“Then the Darkness Will Begin”

Jussi Halla-aho is a Finnish writer and politician. Earlier this year he was forced from his position in the True Finns Party after being convicted of “hate speech” for his writings about immigration and political correctness. For more on Mr. Halla-aho’s case, see this post about the verdict of the appeals court in Finland.

The following article about immigration and “asylum” was written by Jussi Halla-aho and posted on his website back in 2005. Many thanks to our Finnish correspondent Heikki Polojärvi for the translation.



Thoughts about the migration of peoples
by Jussi Halla-aho

April 20, 2005

A group of Iranians and Iraqis requested sanctuary in Australia. In order to forward their cause they converted to Christianity. I don’t believe that any local would have urged them to act this way. I assume they merely acted in the way that would be considered normal in Iran and Iraq. The asylum-seekers announced that in their homelands they are now threatened with a death sentence, for they have forsaken Islam. On this basis they should be granted asylum.

Hmmm.

In the actions of the asylum-seekers there is nothing amazing or worthy of reproach. An individual has interests that he tries to forward any way he can. The interest of an asylum-seeker is entrance to a Western country, and squeezing through loopholes in the legislation and appealing to the caring instinct of Westerners serve this interest. The amazing thing is that the Western countries are bulging with intellectuals in whose opinion a fatwa gained by a calculated conversion to Christianity is a valid basis for granting asylum, and that the Australian taxpayers are now responsible for the asylum-seekers’ security, instead of the asylum-seekers themselves who, with their actions, have so disparaged both their own religion and Christianity, and instead of the governments of Iran and Iraq that of course have the option to not kill their Islam-forsaking citizens.

The exploitation of international agreements on refugees, as well as national legislation (such as the fundraising tours of the middle-European gypsies or the repeated renewal of asylum applications based on “changed” circumstances in Sweden) spoils all the rationale behind those agreements and legislation. With their actions the asylum tourists make a large part of basically tolerant Westerners to forget that there are real refugees in the world: people who are actually persecuted because of their opinions, birth etc. It would be possible to secure the position of the real refugees if the Westerners themselves would adequately react to money collectors, i.e. keep them out or urgently remove those who accidentally got in.

Unfortunately some of us have found a way to make a living (or at least some good vibrations or points for the hereafter) by supporting the freeloaders’ cause. There’s always someone to cry out that again not a single Slovakian gypsy was granted asylum. If there are a hundred asylum-seekers (who don’t fulfil the criteria defined by international legislation), which one should be granted asylum? If it were granted to one, on what basis should it not be granted to the rest of them? If one is granted asylum on the basis of being Romanian gypsy and gypsies have a miserable time in Slovakia, the same basis would apply to all Slovakian gypsies. Should every Slovakian gypsy be granted asylum in Finland or not?

Recently it has been claimed that foreigners have to exploit the asylum procedure, because there is no way to enter Europe legally. This is, of course, true. It is true in the same sense that if minors were readily allowed in a nightclub they would have no need for fake identification. If a goldsmith were to leave his jewellery in front of the door for anyone to take, there would be need for anyone who would like to have that jewellery (but unwilling to pay for it) to acquire illegal weapons or enter the shop to scare the personnel.

I cannot understand what kind of a subjective right an African or an Iranian would have to enter Finland and that I, as a Finn, would be obliged to arrange the means for them to enter the country. Illegal immigration would end by declaring all immigration legal, but similar reasoning says that all crime will end by declaring everything permissible. Quite few people, regardless of all the pretty speeches, are ready to push all doors wide open, because it is well known (although saying it is strictly verboten), that the avalanche of hundreds of millions of willing immigrants from Africa and Asia would destroy everything we value, which is what those immigrants would be coming for. Along with themselves they would bring whatever they were fleeing from in the first place, i.e. Africa and Asia. Or does anyone seriously believe that the well-being of people in Iceland or Greenland (or outside Europe, Japan or Canada), is due to ideal climate or soil?

Some people have the illusion that refugees as a group resist oppression (otherwise they would not be fleeing), and therefore it is unfounded to claim that a Somali asylum-seeker would represent (and bring with him) the same values as a man waving a gun in Mogadishu. Seeking a refuge does not mean that all the good people would be fleeing from general injustice. In Somalia there are groups of gunmen A and B, that both consist of khat-chewing cutthroats. When group A comes out on top, group B flees and demands that the international community secure their human rights. When group B comes out on top, group A flees and demands etc. A refugee is in no way inherently any nobler than those persecuting him in the homeland.

Europe is a nice place for us and for immigrants, who live amicably, feel collective empathy and respect difference, only so long as the ruling population lives amicably, feels collective empathy and respects difference. These qualities are at the moment specifically characteristic of Western culture, evidence of which may be, for example, that Westerners are, in their opinion, guilty for every problem anyone else has, and that every other culture is as good as their own. Consequently the result is a paradox that will, with mathematical certainty, cause the collapse of the Western culture: since every culture is of equal value, we, in our opinion, have no right to assimilate immigrants by force-feeding them with our own values (including, for example, our visions about the position of women or an individual’s physical untouchability). Slowly but inevitably those that I (without any feeling of superiority, or any compunctions), call barbarians, will be transformed from a small and exotic group to a significant minority, and after that to a majority. Then we will no longer define a “good” community. Then the defining will be done by those that have exploited our values without believing in them for a second. Then the darkness will begin.

