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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Then what will the clamorous voices say?

When it comes to taking Muslim refugees from Europe, Andrew Bolt reports from Australia: Of the 21 Australians jailed for terrorism offences, all are Muslim and nine were born in Lebanon or to Lebanese families. Then there’s the organized crime.

We responded to the wars in Afghanistan and Somalia by taking in more Muslim refugees. Again, we have paid a price in a loss of security in this age of jihad and increasing tribalism. Children have turned to gangs, gun crime, outlaw bikie groups and jihadist groups, with one stabbing two police officers in Melbourne.

True, most Muslim immigrants make fine Australians. But a significant minority do not assimilate well or safely.

Now, once again we’re told to take in refugees from a Muslim civil war, this time in Syria, when we already have tensions from that war creating strife between Syrians in Sydney.

And while seven ‘Australians’ were stopped at the airport recently on their way to join ISIS in the Middle East, the immigration minister claims that 350 have been stopped from traveling to the war zone in 2014/15.

Here in New Zealand the problem is proportionately smaller as you might expect, with somewhere between 40 and 80 Muslims on the SIS watch list.  However, one could reasonably argue that is 40 – 80 too many.

The 2006 census recorded 37,000 Muslims in New Zealand although reliable estimates put the present number closer to 60,000.  While that is only 0.1% making the SIS watch list, that means for every 1,000 Muslims we allow into this country one wants to actively engage in jihad overseas, or possibly on New Zealand soil.  The Australian experience is such that for every one that wants to travel, there are hundreds who are prepared to fund them, and thousands who, while not prepared to travel, or to fund them, agree with their cause.

Meanwhile the advocate for taking more Muslim asylum seekers, Angela Merkyl had this to say back in 2010.

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel said the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living happily "side by side" did not work.

She said the onus was on immigrants to do more to integrate into German society.

"This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, west of Berlin, yesterday.
Her remarks will stir a debate about immigration in a country which is home to around 4 million Muslims.

Given that she admits that having people from different cultural backgrounds ‘living happily "side by side" did not work’ – what on earth is she thinking when inviting 800,000 Muslim asylum seekers into Germany this year?

Why is she calling those who protest this action neo-Nazi’s, when they are simply echoing her own observations made back in 2010?

Meanwhile here in New Zealand our own Prime Minster is being lobbied to increase our refugee quota from 750 per annum to 1,000 in response to the refugee crisis in Europe.  Presently the world’s population is increasing at a rate exceeding 8,000 per hour.  In Europe they are not reproducing themselves, and haven’t been for a long time.  The population growth therefore is happening in Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.

While taking an additional 250 or even 1,000 Muslim asylum seekers is equivalent to about seven minutes of population growth in the region, statistically it adds another one or two Muslims who are hot for jihad to our SIS watch list.  Sooner or later they are going to kill someone for Allah in New Zealand, and then what will all those clamorous voices say?

Friday, 4 September 2015

Why do we treat religion like it doesn’t matter?

While the phrase ‘God bless America’ remains a mandatory expression for most Presidential aspirants, in the remainder of the western world any explicit reference to God would be the kiss of death for a politician.

Why?  Because religion in general and Christianity in particular has been explicitly removed from the public square.  We have become too wise it seems to allow the faith narrative that has shaped western civilization for more than 1000 years to intrude upon our progressive thinking. 

Accommodation is made for Islam because most adherents are immigrants from other races and cultures. Therefore, they along with their religion, must be shown due deference and respect.  Such are the current rules of engagement.

So how does the secular politician deal with the stark realities of Islam inspired honour killings, FGM, forced marriages, and the industrial scale rape of infidel schoolgirls of the type that has recently taken place in Britain?  Usually through a process of denial, cover up and dissembling. 

What absolutely cannot be stated and is completely verboten is the suggestion that the tenants of Islam are themselves in any way responsible for the behaviour of the religions adherents, despite the clear mandate provided in their sacred texts supporting such behaviour. 

There is a strongly held belief amongst our political, media and liberal elite that the cultural pull of secularism will eventually triumph over Islam, as it has largely over western Christianity.

How well is that strategy working out in Bradford, Malmo, Marseille, Paris and London’s Tower Hamlets, or even some of the Muslim dominated suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne?

