Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Churchill and Blair, Haw-Haw and Galloway

Update: unbeknown to me, the good folks at Austin Bay had a similar rant under the same headline...

It seems to be a popular trend now to make historical comparisons. There has been much coverage of Blair's Churchillian leadership style during a crisis, some excellent comparisons of George Galloway and Lord Haw-Haw, and some panicky drivel about how "the British invented concentration camps, the Nazis improved them, and now we're going to use them against the entire Muslim population."

Someone pass the sack-cloth and ashes - it seems whole tracts of society feel the need to self-flagellate. If they only gave in to the terrorists and accepted Sharia law, they'd find that, by committing many fairly basic misdemeanours, the welfare state will step in to provide this service for them.

Especially popular is the counter-spin being used by the haters of Jews, capitalism, Blair, Bush and other Islamophobic words in common usage. This involves blaming everything on anyone but yourself, manipulating the media to suit your own perspective, and of course expecting everyone else to prefer your fantasy world to the one we are living in, where hard choices have to be made, and whatever happens, people will die.

Among the liberal elites, Muslim apologists for terror, and Hard Lefties ubiquitous whenever there's a perceived underdog, we find the BBC, CNN, George Galloway, several apparently reputable and moderate Muslim organisations, and the Mayor of London, who in the words of a dinner guest last week, might well be "an insidious little shit."

So, we start with a look at Gorgeous George and his incredible speeches on Arab TV stations made during his recent Middle Eastern tour. It really was like listening to a piece of Goebbels propaganda.

Galloway is a borderline antisemite, openly anti-Zionist (as in anti-existence of Israel), and is exactly the kind of fellow who would perpetrate some of the classic canards of the Hard Left/Muslim alliance. My favourite is the one where Sharon says to Peres in a live radio debate: "I want to tell you something clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel, we the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it." Except that this never actually happened. Harry's Place has the full story.

And why stop at a Hard Left/Muslim alliance to fabricate and perpetrate lies, and fan the flames of antisemitism? Harry's Place has another gem from the charmingly named Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, who had an interesting picture next to their ridiculous article "Zionists behind terror attacks." Again, I commend you to visit Harry's Place for the lowdown.

Well ok, these are all fringe groups, nutcases, people with a clear agenda, right? Yes they are. And I have been saying that the BBC is no different for some time. This week, they surpassed themselves by editing out a key phrase in a press briefing by Tony Blair. Read this article about the press conference on their website, from which you can play the video and see what he said. When I watched this live on the news, I was fuming because of what he didn't say. CNN pulled the same trick.

Well, actually, I was fuming even more when I found out that he did say what I had hoped and prayed he might state, unambigiously and specifically, to the world's media. This is the unedited text of his reply to a question about suicide bombers (my emphasis):

"Until we get rid of this... frankly complete nonsense in trying to build some equivalence between what we're doing helping Iraqis and Afghans get their democracy and these people going and deliberately killing wholly innocent people for the sake of it... we're not going to confront this ideology in the way that it needs to be confronted.

My point to you is this - it's time we stopped saying 'OK, we abhor their methods but we kinda see something in their ideas or maybe they've got a sliver of excuse or justification'. They've got no justification for it...

Neither have they any justification for killing people in Israel either. Let's just get that out of the way as well.

There is no justification for suicide bombing whether in Palestine, Iraq, in London, in Egypt, in Turkey, anywhere. In the United States of America, there is no justification for it. Period."

The BBC did put the full transcript on their website, but carefully hidden away, so we could be sure that the only bombings Blair was seen to condemn in the broadcast itself were those in the Muslim countries, the UK and USA.

Heaven forbid a specific condemnation of terror against Jews! As opposed to Sir Iqbal Sacranie and other "moderates" from the Muslim community, along with their sycophantic allies Livingstone, Galloway et al, who specifically refuse to condemn terror agains Jews.

Over the Friday night dinner table, we had a very interesting discussion about who the real enemies are. One guest was insistent that we cannot trust any Muslims in the UK, and that they fall into two categories; extremists and future extremists. On that basis, he said, they should all be shipped out - Islam was a corrupted religion that could not live side by side with a Judeo-Christian, capitalist, democratic way of life. They were all clearly the enemies.

