Solzhenitsyn, islam and hope
Recently the Gates of Vienna had this very interesting piece about Catholic intellectual Philippe de Villiers. In it (and I encourage you to go through the three videos in that article) the author, historian and former Member of the European Parliament makes some interesting claims.
Some I share: He believes that France will become an Islamic Republic; that France has already submitted to Islamisation and that its destruction, as we know it, is just a matter of time. Yes I really think that.
And one I am sitting on the fence about: that there is some sort of "elite" group that is actually working for this to happen. Sounds outrageous, but de Villiers doesn't seem crackers when you listen to him and his thoughts are echoed by a Moroccan Professor and also by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, both of whom I mention further down the page
However I will focus on part of the transcript in which the interviewer asks de Villiers, "How you see things turning around? If Islam were to come to power, is there any glimpse of hope after that?"
A/ Well, I will answer you, but first I need to say this, because when I confide things like that, there’s always this lady, in the room, who stands up and says: “Ah, it’s all very pessimistic! We really need hope!…” I say “Come on! If we were in 1938, I was told how it was, right? Well, we need hope, all right, but there is Hitler, there’s all that!” So there you can see very well what’s going on in the world. OK. I observed the Manif for All.[French rallies against gay marriage in 2013] I have seen young people. I saw their faces. I thought to myself “They are not the same!” There are starting to understand that you can be in the right even if you’re in the minority. Soon they’ll understand that we must fight in the name of natural law and the survival of our country, fight by becoming conscientious objectors, we must revolt, we must become the resistance.
And this is where the conversation, which marked me so much, takes place. With Alexander Solzhenitsyn, we’re in Tambov, we’re walking. Suddenly he stops and says: “We, we will recover, [Eastern Europe and Russia] but you [the West], you’ll slip into a deep abyss, because you have the disease of emptiness. You will experience an eclipse of intelligence. You are at the last stage, the final stage of spiritual exhaustion. And one day, fireflies will come out of that great catacomb, carried by dissidents.” — The dissidents? I answered. “Yes, the dissidents. Let me explain who the ‘dissidents’ are. Dissident is like the ‘refuseniks’, [refused permission to emigrate from the USSR], under the cape, they have samizdat, criticizing the Soviet system they go to jail, the gulag, and at some point, the prisons are too small and they save the honour and freedom of Russia. Well, I’m telling you, today dissidents are in the East, they will move to the West."
The whole West was undergoing "the disease of emptiness...an eclipse of intelligence... the final stage of spiritual exhaustion..." and that was over 30 years ago. This sounds familiar to me, as I'm sure it might to you. So who are among the last remnants of the old intelligent and spiritually strong West today? We seem to have so lost our way that we can no longer make informed decisions regarding the good of others - or our own good.
Reminds me of an old song:~
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
Outspoken gay commentator (is there any other kind!) Milo Yiannopoulos just wrote an article for Breitbart in which he thinks such insightful elements are represented in ...... Donald Trump. (Here I go, trying to keep away from needlessly contentious issues and finding myself in the position of defending Trump yet again. If everyone was fair we could all just focus on his many, genuine foot-in-mouth occasions. But...)
Milo praised Trump's "ultra-progressive immigration policy": Donald Trump just overtook the Democrats on Gay rights.
"Trump’s plan is to introduce a screening process for prospective immigrants to the U.S., testing their ideological commitment to western values like women’s rights, gay rights, and religious pluralism. It’s a brilliant plan. ... The media won’t portray this policy as progressive, of course — they’ll portray it as stupid, bigoted, and reactionary. The Washington Post, little more than a Hillary mouthpiece this election cycle, has already started, branding the proposal “crazy” and “outlandish.” But it isn’t. Actually, it’s about the most pro-gay policy I’ve ever heard from a presidential hopeful. ...
It’s odd that leftists are already starting up the outrage machine. After all, isn’t this what progressivism is supposed to be about? All around the world, Muslims are oppressing women, murdering gays, and exterminating non-Muslims. Progressives claim to want to protect the rights of gays, women and minorities, yet are silent on the greatest threat to them in the world today.
Somehow, I doubt they would be outraged if Trump threatened to deport the Westboro Baptist Church [Graeme: the notorious homosexual hating splinter group consisting of little more than one extended family - they get a lot of media time and are often used to supposedly show how Christianity can be distorted into hatred just like Islam - regardless of the clear chasm in actual doctrines]. This, despite the fact that the Westboro Baptists haven’t killed anyone, whereas a Muslim, Omar Mateen, carried out the greatest act of homophobic violence in U.S. history.
[Trump] has proven beyond doubt that he’s the only person running for President who can stick up for chicks and queers.
Face facts, guys. It is the political Left that wants to flood America with violent homophobes and misogynists, not Trump. No-one with a clear-eyed view of Muslim culture can believe otherwise."
It is now impossible to argue with Yiannopoulos' assertions - we see the evidence most weeks of the year do we not? As uncomfortable as it is to say, with rising Muslim migration there are accompanying counter-cultural aspects, some of which lead to violence. Trump is merely being realistic in all this - when we hear what he actually says.
We have to notice these problems around Islam, we have to talk.
Islam Academic: Migrants Want Eurabia, Globalists Using Migrants to Destroy The West
“In Islamic discourses, migration is seen as a beginning of the Islamisation of Europe, the rich land that will change the fate of Islam, from a religion of the poor to a religion of the rich.
“This is of course a paradox since the poor can only make Europe poorer. Furthermore, immigration is justified as victory to the community”, Professor Belhaj added, and labelled the Islamic moral economy “disastrous”.
The professor disclosed that “state law has no weight compared to the law of God”, for Muslims, and so they establish parallel societies in Europe.
The academic commented: “Migration is useful for the neo-liberal model of the borderless, minimal, global society, but is calamitous for the European citizens as a whole.”
Remember, this is a Muslim academic saying this, not some hate filled xenophobe. It is far more cutting than anything yet heard from Trump. I wonder if Belhaj will be called an Islamophobe? He echoes de Villiers in his interview. Let's not simply ignore it. We have children.
All three (along with Hungaran Prime Minister Viktor Orban who also clearly believes that there is an "elite" wishing to destroy Europe as it now is) would see Trump as a voice of sanity regarding Muslim migration and national security and foreign policy.
All seem to me to be merely reasonable in such concerns.
Where is the bigotry?
Regardless of what may or may not be going on in back rooms throughout the West - we are reluctant to think in such terms even though I have just listed three intelligent, qualified men who speak openly about this - the rest of us seem to have been shamed into silence and seem unable to conclude whether the proverbial "two plus two equals four" without checking with our betters. The mass migration of Muslims is a real problem for many reasons. Why can't we discuss this?
What is the matter with us? Why are there now "approved" viewpoints held by the "consensus" of intelligent people and "dissenting" viewpoints which are held only by ignorant bigots and fear mongers? Who says so anyway? Oh, the same "approved" voices, that's who. We were told that Postmodernism would set us free from the straightjacket of Authority. It seems to have done anything but.
Are the dissidents Solzhenitsyn mentions actually these shunned "ignorant masses"?
We sorely need them to stop feeling embarassed and start speaking up.