Quite often you can hear that although all cultures must be respected, barbaric phenomena cannot be considered to be part of a culture. This is merely an intellectually impoverished hoax. All the functions and values are part of the culture of a community. If somewhere people stone to death adulterers or those that looked at someone’s sister wrong, these are cultural characteristics. If we say (im- or explicitly) to an African immigrant that a bongo drum, a colourful scarf, spicy food and basketball are good things (and therefore part of his culture), but laceration of girls and polygamy are bad (and therefore outside his culture), we are defining his culture. This definition we alone make through our own, at the moment prevalent, Western cultural template. I consider it insane that whenever an Arab blows something up in the name of Allah or shoots someone, there is an army of Western intellectuals reassuring us that this is not real Islam, that the real Islam is really about something else entirely. If I want to know what Islam is all about, I’d rather listen to a bearded imam who has dedicated his whole life to the subject, than an atheist leftist intellectual who knows nothing about it. I would not count much value on some Muslim council’s loud condemnation of bombings in Madrid. Why would they not condemn it? Which one carries more PR value, to condemn or not condemn?

The end result of the above is that if we really consider all cultures to have the same value, we’ll accept that part of the population breaks our laws (that are really only codified cultural values), or tell an immigrant which parts of his culture we allow him to keep. The latter alternative, that most of the “tolerants” practically or perhaps partially unknowingly support, includes the fact that our own culture is better, because both cultures are defined through it. The third alternative, which I support, is that we globally accept the variety of cultures and do nothing about it. Because, in my opinion, my own Western culture is better than African or Asian cultures, I consider it necessary to fortify against them. If someone considers my attitude contemptuous, I remind him that peoples vote with their feet. The society formed by my own culture is good enough for me. I do not strive to enjoy the fruits of other cultures. Nevertheless I, unlike the “tolerant”, support their right to exist as they are. As long as they exist somewhere else.

Finally, I’ll return to the subject of asylum-seekers that I began with. As I stated above, illegal immigration can only be stopped by legalising all immigration but this is not possible if we, at the same time, want to preserve the Western values from which, for example, “tolerance” arises. In my opinion the real reason for illegal immigration and asylum tourism is that it is rewarded. People in the Third World know that if they manage to get into Europe by any means, even by hanging onto an aeroplane’s landing gear, they will not be sent away. It is insignificant how small a percentage of asylum-seekers gain refugee status, if more than half of them acquire a residence permit for “humanitarian reasons”. The half left without the permit can indefinitely travel around the Schengen area filing one application after another with human rights lawyers and minority councillors applauding in the background.

If the way to Europe were effectively blocked to anyone except those persecuted for personal reasons and for employees specifically hired by European companies, two-thirds of the African population would possibly no longer live ready leave whenever possible. If the golden land in the north would truly close her gates to gold-diggers, Africans would have to turn their eyes to their own land and think about how to get on. As long as the Europe option is present, Africans will see no future on their own continent. Africa will never rise from the swamp it’s in unless the working-age population makes a commitment to their own land and begin thinking about African solutions to their problems, rather than spend their lives dreaming about an easier life somewhere else. Why would I cultivate this field, if I’m going to leave anyway?

The migration of peoples destroys Europe, but it also ruins the Third World. The shovelling of money that has lasted for half a century into a bottomless well called Africa has led to nothing but increasing misery. Half a century of cultural enrichment in Europe has led to nothing but ghettos and the unprecedented popularity of extreme right-wing parties — perhaps surprisingly, exactly where the culture has been most enriched. I believe that removing this misery is really not the objective, which would for example force the Africans to survive on their own and to strike back at their dictators, who live on “development cooperation”. The Western intellectual zeitgeist is dependent on the misery in Africa. An intellectual needs someone to pamper, because that’s what makes the intellectual necessary. The thought of an independent but truly different African is, to him, intolerable, because only a miserable, helpless and dependent (but of course, similar enough to be understandable and lovable) African offers him a chance to be “good”. He can be “good” only if there is a rising mass of “evil” that is tired of the apathy and begging of the Third World.

Regardless of popular doctrine, people don’t relate negatively to gypsies or Somalis because they look different and live in a different way. People don’t relate negatively towards Tatars or Japanese, although both look different and live in a different way. The negative attitude exists because gypsies and Somalis have, incited by the “tolerants”, been reduced to whining groups of dependents, whereas the Japanese or Tatars have not. A Somali or Gypsy community living on its own would merge into the society and exist as a part of it, intolerance would return to a marginal phenomenon, and nothing would make a lifestyle-tolerant intellectual in any way special or necessary.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/15/2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/15/2012European banks are now awash in toxic debt. According to a respected auditing firm, the level of debt owned by European banks that is unlikely to be repaid has risen to more than €1 billion, well over a trillion dollars. Greece and Spain are among the largest sources of these potential defaults.

In other news, in the wake of the Toulouse murders — after which attacks on French Jews increased — the chief rabbi of France says that there may no longer be a future for Jews in France.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

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News Breaks Across the Dinner Table

This news certainly isn’t breaking anymore, but we sure had a dinner table discussion about it. Y’all might as well join in — with the usual caveats re language and civility. Honest Injun — ours remained in that mode all the way through the potato pancakes…with practice it can be done. I mean LOTS of practice — think Gladwell’s ten thousand times to get it on your neural software.

