:: Sunday, 8 January 2006 ::
HE DOES NOT DO THIS NEARLY OFTEN ENOUGH
But when he does, it is so worth reading.
Natch, The Great Lileks has read the Fab Mark Steyn all about the decline of the West, or Europe really, cos they will not breed and they keep letting the Muslims in who do not assimilate, and the Euro's do not champion their cultures.
Steyn's pessimism is...well, I may be going out on an unorthodox wing here cos I totally love the guy mostly, but I reckon he is insulting to wogs.
And I reckon he is wrong.
Not to say youse should not read him in depth. I will quote just a bit:
That's what the war's about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder"--as can be seen throughout much of "the Western world" right now. The progressive agenda--lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism--is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn't involve knowing anything about other cultures--the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It's fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It's a quintessential piece of progressive humbug.
The old definition of a nanosecond was the gap between the traffic light changing in New York and the first honk from a car behind. The new definition is the gap between a terrorist bombing and the press release from an Islamic lobby group warning of a backlash against Muslims. In most circumstances, it would be considered appallingly bad taste to deflect attention from an actual "hate crime" by scaremongering about a purely hypothetical one. Needless to say, there is no campaign of Islamophobic hate crimes. If anything, the West is awash in an epidemic of self-hate crimes. A commenter on Tim Blair's Web site in Australia summed it up in a note-perfect parody of a Guardian headline: "Muslim Community Leaders Warn of Backlash from Tomorrow Morning's Terrorist Attack." Those community leaders have the measure of us.
Steyn is saying, if I am reading it right - and I can read - that multiculti bullshit has led to folks all over the West including Europe losing their identity because they have bought the lie that all cultures are equal, and plus they are not breeding much and importing Muslims to fill the gap and the Muslims are troublemakers and the weak Westies are too gay to fight the Muslim troublemakers.
Note: Do not get upset with me, youse poof readers, about the "too gay to fight line". The window for us heteros to be able to use "gay" as a synonym for "weak girlie men" is pretty much closed since the "Let's Roll" gay boy on Flight 93, Mark Bingham, did his superbrave thing on Sept 11, 2001, and plus Ian Roberts rugby league career - in fact it is only still open a smidge at the minute just cos of the vision of Sir Elton John getting "married" the other day. So let a wog enjoy a moment of nostalgia for the olden days, ya know?
Anyhoo, I digress.
And Lileks is saying, if I am reading...what am I doin', Lileks always makes his points clear as day so there is never any confusion. So, he is saying there is a class of folks who look at the world and they always save their bile, their anger, their incandescent rage for things that will not hurt them, and never bother to focus on real threats, like craazy Muslim maniacs.
So we got a weak West that is too appeasey to Muslims and a bunch of folks who hate the West more than the mad Muslims who are causing all the trouble at the minute.
I am with Lileks. And I do get Steyn.
But the likelihood of wogs, and I will keep this real specific - Italians - actually losing their vanity, their ego, their God Given Greatness, if you will - yes you will, so long as you are on this site - just because of a bunch of immigration and some Muslimappeasing is slim to non-existent.
Yah, fer sure, Italy is a monocultural society that has become a multiculti one much faster than Oz or the UK or US ever managed - it is all post war, Albanians, Bulgarians, and a bunch of Africans, for the most part, with a religious mix, and mostly encouraged by the Catholic Church which needs bums on seats as the bottom line.
And yah, fer sure, it as filled with muddle headed communists and socialists and idiot arts luvvies who do not actual produce anything other than damnable campaign slogans for unions and red political parties as well as muddle headed reds who make a motza actually making cars, and furniture but always bemoaning their life as ' piccoli borghesi' - I think you can work out that our, readers - while they do what they do in perpetuity making money all the way. And it has its anti-Jesus nuts too.
But it is not a lot different to other spots on the globe.
Oz has its fare share of fullfledged card carrying lunatics who I can hardly stand any more, the folks who call it the "so-called war on terror", wiggling their appeasing fingers. Frickin' spazzs. It is a war. It is on terror. You do not want in? Consider yourself a deserter - cos I certainly do.
