Sunday, December 6, 2015

Civilizations Die From Suicide, Not Murder – Arnold Toynbee

            In 1906 orientalist Franz Cumont speculated on the future of Europe based upon his knowledge of the Roman Empire.  At the time his speculations must have seemed absurd:

Let us suppose that in modern Europe the faithful had deserted the Christian churches to worship Allah or Brahma; let us imagine a great confusion of all the races of the world in which Arabian mullahs, Chinese scholars, Japanese bonzes, Tibetan lamas and Hindu pundits would be preaching fatalism and predestination, ancestor-worship and devotion to a deified sovereign, pessimism and deliverance through annihilation - a confusion in which all those priests would erect temples of exotic architecture in our cities and celebrate their disparate rites therein.  Such a dream, which the future may perhaps realize, would offer a pretty accurate picture of the religious chaos in which the ancient world was struggling before the reign of Constantine.

            Comedian ‪John Cleese has declared, “London is no longer English city.”   ‬This fundamental transformation is being fueled by immigration, low birth rates among the native populations and high birth rates by immigrants.  John Derbyshire declared, “If you go to a big hospital in a British city, the geriatric ward is full of old white English people; the ob-gyn ward is wall to wall burkas and headscarves. The country's gone; there are just a few years left. It's a tragedy, the death of a nation … by suicide.”

            This transformation would not be a significant problem if the immigrants assimilated with the host country.  Prior waves of immigrants were grateful to be accepted by the hoist country and for the most part attempted to blend in.  Mark Steyn in his America Alone gives an example of Nada Farooq who he claims “is typical of a significant minority of young Muslims: raised in the West by ‘moderate Muslim’ parents, she is, unlike them, ferociously Muslim, Islamist, jihadist.”  It appears that the offspring of many immigrants are being radicalized.  Claire Berlinski has claimed that “so many immigrants view assimilation as something literally worse than death.”  She also points out, “Islam’s vitality is such that it is now the fastest-growing religion among native Britons.”

            Steyn quotes a Times of London commissioned poll of British Muslims conducted on the anniversary of the July 7, 2005, Tube bombings.  The poll found, “13 percent think that the four men who carried out the bombings should be regarded as ‘martyrs.’”  Steyn states, “If 7 percent think suicide attacks on civilians are justified, that’s 70,000 potential supporters in Britain’s  capital city.”  It is now punishable to criticize Islam.  This politically correct attitude is codified in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  It was adopted by General Assembly in Resolution 61/295 on 13 September 2007.  The declaration claims:      

            Indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognizing the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such.
             All peoples contribute to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind.
            All doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust.

            At the risk of sounding like a Nazi, this is utter nonsense.  It is not believed by even the dimmest Somali.  People are fleeing places like Mogadishu for Malmo, Sweden and not vice versa.  Haitians bypass the socialist paradise of Cuba on their way to Miami. 

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