2015 January 12 Monday
Charlie Hebdo: Our Feckless Leaders And Press

Saw a picture of the Saudi ambassador to France marching in the rally in Paris over the Charlie Hebdo attack. Wondered how many enemies of free speech marched in Paris (aside from David Cameron, François Hollande, and Angela Merkel). Others have done some counting: Check out The free-speech hypocrisy of some world leaders marching in Paris and this Twitter stream by Daniel Wickham.

Western and Middle Eastern political leaders did not march for free speech. They marched for calming down the masses and maintaining control of The Narrative. Europe will not turn from rising restrictions on speech - especially rising restrictions on speech that offends Muslims.

The mainstream big press will continue to do its part by self censoring out of fear - while denying that is its motivation. Nick Cohen describes the self censorship by the fearful press

The press really is scared.But they rationalize that they are just trying to be considerate and not hurth people's feelings. They do not feel any sense of consideration about "Piss Christ" or other images that Christians find offensive. Writing from Canada Barbara Amiel says ‘In my view there is no media outlet in Canada brave enough to allow a full and proper discussion of Islam’

As George Jonas pointed out in a 2013 column, human beings find a way of rationalizing their behaviour so that they can claim they are refraining from publishing or saying something not out of fear but because they don’t wish to offend. They convert the base notion of being scared into a noble weapon of seeing someone else’s point of view. In fact, this is one of the most insidious aspects of terrorism: we wash our brains and convert our fear into understanding.

About the Muslims who aren't keen on killing blasphemers and apostates Amiel says this about their silence:

Why endanger your own family or relatives abroad?

Indeed. Why take the losing side? It will just get yourself marginalized, imprisoned, tortured, killed. Douglas Murray says in Islam the extremists always win.

In the struggle for an enlightened form of Islam one can find many Muslim allies. But their organised history is one of repeated failure.

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As I said at the outset, in the battle for the soul of Islam the extremists tend to win. There may be nothing we can do to stop this. And while the moderates and progressives will still deserve our good wishes and help where we can give it — and we should certainly wish them luck — we must also accept at least the possibility that they might lose. There was a time when this loss would just have been a loss within Islam. At one stage I hoped that the West might insulate itself from the repercussions of this loss. But I now think that hope was wild-eyed in its optimism. If Islam falls over the cliff it will do so in our embrace. Too late to disentangle ourselves, if it falls backwards here, it is now inconceivable that we will not all go over the cliff together.

We can not expect either Western political leaders or the supposedly free press to tell us the truth or act in our interest. Things are going to get a lot worse as the demographics of Western European nations shift and Jihadists become more numerous in their populations. Will a backlash ever start?

Mark Steyn points to a line by French President François Hollande:

Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.

This claim is an absurdity. Support for death for apostasy and blasphemy is very widespread in Muslim countries. The killing of Charlie Hebdo staff has everything to do with Islam and little to do with anything else.

Do not expect help from Barack Obama:

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.

Whoever does Obama think is making false statements about Islam? Geert Wilders perhaps? The late Theo van Gogh? The late Pim Fortuyn?

Geert Wilders speaks truth to power:

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 January 12 08:42 PM 


Comments
James Bowery said at January 13, 2015 5:29 AM:

John Robb on the Red Queen Trap exemplified by the Charlie Hebdo incident and reactions:

Why is the EU responding this way? The EU is an organization composed of hollow states. Hollow states don't snoop on you to protect you. They snoop on you because they believe YOU are the enemy.

What sorts of group organisms will fill the niche of the hollowed-out states? Certainly the parasites that hollowed out those states will not be able to stand on their own.

Jim said at January 13, 2015 6:07 AM:

As a paractical matter anything like the Hebdo cartoons is out of the question anywhere there is a large Moslem population. As these cartoons are tasteless and of no intellectual interest I myself wouldn't miss them. However even dispassionate scholarship touching on Islam such as the work of Tom Holland, for example, will be extremally difficult if not impossible to engage in in any society with a large Moslem population.

Jim said at January 13, 2015 6:14 AM:

"the extremists always win". The dynamics of group conflict tend to be driven by extremists not by average members of each group. In a situation like the former Yugoslavia it is probably true that say most individual Serbs and Croats could manage to get along. But that fact did not prevent massive bloodshed.

Glengarry said at January 13, 2015 11:04 AM:

"Western and Middle Eastern political leaders did not march for free speech. They marched for calming down the masses and maintaining control of The Narrative. Europe will not turn from rising restrictions on speech - especially rising restrictions on speech that offends Muslims."

That about sums it up.

JB said at January 13, 2015 11:42 AM:

Western and Middle Eastern political leaders did not march for free speech. They marched for calming down the masses and maintaining control of The Narrative. Europe will not turn from rising restrictions on speech - especially rising restrictions on speech that offends Muslims.