So anyway, this guy goes into the Family Research Council (is there a hex sign symbol for Lefties so they won’t be harmed when they stumble across the news and their eyes take in FRC? Surely someone has given them some kind of protection?). The leftie domestic terrorist goes in there — rumor has it he was clutching a Chick-Fil-A bag, not a bad decoy considering his carnage-driven intent. Evidently the mayhem and murder mission on which he was bent got a Reality Check by the security guard on duty. The Leftie shot the guard in the arm and from there his mission went down the tube.

I don’t know whether the guard grabbed the terrorist’s gun, or if security guards in Washington D.C. come already supplied with them, but at one point, L.T. begged the guard not to shoot him.

That’s as much as I know or need to know right now. Here’s the point:

The Baron was somewhat dysphoric about the chances of this news making it beyond the firewall of the Militant MSM. Remember the non-stop Trayvon coverage, including that remark from Obama — “that could have been my son?” Obama has such of list of quotes that can’t be clawed back.

I don’t know when the forces of gravity will eventually topple those quotes onto his fine rhetorical self. I liken the event to the fall of a badly constructed floor-to-ceiling book shelf onto its amateur carpenter, a do-it-yourself type who should never be permitted to hold a hammer. But like the impatient amateur with tools, Obama often strides up to the microphone and lets loose with something horrifically unedifying. Remember his first attempt at a clawback with the infamous Beer Summit? Like that: almost four years now of mal mots, stumbles, embarrassing repetitions. Who listens besides the choir?

But the Baron’s point is that the Militant MSM is the Obama Glee Club. And their silence on this Lefty Terrorism, combined with the security guard’s heroism, will mean, at most, a few sotto voce murmurs in a minor key:

  • headlines, if any, below the fold;
  • excuses for his trying to shoot those Family Research Council employees;
  • endless echoing variations of “they had it coming” on social media;
  • judicial proceedings ignored…

You get the idea. Feel free to tell me what other injustices are likely to occur in this case. Be creative but credible. In other words, don’t sound like a liberal politician blaming it on the guy’s foreclosure. I’m not saying the Baron’s wrong. I just WANT him to be wrong because then the prison we’re in, here beyond the palings of the community of Decent People won’t seem quite so impenetrable. Thus, if you want to join my optimism — founded on nothing more than what I would like to see happen — you’ll be welcome too. Mine is not the rational vote, just hope springing eternal. Sadly, the Baron is probably closer to the truth here. So please check in with your point of view on this latest cultural train wreck.



As for the lack of context and links — the Family Research Council, Chick-Fil-A, the Beer Summit, Malcolm Gladwell’s theory about practice, etc. — I promised the Baron I’d make it short so as to get back to my fundraising post. Thus if anyone wants to chip in on the code words, please feel free to provide context for readers who may not have all the cultural clues to hand. Of course, there’s always Google or Bing… but that’s a whole ’nother disputation.

Enricher vs. Enricher in Copenhagen

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In the video below, you can see four foreign-looking boys push an asylum-seeker onto the train tracks at the main station in Copenhagen and rob him and his friend.

The footage is from Ekstrabladet on August 15, 2012: “Robbers in orgy of violence: pushed victim onto train tracks”.

Many thanks to Nicolai Sennels for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:



Transcript:

00:00   Here we see how one of the two victims are push down on the train tracks
00:04   and this is how his friend was treated.
00:07   It happened at the Copenhagen Main Station shortly before midnight, August 2nd 2012.
00:11  
00:12   The attackers were four against two.
00:15   The victims were two asylum-seekers, who besides the harsh treatment
00:18   had their cash and computer stolen.
00:22  
00:29   The police describe the attackers as being between fourteen and eighteen years old.



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Bringing the Brussels Process to SPLC and MPAC

In an example of the Brussels Process at work, a group of American religious leaders has confronted the Southern Poverty Law Center over its participation in an event sponsored by MPAC, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.

Below is the report from the International Civil Liberties Alliance.

The Brussels Process (large)


American Religious and Civil Rights Leaders Embrace the Principles of the Brussels Process

On 14 August 2012 American religious and civil rights leaders wrote to the Southern Poverty Law Center asking it to withdraw from an event sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC).

This initiative is a timely example of how the ideas driving the Brussels Process are both widespread and growing. Religious and civil rights leaders, as in the case of those protesting any participation in the MPAC event, are taking on the duty to provide guidance to their governments and civil society not to comply with Shariah mandates. The Brussels Process was launched with the signing of the Brussels Declaration 2012 To Safeguard Individual Liberties and Human Rights at a conference in the European Parliament in Brussels on 9 July, 2012. One of the intentions of the Process is to ask people not to participate in human rights initiatives that may undermine civil liberties such as freedom of expression due to the any endorsement of sharia principles. The relevant part of the Brussels Declaration reads as follows:

“To decline any invitation to participate in any local, national or international forum to discuss civil liberties, free speech or human rights, if the organizers — individual persons or organizations — are known proponents of the Cairo Declaration or societal sharia enforcement unless the negotiated or discussed topic is a transition of their codification and implementation of human rights to the UNDHR definitions and away from the Cairo Declaration definitions.”

The text of the letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center includes the following:

“We note with great concern the Southern Poverty Law Center’s participation in the widely publicized teleconference sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Wednesday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. PST/ 8:30 p.m. EST, with Wajahat Ali, Ms. Beirich, and Salam Al-Marayati, President of the sponsoring Muslim Public Affairs Council.

