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How the self-hating West fell in love with the enemy


Information from Osama bin Laden's compound suggests al Qaida considered attacking US trains on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (AP)

Information from Osama bin Laden's compound suggests al Qaida considered attacking US trains on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (AP)

Osama bin Laden, pictured in Afghanistan in April 1998

Osama bin Laden, pictured in Afghanistan in April 1998


al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden

al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden



Information from Osama bin Laden's compound suggests al Qaida considered attacking US trains on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (AP)

I fully expect the Irish anti-war movement to denounce the killing of Osama bin Laden. After all, its friends in Hamas have already condemned the action by US special forces.

Some journalists still lazily refer to the ‘Arab Spring’, as if there's a comparison with Prague in 1968. Frankly, I'd prefer an horological metaphor, in which the Czechs are to the Arabs what a wristwatch is to a sundial.

But since we're using meteorological imagery, we might as well get our seasons right. For the Arab countries are undergoing not a spring, but an autumn, with an Islamic winter to follow.

Future historians will wonder at the suicidal, self-hating pathology of Western behaviour in the second half of the 20th Century.

Europe, Australasia and North America decided that they should accept immigrants from all over the world. No one else did this. The Chinese, Japanese, South Americans, Indians and Africans didn't think that they needed multi-racial, multicultural mass immigration.

So you won't see hundreds of thousands of white or African or Indian faces in Peking or Tokyo, or similar numbers of African or European faces in Bombay or Cairo, or Indian or white faces in Lagos.

Possibly such policies result from guilt over colonialism. Well, there's a difference to the outcome. Colonialism comes to an end, but large-scale immigration produces ethnic and cultural changes that are not merely irreversible, but self-replicating.

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For, as the British, Dutch and French have discovered, it's almost impossible to prevent marriage and family loyalty being used to reinforce the original demographic bridgehead. Just go to the East End of London and you'll feel that you're not in a European capital, but an Islamic Asian one.

The cultural values that allow this mass movement in population also refused to demand that it be two-way. If it is good for Chinese people to settle in Ireland, then it is equally good for thousands of Irish people to settle permanently in China. Not merely would this never be allowed by the Chinese government, but the multi-culturalist liberal Left would not even dream of demanding it.

Similarly, the liberal Left got into a righteous frenzy about apartheid, which discriminated wickedly against black Africans, but said nothing about the murder and expulsion of thousands of white farmers in South Africa and neighbouring Zimbabwe.

They waxed furious over the military tactics of Israel in Gaza and the West Bank, but stayed silent at the oppression of Arabs by corrupt and infinitely more violent Arab despotisms, as in Iraq.

Such Arab despotisms are now coming to an end, as a new purity emerges across the region: Islamic purity, to be followed by sharia or quasi-sharia law.

Yet Western opinion is so deranged that Nato is even supplying air power to support what history will show is actually an Islamist insurrection in Libya.

In post-Mubarak Egypt, nearly 60% of the population want to end the peace treaty with Israel and the vast majority want a legal system based on the Koran.

Yet which country do the liberal Left instinctively favour, Israel or Egypt? And which country is more or less likely to embody the liberal Left’s pro-gay, pro-feminist values?

It's an interesting conundrum, is it not? The only country with Western liberal values in the entire Middle East is the only one that western liberals hate.

Of course, this is part of an entire Western mindset, which is so splendidly represented in Ireland by the multicultural quangos which a couple of years ago tried to get me imprisoned and which are, of course, silent about the near-racist hatred of Israel.

Indeed, by these perverse norms, new mosques may be built in Christian countries, but not new Christian churches in Muslim countries. The only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet was murdered, with virtually no condemnation from Britain's Muslim leaders.

In Jakarta, a bomb-plot targeting a Catholic Church packed with 3,000 worshippers during Good Friday services got just a one-line mention in the Western Press. But what sort of shrieking headlines would a plot to kill even a dozen Muslims in Europe have been given in the Muslim world?

Throughout history, people have traditionally sided with their own kind — religiously, racially, culturally or politically. To side with one's potential enemies, is, to say the least, unusual.

This makes these interesting times with interesting values; whether those values will assist in the long-term survival of our Christian-secular culture is, of course, a different question.