Wake-up Call in France?

RouletteWheelby Brad Nelson   1/10/15
I have purely a sporting interest in this Charlie Hebdo incident at the moment. You all know where I stand on the issue of Islam, and I’m correct while most others are still catching up. So until they do, I have to amuse myself as I can.

As I said, I have merely a sporting interest in the Islamo-fascist event in France. It’s been said (and not by me) that terrorism is just a price that civilization has to pay…sort of a tax. You don’t like paying it, but in a world this immense, and with so many people and different interests in it, it’s inevitable.

So it is easy to write-off even 2000 people murdered by Islamo-fascists in 911. It’s easy to write-off as a “cost of living” assessment when some Jews are butchered somewhere in the world, or a few hundred Christians are slaughtered. It’s just a sort of perverse, but unavoidable, tax on existence.

And for those who hold multiculturalism as their religious-like worldview, this tax is easier to rationalize than facing the fact that the basic tenet of your belief system is false…and not just false but at least slightly evil.

But now that some journalists have been butchered, could we actually see outrage that not only lasts but leads to attitudinal changes that then lead to policy changes? I doubt it, but it’s certainly possible.

Journalists are amongst the most narcissistic, egotistical, and blinkered people on the planet. You may kill Christians. After all, because of the Inquisition, they had it coming. You may kill Jews (just because they are Jews, and it’s open-season on Jews in the West…although blinkered liberal Jews don’t seem to have gotten the message regarding who their real friends are). And you may kill civilians in bunches. All of this can easily be rationalized as a civilizational tax — or as a perfect fit in the Cultural Marxist theme that Muslims are only “acting out” against the big, bad West who (as we all know) is oppressive to innocent “people of color” in the third world.

But kill not just one journalist but a near dozen of them? Could such “Progressive” journalists (as almost all of them are) take time out from hating “the rich,” from despising white people, Christians, Jews, heterosexuals, America, capitalism, and The West to find a little hate for their real enemy?

If I were giving odds in Vega, it would be 3 to 1 against any kind of sustained change in the leading Progressive opinion-makers. But there is that one in three chance. There is a chance that all the college-indoctrinated fools who learned that Islam supposedly at one point saved the West during the Dark Ages will come to understand that Islam’s intention toward the West (and everyone else) has only ever been to conquer it and subdue it. They may finally come to understand, as I do, that Islam is not a religion. It is a socio-political-religious movement that has more similarity to Nazism than some run-of-the-mill religion such as Hinduism or Shintoism.

But don’t hold your breath.


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26 Responses to Wake-up Call in France?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I agree that learning is very unlikely; liberals are too committed to their particular pravda about the world. If a more mainstream liberal institution were hit it might be a different matter, given their extreme narcissism. Attacking NBC or the New York Times or Hollywood might concentrate their minds. Until then, they’ll prate of their sympathy for those anti-religious satirists — but never seek to imitate them, at least with regard to the satanic cult of Islam. Note that many have been critical of them for daring to insult the Prophet (aka “Shaitan’s Choirboy”, as I referred to him in a post responding to a Jim Treacher article on the Daily Caller). If Rotherham didn’t open their eyes, neither will this.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One commenter over at The American Spectator noted the absurdity of all those Frenchie libtards holding up their pens in a show of solidarity. He said something like “How about first allowing the police to actually carry guns?”

      You can expect this to be turned into yet another opportunity for pointless and ineffective hash-tag hand-wringing. This will simply become another opportunity to show how much one “cares” by various meaningless media-based shows of “solidarity.” But will anyone actually stop importing Muslims or making the ones they have now obey the law?

      A mass crowd holding pens up in the air as solidarity for the killing of journalists (so-called) is pathetic compared to the steps that are actually needed. And the truth is that Europe (or France) cannot be Europe (or France) with even relatively small minorities of Muslims in their midst. And the Muslims are winning. As they grow in numbers, imagine what they will do.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Remember Mao’s dictum?

        “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”

        Western populations have become very tame over the last 70 years. Force as an agent of change has not be required as long as the sheep are fed and not sheared to often. As a result, our political masters and other elites have grown complacent and dull.

        It may yet sink in that many of the multi-culti crowd are not very sophisticated and quite willing to use force which will leave the pens shaking and writing what the men holding the guns tell them.

  2. GHG says:

    I think giving the Hebda massacre a 1 in 3 chance of changing the lestist mindset toward Islam is optimistic in the extreme. There are lifetimes of self worth tied up in the delusions of the left. The odds of me winning the lottery is probably more realistic. But hope springs eternal to those of us who hope truth will out.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      That point about “self worth” is exactly what I think defines the “professional liberal” (a term I first encountered in Allen Drury’s Capable of Honor, or perhaps one of the other books in that series). In essence, a professional liberal defines himself by his rigid adherence to liberal pravda.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Mr. Lesser, I have to agree with you. But the needs of effective rhetoric required me to exaggerate. I guess.