But Holland had one of its not-even-well-loved-sons slaughtered by a Muslim maniac in the street - Theo Van Gogh, amemba? No? Google it, I cannot be asked - and Holland's response has been to crack down on this Muslimmaniacness. A lot.
There is your backbone right there. Tolerant as all get out up til there is a breach of the multiculti contract - by madmaniacMuslim violence - and then no more tolerance of it.
That there is your hope that things will not slide into nothing through this century for that country.
Oz had its horror at a distance in Bali - distance for those not there I mean. Our reaction? ASIO crawling all over madmaniacMuslims while we work at the same time to work with the Indonesian government to sort out the problem as much as we can.
Italy has a new Pope, Benedict, and he is on the telly every Sunday, and it has other religious icons like Monza, Maranello, Ferrari, the Pantheon, La Scala, Dante, Calvino, Casanova, wine, food, women, song, a shared loathing for the French and the Greeks....well, maybe that last thing is just me...o, not really alright. But you get the picture.
These are the things that unite countries. Borders, history, memory.
And should some maniac wearing a dishdasha screaming his lungs out to his god, not mine, do anything to upset it, like, say, attacking the Vatican, Italy and Italians, narcoleptic reds and all, will not be tolerating that.
Apart from any other analysis, that will be an intolerable breach of the multiculti contract - all cultures are equal until one of them decides to drop down a peg into craaziness.
Muslim culture, whether in Spain, France, UKside, Italy (not much) is not breaching the multiculti contract en masse. They do not seem able to clean house, of the craazies, I mean, shopping them to the coppers. Maybe they are doin' it, but on the quiet, ya know? Tryin'. If they are not cleaning house on the quiet or at all, then that, for folks like Steyn, and for Lileks too, and certainly for me, is a breach of the multiculti contract.
I think Steyn may be depressed by the Brit's reaction to the bombings of July 7 and July 21. And maybe the Spaniards too, but they had the whole ETA confusion going on.
And Steyn seems impatient for some collective loss of patience to occur with the maniacs.
It does seem as if nothing has changed UKside. We have the spectre - and it should be in caps, like a Bond movie - SPECTRE - of the Muslim Association of Britian again demonstrating its Jew hating credentials by refusing to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day....and still its leaders are not in the big house where they belong I say.
Sheesh. And they are meant to be mainstream normals.
I am impatient too.
But I ask you, even if, as Lileks contemplates, there was a pair of jeans out there with "Allah, Gi Fa" on 'em, who would have the balls to wear them in this day and age, when maniacMuslims can be found from London to Cronulla frickin' beach in Sydney?
No point us normals martyring ourselves before the maniacs.
Thing we all have to do, including the normal Muslims - hello? hello? are you there? ya havtagotta be there, yeah? please be there - is play the long and short game, and hunt the crazies down, tap into their phone calls, and mock the crap out of every person who denies their existence, apologies for them, appeases them, supports them etc etc and always always support the effort to rid the world of the madMuslimfundi-mentals cos they are the ones who resort to violence first.
Everyone else is just preaching. No biggie.
Bin thinking about this long game stuff after reading an interesting interview Hugh Hewitt did recently with a Roman Catholic priest. Boiled down, is there a way to remove the fundi-mentals from the Muslim brethren? Maybe. Maybe not.
My money's on maybe and fer sure.
Cos anyone who has ever seen the Cronulla carsmashing Muslim Leb rampage and had dinner a week later from a excellent Muslim Leb restaurant knows that the madness is not across the board for every single Muslim.
The madness is just in the mad ones. Yah, there is a lot of 'em, but not an infinite number. Steyn's analysis points to an infinity of trouble. I cannot see it. I think things will be better and Italy will be just where she is today.
Centre. of. The. Universe.
My own personal yardstick for when things may be better is definitely in this century, which Steyn is so down on, and it is simply this: lunch with wine, lotsa wine, on the Tigris in Baghdad at a joint that is named in a travelguide. A quick flight over Iranian airspace, no problems, and dinner in Kabul.
Anyhoo, what a ramble eh? Should keep youse offa my back til later in the week.
:: WB 2:15 am [link+] ::