UK: TOMMY ROBINSON CHARGED WITH INCITING HATRED FOR TELLING ISIS TO F*-OFF……

Just how low (and very self defeating) can the politicized British police go?

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Every cop/law enforcement official of integrity, should hand in their resignation papers over this.

Robinson shouted: “I’ll say what I want… you’re in England, if someone wants to say something about your religion… your religion says stuff about me as a non-Muslim”.

Whatever anyone might think of his character and style, Robinson is correct about that. He openly declared that he is living in Britain under a free, democratic constitution; not under Sharia law, which forbids free speech and which sanctions the worst forms of human rights abuses under its penal code.

Unfortunately, there are those far leftists in the West who apparently are living under a kind of self-imposed Sharia: they will not dare criticize Islam even when criticism is warranted. Robinson is rightfully resisting the dhimmitude that leftists have embraced for themselves and seek to impose on others.

The Left: “Proleptic Dhimmitude, the doctrine of preemptive surrender.”

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UK: Tommy Robinson charged with inciting hatred for parading a “F*** ISIS” flag

British police have reportedly charged Tommy Robinson for “inciting racial hatred against Muslims” after he was pictured with a flag with “F*** ISIS” written on it.

We’re constantly told that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. So how is opposing ISIS inciting hatred against Muslims?

Tommy Robinson is no stranger to the media. He has earned widespread coverage as co-founder of the English Defense League in 2009 – which the British government and media attacked as a racist, far right organization. A spokeswoman for the EDL whose husband was a soldier in Afghanistan once said: “The soldiers are fighting Islamic extremism in Afghanistan and Iraq and the EDL are fighting it here.” Robinson stepped down as the EDL’s leader in 2013, briefly embraced the moderate Muslim Quilliam Foundation, and is now heading up the UK’s branch of Pegida.

More here.

NOTE: The spectre of a heavily islamo-influenced UK is still with us, even after the BREXIT vote.

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GERMANY-EU: SCHMERKEL READY TO CAVE INTO ERDOGAN ON TURKEY VISA-FREE TRAVEL…….

EU CHAOS: Merkel is ready to CAVE IN and GRANT Turkey visa-free travel, ambassador reveals

ANGELA Merkel is ready to cave in to the Turkish government and grant visa-free travel to 75million people despite Turkey’s failure to meet EU’s demands, a British ambassador has claimed.

By CHARLIE PEAT

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Angela Merkel is ready to grant Turkey visa-free travel, ambassador reveals

Leaked documents from Britain’s ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood, claim the German Chancellor is ready to make a “compromise” on Turkey’s terrorism law.

Turkish president Recep Erdogan has been at loggerheads with the EU after he refused to change laws used to prosecute academics and journalists, one of the conditions to the deal.

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAD FILES OF MUSLIM TERRORISTS SCRUBBED BY INCOMING OBAMA REGIME IN 2009……

Traitorous scumbags………

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WATCH: Founding member of DHS “I was ordered to scrub the names of Muslim terrorists”

VICTOR LASZLO REBEL COMMENTATOR

he former DHS agent spoke of Muslim Brotherhood affiliated agents and mosques. Below is the Koran verse referred to in the Muslim Brotherhood logo amd slogan.

Koran 8:60

Sahih International: And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.

FBI CALLED OF INVESTIGATION ON DEADLY ORLANDO JIHADI DUE TO FEARS THAT HIS COWORKERS WERE ISLAMOFAUXBIC…….

There you have it folks……

FBI Called Off Investigation Of Orlando Shooter Because They Thought His Coworkers Were Racist [VIDEO]

2:36 PM 06/13/2016

The FBI reportedly cancelled its 2013 investigation into Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen after only 10 months because they viewed the terroristic threats he made as a reaction to “being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,” by his coworkers.

According to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, the revelation came during a closed door meeting with FBI Director James Comey Monday afternoon.

