We need to stop enabling corruption and warfare and start guiding, with
a heavy hand
Damnit I didnt
want to comment on current politics at all. But its there, in our
faces all the time now and it looks ugly. Making comment only gets you
into trouble because one persons hate figure is anothers pin-up
and the truth about things seems to be locked up in some cell someplace
and theyve lost the key.
Let's talk about right-wing demagoguery. You might not like it when I
say I cant see much difference between Le Pen and Ariel Sharon or
Pim Fontuyn. I know that Ill get hate mail from pro-Israelis, hate
mail from anti-homosexuals, and hate-mail from white downtrodden Frenchmen
(all 5.6 million of them that voted for Le Pen last week). But what is
the difference to one man (albeit a dead one now) saying close the borders
we cant let any more Muslims into our country to a man who bulldozes
whole towns and kills hundreds of Muslims because they pose a problem
in the future. Which came first suicide bombers or the Zionist occupation
of Palestinian territory? Will demolishing Jenin stop the suicide bombers.
Clearly not as the events of May 8th show. Force will not defeat Arafat,
Le Pen is articulating a fear that many French people have of their French
culture being diluted or swamped by a never ending supply of Muslims that
do not share their views, languages, culture, religions, food groups or
hard won freedoms for womens right over their bodies and minds.
Le Pen is a horrible old goat but the fear is real.
Sharon articulates the fear the Israelis feel about Palestine and beyond
their borders. It is absolutely true they live in a hostile world. In
America, where the president leads the way, prompted by the Evangelical
churches who see the Israelites as the chosen people, Israel can do no
wrong. In Europe, when we see bulldozers and children shot and old people
crushed to death we have more open minds and say this is grossly unfair.
When it comes down to it - if anyone cares to recall; Sharon came to power
exactly by desecrating holy sites because he wanted the peace agreement
to fail. This is how right-wingers win power and how they maintain their
power is by crushing women and children who get in their way. Study a
little history please before you start getting excited. From Alexander
to Hitler to every pot-bellied dictator since, you adopt a totally unreasonable
position and escalate from there and kill as many people as you can. We
caught the tyrant of Serbia, maybe one day we shall catch the others.
Pim Fortuyn is dead. He cant do any damage now, but his political
party might if they become the largest group in Holland. Le Pen is electorally
dead, though his party may also rise again in June (Despite the massacre
of Moroccans by a NF member on the 7th May). The spectre of doom they
raise is not going to go away.
Why arent we arent talking about the problem? Because the
Left have demonised discussion about race, religion, sex and politics.
In the UK we have the BNP making ridiculous claims about driving the Muslims
out of the UK. (Yes three local councillors were elected on that platform
but count the votes, slim margins here.)
Hate is easy, solutions are hard. We are not only not
talking about solutions we arent talking about the problems. We
are scared to. But race is an issue.
Once we talked about a multi-cultural society, and eventually the abolition
of race as an issue, but that sort of assumed we would all be Christians
together and idealistically inter-racial marriage would blend and blur
the colours and differences. That was the sixties. Now tensions are greater
than ever. Radical Muslim communities are not necessarily assimilating
into our liberal society and respecting our rights or customs or languages.
They want to live in the West but do not want to adopt our ways. The single-religious
schools play into this as we allow Christian schools we must also allow
Muslim schools and right away we can see this is a problem for the next
Tolerance is a fundamental foundation of our societys fabric and
yet, tolerance and equality of the sexes for example, is not a core element
in fundamentalist religions. Do we just ignore this and let it fester?
Let the next generation deal with it? September 11th was the wake-up call
for both sides. Bin Ladens views were about destroying the West.
Well if you are with him and share his ideals, it is not reasonable to
expect that you should also live in the west and enjoy the life the West
has to offer. This is the source of the next conflict and either we go
with moderation of these extreme views or we do the other thing and the
other thing is in the ascendant. As Mr Bush said You are
either with us or against us.
The rise of the right is not over. This may be a blip. It might settle
down again after all the elections pass this year, but it wont go
away as a problem.
The problem is unemployment and rising birth rates in Africa and the Middle
East and Far-Eastern Europe. They perceive Western Europe as a salvation
for their problems and they are right. We will need them as our populations
fall, but what will be the price? Where do you draw the line? How to stop
a tidal wave of pent up desire?
Fools talk of building walls, sending them back, some would
like no doubt to bulldoze them into oblivion but in fact we have but one
choice. Dialogue and cash.
We can accept those who wish to come who will assimilate (Learn the language
as they have to in Canada or the USA) but more importantly invest in the
future of Africa or the Middle East.
Immediately youll cry Mugabe, Amin, Saddam
no leaders elected
or self-imposed can be trusted. Well so be it. No aid without administration
and accountability. Involve the Swiss more closely whether they like it
or not. All refugees will be redirected to Switzerland unless they notify
the UN immediately when a dictator or administrator starts salting away
development funds there. Lets have a complete moratorium on selling weapons
to any country in the Middle-East or Africa. ANY country. Our friends
and enemies. Sure wed lose weapons related jobs in the UK and other
places in the West and Russia, but morally we would save lives, stop wars,
stop injustice and enable prosperity.
Angola and Nigeria could be two of the richest countries in the world
if it wasnt for constant civil strife paid for by OUR guns and bullets.
Mozambique doesnt have to be poor; it has fertile soil, a well-educated
population. Guns and fear keep it from developing. Zimbabwe is deliberately
starving its people for the vanity of Dictator Mugabe. Ethiopia has been
at war all my life, likewise Somalia.
If we understand anything about Christianity at all, then we need to stop
Africa killing itself. We need to stop enabling corruption and warfare
and start guiding, with a heavy hand towards training, planting, peacekeeping,
smaller healthier families, removal of landmines. The list is endless.
If we dont then expect more demagogues in in your backyard screaming
for unreasonable solutions, sending in more bulldozers, closing channel
tunnels, starting riots.
The problem is that we live in an unreasonable unfair world. Wealth is
not only undistributed or is stolen, hoarded, wasted. Stop poverty in
the undeveloped world and youll turn the human tide and halt the
next tyrant in our own back-yard.
© MH May 2002
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