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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!”