Europeans Warn Americans of Civilizational Jihad
By Andrew Harrod
March 25, 2016
This was an interesting Center for Security Policy panel at CPAC.
"Do not let what has happened in Europe and Britain happen to America," stated Paul Weston, leader of the small British rightwing party Liberty GB, on March 3 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Weston along with the Danish writer Lars Hedegaard warned in apocalyptic terms against an influx of Islamic immigration during a Center for Security Policy (CSP) panelbefore a standing room only audience of about 60.
After Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney's introduction described a "not so much nonviolent as pre-violent" Islamic "civilization jihad," Hedegaard stated that "Europe as we knew it is just a few years away from a complete breakdown." He discussed an ongoing influx that would last several years of millions of economic immigrants to Europe, people who on the basis of past experience with Muslim immigrant communities "have proven to be impossible to integrate." According to the European Union's (EU) Eurostat, Weston noted, 80 percent of these migrants come from outside Syria; among them there is "only a small minority who can claim to be fleeing from war," Hedegaard concluded.
Hedegaard discussed these migrants crossing the EU's southern member state borders and then traveling towards the EU's northern members like Denmark and Germany with their generous welfare systems. "You cannot maintain a welfare system under these circumstances," he stated, as immigrants "rip off the native population whose parents and grandparents toiled to create this kind of society." He termed the EU a "master con artist" for having violated a promise to guard the EU's outer borders given in exchange for the abolition of EU-member state border controls under the Schengen agreement.
Hedegaard foresaw such Islamic immigration creating a "checkerboard of various enclaves" that "will not have much to do with each other except for intermittent low intensity warfare." The "writ of the law will not run throughout the national territory" as so-called "no-go" areas develop where state authorities such as police and first responders will enter only with great caution. Europe has not seen something like this coming "international war between one culture and another culture" since the 16-17th century wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants.
Weston likewise recalled discussing with British intellectual Roger Scruton how the growth of Islamic communities in the United Kingdom would end in civil conflict involving improvised weapons like bricks. "It is going to be cataclysmic," Weston stated. In the end, Scruton predicted that non-Muslim Britons "are going to win but we will not be the same good, moral, decent, just people that we were because of what we will have to do."
Weston already worried about the United Kingdom's fertile Muslim population that currently numbered 3.2 million after having increased from 200,000 in the 1970s. "As they grow they start demanding more," he said, "they back this up with terrorism and with jihad...Islam pushes and our government buckles" according to the meaning of Islam as "submission." Meanwhile, after heavy Muslim migration in recent decades, "Sweden is literally a lost country" and the "rape capital of the European continent," only exceeded globally in rape rates by Lesotho in southern Africa.
Europol, the EU police agency, gave Weston further concern with estimates that 5,000 jihadists were among the million migrants recently entering Europe. He stated that two of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks were migrants (actually, all were European citizens, although some had trained in Syria andpretended to be refugees when returning to Europe). Accordingly, when the next "inevitable attack happens," European politicians "will have the blood of the murdered and the blood of the maimed on their hands."
Both Hedegaard and Weston expressed frustration with European political leadership. "From country to country, it doesn't make any difference what party you vote for" in terms of changing policy direction, Hedegaard said. Weston discussed how British Muslims can claim welfare benefits for four wives although polygamy is illegal, meaning "our own government is paying to colonize Britain."
Hedegaard discerned Leftist designs in liberal immigration policies. After losing the Cold War, the Left wants
to break down our democracy and national cohesion by other means. They couldn't do it by means of the working class, because the working class left them. Now they want to import the so-called new proletariat that will never become integrated in bourgeois society and on the basis of which they hope to be able to gain the power that they could not get as hardline socialists.
By contrast, "Donald Trump would absolutely love it in Europe at the moment, because there are walls and fences being built all over the place," Weston noted with respect to renewed national immigration controls. Mention of Trump caused Gaffney to express approval of a moratorium on Islamic immigration into the United States until various security questions found a solution. "It causes offense to some, I grant you, but it's an eminently sensible approach," he said. "We have enough jihadists here already. We actually don't need to increase their numbers."
Yet Center for Security Policy Executive Vice President Jim Hanson, who had built schools, dug wells, and conducted immunization programs for Muslims as a Green Beret, differentiated between the panelists' concerns and prejudice. "You will first be called a hater and an Islamophobe," he stated for anyone concurring with the panel. "Islam is accepted as a religion in the United States," he distinguished, but Islamic "sharia is not a religion; it is a totalitarian ideology that includes religion" to which not all Muslims adhered.
Hedegaard and Weston's dire description of valid European problems mimic French dystopian fiction, but the pair's personal encounters with European hate speech laws are real (see here and here). Yet for the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the pair's opposition to these laws simply gave one more reason to condemn CSP for giving a CPAC venue to these two "racists." Americans who wish to discuss Islam without inhibitions often presented by prosecutorial dangers in Europe should heed Weston's warning: "Make sure that you retain your First Amendment rights."
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