      The chances of multiculti France coming to understand the nature of Islam (and that Jews are not the problem, and should be supported, including the nation of Israel) are probably more like one in 256 (to keep it a nice, even sort of number).

      There are indeed lifetimes of self-worth tied up in the identity of the Left. I couldn’t have said it better myself. That is a key issue. Still, people do win the lottery.

      • GHG says:

        Brad said “But the needs of effective rhetoric required me to exaggerate.”

        I assumed your 1 in 3 odds were a bit of poetic license but being a wiseguy I thought I would see your rhetoric and raise you a hyperbole. 🙂

        Seriously though, while there have been dyed in the wool leftists who have had an epiphany and realised the truth, they are few compared with the legion of the deluded. The enemy will do all in his power to keep the scales on their eyes.

        The West is the enemy of Islam and leftists because the West is based on the Judeo-Christian belief in the autonomy of the individual which is antithetical to the inhuman position of Islam and the collectivist position of the left. Therefore there might be some leftists that get their panties in a bunch when some of their own are massacred by Jihadis but the overarching hatred of the West will remain primary … IMO.

  3. Jerry Richardson says:

    Brad,

    Excellent article! I especially thought the following paragraph was spot-on.

    Journalists are amongst the most narcissistic, egotistical, and blinkered people on the planet. You may kill Christians. After all, because of the Inquisition, they had it coming. You may kill Jews (just because they are Jews, and it’s open-season on Jews in the West…although blinkered liberal Jews don’t seem to have gotten the message regarding who their real friends are). And you may kill civilians in bunches. All of this can easily be rationalized as a civilizational tax — or as a perfect fit in the Cultural Marxist theme that Muslims are only “acting out” against the big, bad West who (as we all know) is oppressive to innocent “people of color” in the third world.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks, Jerry. I think the truth of the situation can be captured in a few sentences. It’s just that most people refuse to do so. After all, is there a higher crime than “hate speech” when it comes to our modern foolish society?

      Me, I distinguish between rhetoric that is inaccurate and that which is not. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade, if only not to let evil spread. And given Islam’s history, it requires what Andy McCarthy call’s “Willful Blindness” to see Islam as some kind of “religion of peace.” It is, instead, about the concentration of various evil impulses.

      That is not Christianity. And yet, I’ll bet you a thousand dollars right now, it would shock a whole lot of people if you told them that Christianity was better than Islam, if only in its beliefs and values. Consider a society that can no longer see the difference and, in fact, is actually enthused to tell you how Islam is indeed a “religion of peace” and how those nasty Christians did nothing but interfere with Galileo and burn people at the stake.

      The Left has been on its own sort of Jihad in the West, preparing the ground for what we’re seeing today. Hey, it’s nice that Bill Maher is more or less correct on this issue. But until he comes to understand that the Left has facilitated this destruction of the West (by importing Muslims into countries by the bushel in order to water-down those cultures out of a sense of the Left’s grievance) then he’s still a useful idiot.

      Speaking of which, here are a couple articles worth checking out: Bill Maher Was Right by Jeffery Lord and Who Is to Blame for the Paris Slaughter? by Andrew McCarthy.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Bob Beckel and Richard Dawkins are also liberals who realize that Islam is evil in a way that Christianity isn’t. As for the rest, that jihad against the West is why they like Islam — shared hatreds of Western civilization and especially America and Israel (and of those who defend them, especially conservatives).

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          One of the problems I have with that, Timothy, is that eating only 99 out of 100 items of poison does not make the brew healthy. Yeah, it’s great that Beckel and Dawkins say they see a difference between Islam and Christianity. (Or Islam and the friggin’ Rotary Club, for that matter.)

          But it’s meaningless to say so when you’re supporting those 99 other things that support the mindset that does not see the difference.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I think that’s a fair description of both Dawkins and Maher, but Beckel probably only supports 90 of 100. Anyone who likes a very fancy spread of outside lights for Christmas can’t be all bad.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              One thing Dennis Prager said in this article about the Pope is apropos:

              By all accounts, Pope Francis is a wonderful man. Conservatives understand that good people can hold left-wing positions. If only bad people held left-wing positions, leftism wouldn’t be the world’s most dynamic religion.

              By all accounts, Bob Beckel is a nice guy. Sean Hannity sure seems to like him. But there is a difference between “nice” and good. I think the Left (and the Democrat Party) have gone so far over the top, no decent person would, or should, associate with them.

              Maybe Sean will have some luck bringing this guy around from the dark side. Let’s hope so.

