Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Western Civilization to Barbarians: ‘Please. Come Right In. The Gates are Wide Open…’

 

Here are two stories to gladden your heart that you live in the US, not Britain.

The first concerns the charming protest staged during the 9/11 commemorations at the US Embassy in London yesterday by a group of radical Islamists calling themselves Muslims Against The Crusades.

The jihadis chanted “USA – terror state!”, “Burn, burn, USA!” and “Muslims rise up!” as a US flag was burned. One of the protesters spoke into the megaphone and said: “We can tell you that you will never win the war because Islam is [unclear] in Europe and America, and we are winning the war ideologically, militarily, economically!”

Well, fine. This is what jihadis do. What’s more worrying, perhaps, was the response of the British police. While they allowed the jihadis a free pass to disrupt the 9/11 memorial event (attended by relatives of the victims), they decided it was quite wrong that a rival group from the nationalist English Defence League should be allowed to get away with their devilish plan to lay wreaths in honor of the murdered 9/11 victims. So the EDL members were moved on while the jihadis were able to burn and chant with triumphalist impunity.

The second story, more bizarre still, concerns an encampment of travelers - aka gipsies – found to have been keeping Eastern European migrants and alcoholics as slaves. Having lured them in with promises of work, the ‘travelers’ shaved their heads, confiscated their mobile phones, and kept them in squalid huts, kennels and horse boxes, where they were fed starvation rations and worked as slave labor. It wasn’t an isolated event, either. Another camp was raided earlier this summer.

What really caught my eye was the revelation by detectives that some of these poor men may have been in slavery for as long as 15 years; and that police had been aware of the problem for at least three years:

“But in fact some people did leave and told us what was going on and when we looked back since 2008 we were aware of 28 people who had made similar accusations.”

So why, in heaven’s name, did they leave it till now to free these miserable wretches? Could it be that – as also in the Jihadi case above – the British police are so constrained by political correctness, and so fearful of giving offense to protected minorities that they have forgotten their duty to defend the interests of the broader populace.

We saw this again during the London riots where the police stood idly by as gangs of feral youths (many from ‘sensitive’ racial minorities) looted and burned to their hearts’ content. The theory was that the police didn’t want to make a bad situation worse than being seen to be too provocative.

What worries me most is that the longer this politically correct lunacy goes on the more it will become accepted as the norm. I’m trying to imagine, say, what the reaction of a time traveler from Margaret Thatcher’s Britain would have been had he traveled forward to the present from the 1980s – in his souped up DeLorean, presumably – and witnessed our transformation into a nation of shirking apologists for all manner of evil. I don’t think he would have believed it possible: so precipitous a decline in so short a space.

Little did we know it back then but it would seem that the era of Duran Duran, The Breakfast Club and shoulder pads may well have represented the very apogee – and also, sadly, the last gasp – of Western Civilization.

As the Romans no doubt said in the 5th Century when their Civilization too was collapsing about their ears, “Eheu fugaces!”

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  1. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    A time traveler from Thatcher’s era? Watching the mass protests by the Soviet-funded Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, say?

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    • September 12, 2011, at 6:44 AM PDT
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  2. Mel Foil Inactive

    The good people–those protecting justice and human dignity–need to be as single-minded and tireless as all the evil people trying to destroy it. Our opponents may be evil, but they seem to have an excellent work ethic.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 6:50 AM PDT
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    I hate to say this, but this post reinforces my firm belief that stereotypes exist for a reason. Not that all are equally true or equally earned but those that remain in the public consciousness, do so because of some form of consistent reinforcement. Those that don’t….well lets just say that prejudice against Asian-Americans has all but completely disappeared and you don’t hear anyone refer to marijuana as “murder weed” anymore.

    I am not trying to claim that we should act on stereotypes as if they were factual evidence, but teaching people to blindly disregard them is an attempt to make cognitive dissonance into dogma.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:09 AM PDT
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  4. John Murdoch Inactive

    James–

    While I recognize that, as your biography observes, you are right about everything, permit me to suggest an improvement or two.

    First, these are two different stories, with two different issues. You can tie them together in a jaw-dropping-what-is-the-world-coming-to rant, followed by an indignant assertion that you will write a letter to The Telegraph…oh, wait.

    We might do better to consider them separately–for they merit separate, quite distinct responses.

    The Muslim Idiots: These guys come straight from Central Casting–and should be regarded as the cartoon characters that they are. One should follow the strategy of that famous Christian apologist, Saul Alinsky: 4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

    Do these knuckleheads pine for Sharia Law? Then why are they living in England? Do the women in the vicinity of their mosque hold with arranged polygamous marriages for twelve-year-old girls? This band of boobs has just offered themselves up for (virtual) martrydom. Oblige them. Provide them the close, detailed, relentless scrutiny they crave.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:14 AM PDT
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  5. The Mugwump Inactive

    The foreign barbarians are at best a secondary problem. The chief problem is that the British national character has been enfeebled by socialism. An idle and complacent population lacks a vested interest in its own welfare. A healthy society would demand that the government stop pandering and start enforcing the rule of law. Even when government fails a confident people would rise up to defend their own life and property. A handful of Muslim nutters would be nothing more than a nuisance if the Brits still had a spine. If the west falls, it won’t be through foreign invasion. Death by ennui is an ignoble way to go.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:19 AM PDT
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  6. John Murdoch Inactive

    James–

    Dealing with thugs:Rudy Giuliani and some I.T. geniuses solved this in New York. There was a lot of hifalutin’ political theory, but what made it work was technology. Put computers in the patrol cars, and give the beat cop the ability to run a perp for wants and warrants. Then announce that there is no such thing as a minor crime–spit on the sidewalk, we’re going to cite you. Which requires ID, which we will use to run an instant check for wants and warrants. And while we’re there, we’ll check everybody else who’s standing with you.

