Sunday, 11 March 2012

Will Europe Ever Wake?

Today, the 11th of March 2012 marks eight years since the Madrid train bombings. Or, another way of putting it, today marks eight years since al Qaeda helped the far left get elected in Spain. You can tell how happy the left in Spain are by the fact that on this date, the unions have decided to hold nationwide protests, thus delaying the commemorations by one day. Clearly, protesting is more important to them than commemorating the victims; the victims killed by the left’s friends: Islamofascists.

Similarly, who could forget the Obama administration’s attempt to turn 9/11 into something other than a memorial day for the victims?

Bruce Bawer explains that day perfectly in ‘While Europe Slept’. This book really changed my outlook on Europe and where it's headed. Bawer a gay journalist left the US a liberal, eager to enjoy a more sophisticated, enlightened Europe, only for a very different picture to emerge with the rise of Islam following 9/11 and following the murder of Theo van Gogh. He has since become a conservative activist. Some excerpts from chapter 3 on the Madrid bombings:

On the morning of March 11, 2004, I was working at my desk in Oslo, half listening to the news on CNN, when the first reports came through of massive explosions in Madrid. Soon news cameras were on the streets of the Spanish capital, registering shock on the faces of madrilenes as they took in the horror.

“Well,” I thought, “it’s happened. It’s happened here.”

As the day went on, the number of confirmed dead rose steadily. In the end, it would reach close to two hundred. At first Prime Minister Aznár, a firm Bush [and Israel] ally in the war on terror, attributed the action to the Basque terrorist group ETA. I was no expert in the fine differences between ETA and al Qaeda terrorist methods, but it was hard for me to believe that this atrocity was not the work of Islamists. The West, after all, was at war. After 9/11, and after the attacks in Bali and Istanbul, it had been clear that it would only be a matter of time before Islamists staged a massive assault on Western European soil. The bombings in Madrid should not have come as a shock to anyone.

But many Europeans were in shock, because for years their media had fed them systematic untruths.

AP Photo/Paul White
Yet as the day wore on, as the body parts began to be sorted out, and as it became increasingly apparent who was responsible, some Europeans seemed at last to pull their heads out of the sand. On 9/11, they’d offered brief tut-tuts of sympathy for America, only to settle back into a comfortable assurance that none of this had anything, really, to do with them. Now, some of them seemed to be putting away their toys.

Across Europe, political leaders and media commentators described the bombings as Western Europe’s 9/11. Finally, some Western Europeans in positions of influence were saying what their American counterparts had been saying for two and a half years: that democracy was under attack by enemies of civilization.

How gratifying it was to hear such words pass elite Western European lips. Democracy! Enemies! Civilization! Some even declared, unbelievably: “The Americans were right all along.”

One thing was for sure: the timing had been no coincidence. While the invasion of Iraq had been controversial in Spain, as everywhere else, Aznar had backed Bush and Blair to the hilt, and had stood at their side when the start of the invasion was announced. As the body count had risen, Spain’s establishment had been increasingly restive, and the Socialist opposition had sought to make the national elections a referendum on Aznar’s Iraq policy. Yet Aznar held firm and pre-3/11 polls showed him leading the Socialists by a comfortable margin. By bombing Madrid three days before the election, the terrorists had manifestly sought to scare the electorate into voting for the Socialists.

The verdict was clear soon after the polls closed: the terrorists had won. Spain’s voters had caved. On that day, the message sent around the world was that in Western Europe, terrorism pays.

Spain’s newly elected Socialist government quickly reaffirmed its determination to yank troops out of Iraq. Party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero – who seemed the very embodiment of Western Europe’s decadent political elite – vowed to steer a more “European” course, loosening ties to the United States and strengthening bonds with France and Germany.

In reality, Europe is even now entering another chapter in its long history of violent struggle. The enemy can’t be wished or talked away. And what’s at stake isn’t just the sovereignty of one or two nations but modern democratic civilisation.

On the morning after the Spanish election, few in the Western European media saw things this way. One newspaper after another took the line that, simply by going out and voting, the Spanish people had cast a blow against terrorism. The consistency of the editorials was remarkable:

• VG (Norway): “The Spanish people have answered Thursday’s meaningless terrorist act with a massive defence of democracy.”
• Expressen (Sweden): “The high voter turnout in Spain represented a defiance of terrorism and an assertion of support for democracy.”
• The Guardian (Britain): “The Spanish people once again responded in the best way possible to the bombing yesterday by turning out in record numbers in their general election.”
• De Volkskrant (Netherlands): “Yesterday [Spain} chose the ultimate democratic answer: in spite of the mourning and the confusion the voters went in large numbers to the ballot box.”
• Dahbladet (Norway): “In spite of all their ordeals, the Spanish voters have shown the will to defend their democratic institutions by streaming to the polls.”

“Yes,” I cried out. “ ‘We surrender!’ “

Since those early days, we've come to learn that terrorism is but one tactic. It is only where Muslims and the left have an almost monopoly over the airwaves that we see outright violence (such as with Israel now). But the far greater threat the West faces are the many other forms of jihad, child-rape gangs, and even (voter) strength by numbers (which Bawer also covers). All of which the media refuses to tell us about.

Geeert Wilders film 'Fitna' (WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES)

The Caped Crusader

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