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UK: OFFICIAL JIHAD TRAINING MANUAL USED IN PRISONS……

The farce becomes even more …..farcier”.

Islam training manual used in prisons includes a section on waging a holy war and ‘teaches inmates to become jihadists’

  • Tarbiyah says taking up arms against ‘evil’ is one of the ‘noblest acts’
  • Shaeikh Musa Admani says it incites violence and aids terrorism growth
  • Comes amid claims Muslim ‘councils’ administering Sharia law in prison
  • Ministry of Justice refused to release document ‘for security reasons’
A manual of Islam used in British prisons teaches inmates about jihad and 'incites' them to wage holy war, it has been claimed 

A manual of Islam used in British prisons teaches inmates about jihad and ‘incites’ them to wage holy war, it has been claimed

A manual of Islam used in British prisons teaches inmates about jihad and ‘incites’ them to wage holy war, it has been claimed.

The Tarbiyah (Islamic study) programme has a section on holy war and advises that taking up arms against the enemies of Allah is ‘one of the noblest acts’.

Shaeikh Musa Admani has called for it to be removed because it ‘incites’ violence and helps convicted terrorists manipulate younger inmates towards extremism.

And the Ministry of Justice has refused to release the document to MailOnline due to ‘security concerns’, despite the fact it has been available in prisons since 2011.

They said they are investigating the issue and will publish a ‘summary document’ when it has been revised.

It comes amid claims that inmates in high-security jails have formed Islamic councils who administer sharia law and dole out physical punishment to other prisoners for actions they consider anti-Islam.

A former prison officer told the BBC that there were multiple occasions where prisoners feet were ‘severely battered’ during punishments, and Muslims have ‘taken over’ the law of some jails.

The recent scandal comes after another teaching course was removed last year after it emerged that it was written by extremists.

The Tarbiyah teaches inmates the difference between internal jihad, the struggle for improvement, and external, the fight against evil – but Admani says there is too much focus on fighting.

The document, seen by the BBC, reads: ‘There may necessitate a time to pick up arms and physical [sic] fight such evil… It is one of the noblest acts.’

The statement in the manual, which was written by imams and Ahtsham Ali, an adviser to the Ministry of Justice, is followed by a section from the Koran.

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UK: PRISON STAFF AFRAID TO TACKLE ISLAMONAZI PRISONERS FOR FEAR OF BEING LABELLED A ”RACIST”…….

Product of Leftist induced political correctness with desired effect.

Prison staff reluctant to tackle Islamic extremists for fear of being labelled racist, reveals damning report ‘buried’ by officials 

  • Review says inmates are aware of staff feeling vulnerable to race claims
  • Independent report  also suggests that jihadis be kept on separate blocks
  • Experts believe this will stop them from recruiting other Muslims in jails
  • Over 12,000 Muslims in English and Welsh jails with 130 terror convicts 
Report: A review claims prison officers are being exploited by Islamic inmates in British jails

Report: A review claims prison officers are being exploited by Islamic inmates in British jails

Prison staff are reluctant to tackle Islamic extremists in fear of being labelled racist.

An damning report claims that officers were being exploited by Islamic inmates in British jails who are aware staff are worried about losing their job due to racism complaints.

The independent review, commissioned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove, also recommended that Islamic prisoners convicted of terror offences be kept away from other Muslims in a specially designed blocks at high-security jails, reports the Sunday Times.

Experts believe this will stop the cons from meeting up with other non-militant inmates and using occasions such as Friday prayers as a chance to recruit them for their jihadi cause.

Publication of the review, conducted by former Home Office official Ian Acheson and to be released next month, was delayed by Government bosses over fears that it might have been toned down in order to take criticism away from National Offender Management Scheme (NOMS) staff.

Over 12,000 Muslims are behind bars in England and Wales with 130 of those serving terror related sentences, while Government officials believe that 1,000 could be vulnerable to radicalisation.

