Below is a guest-post from our Russian correspondent Dimitri K.
Recently I got involved in an argument in the comments to the Brussels Journal blog. One of the commenters insisted that Jews have too much power in his country, that they support immigration, and therefore they are the main reason for Islamization.
I answered that it is also possible to explain why anti-Semites cause Islamization. Namely, they hate Jews more than they love Europe; so they invite Muslims in to do away with their Jews. He was insulted and answered that he personally did not invite anybody.
That controversy, however, made me think about what might be the true reason. There are many explanations suggested: capitalists, who need workers; socialists, who need votes; leftist intellectuals, who hate the West; America, by inventing Multiculturalism; Christianity, the religion of slaves; atheism, because nothing cannot substitute for something; also Jews, anti-Semites, low birth rates, etc.
That guy thought that he was above suspicion because of his high moral stand, and because he did not invite anybody. However, the results of our actions may not be exactly what we expected. For example, he did not want to invite Arabs, but he voted for a politician who criticized Israel.
Jews feel under siege and start pushing “tolerance”. Also they sympathize with immigrants, because their parents were immigrants and because they feel that they may have to emigrate themselves. That makes them feel morally higher.
Then there’s the politician who criticizes Israel, who wants to benefit from Muslims’ votes. He also feels that Muslims are poor proletarians, like he himself, and he feels that it is his moral obligation to support immigration.
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His opposition, the capitalists, think that the country needs more workers. They are especially devoted to the idea that capital and people should move freely. That is their highly moral position.
Another party on the Right, Christians, know that Christ suffered and so they need to be fair to foreigners.
Most of the population are atheists, and the thought that they are above the immigrants’ religion makes them feel good.
Thus, everybody benefits from Muslim immigration, since it can be blamed on their opponents and simultaneously emphasizes their own high morality. Jews and anti-Semites, socialists and capitalists, atheists and Christians blame each other and find satisfaction in it.
It reminds me of a quarreling family whose house is set on fire: they continue to quarrel about who is to blame for the missing fire extinguisher.
It looks as if the resentment and the feeling of moral superiority is more important for modern Westerners than their common home.
— Dimitri K.