Ignored in news coverage of the Paris massacre is the single most pertinent piece of background: A 2014 opinion poll found that ISIS had an approval rating in France (at 16%) almost as high as President Francois Holland (at 18%). In the 18-to-24-year-old demographic, ISIS’ support jumped to 27%. Muslims comprise about a tenth of France’s population, so the results imply that ISIS had the support of the overwhelming majority of French Muslims (and especially Muslim youth), as well as the endorsement of a large part of the non-Muslim Left. Spengler
Spengler suggests that France will do nothing in the wake of the Paris attrocities. His logic is that to do something involves putting pressure on the French Muslim community which, in turn, will likely cause a great deal of trouble. The French don’t want the trouble so they will do nothing.
I am not sure Spengler is right but the numbers and the concentrations of Muslims in France suggest he may be.
I don’t live in France but the takeaway for Canada is that at a certain point a Muslim population becomes unmanagable. Canada is not at that point. Yet.
Realistically, Canada needs to take a hard look at immigration from Muslim majority countries. A trickle is one thing, a serious flow quite another. By eliminating, or vastly reducing, immigration from those countries we have the chance to avoid the truly awful consequences of a large, unassimilated and potentially hostile group within our borders.
I suspect if you were to ask the average Frenchman or Englishman or German whether, given the chance of a “do-over”, they would have welcomed quite so many Muslims to their nations, you would hear a chorus of Nein, Non and No. We have the opportunity to reduce our future regrets with, initially, a moratorium and then, after a decade or so, a re-examination of the question of Muslim immigration.
The expression ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ applies here
Religion has become a concept rather than a reality for the ‘secular west’.
France is finished, as the ultimate consequence of having committed Regicide to accomplish ‘Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity’ comes full circle.
They are all ‘arabs’ now, led by a weak ‘strongman’ unaware of the strength of his enemies.
Like all things where government is concerned, the manageability of the problem is a matter of will and nothing more.
Greetings from Islamsterdam.
For the “Do Over” chorus, feel free to add Dutchmen and Nee (pronounced Nay for those singing along at home). Couldn’t find the original in the People’s Paper, so here’s the first English hit on Google for a Volkskrant survey from 2008 where 57 percent named admitting large groups of immigrants as “the biggest mistake in Dutch history”:
Biggest. Mistake. Ever. Allah only knows what the percent would be if the poll were conducted today.
” the takeaway for Canada is that at a certain point a Muslim population becomes unmanagable. ”
There is no evidence of any such thing. Guyana has a Muslim population in excess of 7%. No problems. Albania is over 50% no problems. France’s Muslim problems stem entirely from a lack of integration which stems from 1) second-class status for many immigrants and 2) welfarism and a rigid labour rules. France is ‘doing something’ ie becoming even more a police state.
What you don’t seem to understand is that your hysterical fear of Muslim terrorism is not a prerogative for the Canadian government or anyone else. Free civilized societies do not set up collectivist arbitrary barriers to immigration like the ones you lust over.
The Europeans railing against immigration are just doing what losers always do: blaming their failures on others.