The review, that was originally given to Mr Gove in March, claims NOMS is ‘effectively asleep’ in dealing with extremism in the nation’s jails and that they do not have the skills or the resources to deal with the epidemic.

A Whitehall official told the Sunday Times: ‘The findings are very uncomfortable for the Government, because they will leave NOMS bruised and embarrassed.

‘That’s why there has been a chorus of opposition to publishing it in its current form, and officials have even considered publishing a watered-down version, but even then that’s being blocked.’

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NOTE: Islam’s not a race, but a tyrannical death cult.

DANIEL GREENFIELD ON DAVID PETRAEUS’ STUPID RANT: ”ONLY ISLAM CAN SAVE ISLAM”…….

Another useless meme by those who have their heads in the sand and up their rears……

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Daniel nails it as always….

When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Muslim populations are a hole. Immigration is the shovel. Dig deep enough and you’re six feet under.

Only Islam Can Save Us From Islam

In the Washington Post, Petraeus complained about the “inflammatory political discourse that has become far too common both at home and abroad against Muslims and Islam”. The former general warned that restricting Muslim immigration would “undermine our ability to defeat Islamist extremists by alienating and undermining the allies whose help we most need to win this fight: namely, Muslims.”

At Rutgers, Obama claimed that restricting Muslim immigration “would alienate the very communities at home and abroad who are our most important partners in the fight against violent extremism.”

If we alienate Muslims, who is going to help us fight Muslim terrorism?

You can see why Obama doesn’t mention Islamic terrorism in any way, shape or form. Once you drop the “I” word, then the argument is that you need Islam to fight Islam. And Muslims to fight Muslims.

This is bad enough in the Muslim world where we are told that we have to ally with the “moderate” Muslim governments of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to fight the Muslim terrorists whom they sponsor.

Petraeus has troublingly close ties to the Saudis. He defended their oil dumping program, praised the role of Islamic law in fighting Islamic terrorism and endorsed their Syria plans. While defending the Saudis as allies, he blamed Israel for America’s problems with the Muslim world. The narrative he was using there was the traditional Saudi one in which Israel, not Islam, is the source of the friction.

He defended Pakistan as an ally and claimed to believe the Pakistani excuses that they did not know Osama bin Laden was living right in their military center and that they really wanted to fight the Taliban.

Obama’s “partners” against “violent extremism” have included Muslim Brotherhood terror supporters at home and abroad. He backed Al Qaeda’s LIFG in Libya, Iran’s Shiite terror militias in Iraq, Al Qaeda allies in Syria and those are just a few of the worst examples of his partners against extremism.

Petraeus and Obama view terrorists and state sponsors of terror as important allies. Their policies have led to multiple terrorist attacks against Americans. And they still insist that we need Islamic terrorists as allies to protect us from Islamic terrorists. We need moderate theocrats to protect us from extremist theocrats. We need the Saudis and Pakistanis to save us from the terrorists whom they arm and fund.

But it’s Muslim immigration where their argument really shines.

The United States faces a terror threat because a certain percentage of the Muslim population will kill Americans. Every increase in the Muslim population also increases the number of potential terrorists. Muslim immigration increases the terrorism risk to Americans every single year.

These are undeniable facts.

When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Muslim populations are a hole. Immigration is the shovel. Dig deep enough and you’re six feet under.

Even if the mainstream narrative about a moderate majority and extremist minority were true, how could the cost of Islamic terrorism justify the expansion of even moderate Muslim communities?

More here.

AUSTRIA: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED ON TEACHER WHO CORRECTLY CALLED MOHAMED A PEDOPHILE IN FRONT OF CLASS……

The truth becomes a hate crime……..

And because they refuse to deal with the voracity of the facts surrounding Mohamed’s (sham) ”marriage” of the 6yr old girl, (raped at 9 yrs old), they do not know how to properly address those muslims who still engage in the pedophile practice (due to their believing mohamed is the supreme example of human behaviour) within the West.

