"Diversity": They Drive Us Out, We Invite Them In (GateStone Institute) by Peter Martino 04/16/12)
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Islamic countries have become more Islamic because of a deliberate
policy that drives non-Muslims out; non-Islamic countries have become
more Islamic because of a deliberate policy that invites Muslims in
and ensures that they feel in no way hindered or upset.
Islam. the elephant in the room of European politicians on both the
Left and the Right, recently became a concern again when French
President Nicolas Sarkozy angered the family of Abel Chennouf -- a 25-
year old corporal of the French army, who murdered by the terrorist
Mohammed Merah because he was wearing a French army uniform -- by
suggesting that Chennouf, a Catholic, was murdered because
he "appeared to be a Muslim."
Chennouf and a colleague were shot by the Islamic jihadist,Mohammed
Merah, in Montauban on March 15, four days before Merah assassinated
a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse. In an attempt to
absolve Islam from having inspired Merah to commit his terrorist
acts, Sarkozy tried to emphasize that some of Merah´s victims were
killed because they "looked like" Muslims.
In a radio interview on March 26, Sarkozy said: "I remind you that
two of our soldiers were, how shall I put it, Muslims, in any case by
appearance, as one of them was a Catholic, but by appearance [a
Muslim]. One calls it ´visible diversity,´" presumably meaning that
whoever does not look "French" or "European" must be Muslim.
Chennouf´s family said they were appalled that the President had
confounded religion with appearance. The President clearly knew that
Abel Chennouf was not a Muslim, but a Christian of Moroccan origin.
He implied nevertheless that Merah had killed Chennouf in an attempt
to kill Muslims -- rather than French military personnel. In reality,
Chennouf and his Muslim colleague, Mohammed Legouade, were killed
because they were wearing French army uniforms and hence were
perceived by Mohammed Merah as being at war with Islam.
The President deliberately presented Abel Chennouf as a Muslim victim
of so-called Islamist violence to lend credibility to the claim that
Islamism differs from Islam and is even inimical to Islam. Since
2008, when the British government decided to rename Islamic
terrorism "anti-Islamic activity" to create the impression that
Islamic jihadists are behaving contrary to Islam, rather than acting
in the name of it, many European politicians have adopted this policy.
In truth, however, jihadists´ actions are based on the admonitions
found in the Koran and the Hadiths. The true face of Islam can also
be seen in Morocco, the Chennouf family´s country of origin. Both
Christians and Jews are oppressed minorities in this supposedly pro-
Western country. Today, only an estimated 50,000 Christians and 6,000
Jews are left in Morocco, which is but a tiny fraction of what their
number used to be. In 1948, Morocco still boasted the highest number
of Jews – over 250,000 – of the entire Arab world.
While the number of Muslims in France expanded from 200,000 in the
1940s to almost 5 million today, the Christian and Jewish populations
in Northern Africa dwindled to near extinction. "Diversity" is
clearly a one-way street. It increases in the West, but disappears in
the Muslim world.
Islamic countries have become more exclusively Islamic because of a
deliberate policy that drives the non-Muslims out; non-Islamic
countries have also become more Islamic because of a policy that
invites Muslims in and ensures that they feel in no way hindered or
upset, even if entails that the President of France has to tell white
lies on the radio. The Trojan horse of Islamization has been rolled
into Europe, which is now revering it as the sacred cow
Immediately after Merah committed his crimes, at a moment when the
identity of the culprit had not yet been revealed, the French media
and leftist organizations speculated that the assassin was an
indigenous blue-eyed French racist. The slogan of a multi-party
protest demonstration against Merah´s killings in Montauban and
Toulouse read, "In France, they murder Jews, Blacks and Arabs." The
Blacks and Arabs, however, like the Catholic Abel Chennouf, were
murdered because they were wearing French army uniforms. To be
correct the slogan would have read: "In France, jihadists murder Jews
and Frenchmen." This, however, is considered so politically incorrect
that no-one dares to utter it for fear of upsetting Muslims.
As everywhere in Western Europe, the French establishment adheres to
a semi-official ideology which equates "Islamophobia" (as criticism
of Islam is called) with "racism." Sarkozy´s remark that Abel
Chennouf, a French Catholic of Moroccan origin, was murdered because
he was "a Muslim by appearance," and, hence, as an act of Islamphobia
and racism, is in line with this ideology. For politicians such as
Nicolas Sarkozy, the concept that Islam is at war with the West is
simply inconceivable or too disturbing to address.
Nevertheless, Sarkozy is aware that the French electorate is worried
about the open-border policies of the past decades which have allowed
people like Merah to enter France. Instead of blaming the French
political class for this open-border policies towards Islamic
immigration, Sarkozy is blaming Europe.
On May 6, France will elect a new President. Sarkozy, who is running
for reelection, has made the Schengen Agreement into a major campaign
topic. The 1985 Schengen Agreement, named after the Franco-German-
Luxembourgian border town where it was signed, created a European
area, currently consisting of 26 countries, where people can travel
freely with no internal border controls. It is the most tangible
realization of the European Union´s unification process.
Last week, Sarkozy´s Foreign Minister Alain Juppé told The Financial
Times that France considers pulling out of the Schengen zone in order
to reclaim control over its own borders. Juppé said this was "an
intellectual revolution" which had to be made. In the same move he
said that the EU had to close its markets to countries which do not
allow free access to European companies in return. Hans-Peter
Friedrich, the German Interior Minister, also advocated amending the
Schengen Treaty to be able to reinstall border controls between EU
The whole debate is now focusing on Schengen -- restricting the free
movement of people and goods between European states, hence on
rolling back the whole process of European integration, rather than
on confroting the danger of of large-scale Islamic immigration and
the folly of promoting "diversity."
Mohammed Merah, however, did not enter France from Germany, Belgium,
Greece or any other Schengen-zone country. He was the son of
immigrants who entered France directly from Algeria. If France wishes
to prevent atrocities like the killings committed by Mohammed Merah
from happening again, France would do well to focus on the intolerant
nature of Islam instead of focusing on its European borders and the
concept of intra-European free travel and free trade. If it did so,
it would realize that the richness of France´s true diversity – which
is apparent from indigenous secular, Christian or Jewish Frenchmen
serving in the French Army alongside Blacks, Catholics of Moroccan
origin and even people of Muslim origin – is being threatened by an
ideology of "visible diversity" which lumps everyone who does not
look "visibly French" or "European," into the Muslim category.
Sarkozy´s gaffe reminds one of what happened to the son of the
Peruvian-born, very Catholic cleaning lady. The boy, whose name was
Emmanuel, was placed in the Muslim religious class at his primary
school: the schoolmaster reckoned that as he was dark-skinned he must
be a Muslim. Emmanuel´s mother discovered this when her son came home
with stories of Muhammad killing the infidels, rather than with Jesus
Christ´s message of love. She was appalled, just as Abel Chennouf´s
pregnant widow, Catherine, was when, according to President Sarkozy,
the supreme commander of the French army, she heard that her husband
had been killed not for proudly wearing the French uniform, but
because he… looked like a Muslim. The blindness of Europe´s leaders
is an insult to its people.
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