Skip to comments.Beyond Munich -- The Spirit of Eurabia
Posted on 07/02/2004 7:04:47 AM PDT by WaterDragon
Allow me first to make a preliminary observation about the title of this session: the return of the spirit of Munich a title which I find somewhat optimistic. At Munich, in 1938, France and England, exhausted by the death toll of the Great War, abandoned Czechoslovakia to the Nazi beast, in the hope that by doing so they would avoid another conflict. The spirit of Munich thus refers to a policy of states and of peoples who refuse to confront a threat, and attempt to obtain peace and security through conciliation and appeasement, or even, for some, an active collaboration with the criminals.
For my own part, I would say that we have gone beyond the spirit of Munich, and the present situation should be seen not in the context of the Second World War, but in the present jihadist context.
In fact, for the past 30 years France and Europe are living in a situation of passive self-defense against terrorism. This began with Palestinian terrorism, then Islamic terrorism, not to speak of the local European terrorism, including the Basques in Spain, the Baader-Meinhof group in Germany, and the Red Brigades of Italy of the 1980s....(snip)
In Europe today, dominated by the spirit of dhimmitude the condition of submission of Jews and Christians under Muslim domination there is no conceivable battle. Submission, without a fight, has already taken place. A machinery that has made Europe the new continent of dhimmitude was put into motion more than 30 years ago at the instigation of France.
A wide-ranging policy was then first sketched out, a symbiosis of Europe with the Muslim Arab countries, that would endow Europe and especially France, the projects prime mover with a weight and a prestige to rival that of the United States (2). This policy was undertaken quite discreetly, outside of official treaties, under the innocent-sounding name of the Euro-Arab Dialogue. An association of European parliamentarians from the European Economic Community (EEC) was created in 1974 in Paris: the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation. It was entrusted with managing all of the aspects of Euro-Arab relations financial, political, economic, cultural, and those pertaining to immigration. This organization functioned under the auspices of the European heads of government and their foreign ministers, working in close association with their Arab counterparts, and with the representatives of the European Commission, and the Arab League....(snip)
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Bump for a great article. America and Israel, hang tough, please.
Lest we forget, it was France that played host to Khomeni, the Imperial Wizard of Iran, the French must have really enjoyed the "hostage crisis" back in 1979.
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A fascinating look at history.
Bump for thorough read.
On the political front, Europe has tied its destiny to the Arab countries, and thus become involved in the logic of jihad against Israel and the United States. How could Europe denounce the culture of jihadic venom which exudes from its allies, while for so many years it did everything to activate the jihad by hiding and justifying it by claiming that the real danger comes not from the jihadists, themselves, but from those who resist the Arab jihadist, the very allies that Europe serves at every international gathering, and in the European media.
On the cultural front, there has been a complete re-writing of history, which was first undertaken during the 1970s in European universities. This process was ratified by the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in September 1991, at its meeting devoted to The Contribution of the Islamic civilization to European culture. It was reaffirmed by President Jacques Chirac in his address of April 8, 1996 in Cairo, and reinforced by Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, through the creation of a Foundation on the Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations that was to control everything that was said, written and taught on the new continent of Eurabia, which englobe Europe and the Arab countries.
The dhimmitude of Europe began with the subversion of its culture and its values, with the destruction of its history and its replacement by an Islamic vision of that history, supported by the romantic myth of Andalusia. Eurabia adopted the Islamic conception of history, in which Islam is defined as a liberating force, a force for peace, and the jihad is regarded a just war. Those who resist the jihad, like the Israelis and the Americans, are the guilty ones, rather than those who wage it. It is this policy that has inculcated in us, the Europeans, the spirit of dhimmitude that blinds us, that instills in us a hatred for our own values, and the wish to destroy our own origins and our own history. The greatest intellectual swindle would be to allow Europe to continue to believe that it derives from a Judeo-Christian tradition. That is a complete lie, Tariq Ramadan has stated (3). And thus we despise George Bush because he still believes in that tradition. What simpletons those Americans
The spirit of dhimmitude is not merely that of submission without fighting, not even a surrender. It is also the denial of ones own humiliation through this process of integrating values that lead to our own destruction; it is the ideological mercenaries offering themselves up for service in the jihad; it is the traditional tribute paid by their own hand, and with humiliation, by the European dhimmis, in order to obtain a false security; it is the betrayal of ones own people. The non-Muslim protected dhimmi under Islamic rule could obtain an ephemeral and delusive security through services rendered to the Muslim oppressor, and through servility and flattery. And that is precisely the situation in Europe today.
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Everyone should buy and read her book Islam and Dhimmitude, it is unbelievable on the Europeans!
Bump for an important, insightful article!
If you have read Bat Ye'or's works, you will appreciate the update, if you haven't, this will help you to see that everyone concerned about Islamism should not only read Islam and Dhimmitude, but should ensure that every member of Congress and every high administration offical should read it.
Bat Ye'or has several books on dhimmitude, and every one of them is very painful but absolutely clear, relentless exposition of Islam's war against everyone NOT Muslim or not Muslim enough to suit them.
Along with "The Black Book of Communism", Ye'or's books are ones many readers avoid because they don't want their tranquil, cocooned lives disturbed with nasty facts about what's coming to their world.
I have also read (and recommended to others) The Black Book of Communism, which was outstanding, the more so because it was done by French former leftists.
And for a basic knowledge of our own civilization, one needs to read A History of the Modern World by RR Palmer and others (the only decent European textbook left, the editions from around 1970 are the best) and Jacques Barzun's opera summa, From Dawn to Decadence.
Part of the problem, as you point out, is that people don't want their lives disturbed, and learning about their own heritage would disturb them as really learning about the enemy.
Barzun's Dawn to Decadence is a feast! There are three writers of history that I especially enjoy -- Steven Ozment, Paul Johnson and Thomas Sowell. One is never bored by them!
Ozment, I don't know. Johnson is often good, but somewhat uneven, and a popularizer. His book Intellectuals was useful, but very badly wrong on Nietzsche. Sowell is interesting, but I think of him as an economist rather than as an historian.
Wow, what great insight this person has.
The new slavery in the world is that produced by Arab attempts to dominate the rest of the world.
"A wide-ranging policy was then first sketched out, a symbiosis of Europe with the Muslim Arab countries, that would endow Europe and especially France, the projects prime mover with a weight and a prestige to rival that of the United States"
I found this fascination. It explains so much about French policy. I knew that France had embarked upon policies that meant to establish a counter-balancing super power to the US. But, I had not noticed this component, a trans-mediteranean, European/Arab alliance.
I had the same reaction, DD.
Another bump to call this article to the attention of other freepers. A very good read, definitely something to think about. The Euroweenies are going to be sorry. Perhaps, in secret, they are already distressed about loss of language, culture, borders, as recent large votes for the Euroskeptic Party would indicate.