Vlad:

What difference does it make that child marriages may or may not have been normal in the middle ages. So was the black death and I don’t see anyone raising fleas today.

Austria: Teacher called Mohammed a child molester: prosecutor investigates!

Original translation by Egri Nok with much thanks!

From Vol.At

Bregenz — A middle school teacher allegedly referred to Mohammed as child molester in front of her pupils. The prosecution was informed; the provincial education department now awaits the investigation.

A Bregenzer teacher is said to have described the founder of Islam as a child molester in front of her students. “Yes, there is this allegation against a teacher,” the provincial educational counsellor Bernadette Mennel confirms the corresponding complaint. The education department had immediately forwarded the case to the prosecutor.

They check whether the allegations are true. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information on the case is currently available through the state school board. If the allegations were true, the teacher would have to face consequences. “Such statements are unacceptable,” stressed Mennel to VOL.AT. However, they would await the outcome of the prosecution, before making decisions.

The accusation that Muhammad was a child molester is not new. It refers to Mohammed’s third wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr.

She was betrothed to Mohammed at the age of six years, and according to tradition at nine years the marriage was consummated.

In the Middle Ages, neither in the East nor in Europe the marriage of underage women for political purposes was unusual. Nowadays, child marriage is illegal in almost all countries of the world, but is still practiced, especially among poorer families in the Arab world, and India. In 2009, because of comparable statements, FPÖ Member of Parliament Susanne Winter was convicted of incitement of the people (Volksverhetzung).

More here.

WHAT LONDONERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR NEWLY ELECTED ISLAMONAZI-BACKING MAYOR…….

If this doesn’t typify the extremist mediocrity of present day western civilisation, then nothing does.

Like I stated earlier

If a Tory candidate for mayor was seen sharing a platform with known neo-fascists, and saying highly incendiary things that would lead you to believe that he shared their views, and ”apologized” for them because of criticism….would you believe him?

Jihad He Khan: What Londoners Say About Their Islamist-Backing Mayor

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By Louise Mensch|4:51 pm, May 5, 2016

Heat Street brought America the news that Sadiq Khan defended the 9/11 killer Zacarias Moussaoui, and called moderate Muslims “Uncle Toms”.

Sadiq also spoke at a CAGE rally – the extremist group that nurtured British Isis killer Jihadi John.

Here’s what the Brits are saying about the hard-core Islamist past of London’t new Mayor:

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FRENCH POLICEMAN PAYS PRICE FOR GIVING AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF ISLAM ON FACEBOOK……

The heroes of our times……

A Courageous French Police Officer Speaks Against Islam – And Pays A Price

JallamionpolicierPostcards From Paris published this disturbing report today.  A French Police Officer whose name is Sebastien Jallamion (photo above) posted a piece on his Facebook page, in which he stated that Islam is not such a good thing for France.  Given recent violent jihad assaults, which have taken scores of French civilians’ lives and left many more scores grievously injured, who in his right mind would disagree with this brave man or dispute his right to an opinion?

Postcards’ Oz Rita writes it thusly:

This is Sébastien Jallamion, a French policeman just after he had dared posting on his face book that he did not think Islam was a good idea for France.  He was “dobbed in ” by a female  arabo/muslim colleague, and, predictably  in today’s France,    he was IMMEDIATELY suspended from “duty”, without pay, of course.

The story gets much worse.

GERMANY-ENGLAND: JAIL TIME DEMANDED FOR PEGIDA LEADER WHILE ROBINSON’S BAK ACCOUNTS ARE FROZEN…….

The tyrannical arm of the state(s) are going after the defenders of classical liberalism……

Defending Islam is the main aim of the former representative democracies of Germany and the UK. This is all due to the cooperation between the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and the EU and member states, in clamping down on any form of criticism of their policies by political operatives in the various anti-Islamization movements, using human rights and charges of racism as means to prosecute them.

