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The Camp of the Saints and the Golden Dawn
The Camp of the Saints is a dystopian novel written by the French author Jean Raspail. Although it was first published as long ago as 1973, the author is still alive today. Now 88 years old, his brain remains remarkably sharp for a man his age.
Raspail has published many books, but the one for which he will be chiefly remembered is ironically his most atypical one. Over forty years ago, The Camp of the Saints predicted a Third World mass invasion of Europe, causing the downfall of Western civilization. This process was compressed in time so that what might take fifty years in real life took fifty days in the book. Also, the main bulk of illegal immigrants in the novel came from India. Today, while immigration to Europe comes from every corner of the planet, much of it comes from the Islamic world and Africa.
Apart from that, the novel was remarkably prescient in describing the dysfunctional mindset of the modern Western world. We have become so wedded to unsustainable humanitarian ideals that we are mentally incapable of defending our own continued national existence. When faced with millions of people coming from the global South, we simply raise a white flag and say that they are welcome to colonize our countries.
Or at least, that’s what our leaders and mass media do. Some of the natives are finally and belatedly starting to get restless about their state-approved ethnic displacement. Is this European awakening coming too late, or does it happen at the very last moment? Only time will tell. Jean Raspail was pessimistic on behalf of his native France in a new interview with him made in 2013.
In the generations that have passed since its original publication, The Camp of the Saints is no longer just a novel; it has now become actual reality in Europe. Hordes of illegal immigrants are entering the continent, sometimes by boat as in the novel, sometimes by other means.
In May 2011, I went for a trip to northern Italy. When visiting Pisa in magnificent Tuscany, I was greeted by sub-Saharan Africans selling Chinese-made authentic Italian souvenirs in the streets. Globalization is wonderful. I doubt all of these immigrants were in Italy and the EU legally.
For the first time in recorded history, the continent of Africa now has a larger population than the continent of Europe. What’s more, the already unsustainable African population is set to double in the coming two generations.
Africa is on the move, and it’s moving north. The Middle East and regions further east in Asia have already seen a growing influx of Africans. I visited Tel Aviv, Israel, in early 2013, for the first time in ten years. In just one decade, I saw many more Africans there than before. Obviously, Israel has some Ethiopian Jews, but Ethiopians have a distinct look. The ones I saw this time were often not Ethiopians. They were sub-Saharan Africans on the move out of Africa.
Ultimately, the intended destination for many of them is no doubt Europe, the promised land of milk and honey. The only response European political elites and the EU have to this is that it is “shameful” for Europe if foreigners trying to illegally enter and colonize Europe run into accidents along the way.
Meanwhile, the few people of European descent still left in Africa — mainly white South Africans — are being systematically wiped out in the most brutal manner possible. Africans wipe out the few Europeans in Africa, and then promptly follow them to Europe. Africa for Africans, and Europe for Africans, too.
One of the few contemporary scholars from Norway actually worth quoting is Sigurd Skirbekk, professor emeritus at the University of Oslo. Skirbekk questions many of the assumptions underlying Western immigration policies today. One of them is the notion that rich countries have a duty to take in all people from other nations that are suffering, either from natural disasters, political repression or overpopulation. According to him, it cannot be considered moral of the cultural, political and religious elites of these countries to allow their populations to grow unrestrained and then push their excess population onto other countries.
Skirbekk points out that European countries earlier rejected the Germans when they used the argument of lebensraum as a motivation for their foreign policy. We should do the same thing now when other countries invoke the argument that they lack space for their population. According to him, there is plenty of literature available about the ecological challenges the world will be facing in this century. Running a too-liberal immigration policy while refusing to confront such unpleasant moral issues is not a sustainable alternative in the long run. We will then only push difficult dilemmas onto future generations.
The point raised by Professor Sigurd Skirbekk is sound and worth repeating: If it was very, very evil by Germans to promote lebensraum in Europe in the 1940s, why is Europe supposed to meekly accept being a laboratory for African, Pakistani or Arab lebensraum today?
