Thursday, April 27, 2017

At War Against Fascism

Soon-to-be President of France Emmanuel Macron has a marriage problem. Given what many consider the clear and present danger posed by Marine Le Pen, most people within and outside of France will forgive Macron for having married his mother. Other people, profoundly ignorant of human biology, rant on about how if the sexes were reversed—think the Trump marriage—no one would bat an eyelash.

For all I know Macron is the best candidate. When I wrote about this Oedipal mismatch on Tuesday I wanted to emphasize that no matter how we see this situation and no matter how trivial we think the issue, the rest of the world will undoubtedly ridicule the overgrown schoolboy and his schoolmarm. The British press has done so already, as noted.

Individual pride is linked to national pride. And national pride is linked to whether or not your president can command respect on the world stage. It’s not about likeability. It’s about respect. The soon-to-be president of France, Macron will not be respected by most of the world. He will be an international laughing-stock. For all I know, Marine Le Pen would have been worse. That does not make him look like he didn’t marry his mother.

For many people Macron is the last bulwark against the rising tide of fascism. It may be enough to vote for him, but it is not an enviable choice.

Speaking of the war against fascism, Zoe Williams of The Guardian declares herself to be onboard for this great war. As she puts it: “we all have fascists to fight.”

But, that is the problem. Williams and her ilk are up in arms about the fascist menace. You would think that we are back in the 1930s, when fascism was a real menace and when Hitler was consolidating power. And let’s not forget the 1940s when the French Resistance was attempting to restore a shred of the national pride that France had lost in surrendering to and collaborating with the Third Reich.

One hates to repeat oneself, but the forces that defeated the Third Reich (aka National Socialism) and Mussolini were, for the most part, the armies of the Anglosphere, the armies mounted by those great bastions of free market capitalism, Great Britain and the United States.

Like modern-day Don Quixotes anti-fascist culture warriors are living in the past. They are living in a fictional world, fighting fictional enemies and feeling good about themselves. Just in case you thought that their drooling adulation of the weak-kneed Barack Obama cast aspersions on their toughness, they want to dispel your views by showing that they can fight the good fight against: Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolis.

One understands that these deep thinkers have been on the warpath to fight the new Hitler, aka Donald Trump, but Trump is governing more like a traditional Republican than a fascist, or even, Heaven forfend, a conservative. (Charles Kesler recently argued in the New York Times that Trump was more like William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.)

As for the people who have gone to war against fascism, ask yourself this: Did they ever mount the same war cry against international Communism, a totalitarian system that surpassed Nazism and fascism in the number of lives destroyed? You know the answer: they had nothing to say about that. They were looking for the best way not to fight against that enemy. Besides they admired the idealism of Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Fighting the wrong enemy, like tilting at windmills, has a certain poetic charm to it. It makes for great literature, but not for good politics. It is even worse politics when you consider that the nations of Europe have been invaded by peoples who are trying to destroy their civilization, who have launched a crime wave, who are for the most part viciously anti-Semitic, who favor honor killings, who beat their wives, who believe that they have a right to rape infidel women and who believe that homosexuality is a capital crime.

You guessed it, the fascists in Europe’s midst are Muslims. Some are recent refugees; some have been there for a generation or two. France is in a state of emergency because of Islamic terrorism. Every day a new terrorist attack rocks the nation. The problem with Macron is that he has no plan or program to deal with the problem. Like many other European politicians he seems to believe if you don't talk about it and if you can control the information the problem will go away.

When pressed, culture warriors have one thing to say. They want their nations to be more tolerant, more open, more welcoming, more accepting of people who refuse to obey their laws, who live off of government handouts and who have terrorized their cities, especially the female population. In other words, they want Europeans to feel guilty for the crimes committed by Muslim refugees.

The Telegraph reports the latest on crime in Germany:

The crime rate among migrants in Germany rose by more than 50 per cent last year, according to new figures that have raised concerns the populist far-Right may seize on the issue in the run-up to September’s elections.

The number of suspected crimes by refugees, asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants rose to 174,438 in 2016 — an increase of 52.7 per cent, according to the interior ministry.

For more statistics, examine Sue Reid’s report in The Daily Mail:

This week it was revealed that the crime rate among German’s migrant population rose by more than 50 per cent last year.

The news coincided with figures yesterday from the EU’s data arm Eurostat showing the number of refugees granted asylum in the European Union has doubled in just 12 months — from 333,305 in 2015 to 710,395 last year.

Germany alone granted asylum to 445,000 people in 2016, a three-fold increase in a year, accounting for 60 per cent of all those given refuge in Europe. (Britain granted protection to 17,080, the seventh highest number in the EU.)

Most of the crime hike was not caused by genuine refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis, but migrants from other countries — such as Afghanistan, the Balkans and Africa — who have slipped in, are unlikely to ever get asylum, yet have not been deported

Marine Le Pen’s candidacy is a symptom of the failure of the French (and not just French) elites to deal with the refugee problem. While open arms in Germany is destroying the country, the bien-pensant European left is up in arms about Marine Le Pen. They are afraid, but their fear is misplaced. They are implementing a policy of appeasing Islam.