Germany demands JAIL for PEGIDA leader; Tommy Robinson’s bank accounts FROZEN

VICTOR LASZLO REBEL COMMENTATOR

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Both PEGIDA leader Lutz Bachmann and UK anti-sharia activist Tommy Robinson are having judgements appealed by the state, for harsher penalties. The German government is also demanding Bachmann spend seven months in jail for a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, in the UK Crown is appealing the acquittal of Tommy Robinson and today, froze his bank accounts.

Lutz Bachmann was fined just shy of €10,000.00 in a judgement just a few days ago.

But the state was not content with that fine, and announced that they will bring him back to court for a new trial and are asking for serious jail time.

Bachmann’s crime is calling the illegal Muslim migrants streaming into Germany in massive numbers “rabble.”

Here is the translation from a screen capture on the PEGIDA Watch Facebook page that is alleged to be the genesis of all these charges:

“Oh and you believe the press when they dissemble (“heucheln”) compassion for the rabble? You should talk to people who work at the welfare agency and who see every day how the low-lives behave, the demands they make, and what happens when they don’t receive it all! Instead of 2 security people, the welfare agency now employs 7! To protect the staff from the cattle! AND NO, THERE ARE NO REAL WAR REFUGEES! Whoever can afford the passage/transport to Europe, is DEMONSTRABLY not one of the truly endangered! Will you please wake up and stop spreading and believing the propaganda of the aligned media! Bugger me”

More here.

DENMARK: APARTHEID SWIMMING SESSIONS HAILED AS ”INTEGRATION OF MUSLIMS INTO SOCIETY”…….

Then “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”……

Pathetically moronic, and they don’t even see it though it stares at them in the light of day. When the axe head drops they won’t ever see it coming.

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Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters

Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters

File photo: Scanpix DK

Published: 27 Apr 2016 15:09 GMT+02:00

While the swimming club has hailed the move as a “recipe for integration”, politicians and commentators have criticised the concept as being against Danish values.

The girl-only sessions, which also take place with windows and doors to the swimming hall blacked out, were set up in response to religious and cultural requirements put forward by parents, reports Berlingske.

The newspaper reports that 246 girls of non-Danish ethnic origin between the ages of five and 12 have begun attending swimming lessons at the hall since the sessions were introduced.

“We have gone from zero to several hundred girls in three years, and have successfully established a swimming option for a specific group, which would otherwise find swimming difficult to access because of religion,” Lars Sørensen, the director of Hovedstadens Svømmeklub (HSK), told Berlingske.

More here.

GERMANY: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS SO BAD THEY’RE OUTSOURCING DISSENT TO THE SWISS……

It’s a direct result of Islam wanting to Shmerkel the West.

German Dissidents Outsource Their Dissent to Switzerland

Dissent against the multicultural orthodoxy of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German political establishment is being increasingly suppressed, so much so that a group of German dissidents was forced to publish an ad in a Swiss newspaper, since almost no German paper would accept it.

The following article from Berlin Journal was published earlier at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form. Many thanks to Egri Nök for the translation.

Michael Müller — April 26 2016

Citizens place advertisement against Merkel in Switzerland

Page 2 of the Neue Züricher Zeitung on Monday shows a half-page advertisement with the title “Merkel still cheating. How long will this continue?” The authors criticise Merkel sharply. The German chancellor is portrayed as a smiling shell-game player

[Translator’s note: This type of play is illegal in Germany].

The advertisement in the Swiss daily cost more than 16,000 Swiss francs [$16,000].

It is not aimed at a Swiss audience, but a German one. The NZZ is widely read in Germany, too. The text of the ad obviously aims at German citizens:

Merkel cheats on!

For how long?

More here.

BELGIAN JUSTICE MINISTER WARNS “MUSLIMS WILL SOON OUTNUMBER CHRISTIANS SO WE BETTER NOT ANGER THEM”……..

