Feb 13 2009
The liberals call this racism, I call it survivalism.
When thousands assembled to grieve for Van Gogh, Dutch filmmaker murdered in the street by Muslims for making an anti-Islam film, they pleaded to no one in particular: “Give us back our old Holland.” The Netherlands is grappling with its worst epidemic of ethnic and religious violence and is struggling to come to terms with what it means for a country that prides itself on liberalism, openness and tolerance.
But times are changing. It’s a kind of war.” At the parliament in The Hague there was traditional Dutch consensus between government and opposition on tougher measures to combat terrorism and racism and to crack down on immigration. Dozens of the country’s 500 mosques may be closed down. It was proposed that only Dutch-trained imams be licensed to run mosques. The security and intelligence services are to be expanded. Police powers of search and arrest are to be expanded. UK Guardian
Far-Right, Anti-Immigrant Parties Make Gains in Austrian Elections
Austria’s anti-immigrant, far-right parties benefited from the severe discontent among citizens of that small Alpine nation, winning almost a third of the vote in parliamentary elections on Sunday. But by far the most notable result was the success of the far-right parties. The Freedom Party, which is led by Heinz-Christian Strache, won 18 percent of the vote, a gain of 7 percentage points. The Alliance for Austria’s Future, led by Jörg Haider, a longtime Freedom Party leader who broke away and formed the new party in 2005, got 11 percent, nearly tripling its result in the last vote two years ago.
Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments have been powerful forces in European politics in recent years, and rising discontent over globalization and higher prices has helped fuel populist sentiment, benefiting right-wing groups that place the blame for economic woes squarely on immigrants and foreign competition. NY TIMES
Danes’ Anti-Immigrant Backlash Marks Radical Shift
Europe Tilts Right An anti-immigrant backlash, bordering on xenophobia, is sweeping across Europe. Sentiments once associated with ultra right-wing parties are becoming mainstream. Many taboos are being broken — nowhere more starkly than in Denmark — the erstwhile poster child of the welcoming and nurturing welfare state. . Suddenly, Danes began to see their own Muslim immigrants as a threat to their national identity. And last year, a radio station went so far as to call for the extermination of all radical Muslims.
After many years of leftist rule, a right-wing government came to power, introducing Europe’s toughest immigration laws. Currently, the nation’s best-selling book is called Islamists and Naivists. “We compare Islamism to Nazism and communism because they are all three of them a totalitarian ideology.” Their politically incorrect analysis would suggest they’re right-wingers. But they’re diehard Social Democrats NPR
Australia: former minister fans anti-Muslim prejudice and racism
Last week Liberal Party federal backbencher Dana Vale, a former minister for veteran affairs in the Howard government, launched into an anti-Moslem diatribe She declared Australia “would be a Muslim nation in 50 years time” because “we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by 100,000 abortions every year…” Vale went on: “If you multiply that by 50, that’s five million potential Australians we won’t have here.”
Vale’s comments follow a violent and ugly race riot against Middle Eastern people by a drunken mob in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla last December. In its wake, the media, government and opposition parties in New South Wales have continued to whip up anti-Muslim hysteria by fostering fears about “Middle Eastern crime”. Significantly Vale’s bigoted statement drew only muted criticism across the political spectrum and not a single serious demand that she be disciplined. WSWS
Far right’s support surging in Belgium, Anti-Muslim sentiment drives revival
“The radical Muslims are organizing themselves in Europe,” he declared. “Other political parties, they are very worried about the Muslim votes and say ‘Let’s be tolerant,’ while we are saying – the new political forces in Europe are saying – ‘No, we should defend our identity.”‘ From Austria’s Freedom Party to France’s National Front to Germany’s National Democratic Party, Europe’s far right has made a comeback in recent years largely on the strength of anti-immigration feelings sharpened to a fear of Islam.
That fear is fed by threats of terror, rising crime rates among Muslim youth and mounting cultural clashes with the Continent’s growing Islamic communities. But nowhere has the right’s revival been as swift or as strong as in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, where support for Dewinter’s Vlaams Belang, or Flemish Interest, has surged from 10 percent of the electorate in 1999 to nearly a quarter today. IHT
The Anti-Immigrant Parties are Racist, Xenophobic and Intolerant and Could Undermine the European Union
Italy views Muslim immigrants as harmful. Only 39.7% say Muslims should be allowed to practice Islam
As a new centre-right government that has vowed to be tougher on immigration prepares to take office, a new study on Tuesday showed that most Italians have negative views about having immigrants from Muslim countries. According to the study carried out by the Makno research organization, and commissioned by the interior ministry, 55.3 percent of those asked said immigration from Islamic countries was more problematic than that from other, Christian, countries.
