Monday, October 4, 2010

Has Europe removed its Welcome mat?

Martin Walker from Dusseldorf for writes, "The common thread that runs through these purely political crises is immigration. In Belgium, Holland and Sweden, the political system was disrupted and traditional party loyalties broken by the impact of small new anti-immigration parties. They emerged from the political right but gathered force by taking working-class votes from the traditional left-wing parties.
The impact of this kind of anti-immigration sentiment is more widespread. Switzerland last year had a referendum that banned the construction of new minarets for mosques. Sarkozy in France is moving against the Roma because he hopes to win back support from the anti-immigrant Front National. And one reason why Britain's Conservatives had to resort to a coalition with the Liberal-Democrats was that the anti-immigrant British National Party won enough votes to deny the Conservatives support in constituencies they had hoped to win."

"In Germany, central banker Thilo Sarrazin was put on the cover of Der Spiegel as "the peoples' hero" after the German establishment rallied to force him off the Bundesbank board after denouncing his new anti-immigration book "Germany is Destroying Itself." He claims that Europe's top economy is being undermined, overwhelmed and made "more stupid" by poorly educated, fast-breeding, badly integrated and unproductive Muslim immigrants and their offspring."

There is no indication that the German government plans to put Thilo Sarrazin on trial for his "hate speech," but maybe that is in the works. Walker goes on to discuss in broad-brush fashion matters in Holland, Italy, France, and Denmark. He concludes "the trend of policy is clear; Europe has removed the welcome mat."

That assessment strikes me as a bit premature. At present some deals have been made with so-called "right-wing extremists" who want to restrict immigration, but I don't believe the "non-extremist" governmental elements have really taken this matter to heart. If they can throw the Geert Wilders out of government and shut up the Thilo Serrazin's I believe the Liberal-Leftists will resume their multiculturalist adventures. Perhaps, and fortunately for Europe, the Islamic encroachment is not a clever conspiracy. Islamists are committed idealists, even more so than Liberal-Leftists and they will not compromise their beliefs for political advantage. They will go right on killing infidels unless their Imams get them to put their fervor on hold; which strikes me as a difficult thing to do. If European Muslims continue with their acts of murder and mayhem the Wilders may never get thrown out of office and the Sarrazins may never shut up and the European immigration-problem (including its aftermath) may one day come under control. I offer this merely as a theoretical possibility. Belief in it requires more optimism and faith in my fellow Westerner than I can generate.

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