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re: Switzerland: Voters Ban Minarets; on Muslims in Europe (Nigel Jones, UK) (John Eipper, USA, 12/05/09 5:40 am)

Nigel Jones responds to Vincent Littrell's post of 4 December: Vincent slightly misunderstands me: I was not myself advocating the banning of minarets as the Swiss people have decided to do; I was merely seeking to alert WAIS to what, in my opinion, is the most urgent political/social problem in Europe, and one that you in the US probably don't hear too much about because the European political class has taken a collective decision to turn a Nelsonian blind eye to this unwelcome--but increasingly pressing--reality. Vincent asks me to comment on the Guardian article he cites. One must remember that the Guardian is an ultra-Liberal newspaper (to the left, in American terms, of say the New York Times) which has been part and parcel of the cosy "Blind Eye" consensus I refer to above, so it is in their interest to pretend that all is tickety-boo. In contrast to the reassuring picture of European Muslim communities painted by the Guardian piece, I would cite opinion polls which have found as many as 25% of Muslims resident in the UK sympathise or support Jihadist terrorism, and such fundamentalist tropes as the imposition of Sharia law, the restoration of the Caliphate, and the death penalty for apostates, homosexuals, infidels and Jews. Balancing the Guardian's rosy picture I would quote an article in this week's Spectator magazine, whose politics are mildly Conservative. The author of the piece, Rod Liddle, is no foaming far-right racist, but the former editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs radio programme Today, who still calls himself a Socialist. (Some people never learn.) I commend it to WAIS as a fair portrait of what is really happening on the ground in Europe now. To paraphrase, this is the fact that parties of the far-right are on the rise in those parts of Europe where Muslim immigration is highest, solely because the mainstream parties of the centre, left and centr-right have adopted the policies of the ostrich and stuck their heads firmly in the sand. As a result the anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders in Holland bids fair to become Prime MInister of the formerly liberal Netherlands; the Vlaams Blok is set to do similarly well in Belgium, while even in dear old England, where fascists didn't do well even in their 1930s heyday, the far-right British National Party garnered a milion votes and two European Parliamentary seats in the June European elections. The unpalatable truth is that the white working class do not like to see their formerly homogenous communities turned into little Peshawars or little Mogadishus. They do not like to see women walking around in oppressive, cover-all garments; they do not like to see people from countries with not even the excuse of a British colonial presence, like Somalia, given free residence and state benefits when they arrive here. Our corner of Europe is already oppressively over-crowded, under-employed and deep in debt. The last thing that we need is massive, unrestricted tidal waves of immigration from the rural villages of Pakistan and Bangladesh by people with no cultural, religious or social affinity with the host population. Because the mainstream has ignored them, they are voting for the racist right. If I lived in their areas I would, I confess, be very tempted to do the same. I appreciate Vincent telling me that I have a "powerful mind" but you do not need a powerul mind to see what is happening in front of your nose. The meanest intelligence can see that here we have all the ingredients of a massive explosion--and one brought about by the ineptitude of our ruling political class. http://www.spectator.co.uk/spectator/thisweek/5592733/its-not-just-the-swiss-all-europe-is-ready-to-revolt.thtml

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