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Monday, November 27, 2006 

What is Ralph Peters thinking?

New York Post columnist Ralph Peters writes a very stupid disagreement with people like Mark Steyn in which he argues that neo-nazis will protect Europe. It's titled "The Eurabia Myth", and I should point out that that's only going to be if everybody focuses on fighting back properly. For example, Peters says:
The notion that continental Europeans, who are world-champion haters, will let the impoverished Muslim immigrants they confine to ghettos take over their societies and extend the caliphate from the Amalfi Coast to Amsterdam has it exactly wrong.
I beg your pardon? To imply that Europeans are a whole seaful of hatemongers, especially when seeing how they foolishly let them into the country to begin with, is going a bit too far. Okay, it was the governments of Europe who're actually responsible, but just how exactly does that make Europeans haters? What proof is there?

Peters even links to this awful picture with the following caption:
"Paradise, not: Europe still has plenty of haters who'll keep all Muslims marginalized (or worse), like these neo-Nazis at a Berlin street protest."

Just what exactly is this insult?!? Legitimizing German fascists, among other Euro-hoodlums, because they're supposedly a lesser evil? Please.

More BS:
The endangered species isn't the "peace loving" European lolling in his or her welfare state, but the continent's Muslims immigrants - and their multi-generation descendents - who were foolish enough to imagine that Europeans would share their toys.

In fact, Muslims are hardly welcome to pick up the trash on Europe's playgrounds.
Reality check: the Europeans did share their toys with them, most definitely welfare money and bus fare. And Don Singleton has a handy response to the second part of this:
They don't want to pick up trash. They want to be paid for not picking up the trash (socialism), and yet permitted to do things their way (Sharia law) in areas they control.
Yup. Do your homework, Peters.
Don't let Europe's current round of playing pacifist dress-up fool you: This is the continent that perfected genocide and ethnic cleansing, the happy-go-lucky slice of humanity that brought us such recent hits as the Holocaust and Srebrenica.
I'm ready to vomit now. This is really sick. Putting virtually all of Europe in the same boat as Nazi Germany, is that it?
THE historical patterns are clear: When Europeans feel sufficiently threatened - even when the threat's concocted nonsense - they don't just react, they over-react with stunning ferocity. One of their more-humane (and frequently employed) techniques has been ethnic cleansing.

And Europeans won't even need to re-write "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with an Islamist theme - real Muslims zealots provide Europe's bigots with all the propaganda they need. Al Qaeda and its wannabe fans are the worst thing that could have happened to Europe's Muslims. Europe hasn't broken free of its historical addictions - we're going to see Europe's history reprised on meth.
That's it! This man is not worthy of his position, and I will never read his columns out of fandom again. Must it be pointed out that only when the threat makes sense that they should react in any way? And is Peters doing a subtle legitimization of the Protocols monstrosity? GAH!
The year 1492 wasn't just big for Columbus. It's also when Spain expelled its culturally magnificent Jewish community en masse - to be followed shortly by the Moors, Muslims who had been on the Iberian Peninsula for more than 800 years.

Jews got the boot elsewhere in Europe, too - if they weren't just killed on the spot. When Shakespeare wrote "The Merchant of Venice," it's a safe bet he'd never met a Jew. The Chosen People were long-gone from Jolly Olde England.
Gee, I don't know, were they? I have no idea if Jews had been expelled from England at around that time, but either way, I'm sure that ol' Shakespeare did meet some Jews. It's not like at that time, they tried to expel them let alone antagonize them. Regardless of that, Peters commits the unpardonable sin of sensationalizing serious subjects, even historically.
Far from enjoying the prospect of taking over Europe by having babies, Europe's Muslims are living on borrowed time.
That may be so, as Daniel Pipes once found signs that Muslim birthrates could be on a decline, but I still wouldn't underestimate. It all depends on if the European governments are willing to stop giving them all that welfare to abuse.
When a third of French voters have demonstrated their willingness to vote for Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front - a party that makes the Ku Klux Klan seem like Human Rights Watch - all predictions of Europe going gently into that good night are surreal.
Um, hello? Earth to Peters, have you read anything about Le Pen's volte-face? Or what those punks who worship him did last week? Wake up, Peters, and smell the coffee, or better yet, the napalm!

Confusion ensues further:
I have no difficulty imagining a scenario in which U.S. Navy ships are at anchor and U.S. Marines have gone ashore at Brest, Bremerhaven or Bari to guarantee the safe evacuation of Europe's Muslims. After all, we were the only ones to do anything about the slaughter of Muslims in the Balkans. And even though we botched it, our effort in Iraq was meant to give the Middle East's Muslims a last chance to escape their self-inflicted misery.
After what Islam did on 9-11, that's what you're suggesting? That the US defend the Muslims against the "opressive" Europeans?
AND we're lucky. The United States attracts the quality. American Muslims have a higher income level than our national average. We hear about the handful of rabble-rousers, but more of our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslims are doctors, professors and entrepreneurs.

And the American dream is still alive and well, thanks: Even the newest taxi driver stumbling over his English grammar knows he can truly become an American.
Provided that he upholds our laws, buster. And I might also point out that America's Muslims aren't as integrated as even you might want the readers to think. The same goes for Europe, whether it looks that way or not.
But European Muslims can't become French or Dutch or Italian or German. Even if they qualify for a passport, they remain second-class citizens. On a good day. And they're supposed to take over the continent that's exported more death than any other?
It shouldn't be too hard to figure out here that Peters is, simply put, belittling European countries and identities, and acting as if being American means that you're number one. Can we be clear here about something? America does do a lot to overcome its mistakes and better itself, but that does not mean that they're the only ones who do, or who want to. Even Europeans can and do too.
The jobless and hopeless kids in the suburbs may burn a couple of cars, but we'll always have Paris.
With 9 no-go zones in Paris, that's a bit hard to believe. Only if the French authorities be bold and stern and take back the streets will we have Paris.

Peters is really going overboard, and even bending over backwards, in de-facto legitimizing and sensationalizing hatred, blanket smearing Europeans, and even, guess what - trying to make it seem as though Muslims in Europe are victims. Phooey. This so-called columnist is not for us.

Update: Mark Steyn answers at Power Line, and makes some good points as to just how off base Peters is.

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