What Happened in France?

Article author: 
Bruce Bawer
Article publisher: 
PJ Media
Article date: 
8 May 2017
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

... if you've witnessed the reality of Islamization in cities like Rotterdam and Paris and Stockholm, you may well wonder: what, in heaven's name, will it take for these people to save their own societies, their own freedoms, for their own children and grandchildren?...

One way of trying to answer it is to look at countries one by one. For example, the Brits and French feel guilty about their imperial histories, and hence find it difficult to rein in the descendants of subject peoples. The Germans feel guilty about their Nazi past - and the Swedes feel guilty about cozying up to Nazis - and thus feel compelled to lay out the welcome mat for, well, just about anybody. The Dutch, similarly, are intensely aware that during the Nazi occupation they helped ship off a larger percentage of their Jews to the death camps than any other Western European country, and feel a deep need to atone.

Postmodernism, of course, is a factor. According to postmodern thinking, no culture is better than any other - and it's racist to say otherwise. No, scratch that - other cultures are, in fact, better than Western culture. Whites, by definition, are oppressors, imperialists, and colonialists, while -people of color- are victims.

And Muslims are the biggest victims of all.

Not that that makes any sense...

Part of what I'm saying is that these people don't have much of a sense of ownership in their own countries, their own communities. They're used to being ruled over. They're used to the idea that there are people above them in the hierarchy whose job it is to think about, and take care of, the big things while they - the citizens, the mice - take care of their own little lives.

Over and over again, they've been given the message, explicitly or implicitly, that their countries don't belong to them - the whole thing about democracy to the contrary - and that to assert any sense of ownership in any way would be a manifestation of the worst kind of bigotry.

You might think that, once in the voting booth, these people would be able - and not just able but eager, desperate even - to stand up against the powers above them that have turned their countries upside down and assert their power as citizens. But everything around them has conspired all their lives to render them incapable of feeling that power...




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