I’m writing this as I flip through several European news channels: BBC World, France24, Euronews, CNN International, and Sky News. Here are the common themes I’m hearing:
- Calls for restraint until all the facts are in
- Concern that there may be a backlash against Muslims
- Mention of “solidarity” and “unity” among the French, with the assumption that Muslims are included in that aggregate group
- Sadness and sympathy for the victims who were executed, but no anger at the killers
- Constant mention of how “controversial” and “provoking” the Charlie Hebdo magazine was, as if they may have been asking for it
- Even deeper concern that there may be backlash against Muslims
It seems like the media’s target audience are the terrorists themselves, and they are doing everything in their power not to cause offense:
I also read three statements from world leaders:
1. Prime Minister of England David Cameron said he will “never give up” on the value of free speech.
We stand absolutely united with the French people against terrorism and against this threat to our values – free speech, the rule of law, democracy. It’s absolutely essential we defend those values today and every day.
Free speech? He’s leader of a country where citizens have been jailed on multiple occasions for making “racist” comments online and where one man went to jail on “‘suspicion” of “racial harassment.” They will soon prolong the penalty for being an “internet troll” to two years from six months. That doesn’t sound like free speech to me.
2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a statement.
This abhorrent act is not just an attack on the life of French citizens and the internal security of France. It also represents an attack on freedom of opinion and of the press, a core element of our free and democratic culture.”
Freedom of opinion? Her remarks come not even two days after she attacked anti-immigration protesters in Germany as being “xenophobic” and having “hatred in their hearts.” The German police blocked the protesters from their planned route in Cologne while allowing pro-immigration protesters through. And isn’t Germany a country where you can go to jail for disputing the official World War 2 story? That doesn’t sound like freedom of opinion to me.
3. President Barack Obama made his statement.
The fact that this was an attack on journalists, attack on our free press, also underscores the degree to which these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Freedom of the press? He leads an administration that wants to jail reporter James Risen while labeling another journalist as “co-conspirator.” The New York Times, a pro-Obama mouthpiece, declared that his administration “has prosecuted more whistle-blowers for leaks and gone after more journalists than any of its predecessors” and a report by the Committee To Protect Journalists stated that Obama “has instead presided over an unprecedented campaign to contain leaks and to control media coverage of government operations.” That doesn’t sound like freedom of the press to me.
The narrative must be preserved at all costs
Immediately after twelve people were shot by members of a “mostly peaceful” religion, we have world leaders engaging in mass hypocrisy that reveals their hatred for free speech and free press as practiced by their own citizens while their lapdogs in the media are tripping over themselves to defend Islam before the dead bodies become cold.
What is going on?
Why are Muslims being treated with such deference while not even two months ago the entire media erupted in a rage ten times greater than what we’re seeing now against a college fraternity for an anonymous rape accusation at the University of Virginia that turned out to be a complex hoax? Has the Western world lost its mind?
Some context is in order. The Western elite, especially in Europe, got into power by pushing peace, harmony, equal opportunity, and multiculturalism, but beneath these feel-good concepts includes the blueprint for destruction of the very force that threatens their power: nationalism. Introducing massive numbers of Muslims, Mexicans, or destitute Somalian refugees into your nation reduces the likelihood that you will look to your neighbor and see someone like you, a brother-in-arms who can help you rise up against the cyclical inevitability of a corrupt government ruling over you.
Now that you see a dozen different colors surrounding you on the subway and in the Starbucks, some of whom are looking at you suspiciously, you feel distrustful of these outsiders because they have a different background and belief system than you do. You find yourself in a diluted world culture with standardized gadgets, entertainment, and government-friendly talking points conveniently disseminated by all media outlets. Now instead of looking to your neighbor to help fight against governmental oppression, you will seek comfort in your own amusements, Facebook feeds, internet memes, and legalized marijuana. You turn inwards to satisfy your hedonistic needs while allowing the government to run over your rights and push policies that you feel increasingly helpless to fight in your social isolation.
This is all done by design. The liberal governments of the West will allow the collateral damage of terrorist acts because they need those immigrants to defeat the greater threat to their power: national identity. Destroy the culture and you remove a citizen’s motivation to fight for a nation he would have given his life for not three generation ago. Immigration must not stop because the liberal elite must maintain their power, and the useful idiots in the media and academia will continue spinning the narrative required to ensure that happens. The death of twelve lives or 1,200 is inconsequential.
So allow me to channel our leaders today by stating that the death of twelve individuals in France was “unfortunate” and “cowardly,” but we must “not rush to judgement” based on the actions of “extremists” when “most Muslims” are “peaceful” people who are in “solidarity” with their adopted nation. We must leave the door open to immigration and allow “unity” to fill our hearts while enjoying the benefit of delicious foreign restaurants opening in once-peaceful neighborhoods that may eventually become worse than a Brazilian slum. We must not let this “isolated” massacre destroy our wonderful multicultural utopia.