    Oh? You forgot to attend a parole hearing in 1995? So sorry–you can call your lawyer from Riker’s Island. You have an outstanding bench warrant from 2003? So sorry… and so forth.

    In very short order people with any, shall we say, dangling issues with the judicial system learn two important rules:

    1. You do not want to ever find yourself in a position where you have to provide ID to the cops;

    2. You cannot afford to be around anybody else who might have to as well.

    More…

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:21 AM PDT
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  7. John Murdoch Inactive

    More on thugs:

    Once you implement that (and the technology and software is an order of magnitude LESS expensive than it was twenty years ago when this started in New York), you have to follow through: you some people in jail. You abandon the tyranny of the “wots all this then?” Bobby who gets to decide what crimes he’ll enforce and who he’ll let slide; you instead emphasize enforcing the law–equally.

    The cops knew about the “travelers” for years–but somebody decided to let them slide. Not rock the boat. Prioritize. The word for this is tyranny: cops choosing which laws to enforce, and which to ignore.

    When NYC started to enforce the law, the usual suspects yelled “racism.” Nowadays, a lot of minorities in NYC recognize that enforcing the law disproportionately benefits minorities in low-income areas–because they are the most frequent victims of crime.

    Lock up the hoods and the yobs, enforce the law, and minorities will come to view the police as a force for good, not a source of oppression.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:29 AM PDT
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  8. James Delingpole Contributor
    James Delingpole

    @John Murdoch. I do of course take your point about the conflation of two different stories into one, old-school-Telegraph “why oh why?” rant. But I’m still right. (Well obviously). My beef with modern Britain is that it is inviting its own cultural demise. The decline into political correctness of its police force (as it used to be known; now it prefers the term police “service”) is a case in point. It now sees itself more as a branch of the social services, as facilitator of a diversity outreach program, than it does as universal protector of life and property.

    @Claire. The great thing about the Eighties is that the Enemy was still plain in view. As Ronnie Reagan realized, it’s actually quite easy to bankrupt an ailing economy with massive military overspend into (temporary) irrelevance. It’s much harder to fight against the enemy within – the loss of moral fiber noted by Paules is more dangerous to us than the Soviet divisions ever were, because it is so much more subtle and because so few of us (in Britain anyway) even recognize the threat.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  9. Profile Photo Member
    John Murdoch: Dealing with thugs:Rudy Giuliani and some I.T. geniuses solved this in New York. There was a lot of hifalutin’ political theory, but what made it work was technology. Put computers in the patrol cars, and give the beat cop the ability to run a perp for wants and warrants. Then announce that there is no such thing as a minor crime

    For one, I don’t think any major city’s police force in the world has a bigger I.T. department than London. In the U.K. there is one closed circuit T.V. camera for every 14 citizens. What is missing is a will to enforce crime. I’m will Paules, the Brits have gone soft and we’re fast on their heals. I don’t think filling up prisons with small time perps is the solution either.That’s just a formula for making hard luck cases and fools into hardened criminals.

    Britain has chosen the wrong set of societal values and are simply suffering the consequences. Those citizens must chose another way. No one can choose it for them.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 8:08 AM PDT
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  10. Profile Photo Member

    Political correctness is a powerful toxin that paralyzes thought and then will. Our young people have been indoctrinated in it throughout their schooling. In years to come we will catch up to the Brits and maybe even outdo them in creating victimhood classes.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  11. Peter Norman Inactive
    John Murdoch: Do these knuckleheads pine for Sharia Law? Then why are they living in England? Do the women in the vicinity of their mosque hold with arranged polygamous marriages for twelve-year-old girls? This band of boobs has just offered themselves up for (virtual) martrydom. Oblige them. Provide them the close, detailed, relentless scrutiny they crave. · Sep 12 at 7:14am

    If you are suggesting that these people shouldn’t be taken seriously and don’t believe in what they are advocating then you are sadly mistaken and if our political class, which seems to be buying into your argument, takes that position we should expect something worse than 9/11. I happen to believe that you should believe what your enemy is telling you about themselves, and if in the end your position is proven to be right, well no worse for wear, but if you are not right we have prepared ourselves for it and can recover quicker.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 8:47 AM PDT
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  12. Peter Norman Inactive
    John Murdoch: In very short order people with any, shall we say, dangling issues with the judicial system learn two important rules:

    1. You do not want to ever find yourself in a position where you have to provide ID to the cops;

    2. You cannot afford to be around anybody else who might have to as well.

    More… · Sep 12 at 7:21am

    So you are in the Clinton/BHO camp which believes this is nothing but a law enforcement problem. That’s real comforting.

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    • September 12, 2011, at 8:49 AM PDT
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  13. kylez Member
    kylez Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Is Muslims Against the Crusades not the greatest straw-man title ever? Or are they intending to get in a Delorean and visit the 12th century?

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    • September 13, 2011, at 4:19 AM PDT
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  14. ctruppi Inactive
    Peter Norman
    John Murdoch: In very short order people with any, shall we say, dangling issues with the judicial system learn two important rules:

    1. You do not want to ever find yourself in a position where you have to provide ID to the cops;

    2. You cannot afford to be around anybody else who might have to as well.

    More… · Sep 12 at 7:21am

    So you are in the Clinton/BHO camp which believes this is nothing but a law enforcement problem. That’s real comforting. · Sep 12 at 8:49am

    Yeah, didn’t you realize that a local gang fighting turf wars against an intruder to their hood wearing the wrong colors is EXACTY like a well-funded fanatical religious movement with political & global ambitions?!?!

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    • September 13, 2011, at 12:10 PM PDT
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