We urge you in the strongest possible terms not to partner with Mr. al-Marayati or with the Muslim Public Affairs Council. To treat MPAC as a legitimate organization, much less a valued partner of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is an extraordinary rejection of Jewish Americans and of moderate Muslim Americans. We present at this link (www.scribd.com/doc/102897106) excerpts from extensively documented findings about the statements and actions of Mr. al-Marayati and the Muslim Public Affairs Council that surely require you, if you have any decency, to cancel your participation in the August 15 MPAC teleconference.

Given the neo-Nazi connections, aggressive Jew hatred and the repudiation of moderate Muslims demonstrated in the views of MPAC, we would urge your Board of Directors, staff, supporters and donors to ask:

  • Does the Southern Poverty Law Center endorse these MPAC policy positions?
  • If not, why are you partnering with MPAC on August 15, 2012?
  • If the Southern Poverty Law Center actually agrees with these MPAC positions, should your donors continue to support your activities with donations totaling over $36 million per year?

We hope that you agreed to this teleconference through ignorance of the Muslim Public Affairs Council positions documented at www.scribd.com/doc/102897106, and now that you are aware of their extremism, you will cancel your participation. We look forward to an informed and civil dialogue with you if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Jonathan Hausman
Esther Levens, President and CEO of the Unity Coalition for Israel — unitycoalitionforisrael.org
Faith J. H. McDonnell, Director, Religious Liberty Program, The Institute on Religion and Democracy — theird.org
Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, Founder and President of Voice of the Copts — voiceofthecopts.org
Rev. Keith Roderick, D.D. Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights — coalition-me.org
Juliana Taimoorazy, Founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council — iraqichristianrelief.org

The International Civil Liberties Alliance continues to promote the principles of the Brussels Process and hopes that other organisations will also embrace its principles and do what they can to oppose the erosion of civil liberties that is increasingly evident in our contemporary world. We would like to work with other individuals and organisations that share our values and who are willing to engage in the Brussels Process, even if they do not endorse every single aspect of the Brussels Declaration.



Previous posts about the Brussels Process:

2012   Jul   11   Beginning the Brussels Process
        11   The Brussels Declaration
        11   What is Sharia?
        11   The Brussels Conference
        11   Conference Agenda
        11   Conference Speaker Bios
        11   Brussels 2012 Defender of Freedom Award
        11   Proceedings — Brussels 2012
        11   Interview with Tommy Robinson at the European Parliament
        11   Press Release: Brussels Process Launched
        12   Pointing the Way for Freedom of Speech and the Press
        12   Brussels 2012: Prof. Hans Jansen’s Speech
        12   Tommy Robinson Speaks at the European Parliament
        12   The Death Throes of Free Speech in Europe
        13   “You Can’t Hide the Truth”
        14   Brussels 2012: Magdi Allam’s Speech
        14   The Crossroads of History
        15   “Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Sweden Anymore”
        15   Brussels 2012: Nidra Poller’s Speech
        16   The Islam Critics’ Conference in Brussels
        16   Brussels 2012: Gavin Boby’s Speech
        17   Tommy Robinson in Brussels
        17   Brussels 2012: Pierre Cassen’s Speech
        19   Brussels 2012: Alexandre del Valle’s Speech
        19   Brussels 2012: Pierre Cassen’s Speech, Subtitled in English
        20   The Reading of the Brussels Declaration
        21   Brussels 2012: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s Speech
        21   Déclaration de Bruxelles 9 juillet 2012
        21   Brussels 2012: Lars Hedegaard’s Speech
        25   Brussels 2012: Ingrid Carlqvist’s Speech
        26   Brussels 2012: The Panel Discussion
        29   Introducing Europe to the Jurisdiction of the Shariah State
        30   Fjordman: Inside the Brussels Conference on Free Speech and Human Rights
    Aug   6   Brussels 2012: Conny Axel Meier’s Speech
        8   The Danger of the Istanbul Process
        14   Brussels 2012: Christian Jung’s Speech

The Sounds of Silence

Last night I posted a subtitled version of an amateur video showing African immigrants causing mayhem in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The original video that Vlad used for the subtitling was available here. If you click that link now, you’ll see the following message:

This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.

Sorry about that.

A reminder: This was a video of an actual news evert with no commentary or text whatsoever, just the sight and sounds of a public occurrence witnessed by hundreds of people, and the reaction to it from spectators present at the scene.

How can this possibly be “hate speech”?

We have arrived at the Orwellian endgame of mass communication. The depiction of the world as it is, without filters or distorting mirrors, is not permitted — if that depiction might reveal behavior or characteristics of certain protected groups that would show them in a negative light.

Fortunately, Vlad’s subtitled version of the video was uploaded at MRC TV, which is not at all PC in its video policies. The footage is still available there — and is in the process of going viral:



It has become obvious that the elite guardians of our multicultural trans-national borderless society are determined to alter our perception of what goes on around us:

We are not to see these things.

We are not to know these things.

We are not even to think about these things.

To mix my metaphor of our totalitarian dystopia just a bit:

O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!

The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1, spoken by Miranda

Operatic Notes


Operatic Notes
Summer Fundraiser 2012, Day Two


Readers may be forgiven for thinking that the one-man band in the image above is a self-portrait — the Baron clanging and tweedling and oompahing his way through all the earsplitting tasks necessary to maintain this blog and its ancillary functions, while bemused (or irritated) spectators look on from either side.

