AH, a reader from the United States, wrote me an email while I was at the Vienna conference. In it he detailed his concerns about Europe’s position on the front line of the struggle against Islamization. With his kind permission, I am reproducing both his email and my response:
Dear Baron and Dymphna:
There is no point in wasting time castigating PJM or commiserating with you for any loss you may feel. What is necessary is, for those of us who do understand exactly what Islam is, not merely to provide moral and material support to each other but to develop a strategy to change popular perceptions of the “Religion of Peace” as just another entity much like Methodism etc.
I understand your present focus on Europe (Eurabia in Bat Yeor’s felicitous phrase) in the sense of it being a true front line. But, unless I don’t see the picture clearly, I believe it to be a poorly defended front line. Further I am uncertain of the nature of the apparent strongest anti-Muslim forces in Europe, the various rightist groups. There is little doubt in my mind that I am not so well-informed as I would like about those forces, and I cannot trust our own MSM at all. But while Steyn is clear about the collapse of Canada and the general state of Europe and while you are clear about the collapse as well, I remain uncertain about the nature of what might well be our allies there.
I suppose, in part, my distrust of European perspicacity and fortitude is a result of having “been around” during their staggering incapacity and stupidity and cowardice. All of these seemed to increase through time from the inadequate response to Hitler, the French military collapse and Petainian compliance through the disarmament craze of the fifties the victory of the relativists and “existentialists” in the 60’s, the abandonment of colonies to insanely inadequate “native” governments the anti-Americanism, the failure to fully support the Korean fight and the near total lack of assistance in Vietnam, the castigation of Americans as war-mongers, the hatred of Reagan, the idiot adulation of James Carter, the continuing hatred of President Bush, the desperate dhimmitude of most Europeans, the near totalitarian imposition of the EU etc. Have I missed something? Are they somehow better than they look? (I remember Mark Twain’s quip “Wagner is actually better than he sounds”.)
Your own passion and awareness of the European problem, so far as I can tell, has few strong allies. Do you think I am being isolationist for saying I think we need look to our own gardens rather than to saving the sewers of Paris, the stews of Cologne, or the wall to wall brothel that is the lowlands?
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Your message came while I was in Vienna, and I’m only just now getting to some of my email backlog.
In my Transatlantic operations I repeatedly find an astonishing level of ignorance on either side of the Atlantic about the other. People seem to glean their ideas about the other continent mainly from the MSM, which means that inaccuracy, caricature, and oversimplification are the order of the day. When I go to Europe, I have to combat an invincible ignorance about America. Too many people get their ideas mostly from Hollywood and CNN International — after all, what other sources do they have?
Americans, on the other hand, grossly oversimplify what is happening in Europe. When you speak of “incapacity and stupidity and cowardice”, your example is the French, and it may or may not be accurate. But you overlook the courage of the Danes and the Swiss, for example. And the Czechs, the Poles, and the Hungarians — indeed most of the former East bloc peoples — are stalwarts.
The front line in Europe is poorly defended. The strongest anti-Muslim forces are generally on the right, but not entirely — witness the Socialist Workers’ Party in Denmark. Some of them are inveterate anti-Semites (e.g. FN and FPÖ), but others, such as Sverigedemokraterna and Vlaams Belang, most assuredly are not.
Unfortunately, to find out the differences, to discover the most viable allies in our efforts, requires a lot of work. I try to listen to what the Europeans themselves have to say — regular people, not the political leaders or talking heads on TV — and be open to seeing the situation the same way they see it.
Relying on what the political leaders or NGO reps say is not a good idea, because ordinary people have a totally different view of what’s happening.
And to write off entire countries or the whole continent is to neglect the fact that millions of people — literally millions, the majority of the populace — do not agree with what is being done in their name. They are decent, law-abiding citizens with jobs and families who want to find a way to reverse what’s happening. The political deck is stacked against them, and I have dedicated myself to helping them find a viable way of defending themselves against the Islamization that is being forced upon them. As an American, I have some advantages in the fight, including the First Amendment and my relative safety on a different continent.
Whether you are “isolationist” or not is irrelevant for our purposes. If we let Europe fall to the new Saracens, the consequences for the United States will be devastating, if not fatal.
It’s not a battle we can afford to sit out.
— Baron Bodissey