Greetings again from the heart of the Old World. Here is the latest.
— The biggest news on the race and immigration front in Europe this week is by far and away the continuing controversy surrounding German central bank board member Thilo Sarrazin. In addition to having the bad taste of noting that at the current rate of immigration, and given the average newcomers of the Muslim hordes becoming “German” by the magic of the modern administrative state, the average intelligence of the nation is dropping dramatically, which was bad enough, Sarrazin then went on to make comments about Jews. The comments were spun to make Sarrazin look as dumb as possible, because, as we all know, only very unsophisticated and simple-minded idiots make it to the board of a major nation’s central bank, but the reaction was as boring as it was predictable.
To cut to the chase, the European elite demanded Sarrazin’s head and by the end of week Sarrazin’s head was still firmly on his shoulders. Not only did the old guy refuse to do the usual Western version of ritual suicide, he actually vowed to fight any move to remove him. To make matters worse, the actual German people seem to be broadly supportive of the man.
Where this will end is anyone’s guess, but if I had to place a bet I’d say the European elite cannot countenance a Sarrazin in a position of power anymore than the American elite can countenance Arizona, say, enforcing the law. So, both will go down, fighting or not.
The final irony of the matter is that Sarrazin, in being questioned closely about his background so dull as dirt German journos can prove he’s no more German than the Turk he complains about, revealed that his family name is from Southern France, where the term is a common term for “pirate.” This means the name is almost certainly a bastardization of Saracen, the old European term for a Muslim pirate or warrior.
Maybe that’s why this Westerner has some balls.
— As I predicted (you heard it here first!) despite playing by the rules and winning a large number of seats in the Dutch Parliament fair and square, Geert Wilders party has been left out in the cold. First, we were told that direct participation in a right-wing coalition was in the cards. I pointed out that the chances of Wilders’ party having ministers in an EU and NATO state were about the same as Pat Buchanan being appointed to Obama’s cabinet.
And so it came to pass: Wilders was reduced to arguing that his party could participate in a coalition unofficially, but supporting it in Parliament without actually having ministers in government.
Yeah, that didn’t work too well either. Even that was a Bridge Too Far for the country that prizes tolerance for everything, except for nationalist views. With half the Christian Democrats threatening to leave the party should Wilders sully their good names (Note to WN debaters about Christianity: Please note which party it was that could not work with open nationalists.) talks have completely broken down.
The right having failed to form a government, the task will now turn to the opposition, which will likely form a broad left government with Christian Democrat support on key votes. (Hmmm….there’s that Christian word again).
End result: Nationalists played by the rules, won a huge victory and have nothing to show for it except a coming prime minister named Job Cohen, a Jewish socialist known for his pro-Islam views.
— More election news, this time in Sweden. Last election, the quiet social democratic consensus in Scandinavia was rocked with the election of a “center-right” government. What this meant in practice is that socialist women went from ruling 98% of the nation’s affairs to about 68%.
However, this time there has been a change in the rules: parties are now allowed to buy TV time for their own ads.
The nationalist, right-wing, anti-Islam and all around solid Swedish Democrats took the opportunity to run a TV ad which has all of Europe talking. The SDs turned the welfare state on its head by airing an aid featuring five burqa clad women racing an elderly Swedish women to a finish line that reads “government benefits”. The burqa squad knock here around and beat her to the funds, with the tagline noting that benefits should go to Swedes.
All of a sudden, this new law allowing, what shall we call it? Freedom of speech? Anyway, all of a sudden, this was problematic and the ad was pulled. However, it was too late, and the ad has gone viral on You Tube, with over 400,000 views, about 300,000 or so are estimated to be in Sweden.
At last poll, the SDs were polling at 4.4%, enough to enter Parliament and perhaps enough to play a power broker role.
Of course, this won’t end up any differently than in the Netherlands but it is good to see some fightback among the emasculated Nordics.
— France continues to depot Gypsies to Bulgaria and Romania. Protests called by the Socialist Party and the CGT (France’s largest trade union, traditionally allied with the Parti Communiste Francaise) pulled weak numbers, mostly true believers and university students.
— Malta continues to hold African hordes on boats and detention camps, sending them right back where they came from. Malta, an EU member, also says, with the EU, that the U.S. treatment of Mexicans is in violation of human rights. Do as I say, not as I do, sayeth the EU.
— On the ground, all I continue to hear are cliches, with the occasional note of dissent. However, when I do hear from people, they speak like they’ve been freed from prison and it all comes out in rush. In reality, the situation here and in America are virtually identical, except that Americans have much wider latitude to speak and act while the Europeans have much more advanced institutions of opposition. It’s too bad we can’t figure out how to talk to each other, because if we could combine those two we might be getting somewhere.