Tip jarBut such is not the case. Not only Dymphna, but numerous other collaborators are also necessary to keep Gates of Vienna on track. As I have said so often in the past, this blog is a group effort. The group has grown so large over the years that it would be difficult and time-consuming to compose a list of everyone who deserves credit — that must be left for a separate post sometime in the future.

For this morning’s post, I’ll just mention the tireless and dedicated efforts of Vlad, who gets a cut of this week’s proceeds in return for the massive amount of video work he does for the cause.

A callout to ICLA is also in order: these are the people who made the Brussels Conference and the Brussels Process possible — they all know who they are.

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The theme of this week’s bleg is “Discontents”, and yesterday morning we received a discontented email from a reader:

Dear Gates of Vienna:

I would happily contribute to your fund raising efforts, I value your stalwart efforts to make everyone aware of the perils of Islam and permitting Muslims to immigrate to their respective countries.

You provide a valuable resource.

However, as long as you display the “We support Israel” link on your page I will be unable to help you. While Islam is possibly a greater threat culturally, Israel is a massive boil on the backside of Western Civilization as well.

Please take this under consideration.

Kind regards,

[Name]

We get emails like this from time to time, and I never know how to reply. What am I supposed to say? “Yessir, the lure of your money has convinced me that hating Jews and withdrawing support from the Zionist Entity is the most prudent course of action for our blog.”?

I mean, really. I support Israel for sound geopolitical reasons, as a strategic necessity. I also happen to like Jews, generally speaking. The vast majority of those I’ve known personally are fine people. I’m not so keen on George Soros, Rahm Emmanuel, Abe Foxman, etc. But I’ve never made their acquaintance — we don’t exactly move in the same circles.

So the sidebar button stays. We support Israel. Deal with it.

I suppose we must lose quite a few donations that way. But what price principle?

If only those wire transfers from the Mossad came in every month, like the Tinfoil League believes! If only the Zionist conspiracy decided to unlock their swollen strongboxes and deliver us our just recompense!

Ah, well…

Notice that our discontented reader says that Islam may “possibly” be a greater threat than Israel. “Possibly”?? There are about 20 million Jews in the world, and (depending on whose estimate you believe) about 1.4 billion Muslims. That is, there are about 70 Muslims for every Jew.

Are those few Jews so devious, so crafty, so demonically brilliant that it takes seventy Muslims to match a single Zionist conspirator? No wonder they’re God’s chosen people!

Why wouldn’t our out-of-sorts reader donate to Hamas or Hezbollah instead?

That would help direct his money towards those who intend the total destruction of the “possibly” greater danger.

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Enough of the ranting and raving. Discontent has had its day; now let’s talk about opera.

The title of this post is based on a feature in an 1895 issue of Punch from which the header illustrations were borrowed. But in our case, rather than a musical production, it refers to the original meaning of the Latin word.

Opera is the plural of the word opus, which meant “work” or “accomplished production”. Coming to us through the Italian, it was eventually used to describe the collection of musical and dramatic components that make up what we now call an “opera”. The French word oeuvre is cognate, and carries the same sense of an artistic or intellectual accomplishment.

That’s what you’re contributing to here when you lay out a few bucks (or shekels) for Gates of Vienna. You’re helping to maintain our opera, our body of work.

This is the task that Dymphna and I have set ourselves for the time that remains to us. We owe all our donors a debt of gratitude for assisting with the oeuvre.

Yesterday’s generosity originated in the following locales:

Stateside: California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Near Abroad: Nothing so far!

Far Abroad: Australia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and the UK

It was an amazing first day. Many thanks to everyone who chose to contribute.

I have a backup of material that collected while I was recording donations and working on this post, but that will have to wait until after I catch a few hours of shuteye.



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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2012“Youths” in the culturally enriched northern French city of Amiens staged some of the worst riots in years, setting a school and cars on fire, throwing bottles and fireworks, and attacking the police. Sixteen police officers were reported injured, some of them by buckshot.

In other news, Csanad Szegedi, a leader in the anti-Semitic Jobbik party in Hungary, has been revealed as a Jew himself. In 2010 Mr. Szegedi learned that his maternal grandmother was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, but managed to keep the news quiet until recently. He has resigned from the party under pressure.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Thanks to Fjordman, JP, McR, RE, TV, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Chaos on Ham Street

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In the video below, you can watch African immigrants causing mayhem in the popular “ham” tourist street in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Police do nothing to stop the chaos.

There’s no word on whether the behavior of these culture enrichers has anything to do with the fact that the name of the street refers to ham.

Many thanks to Hermes for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.



Transcript:

00:46   (unintelligible)
00:55   What happened here?
00:57   My goodness!!!
00:59   Why have you gone away!?
01:06   What a s**t-of-police there is here…
01:11   (in German) These social misfits, these social misfits!!!



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Political Fallout from Utøya

More than a year ago the Norwegian government established the July 22 commission to investigate the causes of Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre in downtown Oslo and on the island of Utøya. The commission was tasked with finding out why the government, the security services, and the police were unable to prevent the Butcher of Utøya from carrying out his murders, or stop him before he killed 77 people.

As reported here last week, the commission’s report was leaked to the press in advance. Yesterday it was released officially, and for the past twenty-four hours the political fallout from the report has been settling over Oslo.