Since 9/11 we have come to understand Islam very well.  This understanding should have had a profound affect on our national immigration policies but it seems we just cannot bring ourselves to discriminate on the basis of religion, still thinking that those who hate our pluralism and tolerance will eventually reward us for it.

All it takes is one image of a drowned three year old boy and we want to throw open our doors to all comers from Muslim countries.  Have we so quickly forgotten the images of Christians and those of other faiths who were crucified by Muslim fundamentalists in Iraq and Syria?  Are we incapable of connecting the dots between these asylum seekers, and the more than 40+ Muslims already in New Zealand who are ISIS supporters that our SIS is watching daily?  It is a numbers game folks, and the more Muslims you have in your country the more you need to deploy troops to guard synagogues, churches and tourist attractions, and to security scan those who are about to board public transport - That's what the French experience should have taught us.

Today the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is reported as saying that Europe needs to “come to their senses” on the matter of mass migration and illegal entries, and boldly declared that those seeking entry into the country “are mostly not Christians, but Muslims.”

“That’s an important question,” he said, “because Europe and Europeanism have Christian roots.”

“Or is it not already a cause for concern in itself, that the Christian culture of Europe is already hardly still able to hold Europe in their own Christian value system?

“If we lose sight of the European idea, [Christianity] can become, on its own continent, a minority.”

His comments come just a few days after the British, conservative columnist Peter Hitchens wrote for the Daily Mail: “These people are not (as I am) the children of British subjects born while overseas. They are people who have grown up in a different culture. Never before in our history have we faced the task of integrating a minority so large. Never before have we had such a feeble idea of what being British is.

“And yet people ask me, as if the idea were absurd, why I think this will be a Muslim country within a couple of generations. I can think of no force or idea or movement or faith more likely to prosper in the state to come.

“Like all other civilisations which lost their nerve and the will to live, European Christianity is destined to become a minority in its own territory”.

These are profound and prophetic voices that we would do well to pay close attention.  Being tone deaf to religion means that we are destined to forsake the foundation of western civilisation.  Should that happen, all that awaits us is the barbaric, either in a totalitarian secular form, or by way of an intolerant Islam.

"After Hitler there stands a continent with no arguments".

The Hungarian Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002, now directs sharp criticism of the Western establishment’s decision to allow Europe to change its population through mass immigration from Third World countries.

In his book The Last Refuge (ISBN: 9789187347948) Kertész chooses to strongly condemn what those in power are currently doing to Europe.

In his book, Kertész, who at age 15 was transferred to Auschwitz but survived and began a writing career, criticizes the Left-Liberal attempt to replace European culture with mass immigration, particularly from Muslim cultures from the Third World.

“Europe will soon go under because of its previous liberalism which has proven childish and suicidal. Europe produced Hitler, and after Hitler there stands a continent with no arguments: the doors are wide open for Islam; no longer does anyone dare talk about race and religion, while at the same time Islam only knows the language of hatred against all foreign races and religions,” writes Kertész in his book, according to a summary by the blogger Thomas Nydahl.

The 85-year-old Nobel laureate continues:

“I should say a few words about politics too… Then I would talk about how Muslims are flooding, occupying, in no uncertain terms, destroying Europe; about how Europe relates to this, about the suicidal liberalism and the stupid democracy… It always ends the same way: civilization reaches a stage of maturation where it is not only unable to defend itself, but where it in a seemingly incomprehensible manner worships its own enemy.”

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hungary is the sole beacon of common sense in a Europe gone mad.

Like most of the world, I have been watching the refugee and immigration crisis originating from Africa and the Middle East to destinations in Europe as it unfolds.  It has been described as being of ‘Biblical’ proportions.  Perhaps it is – certainly the greatest people migration since WWII.

Last night I witnessed chaos at the railway station in Budapest that has extended through to another day. Thousands of migrants had purchased 200 Euro tickets to Germany, through Hungary, and were denied access to the trains as the station was closed down to everyone except those who had legitimate EU documentation.

A question slowly bubbled to the surface of my consciousness. 