Another guest argued strongly against him. She was of the view that those who had no loyalty to the country should be removed, in line with the views of Tim Howarth, Tory shadow defense minister, but that the rest were of course welcome to stay and contribute to society. Those amongst them who openly and demonstrably wished us harm were the only enemies.

I disagree with both of them about who the real enemy is.

Of course we must not punish innocent and law-abiding citizens for the crimes committed in their name by their co-religionists. In fact, we have a duty to protect the reputation of the authentically British Muslim community. I agree with Tim Howarth on the removal of those who scorn and seek to destroy our society. But that goes without saying.

I think the real enemy is the insidious and creeping one from within - the liberal do-gooders.

These people are apologists for extremist behaviour, because it comes cloaked in "multiculturalism" and therefore we have an obligation to understand and support it. They sit at their Hampstead dinner parties, and slip innocently from "those poor Palestinians" to "those damn Jews". Before 'Offended, Hampstead' writes in to complain, I actually know philosemites who have been at these dinner parties and reported back to Zionist HQ about them. They really think that the price of liberty is the occasional bombing, and they claim that the Blair-Bush-Sharon camp thinks that the price of the occasional bombing is liberty.

In an op-ed in last week's Sunday Times, Minette Marin argued that we are now "Confronted with our own decadence". She points out that these same people do nothing whilst their country deteriorates around them. They are far too busy complaining when they see eminent and sensible centre-left writers like Nick Cohen making a dash for Reality Street, as he wittily regaled in this week's Guardian. If you want to save yourselves the pain of trawling their normal places of residence online, Right Wing Nuthouse have kindly provided this guide to get you through the amoral maze.

I think the best and most succinct wake-up call to the do-gooders is from alarmingnews.com:

"...we have to stop blaming ourselves. Or, more to the point since most Americans aren't the ones blaming themselves, you have to stop blaming yourselves. It's not because of support for Israel, it's not because of the Iraq war. They hate you for who you are and how you live. The sooner you get it, the sooner you want to destroy them the way they want to destroy you, the better it will be for the free world. I really think this second attack, if by Al Qaeda and not a copycat, happened because they saw the self-criticism that happened after the last attack.

These terrorists respond to weakness. They respect strength. Europe didn't like Bush's 'we will get you' talk after 9/11 but that's exactly what's needed now. You've done the protesting, the hating Blair, the editorials blaming yourselves. Now's the time to promise death to whomever is associated with these attacks. Now's the time to look and act tough and show that fucking with you was the wrong thing to do."

If you think that anything we on the neo-con side of the spectrum have said about Islam is distasteful, perhaps you might like to read this insightful/inciteful quotation from our beloved Churchill:

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."

I think that it is time for us to face up to the fact that we are headed for a clash of civilisations. But this may not be one of Islam vs the West. It is instead a struggle between an unholy alliance of Islamofascists and hard lefties, supported by a enormous swathe of well-meaning but utterly misguided liberals on the one hand; and an unwieldy, occasionally heavy-handed, and sadly misunderstood set of centrists, sensible left-wingers who are not blinded by the romance of the underdog, the entire right-wing minus some nut-jobs and the ones whose view of the world is "Back anyone who hates kikes", and pragmatists like me.

One group believes in the gospel of the UN, the Kyoto Treaty, the romantic desert Arab, the vast right-wing/Zionist conspiracy, and of course multiculturalism. The other believes in getting the job done even when it is messy and unpopular, instituting practical measures to improve our environment that incentivise businesses to pull their weight, taking decisions based on faith and friendship, and calling a spade a spade.

I leave you with some quotations, each from disparate sources who are favourites of the two sides. Yet they seem to be saying the same thing...

"This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time." - Winston Churchill's concluding words before the House of Commons, October 5, 1938

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell (attributed)

Life is tough. We need tough leaders to make tough decisions. I wonder how many liberal do-gooders sleep easier in their beds for knowing that they've held their moral high-ground but that their safety has been assured by the people they claim to oppose. And I call on them to end such hypocrisy and have the courage to stand with us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hear hear. Abe