The Failure of Multiculturalism and How to Turn the Tide

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Editor’s note: Below is Geert Wilders’s speech at the Annual Lecture at the Magna Carta Foundation in Rome on March 25.

Signore e signori, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends of the Magna Carta Foundation, molte grazie. Thank you for inviting me to Rome. It is great to be here in this beautiful city which for many centuries was the capital and the centre of Europe’s Judeo-Christian culture.

Together with Jerusalem and Athens, Rome is the cradle of our Western civilization – the most advanced and superior civilization the world has ever known.

As Westerners, we share the same Judeo-Christian culture. I am from the Netherlands and you are from Italy. Our national cultures are branches of the same tree. We do not belong to multiple cultures, but to different branches of one single culture. This is why when we come to Rome, we all come home in a sense. We belong here, as we also belong in Athens and in Jerusalem.

It is important that we know where our roots are. If we lose them we become deracinated. We become men and women without a culture.

I am here today to talk about multiculturalism. This term has a number of different meanings. I use the term to refer to a specific political ideology. It advocates that all cultures are equal. If they are equal it follows that the state is not allowed to promote any specific cultural values as central and dominant. In other words: multiculturalism holds that the state should not promote a leitkultur, which immigrants have to accept if they want to live in our midst.

It is this ideology of cultural relativism which the German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently referred to when she said that multiculturalism has proved “an absolute failure.”

My friends, I dare say that we have known this all along. Indeed, the premise of the multiculturalist ideology is wrong. Cultures are not equal. They are different, because their roots are different. That is why the multiculturalists try to destroy our roots.

Rome is a very appropriate place to address these issues. There is an old saying which people of our Western culture are all familiar with. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” it says. This is an obvious truth: If you move somewhere, you must adapt to the laws and customs of the land.

The multicultural society has undermined this rule of common sense and decency. The multicultural society tells the newcomers who settle in our cities and villages: You are free to behave contrary to our norms and values. Because your norms and values are just as good, perhaps even better, than ours.

It is, indeed, appropriate to discuss these matters here in Rome, because the history of Rome also serves as a warning.

Will Durant, the famous 20th century American historian, wrote that “A great civilization cannot be destroyed from outside if it has not already destroyed itself from within.” This is exactly what happened here, in Rome, 16 centuries ago.

In the 5th century, the Roman Empire fell to the Germanic Barbarians. There is no doubt that the Roman civilization was far superior to that of the Barbarians. And yet, Rome fell. Rome fell because it had suffered a loss of belief in its own civilization. It had lost the will to stand up and fight for survival.

Rome did not fall overnight. Rome fell gradually. The Romans scarcely noticed what was happening. They did not perceive the immigration of the Barbarians as a threat until it was too late. For decades, Germanic Barbarians, attracted by the prosperity of the Empire, had been crossing the border.

At first, the attraction of the Empire on newcomers could be seen as a sign of the cultural, political and economic superiority of Rome. People came to find a better life which their own culture could not provide. But then, on December 31st in the year 406, the Rhine froze and tens of thousands of Germanic Barbarians, crossed the river, flooded the Empire and went on a rampage, destroying every city they passed. In 410, Rome was sacked.

The fall of Rome was a traumatic experience. Numerous books have been written about the cataclysmal event and Europeans were warned not to make the same mistake again. In 1899, in his book ‘The River War,’ Winston Churchill warned that Islam is threatening Europe in the same way as the Barbarians once threatened Rome. “Mohammedanism,” Churchill wrote – I quote – “is a militant and proselytizing faith. No stronger retrograde force exists in the World. […] The civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” .

Churchill is right. However, if Europe falls, it will fall because, like ancient Rome, it no longer believes in the superiority of its own civilization. It will fall because it foolishly believes that all cultures are equal and that, consequently, there is no reason why we should fight for our own culture in order to preserve it.

This failure to defend our own culture has turned immigration into the most dangerous threat that can be used against the West. Multiculturalism has made us so tolerant that we tolerate the intolerant.

Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake: Our opponents are keenly aware of our weakness. They realize that the pattern which led to the fall of Rome, is at play today in the West. They are keenly aware of the importance of Rome as a symbol of the West. Over and over again they hint at the fall of Rome. Rome is constantly on their minds.

• The former Turkish Prime Minister Erbakan said – I quote: “The whole of Europe will become Islamic. We will conquer Rome”.

• Yunis al-Astal, a Hamas cleric and member of the Palestinian Parliament said – I quote: “Very soon Rome will be conquered.”