Only 39.7 percent said Muslims should be allowed to practice their religion and build mosques unconditionally.Nearly 10 percent were firmly against allowing Muslim religious practices or mosques and the rest posed various conditions, such as reciprocity for Christians in Islamic countries to practice their religion.al ARABIYA
The government says the migrants, most of whom are Muslims, pose an increasing security threat to the country. Indian intelligence authorities allege that some of these people are acting as agents for Bangladesh-based Pakistani spies and possibly even Al Qaeda terrorists. India has increased its spending on border security by 36 percent to $41 million.
But underlying India’s much-trumpeted concerns about national security, many experts say, is a more subtle fear of the demographic changes that are reshaping the country’s eastern front, creating majority-Muslim enclaves along the border. Now Indian politicians across the political spectrum are trying to capitalize on increasing anti-Muslim sentiment. CS Monitor
Norway’s Government Panics as Anti-Immigration Progress Party Rises
In a con man move so typical of conniving leftist and Tory-type parties in Europe, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has announced what he calls a “tougher policy towards refugees” — but the real reason for his apparent about face is because he faces a real challenge from Norway’s anti-immigration Progress Party in upcoming elections.
Some opinion polls in recent months have shown the Progress Party, which has long advocated a crackdown on Muslim immigration, overtaking Stoltenberg’s Labour Party as the bloc with the most support among voters. BNP
Mosques increasingly not welcome in Europe
The latest dispute is in Switzerland, which is planning a nationwide referendum to ban minarets on mosques. This month, Italy’s interior minister vowed to close a controversial mosque in Milan.
Some analysts call the mosque conflicts the manifestation of a growing fear that Muslims aren’t assimilating, don’t accept Western values and pose a threat to security. “It’s a visible symbol of anti-Muslim feelings in Europ.,” “It’s part of an Islamophobia. Europeans feel threatened.” USA TODAY
France: Immigrants to Submit to DNA Testing
In what seems Orwellian to some, Immigrants will need to submit to DNA testing, proving family ties before immigrating to join families in France.
More Europeans are veering away from Socialist ideals and are voting for Right Wing Parties. Right Wing Parties which seem to be sweeping Europe.
Citizens in Europe tired of Muslim violence in other war torn or third world countries feel any immigrant who wishes to come to their country should abide by their adopted countries cultural norms and laws, adapt and assimilate in the adopted country they wish to immigrate to, otherwise these same immigrants are free to go back to their country of origin and the status quo which may end their life and freedoms. Now Public
Netherlands: From the left (the left?), a call to end the current Dutch notion of tolerance.
AMSTERDAM: Two years ago, the Dutch could quietly congratulate themselves on having brought what seemed to be a fair measure of consensus and reason to the meanest intersection in their national political life: the one where integration of Muslim immigrants crossed Dutch identity. In the run-up to choosing a new government in 2006, just 24 percent of the voters considered the issue important, and only 4 percent regarded it as the election’s central theme.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the Netherlands had lived through something akin to a populist revolt against accommodating Islamic immigrants led by Pim Fortuyn, who was later murdered; the assassination of the filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, accused of blasphemy by a homegrown Muslim killer; and the bitter departure from the Netherlands of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who became a member of Parliament before being marked for death for her criticism of radical Islam.
Now something fairly remarkable is happening again.
Two weeks ago, the country’s biggest left-wing political grouping, the Labor Party, which has responsibility for integration as a member of the coalition government led by the Christian Democrats, issued a position paper calling for the end of the failed model of Dutch “tolerance.” The paper said: “The mistake we can never repeat is stifling criticism of cultures and religions for reasons of tolerance.”
Instead of reflexively offering tolerance with the expectation that things would work out in the long run, she said, the government strategy should be “bringing our values into confrontation with people who think otherwise.”
READ MORE: IHT
Looks like the US is a few years behind Europe in swinging to the right. But have no fear, after 4 years of the Muslim Marxist, this country will be begging for some law and order, tough anti-terror policies, and strong immigration laws.