Where do Syrian and African migrants who are fleeing war zones and economic deprivation get 200 Euro’s to purchase a train ticket for themselves, let alone what the cost must be for an entire family?  How do you exchange Syrian currency, or African currency for Euros?   How much do you have left after you have paid people smugglers to transport you across the Mediterranean?

These are supposed to be some of the most desperate and disadvantaged people on planet earth, and yet they have hundreds if not thousands of Euros for train fares to Germany?

That is the money question:

Where is the money coming from?  No one in Africa or the Middle East transacts in Euros, yet these people appear to have the cash to spend on transportation for themselves and their families.

It would be too much to expect the BBC or any other legacy news organization to ask that question.  After all, who other than xenophobes and right wing bigots are interested?  All that matters is that hundreds of thousands of Muslims migrants reach their European destinations.

Tonight on Aljazeera I watched a UN official describe the situation.  Yes, he said, this migration will change the character of Europe forever, but what is important here is [not the preservation of western civilization but] that everyone who makes the journey is resettled into his or her destination of choice.  

He talked about a billion [African] people living on less than $2.0 per day, and the need for Europe to respond to that need, with immigration being one legitimate option.

I mean, one billion people with plans to migrate to Europe?  Where does the UN recruit these people?  He was French by the sound of his accent, so I’m guessing he is cool with the flood of Muslim invasion immigration into his own country.  It’s a pity about Marseille and the no-go areas in Paris, oh yes and the 7000 troops on the streets to maintain a semblance of order, but surely that’s just the price you pay for being a responsible international citizen etc.

It’s astounding to me the difference that (say) 50 years makes.  No one in Britain or Europe at that time would have countenanced an invasion of Biblical proportions from the third world into Europe, let alone believed it was their moral obligation to facilitate it.  Everyone would have realized in an instant that such an invasion would have signaled the end of western civilization in Europe, as the invaders sought to establish Islamic cultural supremacy in their new lands.  Yet in 2015 the mainstream narrative supports this lunacy in droves.

Hungary remains the sole beacon of common sense in a Europe gone mad.

Strengthen the things that remain

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  – Romans 13:11-12

Monday, 31 August 2015

The tyranny of idealism

The events of recent days have reminded me once again of the tyranny of idealism.  Who of us, especially as teenagers and briefly beyond were not idealistic?  We saw the injustices in the world, and were quick to blame either our parents generation, or the government, or the capitalists, or [insert your oppressor here].  

The world was black and white and we were on the side of justice and truth.  If we simply protested more often, shouted more loudly and became even angrier then eventually our cause would prevail.

What happened?

Well, eventually for my generation the Vietnam War ended, not I suspect because of our protests or our idealism, but because as we have learned again and again in Afghanistan and Iraq, indigenous goad herders with fertilizer bombs can defeat the best of western military might if they have the greater determination to win.

Idealism takes many forms.  Once basic human needs have been met in any society, all other forms of injustice, perceived or real must be eliminated.  Typically inequality becomes the focus, and a determined political campaign is set up to drive it out of our experience.

The problem with idealism is that it is utopian by nature. It refuses to acknowledge the brokenness inherent in the human condition. Its solutions therefore are based upon a false premise, and usually end up producing a plethora of negative unforeseen and unintended consequences.  I say unforeseen, but those of us who do point them out are often derided as heartless or racist or worse for doing so.

For example, our social policy geared towards paying teenagers to have babies and then to be kept in state funded poverty is one borne of classic idealism.  The downstream consequences are usually disastrous for both mother and child.  To compound the problem, we pay the same mother to have more ‘fatherless’ children in the name of state funded ‘compassion’.

Since this policy was introduced in the early 1970’s, we have developed an entire taxpayer funded ‘helping industry’ to support the dysfunction that results from this stupidity, and congratulate ourselves for being a caring society.  We then find that the chief architect of care, in our case the Government agency CYFS is also completely broken, with children being placed into state care having worse outcomes than if they had not been removed from their dysfunctional parent(s) in the first instance.

It is this same blind, historically ignorant, utopian idealism that celebrates the arrival of hundreds of thousands of North African refugees into Europe.  Never mind that previous immigration from these countries has turned cities like Malmo in Sweden and Marseille in France into violent gang ruled Muslim hellholes.  Or that France now has to deploy 7,000 troops full time on the streets to protect synagogues, churches and tourist destinations from the predation of these immigrants, and even then still fails to prevent beheadings and terrorist attacks on their trains.

