Watch and listen to Paul Weston, leader of the right-wing Liberty GB party:
This reminds me of Marine Le Pen, who has a not so different message, but it’s somewhat worse here — even much worse. Look how his party links the “star and crescent” symbol of Islam with the “hammer and sickle” symbol of communism in this official article. Pure idiocy! This guy is a buffoon, but he and his party are dangerous.
However, maybe I’m somewhat racist myself! Because…. I do understand that one can experience uneasiness while seeing that half of London’s population is made of Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Islamic people from the Middle East, and the like. And most of them are even born in the UK! The same way, I do understand that one could consider “abnormal” when on the Champs-Élysées, six people out of ten are blacks, maghrébins (Maghrebis), Asians, and so on. They might have every single right under the sun to be there, yet… this might hurt some feelings.
Am I racist if in London I want to feel I’m in London, not in Mecca? Am I racist if in Paris I want to feel I’m in Paris, not in Algiers or Ouagadougou? When you’re going to Munich or to Vienna, I suppose you’d expect to find there a spirit of Bavarian Germany or of Austria, not of some other — and totally different! — culture.
Having said this, it’s not a surprise that the only people to oppose this Islamization of Europe are right-wingers. Traditionalists tend to be conservative in ideas and liberals when comes to business, and their scapegoat is the mixture they make from socialism and communism. On the other hand, socialists are traditionally for equality of rights and chances, so they’re ideologically trapped in the impossibility to say anything against the depreciation of the national culture and values. However, the globalization is not an effect of the “socialist” policies — if it were so, people in the third-world would have had all the social rights specific to the developed countries, but instead they have sweatshops and factories created or moved there by rapacious capitalists looking for cheap labour.
I’m not sure what should be done by the responsible people. Maybe they should make sure that migrants from other cultures are respecting the laws of their adoptive land, that they’re integrating in the local culture — only bringing real values from their own culture, not backward habits specific to the Middle Ages.
But religion remains a tricky issue: if Europeans are “entitled” to their Churches, how can we deny the authorization of building minarets? If the migrants become elected in the Parliament, what comes if they vote restrictive laws inspired by Sharia? How can democracy — the power of numbers, not of values! — prevent this to happen?
In Britain, as well as in France, beyond the religious and the “aesthetic” consequences of the migrations from the former colonies and from other third-world countries, there is a rampant increase of the criminality and of the public insecurity — for France at least, I am shocked by what I read almost daily in Le Parisien.
So before trying to act against the Islamic migrants, why don’t they act for the observance of the laws? What prevents such old European cultures to enforce the existing laws on their territories?
Maybe the increasing clemency of the laws makes them ineffective. There are no more forçats sent to serve their sentence through forced labour in the French Guiana, but only short-term convicts in prisons with television, library and Internet…
Maybe what we consider to be “human rights” made us too lenient, even emasculated, for the price of losing these very rights! Time will tell whether Europe will soon look like a mixture of Mecca and Shanghai… or the other way around. I fear for the worse.
LATE EDIT: To make it clear, Paul Weston’s message was not targeting Romanians and Bulgarians (the current scapegoats) or other Central Europeans, East Europeans and people from the former USSR, but specifically the Islamic population. More education, I’m afraid, while badly needed, would not bring a solution soon enough; the lack of jobs is another issue, and maybe the society rejects these people, but not more than these people reject the values of the adoptive society!
I don’t know how Germany managed to integrate the 3M of Turks, but they don’t create havoc like the Muslims in London, Stockholm, suburbs of Paris… Were those Turks persuaded by a less-tolerant society to observe the laws, the habits, the customs? There are no more Konzentrationslager (with Krematorien) in Germany! And Turks are Muslims too, regardless of the forced Europeanization brought by Atatürk.
Germany managed to preserve its identity and the public safety no matter how “coloured” its main streets are. Britain and France should really try to find a solution until it’s really too late.