To understand what will be happening in America in five to ten years, again we need only look at what’s happening in Sweden today. A widespread cultural denial of Islamic violence is necessary to maintain the liberal ideal of Sweden as a successful progressive socialist utopia – even at the expense of children falling into comas and girls falling off balconies.
The usual political home of Muslims in Europe heretofore — the socialist Left, suffered a grievous defeat, with the Dutch Labor party losing all but 9 of its 38 seats. This is a testament to the growth of political Islam in Europe and signifies a new era. The new Islamist party is called Denk (‘think’ in Dutch, “equality” in Turkish) and it was founded by former Labor parliamentarians who are ethnically Turkish. Denk is as radical as Erdogan’s AKP, of which Denk claims to be an affiliate.
The schism of pro- and anti-Front National is grounded less and less in political differences. Instead, the conflict increasingly takes the form of a sheer political polarity. For FN supporters, the immigrant is the figure that is undermining French culture, through his unwillingness to respect the ways things are done. Immigrants don’t want to integrate; they don’t respect France.
The President of the United States announced that refugees fleeing persecution by a totalitarian regime would be deported. It did not matter that they had risked their lives to come here. They would be sent back. No leftist lawyers crammed airports. No protesters chanted at terminals. No celebrities offered sanctimonious lectures about “who we are”. No one dared to call the lying thug behind it un-American.
Timidity in the face of barbarity. We’ve seen this pattern increasing across Europe as the 2015 wave of massive Muslim immigration has led to jihadist attacks and fear of attacks. Here was a case not so much of a specific threat as it was the native Dutch citizens deciding they simply didn’t want their elementary school children to experience an atmosphere of unease during a town Christmas festival.
By preventing a Hillary Clinton administration we’ve dodged a potentially fatal bullet to American democracy, but the mere act of electing Donald Trump won’t automatically make anything better. What we will have, however, is a real opportunity to address the crippling, urgent problem of illegal immigration – which for the first time ever became a high-profile campaign issue in U.S. elections.