Guest Notes

Cultural notes

12 August 2016

11:00 PM

12 August 2016

11:00 PM

The year 2015 was marked by a fit of progressive hysteria over our so-called ‘rape culture’. Widely circulated and grossly misleading statistics claimed that one in three female university students would fall victim to sexual assault. (Why rape is so prevalent in these bastions of radical Leftism was never explained.) But the phrase was quietly dropped on New Year’s Eve, after more than 2,000 women reported having been sexually assaulted by gangs of Arabic men across Germany. The whole affair was eerily reminiscent of the Rotherham rape-gang scandal, where an estimated 1,200 underage girls were groomed for sex by Mid-Eastern immigrants between 1997 and 2013. Scandinavia is paying a hefty price for their hospitality, too: as early as 1996, Muslims in Sweden were 26 times more likely to commit rape than their native counterparts, according to the National Council for Crime Prevention. Today, as migrants continue to flood over its borders, Sweden’s earned the unfortunate honorific ‘Rape Capital of the World’. Even the Left’s infinite capacity for Doublespeak couldn’t salvage their campaign of diversionary fearmongering: speaking of ‘rape culture’ in connection to college fraternities and video games – however valid the complaints in themselves – took on a painfully ironic ring as its proponents refused to budge on their policy of open-door immigration.

Fast forward eight months. The world was horrified when, on July 26th, Isis militants entered a church in Normandy and slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel. Horrified, that is, but not surprised. Terrorist attacks in France have become so commonplace that French PM Manuel Valls told his people that they are ‘going to have to live with terrorism.’ Almost more disturbing, though, was the stabbing of Father Jos Vanderlee in Belgium three days later. After allowing an asylum-seeker to use his shower but refusing to give him money, his guest attacked him with a knife. Authorities were quick to reassure the public that the attacker had no known ties to terrorism – yet that’s hardly reassuring. Mr Valls ought to amend his statement: not only must Europe learn to live with acts of organised terrorism, but she must also accept unprovoked acts of appalling violence by ordinary migrants as part of the New Normal.

The inconvenient truth is that, even if we could wipe out jihadist groups like Isis and al-Qaeda, it wouldn’t prevent half of the atrocities committed by Muslims living in the West. Most of the attacks aren’t motivated by religion or ideology at all. Rather, they’re driven by ordinary sins: lust, greed, and so on. As with all criminals, the attackers are marked by a striking inability to empathise with their victims. They simply don’t care about the suffering they inflict. But we’ve yet to explain why Islamic immigrants are so prone to this psychotic behavior. Progressives are quick to point out that Muslims are vastly overrepresented among prison populations, accounting for 70 per cent of French inmates alone. This isn’t a matter of culture or religion, they say – it’s a matter of poverty and disenfranchisement. But this simply doesn’t account for the truly abominable acts committed weekly by Muslims living in the West. Hunger won’t drive grown men to prey on young girls. A feeling of ‘Other-ness’ doesn’t lead one to return a clergyman’s warm welcome with a shank.

The War on Terror is now the least of our problems. The moment we resolve to win it, it’s won. Isis, in its quest to form a Caliphate – complete with territory occupation, an integrated economy, and a political hierarchy – has made itself an easy target. The vast majority of its supporters live in certain cities, wear a uniform, and fly the Black Flag. Unlike guerilla outfits such as al-Qaeda, we know who they are and where they are. All we need is the resolve to put a bullet in them. As for their Western-based sympathizers, we know who and where they are, too. Every new terrorist attack is inevitably followed by a report that the perpetrator was known to authorities as an aspirant jihadist. Radicalisation is so prevalent in European prisons that they’ve begun establishing separate wards for Islamists; the FBI interviewed the Dallas nightclub shooter three times. When the War on Terror is won, though, we won’t be able to simply ignore these spontaneous acts of barbarism. We won’t be able to pretend that, by wiping out Isis and its ilk, Muslims will suddenly and seamlessly integrate into Western society and all our troubles will be over.

It’s not politically correct to say so, but the fact is that all of the crimes against humanity committed by Islamic migrants are rampant in the Islamic world. They’re part of the culture of that region. Middle Eastern nations simply don’t value things like women’s rights and private property the way we do. So why we opt for a policy of multiculturalism, now of all times, is entirely beyond me. It’s precisely our Western culture that makes our pluralistic Western society possible. Irish Catholics, German Protestants, Russian Jews, Vietnamese Buddhists, and Arabic Muslims can coexist here only because (and only if) we’re defined by our shared values and mores, not our ethnicity or religion or ideology.This conviction must be absolutely non-negotiable if we’re to stave off both the brutality of Nice and the barbarity of Rotherham. Far direr than the War on Terror, then, is the Culture War. And until we begin fighting this war in earnest – until we rally to the cause of Western civilization – all our drone strikes and hashtags are for naught.

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