Idealism is something we are supposed to experience and then grow out of. However we continue to see adults who should know better perusing failed political agendas, presumably on the basis that previous failures were due to poor execution rather than a flawed ideology.    The present British Labour Party’s leadership contest being one example, but there are many closer to home.

Former New Zealand Labour Party Prime Minister Michael Savage introduced the modern welfare state declaring it to be ‘Christianity enacted’.  He would I suspect be appalled to see the misery it has become for hundreds of thousands of people in New Zealand.

So, while Britain and Europe have embarked upon their latest immigration-based transformation, one that if not halted will ultimately facilitate the demise of their civilization, the rest of us in the western world are focused upon delivering equality outcomes for the transgendered.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Should NZ take more Syrian refugees?

Heather du Plessis-Allan believes that guilt is an appropriate motivation for increasing our quota of Syrian and other refugees.  Apparently post WWII we only took about 1,000 Jews as immigrants despite the atrocities that were committed against them in Europe.

Today you couldn’t fill a telephone box with the Jews who are fleeing from Syria, or from ISIS in Iraq for the simple reason that they fled Muslim persecution in this region decades ago.  And that’s why we need to think twice before we open the doors to fleeing Muslim refugees this time round. 

Do we want to replicate the experience of French Jews here in New Zealand, where Muslim gunmen, slaughter their school children, where Kosher supermarket shoppers are murdered by Muslims, where synagogues need to have 7/24 protection provided by the Army and where worship services are conducted behind high bomb proof walls?

Or even the experience of Jews in Australia, where the Government has contributed $500K to a Jewish community centre in Melbourne to build bomb proof walls, and $500K a Jewish School in Bondi Sydney again to provide bomb proof walls?

These walls are not needed to protect Australian Jews against neo-Nazis. 

Clearly no one wants to transfer that experience here to New Zealand, however if we take more refugees, our politically correct multiculturalists and policy makers who sit in Wellington would refuse to discriminate on the basis of religion, so we would end up importing more historical Muslim hatred and simply transfer the tensions of the region to New Zealand.

We could take more Syrian Christians as they have suffered the most at the hands of ISIS, and represent no threat to our way of life here in New Zealand, but our immigrations services are blind to religion, and would refuse to select on that basis.

So Heather, I’m afraid it’s not as simple as you suggest.  Our family has personally resettled refugees from Vietnam in the late 1980’s, and more recently our children have resettled refugees from Afghanistan.  We recognize the need and are happy to do something practical to help, but for everyone’s sake, we don’t need to import any more of the 40+ Muslims our SIS is having to monitor daily because they are hot for jihad.

Unfortunately, there is no test at the boarder that can be reliably applied to Muslim immigrants to avoid this outcome.  If there were, we wouldn’t have this problem now.

Sadly but realistically, this is primarily a problem for the Muslim world to resolve.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

France - the new Syria

From a political perspective there is always merit in getting the bad news out there early in the hope that it will lessen the impact when reality strikes.  That’s appears to be the approach being taken by France’s President Francois Hollande whose government has today ‘leaked’ the news that a September 11 style attack over French soil ‘could be imminent’.

After Friday's thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings this year, President Francois Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, which is considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows. The army has made contingency plans to win back control of neighbourhoods where residents become hostile to security forces and where guns are easily obtainable, according to the source.

Excuse me Mr. President, are you suggesting that there exists neighbourhoods in France that are presently in… ‘Enemy hands’… that have to be ‘won back’ by the army?  Really, who knew?

Oh sure, "There are a lot of alienated fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely," the source said.

Airlines have also been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile.

"The idea that attacks like the one on the train are carried out by individuals on their own is not credible. We're dealing with highly-organised networks of militant Islamists embarked on a campaign of violence and determined to intensify it."

Welcome to France 2015 where enemy combatants are armed and have secured entire neighbourhoods.  Where the army is about to be called in to dislodge them, and the threat of rocket attacks against civilian airliners is a present day reality.  How France came to be occupied in plain site is a complete mystery to President Hollande and his ilk, else presumably they would have prevented this occupation from taking place.