Sue Reid offers a picture of what is happening in the University of Freiburg:

Soon after 11pm, a BMW police car with lights flashing races through a pretty park in the university city of Freiburg at the edge of Germany’s Black Forest.

Out jump four officers with torches who chase five young men stumbling under the trees, swigging vodka and shouting loudly in Arabic.

I watch as one aggressive drunk is handcuffed before being frogmarched to an ambulance and taken to hospital. The others show their identity papers and are then thrown out into a side street, where they lunge at a small woman wheeling her suitcase from the railway station nearby.

For your edification in 1933 famed Nazi philosopher Martin Heidegger was named rector of the same University of Freiburg. He proceeded to Nazify the university, declaring his support for Adolph Hitler. Heidegger was a rabid anti-Semite-- see his recently published Black Notebooks and letters to his brother.

And yet, American radicals have been defending Heidegger for decades now, declaring that his Nazism had nothing to do with his brilliant philosophy. The radicals who are rushing to fight fascism and Nazism do not understand that Heidegger was the progenitor of the practice of deconstruction, a practice that is nothing other than the textual equivalent of a pogrom. It is not an accident that students who learn this practice end up acting like the Brown Shirted Storm Troopers that Heidegger admired so much.

Back in Germany, let’s not forget this:

It was in the same park that Hussein Khavari, an Afghan asylum seeker, spent much of his time drinking vodka and smoking dope. He apparently set off from near here before raping and throttling to death 19-year-old German medical student Maria Ladenburger last October.

She was cycling home at 3am from a party at her university when she was ambushed. In a crime that shocked Germany, her body was dumped by the Driesam River, on the outskirts of the Black Forest, and discovered next morning by a jogger.

Was this an isolated incident? Not at all. More migrants has meant more rapes:

According to German police, in 2013 migrants committed two sex crimes a day. It was up to around three a day in 2014, five in 2015 and last year it reached ten daily.

However, Andre Schulz, head of the Criminal Police Association, a trades union for detectives, said recently that this is a fraction of the real number because just 10 per cent of sex crimes appear in official statistics. Only solved cases are counted.

All this leaves ordinary Germans in the dark amid accusations that the ‘liberal elite’ is closing down debate about difficulties with migrants.

One might ask what the people who are up in arms about rape culture on college campuses have say about the refugee rape culture in Germany and other European countries. I suspect that the answer is: nothing. They are too busy fighting fascists.

The German intelligence services note the problem, though not in public:

A leaked German intelligence report warned last year of heightened public concern about mass immigration, particularly from Muslim countries.

It said: ‘We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other people, as well as a different understanding of society and law. Germany agencies are unable to deal with these imported security problems and the resulting reactions from German people.’

The German migrants have changed the city:

Uwe Maucher, a journalist on the local newspaper, says his city is proud of welcoming migrants.

However, he admits pick-pocketing is on the up, women share cars home from the cinema in the evening so they are not alone and at one popular meeting spot for Gambians, a grassy square overlooked by the magnificent Sacred Heart church, hard drugs are traded, with the police seemingly unable to stop it.

With sadness, he said: ‘Unfortunately, you have to say that the overwhelming majority of the alleged offenders are asylum seekers. It’s certainly changing the atmosphere of the city.’

Better to fight the faux-fascists than to deal with the real problem: fascistic Islam.


Ares Olympus said...

Stuart: The soon-to-be president of France, Macron will not be respected by most of the world. He will be an international laughing-stock.

Perhaps this is what projection looks like? You'd think someone could come up with something worse than this.

Stuart: One hates to repeat oneself, but the forces that defeated the Third Reich (aka National Socialism) and Mussolini were, for the most part, the armies of the Anglosphere, the armies mounted by those great bastions of free market capitalism, Great Britain and the United States.

Really? I thought it was Stalin's armies that did the heavy lifting against Hitler's armies. The fatherland was no match for the motherland and the eastern front was where disobedient Germans went to meet their Aryan maker.

Certainly it wasn't France that saved anyone. Vive la France! But they did give us Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité.

Anonymous said...

Not to belittle what the American and British armies did but it was the army of the USSR that defeated Nazi Germany. 80% or more of the Wehrmacht's deaths occurred on the Eastern Front.

David Foster said...

In terms of who defeated Nazi Germany: yes, the Russians inflicted the majority of the casualties, and great courage was shown by their civilians as well as soldiers...but without American and British involvement and also the massive American arms deliveries, they almost certainly would have lost.

Also, the French put up more of a fight in 1940 than is generally understood. French casualties (killed) were 92,000 and the Germans killed were at least 27,000.

Anonymous said...

You write: the forces that defeated the Third Reich (were mainly) the AngloSphere.
Yes, they were a major part.
An equal contributor was the Soviets.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I'm sure the Poles are really moved by all the Russian "sacrifice" against the Germans. While the English declared war after the German invasion of Poland, the Soviets enjoyed the spoils in their pact with Ribbentrop. Stalin is not a sympathetic figure.