Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hirsi Ali 'Splains What Multiculti Has Wrought: War Between Jihadists and European Traditionalists

I am usually impressed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali's insights, but this analysis in an article by the National Post's Kevin Liblin struck me as being especially shrewd:
“You will see more and more people fighting for religion and blood and culture and all these things as a motive to commit violent acts, saying they have no other option but violence to make their statement,” she says. “That means the parliamentary model, the model of dialogue, that is going to be undermined by both sides”—the jihadists and the European traditionalists, both.

As evidence, she cites not only the Muslim radicals like [Theo Van Gogh's assassin Mohammed] Bouyeri and the Khadr family that set up their own radical shop here in Canada, but the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to murdering 69 people as a reaction to the rise of European Islam and in the name of, according to his rambling manifesto, medieval Catholic crusaders. She believes there are many others in Europe who think like him.

“He is talking about the Knights of the Templar. That is pure regression. He’s not a worshiping Christian but he’s become a political Christian and so he’s reviving political Christianity as a counter to political Islam. That’s regression, because one of the greatest achievements of the west was to separate politics from religion.” Multiculturalism, she states plainly, is “going back in history.”
Exactamundo--and brilliant!

1 comment:

Carlos Perera said...

What made the American melting pot--and, I should think, the Canadian one as well--feasible was the fact that, whatever the purely religious differences among the Protestants, Catholics, and Jews who made up the great, overwhelming majority of the post-Anglo-Saxon waves of immigrants, there was common moral ground (as Christian moral theology, both Protestant and Catholic, was inherited wholesale from the Pharisaic Judaism of Jesus' time), along with a willingness to create a separate space ("Render unto Casear . . ." ) for a non-theocratic government, which was nevertheless informed by the moral consensus among the three faiths. That non-theocratic government also insisted that, whatever quaint and exotic cultural traditions the new immigrants wished to perpetuate in the privacy of their homes and ethnic enclaves, they had to cede the public square--including the public schools--to the great Anglo-Saxon tradition of law and liberty; you were free as free can be to speak Italian or Yiddish or Hungarian or whatever at home, or in church, or in the local ethnic society, but full participation in the broader society required becoming "ideological" Anglo-Saxons. That was the melting pot.

Multiculturalism has managed to undermine the consensual arrangement that made the melting pot possible by (a) undermining the moral consensus rooted in Pharisaic Judaism and driving it out of the public square and (b) insisting on the right of immigrants with alien values--e.g., adherents of the Religion of Peace--to repudiate the Anglo-Saxon norms of law and liberty, indeed, to demand that the greater society accept those values within their enclaves (for starters!). Enforcing that acceptance has involved the legal persecution of those who publicly refuse to bow to the dictates of the Multiculturalist Elite regarding what is or is not licit speech. Indeed, even the most scrupulous adherence to extant law is not enough to allow the anti-Multiculturalists to prevail legally, as the courts have repeatedly disregard law and ancient precedent in favoring Multiculturalist doctrine.

When people are denied the recourse of law, one should not be surprised if they turn to other means. In Europe, more and more "traditionalists" are beginning to conclude that they must turn to other means if they wish to preserve what they value in their ancient civilization. We are drifting in that direction in the New World as well, though the disease is not as advanced. Let us hope we can turn present trends around using legal means, while that option is still possible.