I mean what other nation is considering calling in the Army to dislodge militant Muslims from its neighbourhoods, apart from… well let me think, perhaps Syria or Iraq?

France - the new Syria.

Now there’s a byline to promote tourism.  I wouldn’t recommend flying into Paris however.  Using the train can be a bit risky as well.  Perhaps just footing it in with the new undocumented Muslim migrants pouring in across the Mediterranean might be the way to go - oh and best leave the Synagogue tour for another day.

The signs of defeat are already obvious

Sure enough, just as I predicted following the Paris train terrorist attack by Ayoub el-Qahzzani, a Syrian trained Muslim gunman - before long there would be airport style security checks at European train stations.

Today the Daily Mail reports that this option is to be discussed by EU Ministers at a security summit in October.  It would be the first time that rules on railway security applied across the entire EU.

Once again the gutless politicians of what remains of rapidly shrinking free world consider it’s easier to restrict the liberties of reasonable people, than to seriously address the problem of radical and violent Islam within their boarders.

Perversely, these are the same politicians who are welcoming hundreds of thousands of Muslim asylum seekers into Europe and no attempts are being made to check their backgrounds or potential jihadist sympathies – all are welcome.

Even more perversely these politicians and their compliant media hacks slander those citizens who object to hundreds of potential Ayoub el-Qahzzani’s being dumped into their towns and villages by calling them ‘neo-Nazis and extreme right wing groups’.

All pretense of their being a rational immigration policy for asylum seekers has been abandoned as tens of thousands trek across Europe to be ‘settled’ in those countries with the most favourable welfare policies.

In the photograph below showing Ayoub el-Qahzzani being led into a courtroom by police, you will note that the police are wearing balaclava style ski masks in order to disguise their identity.  It takes only a little imagination to guess why that might be the case.

The signs of defeat are obvious long before the white flag is raised.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Resistance to asylum seekers spreads across Germany.

The BBC reports resistance to uninvited asylum seekers is spreading across Germany with an unexplained fire in a disused school gym that was to house refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Germany expects up to 800,000 people to seek asylum by the end of 2015, and while not all of them will be housed in that country, they will have to be accommodated somewhere in Europe.

Meanwhile protests against the forced settlement of asylum seekers continue in the town of Heidenau near Dresden. Police had to use tear gas and pepper spray to lift a blockade of the shelter. Hundreds of people hurled bottles and stones at police, injuring 31 officers.

To be clear, the destruction of property, or the use of violence at these protests cannot be condoned.  Other legitimate ways to express dissent are available to those of us living in western democracies.

It is increasingly clear however that Angelia Merkel and her government, along with her supporters in the mainstream media, are not going to force asylum seekers into towns and villages where they are not wanted without further protest.

If what the media says is true, and that Germans are by and large keen welcome asylum seekers, with the protesters only being a tiny minority, why doesn’t the Government settle the immigrants in areas where a welcome exists?

Is it possible that the German government is lying about just how enthusiastic people are to receive these uninvited African immigrants?  Perhaps they read newspaper articles like the one in the Swedish newspaper today where a woman was subjected to an assault and rape in Strängnäs.  Finally when she escaped her rapist, other men outside an asylum accommodation raped her again, all within the space of an hour.

While Sweden is the rape capital of Europe, it is second only to the African countries that make up the bulk of the asylum seekers. Or perhaps they are well aware of what is happening in the Swedish city of Malmo that has a high immigrant population, and has been racked with violence and grenade explosions over recent months.

Asylum seekers do not leave their religion and their culture behind in the small boats they use to cross the Mediterranean.  When they settle in large numbers, Sweden’s experience demonstrates that it is virtually impossible to integrate them into the host culture, and they naturally retain their own language, practices and behaviour.  One migrant described living in Malmo like being back in Syria.  Well of course, the more Syrians you bring to Malmo, the more it is going to resemble Syria than Sweden.

Seemingly the multiculturalists running the German and Swedish governments don’t care, and are satisfied with this outcome. 

Unsurprisingly, the locals are not. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

When your government hates you...