WE HAVE BEEN WARNING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now we see the reason for the weak-in-the-knees by our elected officials, after decades of championing this disaster, they now see that their number is up. We’re now told to play nice to Muslims by the very people who said we were hyping the danger that they pose. Morons!

Europe ‘to have more Muslims than Christians’: Belgian minister warns Brussels attacks hearing that the continent should not ‘make an enemy of Islam’

Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister claimed yesterday

Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister claimed yesterday

  • Koen Geens said the continent ‘does not realise this, but this is the reality’ 
  • Remarks follow Jan Jambon’s claims in the wake of Brussels bombings ‘a section of the Muslim community danced when attack took place’
  • Mr Jambon was accused of stoking tensions with Belgium’s Muslims 

Muslims will ‘very soon’ outnumber practising Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister claimed yesterday.

Koen Geens, the justice minister, told the European Parliament the continent ‘does not realise this, but this is the reality’.

At a hearing by MEPs into the Brussels attacks, the Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon added that ‘the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam’.

The remarks follow claims by Mr Jambon in the wake of the suicide bombings that ‘a significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place’.

Speaking before the Parliament’s justice and home affairs committee yesterday, Mr Koens said the EU needed to realise a shift in population was taking place.

‘In Europe, very shortly we’re soon going to have more practising Muslims than practising Christians,’ he said.

‘That is not because there are too many Muslims, it is because Christian are generally less practising.

‘Europe does not realise this, but this is the reality.’

More here.

UK: MULTICULTURALISTS EXCLUDE HOST CULTURE AS BRISTOL’S CITY COUNCIL NIX ST.GEORGES DAY REMEMBRANCE…….

Remember their names come next election and/or boycott their city for future events…..

Kalphna Woolf (pictured left) thinks the flag has become a ”racist” emblem. No word from her about the highly political and very supremacist islamonazi headscarf symbol.

Anger as council officials say UK city is ‘too multicultural’ to celebrate St George’s Day

AN ENGLISH city council REFUSED to host St George’s Day celebrations because the area is “too multicultural”.

By ZOIE O’BRIEN

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Bristol City Council has refused to host official St George’s Day celebrations

More and more that flag has been used to unite people in recent years and I am very pleased we live under that one flag

Kalphna Woolf

Bristol City Council allowed the national day to pass without a single event for the patron saint, despite its history dating back to 1222.

Council chiefs said 91 different languages are spoken in the town and it would be “very difficult to commemorate them all”.

Some in the area feel as though the English symbol has been hijacked by far right groups and are concerned about being branded “racist”.

According to the Daily Star Sunday, Kalphna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which aims to unite Bristol’s multicultural communities, said people can be frightened of the white and red St George’s flag.

She said: “There was a point in the past when I’d see the St George’s Day flag flying and it would frighten me, as it had been taken over by ‘we are England’ type groups.”

However, Ms Woolf added: “But more and more that flag has been used to unite people in recent years and I am very pleased we live under that one flag.”

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FPM’S HUGH FITZGERALD DEBUNKS KAPLAN PIECE THAT ”EUROPE WAS DEFINED BY ISLAM”…….

Kaplan is one the useful stooge lackeys who knows little, but pontificates a lot…. 

As for invoking the future threat of the “dementia of ideologies,” what is Kaplan talking about? The only “dementia” apparent in Europe today is that of Muslim migrants in mental thrall to the ideology of Islam and, just as worrisome, the dementia of those non-Muslims who, like Robert Kaplan, fail to see what is staring them in the face – not the promise of a “new Europe” but the threat of a Europe that could be destroyed by the failure of its citizens to recognize, halt, and determinedly turn back, what has now become a Muslim invasion.

ROBERT KAPLAN: ‘EUROPE WAS DEFINED BY ISLAM. AND ISLAM IS REDEFINING IT NOW.’

Is it really Europeans who need to compromise?

