Regarding Europeans, the word that often comes to mind is “ennui” – the walking dead staggering among cathedrals and museums, members of once vibrant cultures with tired blood whose principal concern is how to spend four weeks of vacation a year.
So it comes as a shock that European politics is beginning to matter again – to the extent that Eurocrats and the U.S. media are alarmed.
Last week, Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party came within less than half a percentage point of being elected president of Austria, a largely symbolic post.
In an alleged news story, The New York Times used the term “far-right” no fewer than six times to describe the Freedom Party. (This was complimented by “xenophobic right” and other pejoratives.) In the European context, the expression is intended to evoke images of brown shirts goose-steeping through the streets praising Aryan purity.
Hofer’s message was terrifying indeed. “Those people who do not value our country and go to fight with ISIS or rape women – Austria is not your home. You cannot stay in Austria,” the uber-right candidate declared. Quick, reconvene the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal.
A nation of 8.4 million, Austria had 90,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, the second highest per capita in Europe.
Of nearly 21,000 approved asylum-seekers in Vienna, 6,503 were known to have committed crimes in 2015, a 50% increase over 2014. Vienna’s Police Chief Gerhard Purstl says North African gangs fighting for control of the city’s drug trade committed half of all violent crimes there last year.
Voters were outraged by the rape epidemic refugees have caused.
• A 20-year-old Iraqi confessed to raping a 10-year-old boy at a public swimming pool in Vienna. The man fleeing oppression said his act was provoked by a “sexual emergency” resulting from “excess sexual energy.”
• Three Afghan teens took turns raping a 21-year-old exchange student at a Vienna train station.
• An 18-year-old Afghan raped a 72-year-old woman after beating her savagely and taking her underwear as a trophy. When his refugee policies were criticized last year, President Obama jeered, “What are they afraid of, widows and three-year-old orphans?” – or teens with an excess of sexual energy who see infidel woman as objects of gratification?
• On New Year’s Eve, mobs of Arab men assaulted dozens of women in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck, like attacks that took place in Cologne and other German cities.
In Austria’s lenient justice system, those convicted of the assaults face a maximum of seven years in prison and may end up spending only two years behind bars.
After they’re released, they won’t be deported, which would violate their human rights. Instead, Austrian taxpayers will give them 830 Euros a month plus health care, probably for their rest of their lives. Having grown up in primitive, violent cultures, crime may be the only thing they’re qualified for.
Perhaps I’m being harsh. Many are finding employment with explosives and automatic weapons. In congressional testimony in March, NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove warned that ISIS is “spreading like a cancer” among Middle Eastern refugees – “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own.”
But that’s no cause for alarm. Refusing to accept these future model citizens “would be a cowardly abdication of responsibility and a tragic victory for terror over humanity,” says John Dalhuisen, director of the perpetually delusional Amnesty International.
The European Union can’t be bothered with piddling stuff like the refugee crime wave, and a growing terrorist menace, not when it has its multicultural agenda to pursue.
Some member states – most in Eastern Europe – have the audacity to resist Brussels grand social experiment (1001 Arabian nightmares).
Writing in the commentary section of The New York Times (often difficult to distinguish from the news section), Sylvie Kauffmann, former editor and chief of Le Monde, charged: “The new rulers in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest flatly refuse Muslim refugees. They don’t want the ethnic, religious and cultural homogeneity of their societies to change. They see multiculturalism as a failed model.” Fancy that.
While decrying cultural chauvinism, the EU is busy pushing its own homogeneity. Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission, says it’s a “disgrace” that some European states refuse to recognize same-sex unions contracted elsewhere, which, he argues “violates a “core EU principle – freedom of movement.” National sovereignty and the desire to maintain one’s heritage clearly aren’t core EU principles – one reason for the rise of the Euro-skeptics.
On June 23, Brits will vote on whether to leave the European Union.
Polls show voters evenly divided. Calls for an exit are supported by almost half of Conservative MPs, including five cabinet ministers. Prime Minister David Cameron is siding with the “stays,” but wants a change in Britain’s relationship with the EU, to give it a “special status,” meant to redress high levels of immigration and increasing loss of autonomy.
On April 24, 2017, the French National Front could win the first round of balloting in the next presidential election. The Front National is so far to the right that leader Marine Le Pen had her own father expelled from the party for comments regarded as anti-Semitic.
With the EU’s fertility rate (the average number of births per woman) roughly 30% below replacement, Eurocrats push same-sex “marriage.” In answer to terror attacks in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the EU insists on its 28 member states accepting an increasing number of refugees from lands marked by savagery and fanaticism for millennia.
Growing secularism and a mushy globalism are driven by Brussels’ vision of a borderless, post-Christian Europe, which – thanks to nature’s well-known abhorrence of a vacuum – could soon become part of the Ummah.
It all makes sense – in the same way that communism and national socialism made sense to previous generations of European intellectuals.
It seems the choice for Europeans is to embrace continental suicide or be labeled far right. Hmmm, tough decision.
First published at GrasstopsUSA.com
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