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February 9, 2011

Re: Multiculturalism -- Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

Topics: Eurabia, Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

NRO, on British Prime Minister David Cameron's speech in which warned Europeans to wake up to Islamic extremism ... telling the annual Munich Security Conference that "Multiculturalism has failed" (our post and the video of Cameron's comments is here): Multiculturalism -- Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu:

[...] Multiculturalism has gone from universal piety to subversive nonsense in the blink of a European eye. Last year, Thilo Sazzarin was maneuvered into resigning from the Bundesbank because he had written a book questioning the pieties of multiculturalism and diversity. One of his fiercest critics was the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who a few months later declared that "multi-culti" had "failed utterly." That was, however, a mere aside, even if a popular one. Now British prime minister David Cameron, a self-declared "liberal conservative," has delivered an analytical demolition of "state multiculturalism" and made a serious start on rooting it out from official British policy.

Cameron delivered this analysis at what initially seemed an odd venue: the annual conference on international security in Munich. It was, in fact, a shrewd choice. The venue removed multiculturalism from the nexus of welfare and anti-discrimination policies to that of national security and anti-terrorism, where conservatives have an advantage over their opponents. It was an advantage he pressed home.

[...] Cameron also introduced one idea that until now has been largely absent from the public debate on multiculturalism (though in National Review, Mark Steyn and John O'Sullivan have both insisted on its importance): namely, that one reason for the apparent success of extremist Islamism is the vacuum where British patriotism should be. Cameron argued sensibly that the British failure -- or, under multiculturalism, the outright British refusal -- to offer its new citizens any pride in their country's national identity allowed the Islamists to fill this gap with their own myths and symbols. Yet when he came to propose ways of restoring that sense of nationhood, they turned out to be perfectly nice but essentially liberal nostrums detached from any specific British context -- freedom of speech, etc. -- that an American, Frenchman, or Italian could subscribe to with equal fidelity.

Overall, NRO gives Cameron's speech an "A-". Find out where NRO sees Cameron having fallen short in his speech - here.

Posted by Richard at February 9, 2011 12:05 PM



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