Europeans are frightened
...of their own governments.
Fr. Anthony Chadwick, a British expatriate living in France, has deleted 12 days worth of debate on the presence of Islam in Europe.
"Muslim immigration" is, of course, a dog whistle for Middle Eastern and African immigration. European governments have decided the topic is simply not up for discussion (to say nothing of a huge and intractable Roma problem), and so a frightened Fr. Anthony has deleted four blog posts with numerous comments.
This is unfortunate, because the failure to debate and implement reasonable policy now will mean no debate, and lots of street fighting later. As I said at Fr. Anthony's, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. Britain and Europe should impose a moratorium on Middle Eastern and African immigration for at least the next two generations, and it would also be helpful to stop subsidizing the ghettoized existence of violent, ignorant subgroups. The truly unassimilable need frankly to be repatriated, though there is probably nothing that can be done with the improvidently naturalized "citizens." Hopefully with a moratorium on Wahabbist funding and chain migration in place, Islam can eventually learn to live in peace in Britain and Europe. But apparently not even such mild measures can be debated, much less implemented.
By the way, when is the media going to stop using ballyhooed terms like "far right," "hard right," and "ultra right" to describe parties like France's National Front and the Sweden Democrats? These parties are polling at 30 and 13 percent respectively, high enough to overthrow parliamentary coalitions. How fringe can they be?
Nobody seems concerned that Israel can be a classical Jewish nation-state, or that Arab Palestinians are entitled to an Arab Palestine, or that multicultural Yugoslavia needed to be broken up into its Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and Kosovar nations. Is the idea that a nation-state's extant members get to decide who else gets to be a member really a "fringe" or "far," "hard" or "ultra" topic?
P.S.: Fr. Anthony responds, here..
P.P.S.: I have corresponded with Fr. Anthony, and we understand each other better now. Please refrain from any personal attacks against him.