I visited Greece for the first time in the spring of 2013. I’d just received a grant and went on a journey that I had long wanted to undertake, from Jerusalem via Athens to Rome. Greece is important because it was the pinnacle of human accomplishment in ancient times. Once a leader of European civilization, Greece is now at the epicenter of many of the ills befalling modern European civilization. These include the financial crisis and non-European mass immigration.
By and large, I enjoyed being in Greece. Visiting world-class museums such as the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens was a great experience. Unfortunately, there were many signs of social decay in the streets outside. The eurozone crisis has hit Greece hard. I could clearly see many non-Gypsy beggars who were not drug addicts, for instance. This is still rare in Scandinavia. Greece also has very high levels of corruption. Greeks themselves freely admit this.
For my part, I must add that far too many Greeks seem to have an addiction to radical Left, Socialist and Marxist ideas that is pathological even by Scandinavian standards. On the plus side, Greeks have survived as a distinct ethnic group for at least 3,400 years. They are a resilient bunch, so don’t count them out just yet.
I followed the news of the clampdown on the hard line nationalist and anti-immigration party the Golden Dawn in the autumn of 2013. You might say that you don’t like them. Fine, you don’t have to. I’m not even sure if I like them much myself.
The Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros apparently told Australian television that the party would like to resemble the Lebanon-based Islamic Jihadist group Hezbollah. He said that “Golden Dawn wants to become, and will become, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is in effect a second government that helps even the last of its poor citizens.”
Hailing an Islamic terrorist group as your ideal really isn’t a very clever thing to do. You don’t have to be a left-wing Multiculturalist to object to this. However, there are several sides to this story.
In August 2012, unknown individuals burnt down offices in Athens that belonged to the Golden Dawn’ party. That was the second time that year that offices by the Golden Dawn had been targeted. In March 2012, their offices in the port town of Patras were also destroyed by unknown individuals.
There have been other such violent and potentially lethal attacks on the party, possibly involving far-Left and Marxist groups of various kinds. In December 2012, a makeshift bomb exploded at the offices of the Golden Dawn near Athens, ripping through a wall and smashing the windows of an adjacent building. A police official said the attack was most likely carried out by a far-Left group. “It was a powerful blast that caused a lot of damage,” he said. “It looks like terrorism.”
Greece has many violent and aggressive left-wing radical groups, including outright Communists. Yet there has been no clampdown on them comparable to the ongoing clampdown on the Golden Dawn. Why not? Because these former groups have an open-borders agenda that serves the ruling elites well?
I’m not thrilled about the Golden Dawn, but I’m not thrilled about Communists, either. Communists have been responsible for about 100 million deaths in the last century. Clearly, they represent a dangerous totalitarian threat. It rings hollow when the authorities target the Golden Dawn, but give a virtually free rein to radical left-wing and Marxist groups who are at least as violent.
In Athens, the Thiseio metro station is situated very close to the Temple of Hephaestus at the ancient Agora. When I visited it on several occasions, I saw immigrants urinating near the temple in broad daylight. The immigrants who gathered in this area seemed to come from places like Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I doubt all of them were in the country legally.
Twenty-five centuries ago, Socrates lectured here. Today, Adbul Karim the illegal immigrant urinates here.
When talking about Greeks, we should also recall that they have been at the receiving end of one of the longest campaigns of ethnic cleansing in human history. For nearly 1400 years, Muslims have been wiping out communities of Greek-speaking Christians in the eastern Mediterranean. This campaign continues to this day with the Turkish occupation of parts of Cyprus.
Greeks fought a long and bloody struggle to liberate themselves from the yoke of Muslim rule in Ottoman times. Now, when they have little money and perhaps one in four Greeks is out of work, they are supposed to use public money to set up an Islamic mosque in Athens. This is not just wrong; it is evil.
As long as the political elites in Greece, the EU and the rest of the Western world continue to support suicidal policies, support for groups such as the Golden Dawn will continue to rise. You cannot deal with the Golden Dawn unless you are first willing to deal with the Camp of the Saints-reality of mass immigration that is flooding Europe on a daily basis.
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