There have been numerous calls for Prime Minister Stoltenberg to resign, given the responsibility the report assigned to him and his government for their gross incompetence and general negligence in their failure to prevent the massacre from reaching such a gruesome magnitude.

Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an editorial from a major Norwegian daily calling for the prime minister’s resignation. The translator includes this note:

After the July 22 commission’s report was released on Monday there have been a number of people, some of them politicians, suggesting that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg should step down as a result of the failure of… well, pretty much everyone in a position of power who should have prevented such an attack.

Unfortunately, however, I don’t think it’s going to happen. From when he was quite young Jens Stoltenberg has been groomed to become the leader of the Labour Party and prime minister of Norway. He comes from a powerful political family, and they have powerful friends. The fact that AUF (the Labour Party youth organisation) was involved in fraud under his leadership and the fact that in his younger day he was a radical lefty who threw rocks at the American embassy in Oslo didn’t prevent him from achieving his goal. The right connections get you a long way in Norway.

Another thing to remember is that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is a weak person. He’s not a natural leader, and he dislikes direct confrontation, which is probably one of the reasons for the mess that Norway is in at the moment. Stoltenberg is incapable of making pragmatic and unpopular decisions. He doesn’t like to step on people’s toes. But, to be fair, there are hundreds of others just like him in the corridors of power in Oslo.

Norway would probably be better off if our government were randomly selected from the telephone directory. It certainly couldn’t be any worse off.

The translated editorial from VG.no:

VG says: Stoltenberg should resign

The report delivered by the July 22 Commission is unambiguous. The bomb explosion at Government Square could have been prevented. The killer at Utøya could have been stopped.

The institutions that were meant to protected the country and its citizens failed. The government could not have been handed a more damning verdict. They failed. They failed us all.

The perpetrator who caused the death and suffering last summer bears sole responsibility for the violence and the pain that he inflicted on all hose innocent human beings. No one else but the child-killer is to blame.

The task of the July 22 Commission has been to look at how the terrorist was able to plan and carry out the bloody campaign without running into any significant obstacles.

Why wasn’t he apprehended by the PST? Why was he able to park a van full of explosives in the heart of the political centre of Norway? Why wasn’t he stopped en route to Utøya, and why was he able to continue executing children long after the alarm had been sounded?

The report goes through all the events of Friday July 22, 2011, trying to determine if anything could or should have been done differently. The conclusion of the report is shocking.

The report finds that there has been no shortage of plans and procedures to deal with a terrorist scenario, but that there has been a lack of ability to implement these recommendations. A lack of ability and a general unwillingness to do so. There are people in important positions in Norway who do not understand the responsibility that has been entrusted to them. A more frightening diagnosis of the state of the kingdom than the July 22 Commission’s report has never been given.

Our authorities have not been able to protect us, due to incompetence, insufficient implementation of explicit recommendations, and by ignoring specific contingency plans. Add to the equation that the police are equipped with outdated technology, are afflicted with poor communication routines and characterized by poor internal discipline and are rife with inter departmental rivalry.

Add it all up and it reeks of incompetence, and what’s more is that it’s completely intolerable if this doesn’t have consequences for those in authority with formal responsibility.

Yesterday we witnessed an increasingly pressured Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg squirm in obvious discomfort when the questions of responsibility and trust became too direct. He has stated that he recognizes the responsibility for the consequences of 22 July. Stoltenberg is prime minister of a majority government and thus has the power to remain in power, but he should have the decency to resign.

He has said he recognizes the responsibility for the consequences of 22 July.

This Summer of Our Discontents

Discontents

Everlasting summer filled with ill-content
This government had us walkin’ in chains
This isn’t my turf
This ain’t my season
Can’t think of one good reason to remain

— The Band, from “Acadian Driftwood”

Summer Fundraiser 2012, Day One


‘Tis that time again: the quarterly fundraiser is upon us. Last time through I lost some donors’ emails — they got caught between the transfer of material from my office computer to my netbook (better known as my itty bitty bed book, and a stunning gift from a New York City reader). As far as I can tell, I found every missing person, but if you didn’t get an acknowledgement for your donation in the Spring, please let me know. It’s bad karma when one fails, for whatever reason, to say thanks.

Our long-term donors know how crucial these fundraisers are to keeping the Gates of Vienna swinging open. I never fail to be amazed that the donations y’all send total up to what we need. Of course I’ll spend the first three days worrying, kind of like throwing a dinner party and fretting ahead of time, hoping everyone remembers to come — or what will I do with all those crepes in béchamel sauce or the endive salad? (The bottles of vinho verde aren’t such a concern with the Baron on-site, but summer pudding doesn’t freeze well).

This here particular fundraiser ought to have started Monday; from long experience the Baron has found it seems to function better as a Monday-to-Monday octave. However, the best-laid plans often get up and walk a-gley. Just like this one did. Probably just as well since a few things and people needed extra and immediate attention.

Tip jarIn other words, we’re late — which is Dymphna-as-usual-despite-her-best-intentions, so we’ll play this one by ear. Maybe keep the octave, pushed upward a day? Or simply shorten it if that feels ‘right’? Or lengthen it to a fortnight? Heaven forefend!

We’re late leaving the gate at least in part because a coherent topic refused to emerge from the background buzz and blather of events. Usually the process of picking out a leitmotif isn’t difficult. We ponder for a while and through a process of elimination something shows up and gestures, “pick me”. This time was rather the opposite — all those motifs ducked and turned away. Cowards!

