Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Love for the nation, not hatred for the outsider

As both Der Spiegel and the Telegraph report, the latest of the weekly 'public witness' gatherings in Dresden has grown to over 17,000 people from around 10,000 a few weeks ago. This week they gathered to sing carols, much to the disgust of the State Opera and and the Protestant Church. Germany doesn't quite know how to handle the peaceful convocation against the Islamicisation of German society that draws support from all social classes and which has sprung up in Dresden, a city that actually has a low immigrant population compared with many other cities in Germany. And just so long as they affirm their love of national identity rather than any hatred towards Moslem immigrants they present the German State with an insoluble problem.

Regular readers will know this blog's much repeated caution, that immigration isn't the fault of immigrants. The scale of immigration to the UK is primarily the fault of politicians and the political class, many of whom are no more than well-meaning idiots still blind to the consequences of their actions. As Der Spiegel reports, the governor of Saxony has urged Dresden that Saxons 'should not have walls in their heads and that they should be open and curious about experiencing enrichment'. The Saxon State Opera switched its lights off and displayed the messages 'Open Doors' and 'Human dignity is sacrosanct'. The Protestant bishop of Saxony has accused the carol singers of exploiting Christianity. 

Western liberals have a huge problem with Islam. As Nick Cohen - not normally one of my favoured commentators - writes in Standpoint (Hat Tip Greg Tingey), our liberalism has allowed Birmingham schools to become madrassas and has allowed the mass-abuse of vulnerable teenage girls. Some 'enrichment'. It takes some care and attention to the nuances of creeping Islamicisation to halt its advance. 

If you have fifteen minutes, listen to the first segment of this Woman's Hour podcast. Baroness Cox debates with Sharia law advocate and UK solicitor Aina Khan the principles of applying Sharia law in parallel with UK law. Aina Khan is a sensible, liberal, responsible Muslim trying hard to change UK legal systems to accommodate Islamic practice - under which a widow gets nothing, and male children get everything, when a man dies. She counters by explaining that in Islamic societies this is fair because the son then has the duty of looking after the widowed mother and his sisters. Khan is not evil, not a terrorist, nor is her objective to undermine our traditional society, its laws and way of life - yet that is exactly what she is doing in trying to introduce Sharia to the UK. Liberals who support it seem content to ignore the alien sex discrimination inherent in Sharia.

And this is the debate now in train. Liberals see it as unfair and unjust that Moslems should not be able to re-model European society to reflect their faith - the ordinary people of Germany in convocation on the streets of Dresden, whilst they have no hostility or animus towards Moslems, believe that Islam should not change German national heritage, but adapt to it.   

And as long as love for our nations, and not hatred for the outsider, governs our talk and our writing we can keep this time of change on an even keel. 

With great thanks and appreciation to all readers of Raedwald, I'm now taking a break for a few days. May you all have a very merry Christmas.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Hitchins and Booker in tune

Peter Hitchins and I share the same sort of parents; we are the children of those who were very young adults the last time that we were cursed by war; he writes today in the Mail
It seemed fairly clear to me from her experiences that war had in fact been a miserable affair of fear, hunger, threadbare darned clothes, broken windows and insolent officials. And that was a victory, more or less, though my father (who fought in it) was never sure of that.
If anyone really is trying to punish the Russian people for being patriotic, by debauching the rouble, I cannot imagine anything more irresponsible. It was the destruction of the German mark in 1922, and the wipeout of the middle class that resulted, which led directly to Hitler.

Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun.
Quite one of the oddest and most frightening stories of the year has been the ludicrous and persistent misrepresentation in the West of the reason for the tragic shambles unfolding over Russia and Ukraine. This has been presented as wholly the fault of the Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin, compared by Hillary Clinton and the Prince of Wales to Hitler, for his “annexing” of Crimea and for fomenting the armed uprising in eastern Ukraine. Almost entirely blotted out has been the key part played in triggering this crisis by the remorseless urge of the EU to draw the cradle of Russian identity into its own empire.
As Hitchins points out, Russia has lost 700,000 square miles of valuable territory since 1989. He forebears from mentioning that every square yard was paid for with Russian blood, Russian military dead of 12m making British & Commonwealth and US dead in WWII of 387,000 and 407,000 respectively look like the result of dilettante sparring. And they were the uncles of those of Hitchins and mine generation in Russia. 

If there has been one theme in Raedwald in 2014 it is this; we have more to fear from the idiots, fools, crooks and glory seekers on 'our' side than from those that they vilify. The people of Europe are at last waking to the monstrous threat to peace from the EU, egged on by a particular form of transatlantic stupidity that parrots the word 'appeasement' like a stuck CD.  

2014 also marked the 70th and last-commemorated anniversary of Britain's last great act as a world-player; 6th June 1944. This was the last and perhaps the finest British and Commonwealth led victory (the US, despite what Spielberg may depict, being in the minority and the junior party in the invasion itself). After D-Day, the US became ascendant and our retreat from Empire began. As a victory it was a fitting end to the nation's defiance that had seen our island stand alone against Hitler's fury until the Japanese eventually brought the US into the war more than two years in. That my own father commenced active service on Sword beach at dawn on that day is a matter of some pride for me. 

Hillary and those like her in north America who today are eager for war are perhaps not so much stupid and ill-informed, as Hitchins would have it, as insulated from any family experience of what living under conditions of warfare was like. The US had it easy in WWII. Their war dead were few for such a large nation, and the war made them all rich. They simply have no idea what war is like - they see through the false eyes of Hollywood, not through the experience of living relatives. 

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.