              • ronlsb says:

                “I think no decent person should associate with the left/democrat party”.

                At first glance I thought surely that must be hyperbole. But having given it a few moments of thought, I actually have to agree with you. In essence, every position the left espouses stems from lies. To associate with that is to live a life that is completely founded on lies. Like you said, why would any decent person choose to live such a life?

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Give Kevin Williamson credit for calling out the loopy Paulpot element of this in an article that is otherwise filler (I think most of us get that Islamists are driven by an ideology and are not just wolves biting…if I’m wrong about that then I apologize and such articles are instructive and necessary):

    The Ron Pauls of the world and most progressives believe that if we would just mind our own business and see to our own affairs, then we could more or less horse-trade our way to a peaceful modus vivendi — the Iranians, the takfiri, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Paris-born jihadists all must want something, if only we could figure out how to satisfy them. But there is no satisfying them — not in a world where a Jew lives, a Christian walks free, or a Hindu is his own master. Not while Oprah Winfrey is still awaiting her stoning and Neil Patrick Harris his public immolation.

    This is not just theoretical. I’ve had more than one face-to-face conversation with libertarians who believe this garbage. It seems self-evident to you or me that a wolf cannot generally be appeased and pacified by feeding him what he wants. But this kind of basic common sense escapes most libertarians.

    And for a rare and outstanding article on the subject of Islam, please read Nina Shea’s (a chick! – oh, Brad, you sexist bully…but I can’t help admiring women who are more forthright and smarter than the legions of girly-men out there who are paving the road to hell with nicey-nice intentions) article, Hate-Speech Laws Aren’t the Answer to Islamic Extremism—They’re Part of the Problem.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      In fact, any such “hate speech” restriction only encourages the jihadists. They ask (quite reasonably) why it’s all right to insult the “Prophet” (i.e., Shaitan’s Choirboy) but not Barack Obama. As one who delights in insulting and mocking both, I certainly agree that both are legitimate.

  5. SkepticalCynic says:

    Mr. Nelson, I believe it is going to take a few more incidents like this to start the turn. Please note that I said start. Once the turn is started it will take a few more to maintain it. I do hope that these hard heads can still reason, if only for self-preservation. You write a good article.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks, SkepticalCynic. I think it unlikely that those whose religion is multiculturalism will ever see the light. The best scenario is that those who don’t believe this self-destructive poison will seize the reins of power and do something. But are there enough people in Europe who are not “true believers” in multiculturalism? How many are just mouthing support for it as a way to get by? If there are enough of these, then they can at least help to form a governing majority.

      But one of the problems is the psychological, intellectual, and moral rot that has long been taught and practiced in the EU. They don’t have a working and effective “theory of reality” that can deal with this stuff. Someone will have to lead them and teach them. And I doubt there are enough Daniel Hannans in Europe to do so.

      The same is true of many Americans. You can’t build a sturdy house without having a tape measure and square. The basic tools of thinking about these types of problems in a realistic and effective manner have have been severely denuded. In many respects, we are the Kindergarten society.

      I mean, consider the bizarre circumstance in Europe where people are showing “solidarity” to those murdered by Islam by holding up pens in a sort of candlelight vigil. That’s all that Europe knows how to do which, frankly, is quite ineffective against a motivated people who use guns and bombs. Europeans don’t know how to fight back because they’ve been told that the real problem is having strong judgmental opinions in the first place.

      But it’s doubtful that the Left can Kumbaya Islam into submission with pointless acts of “solidarity.” But that’s what these fools think they can do. That is surely part of this reflexive idea that no matter how much violence flows from Islam, “That’s not true Islam.” That’s why I say it’s a Kindergarten culture. It’s as if these “adults” were in a sandbox, idly making up stories as a child would…although it’s probable that most children who engage in imaginative story-telling are aware that their stories aren’t real. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the multiculturalists and those fools who think putting “Coexist” bumper stickers on their cars is some effective statement.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        We’ve been pointing out for a long time that leftism infantilizes its adherents. So it should be no surprise when they act like little children. That’s what they are, no matter their age.

  6. Jerry Richardson says:

    Brad,

    Relative to the Kevin Williamson Quote, I like your comment:

    This is not just theoretical. I’ve had more than one face-to-face conversation with libertarians who believe this garbage. It seems self-evident to you or me that a wolf cannot generally be appeased and pacified by feeding him what he wants. But this kind of basic common sense escapes most libertarians.

    Reminds me of the long-standing definition of an appeaser: “An appeaser always feeds an alligator in hopes that the alligator will eat him last.” And of course the alligator happily obliges the idiot.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Jerry, I’m of two minds about the libertarians I’ve met. On one level, they are decent people or else they wouldn’t be my friends and acquaintances. On the other level, they need to read another book besides those by Ron Paul. The guy is a kook.

