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.
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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.”
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.
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