islamic countries. There are already a million Muslims in the tiny country of about 16.4 million and thousands and thousands of new immigrants arrive every year.

They create some of the same kind of problems we have seen in America. Mr. Wilders says they are overly represented in social benefits and crimes. This in turn creates overall costs that are staggering. But that is not the worst of it. Mr. Wilders writes, "But what we have to fear most is the creeping Islamization, the stealth jihad. Because every Islamic neighborhood, every Islamic shop, every mosque, every Islamic school, every burqa, every veil is regarded by many Muslims as building blocks towards a larger goal, towards domination."
Herb concludes his piece with a summary statement provided by his brother who read an early draft of his column. It addresses the true crux of the problem rather succinctly - Western and Judeo-Christian values are not compatible with Islam - period:

"The West and Judeo-Christian values are not compatible with Islam.  The Koran is a war plan and the Muslim migration to the west should be acknowledged as an Islamic army with Muslim soldiers to destroy the Western culture and initiate Sharia rule. The West's retreat from confrontation with Islamic demands and spread will only result in their submission to Islam, as Islam demands of everyone.  It is ironic that the multicultural liberals bow to the unicultural Islamic demands when they should be the most vigorous opponents of them.  The West believes in liberty, diversity, individual freedom and the sanctity of life whereas Islam believes in oppression, uniformity, submission and death.  Who is it that would choose the later over the West, and should those who do be allowed to overwhelm the west through immigration and fecundity?  Everyone should stand up and speak out against further spread of the tentacles of Islam before they wrap themselves up over the west completely." 
Catch it all - here ...

As Fjordman has written about the problems of multiculturalism in his Recommendations for the West - which applies as well to political correctness and cultural relativism - the net effect in the end is the destruction of democracy itself:

Multiculturalism is wrong because not all cultures are equal. However, it is also championed by groups with a hidden agenda. Multiculturalism serves as a tool for ruling elites to fool people, to keep them from knowing that they have lost, or deliberately vacated, control over national borders. Leftists who dislike Western civilization use Multiculturalism to undermine it, a hate ideology disguised as tolerance. Multiculturalism equals the unilateral destruction of Western culture, the only unilateral action the West is allowed to take, according to some.

There are also some libertarian right-wingers and Big Business supporters who see man only as the sum of his economic functions, as cheap labor and consumers, homo economicus. They believe not only in free markets but in free migration, and tend to downplay the impact of culture. They are Islam's useful idiots in the fight against the West.

Although Leftists tend to be more aggressive, perhaps the dividing line in the internal struggle in the West is less between Left and Right, and more between those who value national sovereignty and Western culture and those who do not. End the nonsense of "celebrating our differences." We should be celebrating our sameness and what binds us together. We should clean up our history books and school curricula, which have been infected with anti-Western sentiments.

Upholding national borders has become more important in the age of globalization, terrorism and mass-migration, not less. No nation regardless of political system can survive the loss of its territorial integrity, but democratic states especially so. Those who don't want to uphold national borders are actually tearing down the very foundations of our democratic system, which is based on nation states. The fight for national sovereignty is thus the fight for democracy itself, since nobody has so far made any convincing model of a supranational democracy.

'As a plausible remedy to the problem of Islam, 'Fjordman's solution is simple and direct: The best way to deal with the Islamic world is to have as little to do with it as possible.'
We should ban Muslim immigration. This could be done in creative and indirect ways, such as banning immigration from nations with citizens known to be engaged in terrorist activities. We should remove all Muslim non-citizens currently in the West. We should also change our laws to ensure that Muslim citizens who advocate sharia, preach Jihad, the inequality of "infidels" and of women should have their citizenship revoked and be deported back to their country of origin.
Although there's little chance that our nation's leaders will ever enact the "Fjordman solution," there can be doubt that not doing so is only going to hasten our national decline to the same fate now suffered by Europe - the Islamization of America and the destruction of our democracy and its freedoms.

Related:
Fjordman - Recommendations for the West
Stealth Jihad in America
Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America Without Guns or Bombs.

Posted by Hyscience at December 22, 2008 2:32 PM



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