Friday, April 20, 2007


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

“These policies mainly aim to reassert the primacy of the home culture with language requirements, citizenship tests and tougher criteria for prospective immigrants,” per AP’s Jamey Keaten.

Islamic intrusion upon European cultures is turning Europeans into national identity sensitive citizens.

“In the Netherlands, a powerful nationalist movement sprang up around charismatic Pim Fortuyn and won a place in the coalition, only to fall apart after Mr. Fortuyn was assassinated in 2002. But his ideas live on in the citizenship tests and deportations of asylum-seekers, which are now Dutch policy.”

None of this is any too soon. And America had better take warning, especially when Washington is advocating for 21,000 new immigrants from Muslim countries. Will they be screened adequately? Or will they be given the red carpet express as was done with 7000 Russian Muslims given houses, furniture, pensions, health coverage and US citizenship in a Philadelphia suburb?

“In October, Austria’s two rightist parties won more than 15 percent of the vote—far short of the stunning 26.9 percent that firebrand Joerg Haider received in 1999 but enough to trouble the moderate majority.

“The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, formed only 12 years ago, is the third-largest faction in Denmark’s parliament. Far-right parties also made electoral strides last year in Sweden and Belgium.”

A nation cannot afford to be fooled by the so-called ‘intelligentsia’ within Islamic applicants. There are scores of those who advocate the sharia — the barbaric “justice and legal system” based upon the murder and maiming verses of the Koran. Just because a Muslim has a degree or a white-collar profession does not mean that individual is not a zealot Muslim, the latter seeking to abolish all non-Muslims from the planet.

“In Germany, far-right parties remain a fringe movement, but hold seats on three regional legislatures in the formerly Communist east. Officials say crimes by far-right groups and attacks against foreigners rose 16 percent last year.

“The hard right does not appear to be drastically bleeding supporters as the center co-opts its agenda. On the contrary, many nationalist groups appear to be enjoying a resurgence.

“In France, 78-year-old Mr. Le Pen is gloating as front-runners Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and Segolene Royal on the left hoist two of his pet issues—immigration and national identity—to center stage.

“While neither Mr. Sarkozy nor Miss Royal echo his call for zero immigration, Mr. Sarkozy says he wants to exert more control over it by creating a Ministry of Immigration and National Identity. He also has used a variation on Mr. Le Pen’s longtime catch phrase, ‘France: Love it or leave it.’

“Miss Royal, polling second, calls for all French to keep a national flag in the home and asks supporters to sing the national anthem, ‘La Marseillaise,’ at her rallies.”

This is good news in light of the fact that certain locales in France are so taken over by Muslims that police have given a “hands off” approach to those areas. The authorities cannot cope with what is going on within those densely populated areas, hence a nation has been created within a nation. Can this continue? And will it spread?

Could this happen in the US? In Canada?

“When France last elected a president, the far right’s Jean-Marie Le Pen shocked the world by muscling his way into the runoff against incumbent Jacques Chirac. The outcome seemed to underline rising fears of an ultranationalist resurgence across Europe.

“Mr. Le Pen ended up soundly beaten in 2002 and is unlikely to repeat his first-round success in a presidential election on Sunday. But with polls giving him up to 16 percent of the vote, it’s clear his France-first slogans still resonate.

“The same issues preoccupying the French—jobs, immigration, integrating a large and restive Muslim minority—have catapulted many of Mr. Le Pen’s views into the mainstream, with leading candidates both left and right co-opting elements of his ideas.

“It’s a phenomenon seen across Europe: Deep anxieties over security and unemployment have fed a sharp shift to the right, forcing mainstream politicians to embrace policies that just a few years ago would have seemed the exclusive terrain of ultranationalist forces.”

The same ideological wrestling goes on throughout North America. In Canada a soccer player was told to remove her veil if she expected to play the sport. In the US cabdrivers were told to carry passengers whose possessions include alcohol, the latter prohibited by Muslims. This policy could put scores of drivers out of work; nevertheless, the policy stands firmly.

“Tony Blair, Britain’s center-left prime minister, campaigned two years ago on the slogan ‘Your country’s borders protected,’ while his conservative rivals proposed HIV and tuberculosis tests for immigrants. A fringe nationalist party scored well in local elections in May.”

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