The estimable Laura Wood, an orthospherean shield mate of long standing in the culture wars, and an old friend, responded to my recent post on The New Castellation of the Eurosphere (which adduced the recent proliferation of bollards as its material) with an intelligent and forceful critique of my attribution of that castellation and all its dire cultural sequelae to the threat of Muslim terrorism. This post is a response to her comments.
I thank Laura for her excellent pushback. It gives me an opportunity to expand upon a couple of points that are implicit in the original post, and prompts me to a deeper contemplation of some others I had not considered. It forces me to learn. I’ll take her points in their order of appearance.
Could you explain how this reign of Muslim barbarity in America might come about, given that Muslims comprise one percent of the American population, have a low birthrate here and risk their home countries being bombed to smithereens when they are accused of terrorism?
Muslim fertility in the Eurosphere is high, compared with European fertility. No matter how few Muslims there are in a given country, so long as they are breeding at a higher rate than the natives, and not dying at a commensurately higher rate, they will eventually replace the natives. That’s just math.
I doubt however that the Muslims will ever reign in America, and perhaps not even in Europe. In the recent European experience, Muslims don’t seem to tweak social systems too much – laws, customs, institutions, and so forth – until they get to be somewhere between 5% and 15% of the population, as has happened already in France, Britain, Germany and Sweden. Then, they begin demanding special concessions to their way of life – special Sharia courts, ID cards for women that depict them in full burqa (that, i.e., don’t identify them), legalization of polygamy, and so forth. That upends native legal systems, and must if it continues end by exterminating them. Such changes can nevertheless transpire without violence, and proceed in an orderly fashion, so that they don’t seem to upset the apple cart too objectionably (this, in exactly the way that gay “marriage” seems unobjectionable to the majority of Westerners – a merely legal, formal change, no big deal).
But other things that also happen with substantial penetration of European countries by Muslims – such as gang rape – then also begin to blossom noticeably. And these are the changes that are likely to foment a Reaction.
It is the Muslim culture of rape, and of the mistreatment of women generally, that will at last I believe incite the Europeans on all continents – which is to say, European men – to eject their Muslim subpopulations. This ejection need not – indeed, probably will not – involve any action on the part of the governing authorities. I expect it will begin when vigilantes begin killing Muslim men who are involved in rape of European women. I doubt it will take very many such events to flip the perennially delicate and fickle morale of Muslim men, to discourage them and engender their terror, and so to prompt their hasty voluntary departure from dar al harb.
There may however also be a revolution in the attitude toward Muslims on the part of the governing authorities, of policy, and of law, engendered by a more basic and urgent revolution in the attitude of the European public. The pendulum of Western culture has over the last 50 years swung very, very far to the Left. When it swings back, the Reaction is likely to be sudden, radical, and intense. If recent experience – in Britain, the US, Austria, and Germany – is any indication, that shift in public attitudes may have begun.
I do not think that Muslims would be the only population that such a Reaction in European attitudes would subject to discrimination, ostracism, persecution, and deportation. All minority populations would feel it, I think. Wherever we have seen tremendous ethnic intermixture throughout the West, I expect the Reaction to result in a Great Sortition of populations, and so movements – and sometimes removals – of immigrants back to their homelands. Most will be voluntary. European Jews are already talking about leaving for Israel en masse. If things go on as they have in Iberia, the Catalans will soon hate the Spaniards, and vice versa. And no Croat wants to live in Slovenia, nor any Slovene in Croatia.
A renascence of patriotic nations *just is* a sortition of peoples, an increase in their antagonisms, and in the adversity of their relations. NB however that a return of patriotism does not entail an increase of international violence. On the contrary, as the great supranational organizations and states are more and more disintermediated by organic national motions, and thereby rendered irrelevant, the concomitant dispersal of lethality is likely to lead to metastability. The smaller the nations, the smaller their disputes, and the more easily resolved.
So, taking all of these considerations into account, I think it highly unlikely that Islam will ever reign in the Eurosphere.
That said, a single terrorist incident can have vast effects on Western peoples, and on how they live. It took only a few hijackings by Muslim terrorists to prompt massive inspections of all air travelers in the world. A single Muslim shoe bomber prompted the public authorities to require that all travelers anywhere on Earth remove their shoes for inspection before boarding aircraft. The bollards are due to only a few Muslim terrorist attacks that used vehicles as weapons, beginning with the attack on Glasgow airport in 2007.
