Dymphna and I received the following email this morning from a reader in Israel:
Dear Baron Bodissey and Dymphna,
My name is [redacted], and I am a recently-discharged IDF officer. I have been reading Gates of Vienna on and off for a very long time now, and I have always felt that it presented a realistic view of the situation in Europe. Your blog has always been a breath of fresh air, especially since so much of the discussion about Islam’s war against everybody else is stifled by political correctness.
I have not taken a position on the Vlaams Belang affair — I don’t believe I have enough information to make any determinations, and in any case, the rise of the European far-right is only to be expected, considering the conditions over there. But the current squabble over GoV’s “genocide” post is an issue to which I must respond. Unless the post was significantly altered from its original version, the post which I read at GoV did not advocate genocide in any way — it simply discussed the possibility.
I may not know much about the inside workings of European society, but I know enough about the European mindset to know that Europe is able to define itself only in the presence of some kind of threat, be it real or imaginary. Fear and animosity, whether justified or not, towards “others” is a default mode in Europe — and because Europeans are so oppressed by their elites on the Muslim issue, it is only to be expected that their sentiments in this matter will erupt in unexpected ways. All this makes a European civil war and an anti-foreigners/Muslims eruption a possibility, and the discussion at GoV a necessity.
I believe the responses the post earned at LGF, Shrinkwrapped and other sites were unjustifiably hostile, and rather than addressing the subject matter, sought only to stifle the discussion. Why is it that we can’t discuss the possible futures ahead of us, as unpleasant as they may be? Why must we mask our true voices and hide under the cover of political correctness — especially on blogs, where we supposedly aspire to be free of such constraints?
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I don’t understand, and can’t agree with, the way GoV is treated these days. It is a testimony to the weakness of your critics that they don’t address your claims, but seek to shut down any discussion on the subject matter. Unfortunately, the escalating situation in Europe will eventually force them to face and discuss the unpleasant reality,
Stay strong, keep talking, and hold your heads high — discussing possible outcomes of this crisis, as unpleasant and extreme as they may be is nothing to be ashamed of. Your blog serves an important function in this information war.
It’s inspiring to have support from such diverse sources, and a kind word from someone on the front lines in the Israeli Counterjihad is heartening indeed.