In Bed With Islamists

For almost four decades, Muslims have been the fastest-growing segment of the population in Western Europe. As a consequence, the Muslim vote is becoming ever more important. This first became apparent in the September 2002 general elections in Germany, when Socialist candidate Gerhard Schroeder beat Conservative opponent Edmund Stoiber with the slightest of margins -- barely 8,864 votes. Germany is home to almost 700,000 Turkish-German voters -- in addition to nearly 3 million non- (or rather not-yet-) voting Turkish immigrants. The Muslims voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Schroeder.

They did so again in 2005, though then the native, or "German-German," vote went to the right to such an extent that it resulted in a narrow victory for Christian-Democrat candidate Angela Merkel. As time goes by, however, it will become ever more difficult to counter the Muslim voting bloc.

Last year the Muslim vote tipped the balance toward the left in the local elections in both the Netherlands and Belgium. The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies of the University of Amsterdam found that 84 percent of the Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands voted for the left, as did 90 percent of the Moroccans. In Antwerp, Belgium's largest port, the anti-Islamist Vlaams Belang party won 33.5 percent in October's local elections. Sociologist Jan Hertogen calculated that without the immigrant vote the VB would have polled 40.4 percent and would have beaten the Socialists.

Most of the immigrants who came to Europe during the past decades were attracted by the generous welfare benefits that Western Europe lavishly bestows on the "underprivileged."

Today, as more and more young Muslims reach voting age, European parties have begun to cater to Islamist causes. Left-wing politicians in Europe introduce separate swimming hours for women in public pools, impose halal food on cafeterias and demand that schools banish the Holocaust from history lessons.

Pundits who predict that Western Europe is about to witness a shift to the anti-immigrant right are mistaken. This trend will be over by the end of the decade, when the impact of the immigrant vote will move European politics dramatically to the left. The right's chances of winning elections are dwindling. The anti-immigrant right realizes this. As Filip Dewinter, the Antwerp VB leader, said after last year's elections: "I am a realist. The number of potential voters for our party is declining year by year... In the past ten years the number of new Belgians in Antwerp -- half of whom are Moroccans -- has doubled. ... If the number of foreigners in Antwerp continues to grow by 1.5 percent a year, as it currently does, then in 20 years from now there will be more people of foreign than of indigenous extraction in this city."

The Muslim vote is also bound to have a major impact on the upcoming French presidential elections on April 22. More than 10 percent of the French electorate is Muslim. Since Muslims are the youngest part of the population, representing almost a quarter of those under 20 years of age, their political importance will only grow. In some French cities already half the inhabitants are Muslims. This makes it all but impossible for the right to win in urban constituencies – unless virtually all the indigenous “French-French” cast a right-wing vote.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the candidate of the ruling center-right UMP party, seems convinced that many indigenous French might, indeed, do this. Hence, he is speaking out loudly against an Islamist takeover of French urban neighborhoods, such as the Parisian suburbs. If Mr. Sarkozy’s strategy proves to be the right one, it shows that many French have come to realize that these elections offer the last chance to preserve something of the old France.

 

Some politicians on the European far-right, however, seem convinced that the Islamization of Western Europe has become inevitable. Like the parties of the left, they hope to counter electoral decline by striking a deal with the Islamists. This explains why last week Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigrant National Front in France, emphasized that, unlike Mr. Sarkozy, he does not want to “clean the suburbs out with a high pressure hose.” Mr. Le Pen told the Muslim youths in the suburbs: “You are the branches of the French tree. You are as French as can be.”

We are on the eve of a crackup of the so-called European far right between pro-Islamists and anti-Islamists. This rift was one of the reasons why the Austrian Freedom Party fell apart. Within the French NF, too, traditionalist Catholics feel less and less at ease with the pro-Arab policies of those who consider America to be a greater threat to Europe than North Africa and who prefer Hamas over Israel. One might argue that anti-Semitism is at play here. But it might also be just the same political opportunism that has affected the left.

 
This piece was originally published in
The Washington Times on April 11, 2007 .

Sarkozy isn't who you think he is

for some reason a long comment about Le Pen and Sarkozy I posted hasn't appeared yet. You can read it here:

http://fautedepire.blogspot.com/2007/04/muslims-for-le-pen.html

I would add that according to Monsieur Henri de Lesquen (a real conservative) Nicolas Sarkozy in his book published last year wrote that's he proud of being an immigré and that thinks the french want a France where the term native french (français de souche) would have disappeared. Sarkozy is not a nationalist, a patriot or a conservative and he will not do anything to keep France from being destroyed by immigration. You can read Lesquen's editorial here:

http://www.vdfr95.com/Journal92/editorial_92.htm

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Dans son livre de juillet 2006, Témoignage, Sarkozy commence par vanter ses origines immigrées, comme si elles lui donnaient une supériorité sur les pauvres
indigènes que nous sommes, et conclut l’ouvrage par ces mots : “Je pense que les Français attendent une France d’après. (...) C’est une France où l’expression “Français de souche” aura disparu.” (p. 280).</cite>

and moreover Sarkozy's government has been planning a 1984-style internet surveillance law that would force all internet service providers and website owners and blog owners to keep a detailed record of all of their logs and of who posted what comments. You can bet that this law isn't to fight cyber-crime per se but cyber thought crime. you can read an article about that law here:

http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected],36-899116,0.html

How can anyone still believe the media lie that Sarkozy and the UMP are rightwingers, as in being in favor of individual freedom and traditional values ? Sarkozy and the UMP are the right hand of the leftist control freaks that runs France, and the Socialist Party is the left hand. That's it.

All you need to know about politics in France is that one party is demonized, the Front National, which is the only party who act to preserve a national/ethnic France and bring back a good dose of economic, political and intellectual freedom, and that all the media and almost all the other parties of the Left or the Right of the Center of whatever will do all they can to keep them from reaching power. It's one big anti-France political and mediatic system VS a nationalist political party.

In Response

Paul Belien: "Some politicians on the European far-right, however, seem convinced that the Islamization of Western Europe has become inevitable. […] This explains why last week Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigrant National Front in France, emphasized that, unlike Mr. Sarkozy, he does not want to “clean the suburbs out with a high pressure hose.” Mr. Le Pen told the Muslim youths in the suburbs: “You are the branches of the French tree. You are as French as can be.”

 

It disturbs me to see Le Pen catering to Muslims and other foreigners. If the UMP under Sarkozy is able to secure the ethnic French vote with an anti-immigration and nationalist platform than the FN will be rendered irrelevant; perhaps this is why Le Pen is changing his tactics.

 

In Reply to Amsterdamsky: Yes, Paris is indeed a dangerous place. When the non-White French regard Whites as foreigners, one can be assured that there is something rotten in France.

Islamization of France is inevitable

Not sure if the Islamization of europe is inevitable but the Islamization of France certainly is.  I was in a pub there last week and having been held up at gunpoint in November in Paris I asked around if anyone else had had similar experiences.  My conclusion and prediction is that within 5 years you will not be able to walk in Paris.  They are certainly following the Detroit model of urban multiculturalism.