Silvia Jelincic is an Austrian journalist who writes regularly for an economics magazine (see the brief bio at the bottom of this post for more information). Yesterday she wrote a column promoting the typical knee-jerk liberal viewpoint on the failure of Turks to integrate into Austrian society — “There are problems on both sides; Austrians need to be more tolerant and open, etc. etc.” Suicidal even-handedness, in other words.
Many thanks to JLH for the translation.
Thoughts on the New Turkish Book: “We Are Coming”
April 10, 2012
by der patriot
Silvia Jelincic’s Monday column for Vienna Online:
Life without tolerance. Thoughts on the new Turkish Book, We Are Coming.
Well, I don’t really know. Tolerance is important. But those who demand tolerance are often anything but tolerant of others. Exactly ten years ago, I was dating a Jew. A great young man — clever, witty, good-looking. Everything women in their early twenties (and actually later) are into. We had a great time. The two of us were not especially devout — actually sure, but not in the traditional sense. We did not constantly pray or go to church or synagogue. The problem was his parents, They didn’t like me. Because I was not “one of them.” The situation escalated and ended in conflict. Today I am glad. It does not feel good to be rejected by your partner’s parents. Basically, it should play no role.
Why am I telling you that? Well, this bygone love came to mind again when I ran across the new book We Are Coming.
A young Turk wrote it. The content is explosive, In it, he writes: “It does not matter whether you like us or not, whether you integrate us or not, whether you want us in the EU or not. Our influence in Europe will increase. Because we are younger, hungrier and stronger than you.”
I understand the anger that speaks through him. Turks have again and again, in Austria as well as in Germany, been the target of xenophobic attacks. It is understandable that that is not good enough for the Turks. At any rate, entry into the EU only makes sense if it is not a question of better or worse, of a battle between individual groups, but of respect — and tolerance. But where is the tolerance? Turks are apparently just as intolerant as we. The problem is on both sides.
My last trip to Turkey was sobering. As a Western woman, blonde in addition, traveling without a man, the Frau should preferably not leave the hotel. We are fair game, can hardly be taken seriously. Every day at least three or four stupid remarks from seriously horny men. And the talk of tolerance and openness? And on the other hand, we here, we tolerant Austrians who have the nerve to tell Muslim women they should take off their headscarves in our schools.
I recommend the book We Are Coming because it shows how things really are. Because it shows that those who speak of tolerance do not know what the word means. And because it shows what happens when we are not tolerant.
Because then it will be exactly as this young Turk writes: “It does not matter whether you like us or not, whether you integrate us or not, whether you want us in the EU or not. Our influence in Europe will increase. Because we are younger, hungrier and stronger than you.”
Note on the above
Dear Ms. Jelincic,
We believe that we Austrians have already demonstrated enough tolerance for Muslim immigrants from Turkey or Arabic countries in the last twenty years.
Out of tolerance, crucifixes in schools and kindergartens were removed. Out of tolerance, we adapted menus and removed pork. Austrian parents may have muttered about it in their own homes, but they went along with the lesson plans being adapted to the students from Anatolia.
Thousands of Austrians demonstrated their tolerance by silently accepting mosques or Islamic culture centers opposite their front doors. Austrians’ taxes support countless integration or immigrant organizations, the like of which native Austrians could only dream of having. We are funding an undersecretary who is concerned exclusively with these so-called “unwilling-to-integrate” Turks.
Every weekend, somewhere in Austria, there is an event under the aegis of multicultural dialogue which serves to make the Turks feel at home under the crescent moon in Austria.
Believe us, we Austrians know what tolerance is — we live it day by day!
Believe us, too, that if you discuss tolerance with Muslims from all over the world, this discussion can never take place on a level playing field. (But that is a whole different subject.)
After decades of discussion and effort, we are facing the same problems with the second or third generation of Turkish immigration as at the beginning. Our opinion: ENOUGH!
Anyone who still does not want to adapt to Austria should consider going home. And since this disinclination could be especially developed among Turkish immigrants, a discussion of Turkey entering the EU is superfluous.
Dr. Silvia Jelincic is a journalist with the Austrian economics magazine FORMAT. In 2008,she was awarded the prize for trade writing by the Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Pavilion. Jelincic also crafts presentations for television and had a bestseller in 2009 with the book The Naked Elite. The 33-year-old was a ghostwriter for the much-awarded NATO and EU security expert, Friedrich Steinhäusler. Their book Terror Target Europa appeared in January 2011. Jelincic was born in Vienna, the daughter of Croatian immigrants.