Ayep. In leftism the fanatics and extremists always drive the agenda as well, not really surprising since leftism is a fundamentalist religion too, albeit a secular one. It's these latter fundamentalist fanatics that are the real problem, not Muslims.

They do not feel any sense of consideration about "Piss Christ" or other images that Christians find offensive.

I watched Family Guy the other day, a hilarious show but a non-stop anti-Christian hate fest. The joke the other day was Jesus didn't really die on the cross he died of a cocaine overdose and anal trauma. Har. har, har. I was deeply offended and I'm not even Christian. For this reason mostly:

http://www.ramzpaul.com/2015/01/je-suis-charlie-martel.html

Attacks on Christianity are really almost all back-handed white-hating racism.

Wolf-Dog said at January 13, 2015 11:08 PM:

JB wrote: " Attacks on Christianity are really almost all back-handed white-hating racism. "

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I disagree: For one thing, even the Muslim extremists are not accusing the Christian minorities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria that they are persecuting, of being white Europeans; they are persecuting them because of their religion, not their race. In fact, the Christian Arabs are genetically identical to the Muslim Arabs. Separately, some disgruntled white Europeans are converting to Islam, but this is not because they hate their own white race, it is because they feel that they did not benefit from the European system socially or economically.

But one thing is clear: this war will gradually escalate and attain much more violent proportions. Demographically, the Muslim population of Europe will increase, and even though only a small percentage of the Muslims are extremists, by 2040, just 1 % of a 50 million Islamic population in Europe would be 500,000. Assuming that 10 % of the latter subset would be of fighting age, this means an embedded and diffuse army of 50,000 with elite commando skills that know how to sabotage all industries and cause untold damage. Separately, in a few decades the Islamic world will get many nukes and other kinds of weapons of mass destruction such as germs and poisons that can make life very difficult in the sabotaged countries. This is total war and it is going to be more difficult for Europe than World War II because during World War II very few German Americans were loyal to Nazi Germany (and at least their communications with Germany were very limited due to geography and the lack of electronic communications at that time), and the only German immigrants in UK were anti-Nazi refugees. In particular, Europe will be under economic siege because the hydrocarbons from the Middle East will be embargoed, and even the importation of strategic minerals from Africa and Asia will probably be disrupted. Thus it will be absolutely essential for Europe to develop new kinds of energy, and this means an emergency science and technology program for energy that must start as soon as possible.

Jim said at January 14, 2015 6:27 AM:

Wolf-Dog - I'm not sure about Christian groups in the Middle East having no genetic differences with Moslem groups. "Arab" is really a linguistic term referring to a group of about 40 different languages whose speakers show a large amount of genetic diversity.

Wolf-Dog said at January 14, 2015 10:58 AM:

Of course there are many genetic differences in the Middle East, but what I am saying is that the Christian minorities in Iraq or Egypt are genetically very close to the local Muslim groups. The Moroccans would be very different from the Iraqis as you said. In any case, my main point is that there is very little racism in the idelogy of the Islamic extremists.

Seth W. said at January 14, 2015 2:56 PM:

The Charlie Hebdo attack could very well be another false flag operation. France's 9-11. No blood, the masked shooters leaving their ids in the car, massive printing of the magazine, new freedom-restricting laws in France. Something stinks here. Business as usual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVI8_6gTrDg

Seth W. said at January 14, 2015 3:00 PM:

They sneaked in another false flag. Yet another. But having more than 50% of the people to believe it was true and lots of media noise, indignation and cloth tearing in order for it to become unquestionned truth.

Check it out said at January 14, 2015 4:52 PM:

Less Islam, yes.
Less Christianity, yes.
Less religion, yes.

But it's not a matter of "closing borders", which is a form of pretending to guard yourself in an egg shell in a rapidly shrinking world.

Theism should be banned worldwide and diagnosed and treated as a mental disorder as soon as it is discovered. Promoting religion should be dealt with as a serious offence against health, just like drug selling. Theism should be relegated -at most- to realm of the personal in a very strict way.

Just like Geert Wilders and Richard Dawkins have said. "Enough is enoug".

sestamibi said at January 14, 2015 8:40 PM:

The thought occurred to me that Obama skipped the event because he thought it was all a bunch of bullshit for show and that these countries have no intention of promoting free speech.

But then I realized he wasn't participating because he really doesn't believe in free speech either. A true Third World supporter.

Wolf-Dog said at January 14, 2015 10:28 PM:

The immigrants move to a new country in order to assimilate because they think that the culture of their new country is better, in fact, some immigrants choose their new country primarily for the culture instead of economic considerations.

The colonizers move to a new country not to assimilate but to either carve their own enclaves or to impose their culture on the natives.

The trick is to differentiate between immigrants and colonizers, but this is not too difficult.


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