Hugh Fitzgerald

Robert Kaplan, a contributing editor to The Atlantic, has just published a piece on Islam and the future of Europe. He claims, startlingly, that Europe “was essentially defined by Islam,” by which he means that before Islam swept across North Africa, Europe consisted of a single civilization, on both banks of the Mediterranean — that of the Roman Empire — and that Islam’s arrival severed “the Mediterranean region into two civilizational halves.” It is true that Muslim conquerors swept across North Africa in the seventh and eighth centuries, but not quite true, pace Kaplan, that they “extinguished Christianity there.”

Millions of Coptic Christians remained a majority in Egypt until the 14th century (that is, for at least 700 years after the time that Kaplan claims Muslim armies “virtually extinguished Christianity” in North Africa). And while it is true that the Roman Empire was sundered, it was not only by the forces of Islam, as Kaplan appears to believe: before the Arab armies arrived, others had been seizing territory from Roman control, including the Visigoths in Spain and the Vandals, who conquered the Roman province of Africa in 433 and held it till 539.

Kaplan quotes with evident approval Jose Ortega y Gasset that “all European history has been a great migration toward the North.” Is that true? The Roman Empire fell because of a great migration of the Germanic tribes from the north and northeast to the South; it was they, the Barbarians, who beat down the steady Roman legions and seized Rome in 476 A.D., with the Germanic warrior Odoacer placed on the throne. And even before the Fall of Rome, the Roman Empire had divided into Eastern and Western Empires, one ruled from Rome, the other from Constantinople. Surely that split was just as significant, for the future of European civilization, with the Western empire embracing Latin Catholicism, and the Eastern empire Orthodox Christianity, as the loss of North Africa to Islam.

Racing through the centuries, Kaplan in the same sentence leaps from “the breakup of the Roman empire” (into East and West, but he says nothing further about the colossal effect of that split) to “that northward migration” which “saw the Germanic peoples (the Goths, Vandals, Franks, and Lombards) forge the rudiments of Western civilization.” This is a doubly bizarre remark, since it was their southern migration which brought the Germanic peoples within the borders of the Roman Empire and ultimately to Rome. And it was the Romans of both the Western and Eastern Empires, not the Germanic tribes, who forged more than the rudiments of Western civilization, including such monumental achievements as, in the Eastern Empire, the Code of Justinian.

Kaplan fleetingly mentions, exactly three times, what should be at the center of any history of Europe: Christianity itself. He writes that the Slavs and Magyars “adopted Christianity,” that European unity began with the concept of a “Christendom” in “inevitable opposition to Islam,” and that Muslims in Europe today “have no desire to be Christians” – and that’s all he has to say on the subject of Europe and Christianity. He does not discuss what Christianity has contributed to forming the European mentality over the last two thousand years, or how it has influenced, even shaped, Europe’s art and music, its literature, its philosophy, its political thought, its more, none of it thinkable without taking into the account the influence of Christianity. Kaplan has Islam on his mind, and were he to do justice to Christianity, his readers might begin to see the sense of insisting that it was not Islam, but Christianity, that “defined Europe.”

[…]

Kaplan several times mentions Edward Said’s book Orientalism favorably, claiming that it set out how “Islam had defined Europe culturally, by showing what it was against. Europe’s identity, in other words, was built in significant measure on a sense of superiority to the Muslim Arab world on its periphery.” What Said mainly tried to do in Orientalism was different: to endow with a new and insidious meaning the word “Orientalist,” which hitherto had referred neutrally to Western scholars of the languages of the Levant (especially Arabic), and of Islam and Islamic civilization. Said claimed that these “Orientalists” studied Arabic as part of a deliberate campaign to justify and help the project of Western imperialism by means of their putatively unsympathetic or hostile treatment of Oriental peoples. The devastating detailed critique of Said’s use of “Orientalism” as a term of polemical abuse, delivered by Bernard Lewis in 1982, and which many considered a knockout blow, apparently has not yet reached Robert D. Kaplan.

More here.