I’ve always thought the issue would find its final resolution in Europe. Whether out of romantic nostalgia for ancestral homes, the plain mendacity of Nation of Immigrants propaganda there, or the sense that our last modest plot on Earth won’t be yielded meekly. Perhaps from the notion that psyches of the diaspora are irretrievably shattered…or perhaps nothing more than wishful thinking. Regardless, what is now happening in Germany well fits the contours of my template for the future.
The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts.
PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) has grown rapidly since its inception in October, a peaceful ‘strolling’ movement opposing the exceptional violence seen in street battles between Salafist Muslims and ethnic Kurds seen in many German cities this year and enormous immigration. Now on it’s tenth ‘evening stroll’, it has grown from a couple of hundred people, to 15,000 last week, to more than 17,500 last night.
In addition to the hundreds of banners with slogans such as ‘Against Hatred, Violence, and the Quran’, ‘Against Religious Fanaticism’, and ‘No Sharia in Europe’, the thousands attending brought song sheets which had been distributed online and sang favourite Christmas carols.
Despite the essentially ordinary character of many of the people taking to the streets for the peaceful strolls, and the admission by senior government and police figures that a great many of those joining in are families bringing their children, the organisation has come in for stiff criticism and rejection by the heights of the German elite.
Chancellor Merkel has suggested the leadership of PEGIDA have an ulterior motive, despite their focus on non-violent protest and apolitical principles. She even went as far to warn people thinking of going on the weekly stroll to “watch out that they are not instrumentalised by the organisers”. The SPD, Germany’s Labour-party equivalent have gone as far as calling PEGIDA “Nazis in pinstripes”.
This is despite a report by the German police that there are significantly more known troublemakers in the counter-protest movements, than in PEGIDA itself.
It is not only German politics which is putting its weight behind the counter-PEGIDA movement. Apparently dismayed that 17,500 people had turned out in bad weather to sing Christian carols, the Protestant Bishop of Dresden said PEGIDA were trying “to exploit a Christian symbol and a Christian tradition” for political ends.
Germany’s art elite also showed their disapproval last night. The directors of Dresden’s Bavarian State Opera house, outside which the protests take place turned off the lights on the building, cloaking it in darkness during the stroll. Colossal 50-foot banners were draped in front of the building reading “humanity, respect, and diversity.”
And there is your Battle of the Five Armies. The lines couldn’t be more starkly defined. And they trace across the whole of the West without even a smudging from borders. Always and everywhere it is…
1) The State,
2) Big Business,
3) The Church, and
All allied against
5) The Nation that founded them.
How clarifying to delineate the combatants and their loyalties in one concise article. Though to expand on the warring parties in the German theater of war, here are the sentiments of the patriotic, conservative German business lobby…
A powerful German business leader slammed a growing anti-Islam movement in the country Tuesday, saying Europe’s top economy needed more immigration to remain competitive and should take in more asylum seekers.
The president of the German Federation of Industry, Ulrich Grillo, said the emergence of the group “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” or PEGIDA, which has been holding weekly marches, was undermining the country’s interests and values.
“We have long been a land of immigration and we must remain so,” he told German news agency DPA.
“As a prosperous country, and also out of Christian love for our fellow man, our country should take in more refugees.”
Grillo blasted the PEGIDA protests, which organisers have billed as a grassroots movement, calling participants “neo-Nazis and xenophobes”.
He said the group was trying to harness fears of Islamist terrorism “to smear a whole religion” which he called “unacceptable.”
He said Germany’s rapidly ageing population needed a strong influx of qualified newcomers to support the economy and the social welfare system.”Considering our demographic development, immigration ensures growth and prosperity,” he said.
I would not at all be surprised to learn that Ulrich Grillo was not actually a living human being, but rather a crude AI prototype residing in an IBM mainframe and programmed with the task of rearranging and regurgitating every dispossession advocacy trope on record. Let’s take roll.
✅ The Economy
✅ Nation of Immigrants
✅ Christian Duty
How they remain capable of vomiting this bilge without succumbing simultaneously to open mocking laughter is a testament to their discipline. Though if Mr. Grillo was a creature of humanity, and could be induced to candor, his statement would read more succinctly as follows:
I require cheap labor and perpetually increasing consumption to become even more rich than I am at present. Your irrelevant heritage, hopes, and families can rot…and remember half-off on all red tag items till
Let’s see what remarks the German heads of state will issue in defense of their constituents and nation.
Germany’s president on Wednesday praised his compatriots’ willingness to take in refugees and said he is glad that most people don’t want to “seal Germany off,” a message that comes as growing anti-Islam demonstrations in an eastern city have worried many.
President Joachim Gauck’s Christmas message didn’t mention directly the rallies in Dresden organized by a group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA. But he said society “needs its citizens to respect each other and to heed each other, day in, day out.”
Mainstream German politicians have been divided between outright condemnation of the rallies and saying that demonstrators’ concerns should be taken seriously. Immigration has emerged as a contentious topic lately in Germany, partly due to a sharp rise in asylum applications, particularly from Syrians.
Gauck said he wanted to tell those “worried by developments in the world” not to be afraid. “Taking fears seriously does not mean giving in to them,” he said.
He praised Germans’ “great willingness … to take in refugees” and said it was encouraging “that the vast majority of us do not share the views of those who want to seal Germany off.”
PEGIDA’s demonstrations in Dresden, a region that has few immigrants or Muslims, have swelled from a few hundred in October to some 17,500 on Monday. Similar groups elsewhere haven’t mobilized anywhere near as many people, and there have also been large protests against them.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Germans against being duped by far-right rhetoric, while the head of Germany’s main industry lobby group has said immigration is needed to secure prosperity.
Exactly. That is why the West finds itself being submerged with its streets turned into forward combat areas–too many whites being duped by far-right rhetoric. Again, how do these things wearing human skin maintain the emotional constitution to utter such nonsense? Don’t be duped into resisting invasion of your country? Immigrants from Syria, Algeria, and Somalia are needed to secure the prosperity manifest in their home countries? Of course it is all dreck, but I marvel at the mocking obviousness of it. Merkel could economize her language and say simply: Go to Hell, Germans. Submit or die: preferably the latter. The message would be no less apparent.
Though I suppose speculation of the future should logically incorporate the designs of those who will comprise it. Below the ruminations of Ms. Merkel’s anticipated unduped Germany.
The radical terror group ISIS has claimed that it is only a matter of time before its fighters conquer Europe. The claim was made by the spokesman of the outfit to veteran journalist Juergen Todenhoefer, who undertook a risky visit to the the ISIS controlled areas in Mosul of Northern Iraq.
We will conquer Europe one day. It is not a question of we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain. … For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines,” the spokesman identified as a German ISIS fighter told the German journalist.
Defending mass enslavement and beheadings, the ISIS spokesman said it is planning to carry out “the largest religious cleansing campaign” in history and will not hesitate to kill hundreds of millions of people, if required, reported the Christian Post.
“Our expansion will be rapid and perpetual. The Europeans need to know that when we come, it will not be in a nice way. It will be with our weapons. Those who do not convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax will be killed,” the spokesman said.
I wonder if not being inclined to permit these people residence in their country is another form of right-wing dupery. Though more so, I wonder for how many seconds Ulrich Grillo’s head can calculate immigration profits after it has been severed by an ISIS blade. Only The Economy knows for sure.