There’s too much going on, that’s the problem. The whole world is being distracted to death with one damned disaster or titillation after another. No, I promise not to list them here but some of my quarrels with the po-mo platitudes of our hollowed-out gatekeepers will be up for discussion this week. I hope all of you feel inclined to join in, but fair warning is only…well, fair. Some of the things I will have to say — God willing and the Creek don’t rise — may make your gorge rise. It has become so very difficult to agree to disagree and put down our cudgels.

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Here in the U.S., we have a crucial election in November, one which will determine our future for some time to come, perhaps for generations. While I demur at the Sultan’s title — the election preceding our War Between the States was surely as divisive what with fist fights on the floor of Congress — his sense of urgency is one I share. Of Obama’s supporters he says [my emphasis —D]:

The coalition that he committed to last year is a coalition of those who are unhappy with America, not in the last four years, but in the last two-hundred years. Its core is composed of groups that fear democracy and distrust the will of the people. There is no optimism here, but a deeply rooted pessimism about human nature and the country as a whole. It is the Democratic Party’s coalition against democracy.

Haters are mean-spirited desperate “players”. The Baron looks back at several Democrat campaigns and begins to wonder if there is any chance against the Militant MSM’s determination to destroy the Ryan/Romney bid. He sees the current Dems in power, correctly, I think, as being without scruples. He creates MSM scenarios to be run against Ryan and Romney — the same plays and ploys we’ve been seeing for years, but on an even steeper decline into hellish realms. I remind him that even with all that arrayed against him, George Bush won twice. Even given that his first win was finally brokered by the U.S. Supreme Court (creating a permanent derangement on the Left) those four years of fulmination and failed threats of impeachment didn’t bring them the victory they wanted. It took the lure of voting in a black man to override the Dems’ inherent incompetence. Not even George Soros could help until they pulled the Magic Negro almost out of thin air.

Greenfield’s dysphoric dissection of the coming campaign is sadly accurate:

There isn’t any inspiration here. Just paranoia over everything from gay marriage to abortion to racial profiling to illegal immigration. A dozen illegal benefits being handed out with the explicit threat that they will be lost if Romney wins. A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other’s throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

From Occupy Wall Street to Wisconsin, from Trayvon Martin to Chick-fil-A, the goal of these manufactured conflicts has been to divide and conquer the electorate by emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare.

Obama can’t win on the economy. He can’t win on foreign policy. He can’t win on any aspect of his administration. All he can do is stir up violence and then promise to heal the country in his second term while winking to all the representatives of the grievance groups. It’s not a new game, but the Democratic Party has never played it quite this baldly in a national election. And if it succeeds, then national politics will have finally been reduced to the level of a Chicago election.

We were expected to believe that the typical Obama voter in 2008 was hoping for a better country, but in 2012 there is no more hope, only hate and fear.

It may be the case that this hate and fear always lay at the heart of Obama’s “dreams” — and our nightmares. The hope was a sham, a con by a loner from Nowhere to serve as our reflection. We could see what we wanted or needed to see.

When Obama finally donned the mantle as leader of our commonweal, we began to realize with dismay how worn it was, how clumsily stitched together from the ugly remnants of dissent, discontent, fear and terminal grievances. Obama wears this rag as though it were raiment.

The Emperor’s New ClothesThose rips and tears in our cultural fabric are becoming more difficult to patch or reweave; no matter how we fold it, the threadbare sections seem ever more obvious. Sadly, even as he decked himself out in this shamwear, our president systematically shredded the fabric even further. He parades around in faux emperor’s clothing while an unctuous press fawns over his impeccable style. That’s all they have — the man has no substance under that rag.

In Europe, the social fabric is in tatters and beyond repair but there doesn’t seem to be a replacement on hand. How ironic and sad that this grim destruction is called a European Union. With each passing month, the theoretically wonderful “welfare” state is foundering under the weight of reality: too much state must eventually prove to have too little welfare to be sustainable.

Ah, now there’s a code word for you: “sustainable”. A seemingly benign term, eh? Ask the average Australian how he feels about the wonderfully green and sustainable carbon tax safety helmet that’s been forced onto every head in Oz. The climate change debate is creating so much heat and so little light that a passing Martian could easily mistake it for a religious war — which, come to think of it, this entrenchment truly has become. Competing world views, banished heretics, hissing opponents, threats of Damnation for Dissenters. Even hymns and rituals. Meanwhile, real, honest-to-goodness science is skewered to win friends, retain jobs, and preach global salvation. Ignore the thousands of other jobs destroyed for the sake of a vanishingly small victory: the snail lives!

[And the ugly baby dies. But that’s a victory for another essay.]

Having long since been driven to dwell beyond the palings for the crime of voicing our deepest concerns, we now have a rare freedom: with no job or reputation to shield (“I spit on the grave of my reputation”, sez the Baron. He says it frequently), we are at liberty to say what we like. And the things we say make some readers back away, hands raised in a hex sign for protection against the evil power of the written word — at least the written word as they see it form on this website. Others, stumbling through the Gates, sigh weakly, “Oh, thank you, thank you…I didn’t know you were here…”

Having the liberty to say what’s on our mind doesn’t mean we don’t have to use discernment regarding what we choose to say out loud. Some arguments and disputations are worth having, others are simply a repetitious headache. We know all the hot buttons and unless the cause is urgent, we seldom push them.