Hatred is a word I try not to use very often.  It is an emotion best avoided, it is always destructive and militates against human flourishing.  And yet I have used it today because I can think of no other adjective that best describes the actions of the German government towards its people.

Families protesting at asylum seekers being dumped in their community without consultation were likened to Nazi’s by the German newspaper Bild.   Angelia Merkel’s spokesman described the protesters as ‘far right demonstrators – disgusting and shameful’.

The BBC frames it this way:  Attacks on asylum seeker accommodation are rising but the numbers are still relatively small. [note: 200 so far this year] The neo-Nazis who hurled bottles and fireworks in Heidenau are a despised minority.

A recent poll revealed 67% of Germans were "very worried" by attacks on refugee homes. In another survey 93% said it was right to give asylum to those fleeing conflict. And an extraordinary number of people here are giving up their time or their possessions.”

Which just goes to show you can make a survey say anything if you frame the questions appropriately.  Of course most decent people would be ‘very worried’ about attacks on anyone’s homes, refugees or not.  It is surprising that the number of those concerned was only 67%.  Of course 93% of people think its right to give asylum to those fleeing conflict - until they discover the government is moving them in next door.

Speaking ahead of talks with the French President Francois Hollande, Mrs Merkel said it was "abhorrent how right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis attempt to spread their idiotic message of hatred".

And here is the golden line…

It was equally shameful, she added, “that citizens, including families with children, support these things by marching along".

So there you have it.  These abhorrent ‘neo-Nazis’ are just ordinary families with their children - a fact so obvious to anyone who was there that it was impossible for Merkel to avoid it.

So in order to progress her agenda, Merkel is prepared to smear decent families with some of the most derogatory language available to her as a German.

And then we get a glimpse into the future from French President Hollande who stated:

Europe's migrant crisis was "an exceptional situation that will last for some time."

This crisis will last for exactly as long as he and other European leaders want it to.  They could follow Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s example and turn the boats back any time they liked. 

They choose not to.

That is what real hatred looks like.

Competing with Sweden to become the rape capital of Europe is not something a German government should be contemplating for its citizens. 

Importing more Muslims to gun down Jewish school children (France), museum curators (Belgium), Kosher supermarket customers (Paris), and those defending Synagogues (Copenhagen), not to mention the attacks at Charlie Hebdo (France), beheadings at chemical plants (France), killings at IKEA stores (Sweden) and recent shootings on a train to Paris are just a few examples that demonstrate European governments hatred for their citizens.

It takes a while, but eventually the citizens begin to wake up and stir themselves from their lethargy.  This is not going to end well. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Known terrorist Ayoub el-Qahzzani reveals our cultural nihilism.

It could be that Paris train gunman Ayoub el-Qahzzani has done for train travel in Europe what 9/11 terrorist Mohamed Atta did for air travel globally. If the bloody attack by Ayoub el-Qahzzani becomes a pattern that is repeated by other Islamic extremists, you can be sure that the Western world will install airport style security scanning for all train and subway passengers.

Alternatively, we could deport or intern all known Islamic extremists. Keep in mind that Ayoub el-Qahzzani was known to be an extremist by the authorities in France.  However because that would be the most rational option, it is unlikely to happen.  It’s easier for politicians to restrict the liberties of reasonable people than take punitive action against those who hate us and are committed to our destruction.

So Islamic terrorists like Ayoub el-Qahzzani remain free to do their ugly business while our politicians wring their hands, utter platitudes, and reflect on ways to increase the size of the ‘security state’.

What I find the most troubling, is the resigned passivity with which Western citizens appear to accept these outcomes.  It’s as though we have embraced a form of cultural nihilism; not only is our way of life meaningless, it’s no longer worth the effort of preserving - a handful of Marines excepted.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Slow train coming

When I read today of two US Marines who intervened to prevent the slaughter of dozens maybe hundreds of travelers on a train to Paris by a lone jihadist, I was struck by one sentence in the report.

The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire.

One of the Marines has been shot in the neck and is in a critical condition.  Our thoughts and prayers are for him and his family today.  The other has knife wounds that are not thought to be life threatening.

But who are the real killers?  Is it the jihadists, whose intentions are well known by now, or is it our feeble and gutless politicians who allow them free reign in our cities, on our trains, and in our café’s?