2015 November 14 Saturday
Unconfident Civilizations And Terrorist Attacks
John Schindler on the latest Muslim Jihadist terrorist attack in Paris:
Even if all such weapons and explosives could be stopped from entering the EU tomorrow, there remains the problem that Europe has so many would-be jihadists already. The number of “watchable” suspects, meaning potential terrorists who need monitoring by the security services, in France alone exceeds 5,000, according to Paris. “We’re overwhelmed, and it’s getting worse daily,” was how a senior French intelligence official explained his situation to me recently.
Suppose a civilization was confident in its beliefs and moral legimitacy. Suppose it felt it had an absolute right to defend itself. What would it do? This is obvious: For starters it would deport at least those 5,000 people who are known to harbor Islamic terrorist sympathies, to have contacts with ISIS and Al Qaeda and with similar organizations. Say these people have no right to live in Western civilization, that their values are incompatible with Western civilization. Toss them out. Buh bye!
But France suffers from (and even was the home to many of the creators of) beliefs that hobble and paralyze it. French intellectuals have crippled France's capacity to defend itself from people who should not even be allowed to step on its territory. The Overton Window in France (and Belgium, Germany, Sweden, etc.) is far from solutions that would cut the risk of terrorist attacks by orders of magnitudes. I do not expect this latest attack to shift the Overton Window all that much in the direction of effective solutions. After all, the Charlie Hebdo attack obviously didn't do it. The intellectual rot is too deep.
Western countries are wealthy and powerful. This has enabled our intellectuals to detach their ideas from reality and self indulgently promote ideas quite harmful to their host societies. I think the incentives for them still weigh far too heavily in the direction of tearing apart and attacking the societies that feed them. Their roles are destructive to the cause of free societies and they are enablers for our enemies.
By Randall Parker at 2015 November 14 09:49 AM
This attack should at least begin motion in the right direction.
The thing about the Overton Window, is that there are multiple Overton windows in a society. The 'elite' Overton window is different from the general population Overton window. So it's not so much a matter of shifting the general population's views, as getting the general population pissed off enough to replace the elite, take away their power.
France's cultural cohesion is second only to Japan's. My guess is that they'll respond in a way that is quite surprisingly pragmatic.
>>For starters it would deport at least those 5,000 people who are known to harbor Islamic terrorist sympathies, to have contacts with ISIS and Al Qaeda and with similar organizations.
Defeatists and western liberals (same thing really) will right off say that we cannot just deport 5,000, or 500,000 for that matter, people. Some of these terrorist sympathizers were actually born in France, or whatever European country. Furthermore, they will happily declare that the countries of origin of these terrorist sympathizers will refuse to take them back. To this I say, and have been saying to anybody who will listen to me, that now is the time to seize bridgeheads in North African countries to which we will forcibly deport these individuals, without any concern for their future circumstance. Drop them and leave them. Oh, I would give them a few hundred Euros and maybe a bicycle and some bread and water, but that is it.
Now, I don't expect Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria or Morocco to cooperate with this expedition, they would violently resist our intrusion. But Libya is a failed state, whose integrity or borders nobody needs to respect or honor. In fact, many of the migrants/invaders are jumping off from Libya to Europe. Whoever is in control in Libya is doing nothing to respect European sovereignty so I say the hell with Libya. Seize several thousand hectares in Libya, make a nice port, set up facilities and let's get on with it already.
Stephen - Doesn't France have a lot of citizens who are Arab or African? I find your comparison to a racially and culturally homogeneous nation such as Japan hard to take seriously.
Jim said: Doesn't France have a lot of citizens who are Arab or African? I find your comparison to a racially and culturally homogeneous nation such as Japan hard to take seriously.
True enough, but in the main part they're from the former colonies and part of the strong social contract in France is the concept of "being French" rather than being multi-cultural. Contrast with the liberal democracies (UK, USA etc) where multiculturalism is the default position.
I don't want to overstate the case though. Time will tell.
Stephen - This concept of North African Arabs "being French" is fantasy. Like Tito saying that Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Albanians, Slovenes, etc. were all just "Yugoslavs". It's just pretending. Reality isn't affected.