You’ve probably noticed that good marriages have similar alignments: a wise mate doesn’t say everything he knows or notices. He doesn’t lie but he dances a side-step sometimes; a happy man has no need to poke at vulnerabilities. It takes greater courage now to stay married than it used to — oftentimes (chronic use of drugs or alcohol aside) divorce is simply a failure of nerve in a culture which hollows out personal courage and punishes integrity.

Seems like the hardest part in all relationships, including and maybe especially the one we have with ourselves, is learning to concoct a stable alchemy of discernment and honesty. In other words, to practice benignity. So many of our readers seem to possess that virtue — essential goodness — in abundance. The ones who don’t have it fall away; they leave to search for places that have more of what they themselves have to offer the world, or places that resonate with the ways they’ve learned to see. That’s good: it’s a sure sign to us that we haven’t fallen into the trap of trying to please everyone. Or rather, we haven’t fallen into an even more pernicious snare, the one where you’re afraid of offending anyone. There are lots of paths to perdition and some of them are fun; trying to please everybody must be the longest walk in the world.

Regular readers know our oft-stated mission. We don’t violate those aims, but that doesn’t mean we don’t talk about anything else. Broadly speaking, ours is a Save-Western-Culture mission. And there are so many ways in which our commons have been trashed and degraded that sometimes the mess compels a response. We’ll differ on what those degradations could be — gay marriage anyone? — but when the effluvia reaches a certain level then we’ll start shoveling. Since we all know shoveling is damn hard work, the trick is deciding which manure pile seems to call out to you most urgently. Start there and don’t think beyond the shovelful you’re moving at the moment.

The idea to use readers’ essays or contributions in this fundraiser has been with me for a while. Since I no longer possess a good memory (the doc says fibromyalgia plays tic-tac-toe on my hippocampus) the fact that I actually managed to retain this notion means something more than it might to all you normies. Thus, I’ll be putting those up this week, too. In addition to other ideas, should I have the energy to think them through enough to be coherent. Oh my, a back-up brain would be delightful.

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The games in England are blessedly over, though no doubt London is still reeling. So let the bleg begin.

And surprise, we have some early donors, people who read our minds and donated a bit early. I told them since they were so near the starting time, I’d include them too:

  • From Europe: France and the U.K.
  • From the US: Michigan and Texas
  • From Down Under: New Zealand & Australia

Hit the tip cup early and often — think of it as voting in Chicago or Saint Louis, and you’ll see how easy it is.



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Brussels 2012: Christian Jung’s Speech

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Christian Jung is a German writer and editor for blu-News. In his capacity as a municipal employee for the city of Munich, he was harassed by his superiors for having unacceptable political views — a situation that is drearily familiar now to regular readers of Gates of Vienna.

Below is the speech given by Christian Jung at the Brussels Conference on July 9, 2012. In it he describes his pushback against the city government of Munich, and his plans for defunding the antifas and other violent leftist auxiliaries of the German political establishment.

Many thanks to Europe News for recording this video, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading it:



Previous posts about the Brussels Process:

2012   Jul   11   Beginning the Brussels Process
        11   The Brussels Declaration
        11   What is Sharia?
        11   The Brussels Conference
        11   Conference Agenda
        11   Conference Speaker Bios
        11   Brussels 2012 Defender of Freedom Award
        11   Proceedings — Brussels 2012
        11   Interview with Tommy Robinson at the European Parliament
        11   Press Release: Brussels Process Launched
        12   Pointing the Way for Freedom of Speech and the Press
        12   Brussels 2012: Prof. Hans Jansen’s Speech
        12   Tommy Robinson Speaks at the European Parliament
        12   The Death Throes of Free Speech in Europe
        13   “You Can’t Hide the Truth”
        14   Brussels 2012: Magdi Allam’s Speech
        14   The Crossroads of History
        15   “Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Sweden Anymore”
        15   Brussels 2012: Nidra Poller’s Speech
        16   The Islam Critics’ Conference in Brussels
        16   Brussels 2012: Gavin Boby’s Speech
        17   Tommy Robinson in Brussels
        17   Brussels 2012: Pierre Cassen’s Speech
        19   Brussels 2012: Alexandre del Valle’s Speech
        19   Brussels 2012: Pierre Cassen’s Speech, Subtitled in English
        20   The Reading of the Brussels Declaration
        21   Brussels 2012: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff’s Speech
        21   Déclaration de Bruxelles 9 juillet 2012
        21   Brussels 2012: Lars Hedegaard’s Speech
        25   Brussels 2012: Ingrid Carlqvist’s Speech
        26   Brussels 2012: The Panel Discussion
        29   Introducing Europe to the Jurisdiction of the Shariah State
        30   Fjordman: Inside the Brussels Conference on Free Speech and Human Rights
    Aug   6   Brussels 2012: Conny Axel Meier’s Speech
        8   The Danger of the Istanbul Process

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/13/2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/13/2012The news feed is mysteriously light tonight. Did the end of the Olympics mean the end of the news? More than likely it’s because so many tipsters (including the Italians and the Brits) are on their August vacations.

Check out the story about Swedish Prince Carl Philip, who was roughed up outside a nightclub in Cannes while his girlfriend looked on in horror. There’s a video of the incident included with the news story, but it’s hard to see exactly what was happening during the scuffle.

To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post.

Thanks to Anestos Canelides, CSP, Fjordman, JD, McR, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post (rather than with the news articles) so that they are more easily accessible.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.