As illegal alien Muslim parasites continue their relentless invasion of Europe, anti-immigrant right wing parties make big gains.
Washington Times - A train from Italy with a few dozen North African ILLEGAL immigrants crossing the border with France set off an uproar among the nations of the European Union.
In Paris, Muslim women wearing veils were arrested after a ban on burqas took effect. Anti-immigrant populist parties continue to win votes across the Continent while their leaders intone: “Multiculturalism has failed.”
Gaddafi said this and now he is making it happen by no longer stopping the flood of African Muslims who try to get to Europe from Libya as he did before we started bombing him.
On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI urged Italy to welcome immigrants fleeing turmoil in North Africa, and more refugees crowded into rickety boats to set sail for Europe. (Is there such thing as a self-hating Catholic Pope?)
Europe is in the grip of an identity crisis, as many cling to what some analysts say is a myth about their nationalities. Europeans continue to believe that their countries are not nations of immigrants. ”They can’t say that with a straight face anymore. It’s absurd,” said anthropologist Ruth Mandel of the University College London and author of the book “Cosmopolitan Anxieties.”
She said that Europeans have “an ideology of sameness” that includes viewing themselves as cohesive and homogenous. (What’s wrong with that? Europe used to be great, now it’s turning into a third world welfare slum) Recent immigrants are thus more “marked” or noticeable in these types of societies than in self-defined immigrant lands such as the United States or Canada.
That has been particularly true since the Sept. 11, 2001, Islamist terrorist attacks on the United States. In Europe, Muslims suddenly became more visible, and the fears of Islamic extremists and their terrorist acts grew. Populist politicians have capitalized on this to strengthen their anti-immigration credentials and win votes. (And thankfully they ARE!)
When Italian authorities authorized temporary residency permits for thousands of Tunisians fleeing unrest in North Africa, those documents also gave some of the immigrants the right to travel throughout the 27-nation EU. French and Germany complained that Italy, the former colonial power in Tunisia, was trying to fob off their immigration problem to the rest of Europe.
But Italy had been pleading for help from member states for months. ”No member state wanted to touch this, to admit there is a real problem with these refugees pouring in, and take a coordinated, rational approach to handle it,” said one EU official who works with immigration issues. “That would have been seen as too soft on immigration.”
French border guards stopped the Italian train with its Tunisian refugees last month on the same day that the anti-immigrant True Finns party won almost one-fifth of the seats in the Finnish parliament. It was the latest breakthrough by a populist party in liberal Scandinavia.
In September, the far-right Sweden Democrats won their first seats in parliament. They are inspired by the Danish People’s Party, which campaigns against the “Islamization” of Denmark, the country’s third-largest party.
Norway’s anti-immigrant Progress Party won 23 percent of the vote in the last elections in 2009.
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, wildly popular leader of the staunchly anti-immigrant Freedom Party, remains on trial for violating hate-speech laws for anti-Muslim comments. He has pushed for a ban on the Koran, and his party is the third largest in the Netherlands. “Eurabia and Netherabia are just a matter of time,” he has told the Dutch parliament in a warning of the growing Arab population.
The Swiss People’s Party has been part of the country’s governing coalition since 2007. It is responsible for the 2009 minaret ban and others targeting immigrants. Some of their campaign posters show white sheep on a Swiss flag kicking out a black one: “Promoting security,” they read.
In Austria, the ultra-right Freedom Party won 26 percent of the vote in local Vienna elections in October. In the nearby Styria district, the party distributed a video game called “Bye, Bye Mosque” during the campaign in September’s state elections. Players could win points by putting a target over mosques set on a typical bucolic Austrian landscape and clicking “stop.” The party more than doubled its share of the vote over previous elections and won seats in the state parliament.
“The new trend is that these parties are attractive to the middle class, especially in Scandinavia,” said Florian Hartleb, who specializes in populist politics at the Center for European Studies in Brussels.
“There is the fear of Islam in the entire population,” said Mr. Hartleb. “As a result, the winning political formula in some countries, such as Austria and the Netherlands, has been basically an anti-Islam [platform], playing on the fear of immigration since the terrorist attacks of 2001.”
These parties’ successes have radicalized the mainstream political discourse and are forcing establishment politicians to tilt more to the right, he said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, always tough on immigration issues, is now trying to outdo the far-right National Front as it makes electoral gains, observers said. Mr. Sarkozy also is trying to portray himself as the defender of “Frenchness,” of French values, which is a key component of these immigration and integration debates.
In April, France’s ban on burqas and niqabs, the full-face veils that are worn by extremely devout Muslim women, took effect. A few women have been arrested and are subject to fines of $186 or lessons in French citizenship. France has 6 million Muslims, the largest population in Europe, and about 370 women wear the veils, according to French security officials. The debate over burqas, which started last year over women’s equality issues and Islamic fundamentalism, changed into one over national identity and values. ”A veil that hides the face is detrimental to those values,” Mr. Sarkozy said in May 2010.
Meanwhile, the Belgian lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved the ban on veils on April 28.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel made headlines worldwide in October when she said, “Multiculturalism has failed.” British Prime Minister David Cameron echoed her remark.
Scholars say that many in the EU reject the notion that second- and third-generation Muslims in Europe are, indeed, Europeans. Some Muslim leaders, meanwhile, say their communities need to do more to integrate into European society.
“We need to adapt and adjust to the host society better, not push for minarets or ninjas [burqa-clad
women],” said Taj Hargey, chairman of the Muslim Educational Center of Oxford and a British imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation. “We also need to acknowledge that self-segregation is not a way forward.”
European societies have a responsibility to fight “Islamophobia” and to show European Muslims they are a valued part of society, some European leaders have said. (No, they don’t, and that’s why these leaders are losing power)
“We have failed to provide a vision of society to young Muslims to which they feel they want to belong,” Mr. Cameron told the Munich Security Conference in February. ”Instead of encouraging people to live apart, we need a clear sense of shared national identity, open to everyone.” German politician Cem Ozdemir, a child of Turkish immigrant parents, agreed. (Never gonna happen)
“What we need to tell people is to adapt to mainstream society, get an education, get into the ‘German Dream,’ ” said Mr. Ozdemir, co-leader of the opposition Green Party and a member of the European Parliament.
“On the other hand, we need to develop a constitutional patriotism, one that everyone can take part in.” He said many still question whether one person can be both German and Muslim. (They CAN’T, Muslims are always Muslims first)
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