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    At first glance I thought surely that must be hyperbole.

    Although I often crack wise, Ron — and often am wrong on various things — I don’t typically say something that I don’t believe to be accurate and true. Given the Democrat Party’s support for abortion, for America’s enemy’s abroad, for keeping blacks on an ideological plantation and fomenting racial strife, for putting teacher’s unions over the betterment of children, for oppressive and Orwellian speech codes, for facilitating voter fraud, for facilitating the destruction of our culture in general — and how many major things have I likely left out? — I could not belong to that party.

    Granted, the Republican Party is also in need of reform. But that is a different issue.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It remains true that the Republicans are the Stupid Party and the Democraps aka Demagogues aka Plunderbund aka IngSoc are the Evil Party.

  8. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here are a couple comments from an American Spectator article that I thought were relevant:

    Yesterday’s demonstration in Paris was akin to a demonstration against bad weather. I feel sorry for the victims, as defenseless human beings slaughtered by vampires, I definitely feel sorry for the three cops, the janitor and the people in the kosher mart. I consider Charlie Hebdo as part of the problem for its constant support of muslim immigration, its attacks against all religions, its attacks against most Judeo-Christian values and its character assassination tactics against all opponents to political correctness and pandering to islam. And I deny the president and the past and current administrations of Frogland the right to mourn anybody, because the only people responsible for this tragedy are not the terrorists who did their part and what was expected from them, but the Frog government and administrations for the last forty years.

    And…

    There’s a saying I heard when I was in Texas for training, concerning the extravagant ‘solidarity march’: They’re all hat and no cattle. I will believe that the French are serious when they start expelling Jihadists, Jihadist Sympathizers, and the Jihadist Underground.

    There’s an odd, wrap-around feature in this: Although conservative do not support violence in place of the ballot box (necessary revolutions notwithstanding), there’s an aspect of this where the Left is the enemy of both conservatives and Islam. We’re not to the point of “the enemy of the enemy is my friend,” and I suspect we never will be. But there are odd dynamics involved in this. Selwyn captures this aspect brilliantly in his latest article which is well worth a read (and which will undoubtedly get posted here eventually).

    Selwyn makes some brilliant points, including:

    But I’ll tell you what it proves: that we’ve had a successful Western devolution. It proves that Frankfurt School founder Willi Munzenberg wasn’t kidding when he said that to impose the dictatorship of the proletariat, they would “make the West so corrupt it stinks.” This putrefaction is now well advanced, and CH was part of this decay.

    Of course, many would respect the fact that CH, unlike most leftists, didn’t spare Muslims the scorn it also heaped on Christians and anyone else didn’t like (which seems to have been everyone else). But while this isn’t as bad as a fifth column in your midst, a platoon that indiscriminately sprays bullets at everybody, its own side as well as the enemy, isn’t exactly helping. (In fact, were one of these leftists in a foxhole next to me, I’d have to frag him before dealing with the foe wearing a different uniform.)

    There have been a few conservatives (perhaps understandably so out of a reflexive and justified dislike for Islam) who have taken the posture of “I am Charlie.” Selwyn is having none of that, noting that Charlie Hebdo has been on the front lines championing indiscriminate Islamic immigration and fortifying political correctness and multiculturalism.

    There is an honest point here where conservatives, of course, lament the loss of life and yet note that there is an aspect of “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” To some extent (to a large extent), these Leftist adolescent mosnters have brought this violence upon themselves.

    Near the end of Selwyn’s article is this great bit:

    I would remind you of British statesman Edmund Burke’s sage words, “It is written in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” We’re not going to preserve legitimate liberties that would be robbed by men of intemperate minds [The Editor would include Libertarians in this mix] by being men of different intemperate minds. And whom should we fear most? Who most imperils us? Muslim fundamentalists? Or the secular fundamentalists who, like dysfunctional cells attacking a body’s immune system, make us susceptible to harmful outside agencies? To paraphrase Roman philosopher Cicero, an enemy at the gates carrying his banner openly is less formidable than those within the gates who rot the soul of a nation, work secretly in the night to undermine the pillars of the society, and infect the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

    You can really understand those inane “Coexist” bumper stickers in a whole new light. Those who display them are useful idiots helping to destroy the immune system of our republic.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The 751 “no-go zones” in France are boils that need to be lanced, one way or another. It seems that the young Submissionists there tend to believe that the Charlie Hebdo attack was perpetrated by the Jews. Such people (and I use that word advisedly) are probably no longer redeemable. And this problem exists throughout Europe aka Eurabia. In the long run, liberals will hate what they have wrought there. Unfortunately, so will normal people — and even the Muslims will hardly benefit.

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