The entire urban infrastructure of the modern world is vulnerable to terrorist attack. Subways, bridges, plazas, churches, auditoria, stadia, office buildings and hotels, water systems, power grids, pipelines, refineries, port facilities, transit terminals – all are rich, soft targets. A bomb in a BART train as it transits the TransBay tube during rush hour – an event I contemplate almost daily as I enter the BART station – could instantly end commuting by train, all over the world. The economic harm of such an event would run into the hundreds of billions. And it would be a cost that the West would bear forever. So long as the threat continued, there could never be commuter trains again, anywhere. The economic destruction that resulted, and the decrease in efficiency, and the impoverishment, would be permanent: paid and suffered, year in, year out.
Multiply that sort of harm across all the mass systems of advanced civilization, and you are talking about an end to it.
It was just that sort and degree of economic harm, and from the same source, that caused the vast Depression that destroyed late Classical civilization and engulfed Europe for 500 years, and that was once called the Dark Ages.
I do not know what we might have to do to our cities, or to the way we live in them, if Muslim terrorism continues a threat. The necessary changes are likely to make the changes to European civilization that transpired in the wake of the Muslim conquest of the Mediterranean – not just castellation all along the Mediterranean littoral, but the arms race that it engendered all over Europe, and the breakdown in late Classical social order that forced all Europeans to live at all times like warriors and enemies, not just to the Muslims, but *to each other* – look measly.
If we want to go on living more or less as we have since we finally recovered (in 1683) from the last great florescence of Muslim power, we can’t tolerate Islam. Advanced civilization is simply incompatible with Islam. Indeed, pretty much everything is incompatible with Islam. Even Islam is incompatible with Islam.
Islam has been at war with everything else since it began. It is doctrinally, characterologically, basically incapable of peace. This means that, in the final analysis, there is only one way that those who do not wish to convert to Islam can respond to its inveterate war upon them: war.
I wish it were otherwise. War sucks. It kills lots of innocents. But it isn’t otherwise. Islam is what it is, and war is what it is. When the West finally decides to recognize that it is unavoidably at war with Islam, and takes the gloves off, and begins the total war that the West especially has perfected and waged, things will go very badly for Muslim innocents. The suffering we have seen so far in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria? We have seen nothing yet, compared to what we would then see.
There is an easy way out. Islam could renounce jihad, and cease its war. The West would then leave Muslims alone. But Islam will not renounce jihad. Muslims will therefore continue to make war on everyone else. And everyone else will respond accordingly. In logic, this must continue until Islam is eliminated. The end stages of the process are likely to be dire.
The logic of this process is baked into the basic doctrines of Islam. Islam is such that it cannot avoid its own eventual deletion.
Anyone employed by anyone other than himself knows well that he might lose his livelihood unless he edits his speech at every moment – especially the President (Trump has yet to speak the plain truth about Islam; rather, he has at most reached out as if to touch its hem, without however having actually touched it). Such is PC. You risk your livelihood if you object to Islam, to miscegenation, to affirmative action, to homosexual marriage, to immigration, to illegal immigration, to transsexuality, to anthropogenic global warming, and to a long list of other taboo subjects. The only things it is safe to abhor in the workplace these days, or indeed anywhere, are white Christian men.
The white Christian men who administered Rotherham and enforced her laws refrained from discussing the ring of Muslims that there over the course of years raped more than a thousand British girls and young women. They knew of these crimes, but kept quiet about them and did nothing to stop them, because they did not want to be accused of political incorrectness.
Manifestly, it is not. If it was, we wouldn’t be installing these bollards all over the place. The sad reality is that we may need to kill millions of Muslims to put an end to the Muslim threat. This follows from the doctrines of Islam; Islam itself makes its destruction necessary. And because faiths subsist only in the hearts of their believers, to destroy the Muslim faith must almost certainly entail the destruction of Muslim believers.
I don’t want that to happen. I hate the idea. I’d rather that all the Muslims became good Christians. But history is not consulting my fond wishes.
Perhaps if we are lucky, and a total war of the West upon Islam commences in earnest, and so almost instantly ends with the complete defeat, conquest, subjugation and degradation of dar al islam, the Muslims will lose heart, lose faith, and begin to convert. That would be nice. We’d need to kill a lot fewer of them that way.
But if there is no mass apostasy of Muslims, then I am afraid that what we must expect sooner or later is a war of utter annihilation. It happens. Ask the Amalekites.
Islam delendam esse.