• Ali Al-Faqir, the former Jordanian Minister of Religion, stated that – I quote: “Islam will conquer Rome.”

• Sheikh Muhammad al-Arifi, imam of the mosque of the Saudi Defence Academy, said – I quote: “We will control Rome and introduce Islam in it.”

Our opponents are hoping for an event that is akin to the freezing of the Rhine in 406, when thousands of immigrants will be given an easy opportunity to cross massively into the West.

• In a 1974 speech to the UN, the Algerian President Houari Boumédienne, said – I quote: “One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”

• Libyan dictator Kadhafi said, I quote: “There are tens of millions of Muslims in the European continent today and their number is on the increase. This is the clear indication that the European continent will be converted into Islam. Europe will one day soon be a Muslim continent.”

Our opponents are aiming for a repetition of the fall of Rome in the 5th century and want to use exactly the same methods. “The strategy of exporting human beings and having them breed in abundance is the simplest way to take possession of a territory,” warned the famous Italian author Oriana Fallaci.

However, the situation today could be worse than it was when the Roman Empire fell. The Germanic Barbarians who overran Rome were not driven by an ideology. After having sacked Rome, they eventually adopted the Judeo-Christian civilization of Rome. They destroyed Rome because they wanted its riches, but they realized and recognized that Roman civilization was superior to their own Barbaric culture.

Having destroyed Rome, the Germanic tribes eventually tried to rebuild it. In 800, the Frankish leader Charlemagne had himself crowned Roman Emperor. Three hundred years later, the Franks and the other Europeans would go on the Crusades in defence of their Christian culture. The Crusades were as Oriana Fallaci wrote – I quote – a “counter-offensive designed to stem Islamic expansionism in Europe.” Rome had fallen, but like a phoenix it had risen again.

Contrary to the Barbarians which confronted Rome, the followers of Muhammad are driven by an ideology which they want to impose on us.

Islam is a totalitarian ideology. Islamic Shariah law supervises every detail of life. Islam is not compatible with our Western way of life. Islam is a threat to our values. Respect for people who think otherwise, the equality of men and women, the equality of homosexuals and heterosexuals, respect for Christians, Jews, unbelievers and apostates, the separation of church and state, freedom of speech, they are all under pressure because of Islamization.

Europe is Islamizing at a rapid pace. Many European cities have large Islamic concentrations. In some neighbourhoods, Islamic regulations are already being enforced. Women’s rights are being trampled. We are confronted with headscarves and burqa’s, polygamy, female genital mutilation, honor-killings. “In each one of our cities” says Oriana Fallaci, “there is a second city, a state within the state, a government within the government. A Muslim city, a city ruled by the Koran.”

Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake: The multiculturalist Left is facilitating Islamization. Leftist multiculturalists are cheering for every new shariah bank, for every new Islamic school, for every new mosque. Multiculturalists consider Islam as being equal to our own culture. Shariah law or democracy? Islam or freedom? It doesn’t really matter to them. But it does matter to us. The entire leftist elite is guilty of practising cultural relativism. Universities, churches, trade unions, the media, politicians. They are all betraying our hard-won liberties.

Ladies and gentlemen, what is happening in Europe today has to some extent been deliberately planned.

In October 2009, Andrew Neather, the former advisor of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, confirmed that the British Government had deliberately organized mass immigration as part of a social engineering project. The Blair Government wanted to – I quote – “make the UK truly multicultural.” To achieve this end, 2.3 million foreigners were allowed to enter Britain between 2000 and 2009. Neather says this policy has “enriched” Britain.

Ordinary people, however, do not consider the decline of societal cohesion, the rise of crime, the transformation of their old neighborhoods into no-go zones, to be an “enrichment.”

Ordinary people are well aware that they are witnessing a population replacement phenomenon. Ordinary people feel attached to the civilization which their ancestors created. They do not want it to be replaced by a multicultural society where the values of the immigrants are considered as good as their own. It is not xenophobia or Islamophobia to consider our Western culture as superior to other cultures – it is plain common sense.

Fortunately, we are still living in a democracy. The opinion of ordinary people still matters. I am the leader of the Dutch Party of Freedom which aims to halt the Islamization process and defend the traditional values and liberties in the Netherlands. The Party of Freedom is the fastest growing party in the Netherlands.

Because the message of my party is so important, I support initiatives to establish similar parties in other countries, such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom, where they do not yet exist. Last month, a poll in Britain showed that a staggering 48 percent of the British would consider supporting a non-fascist and non-violent party that vows to crack down on immigration and Islamic extremists and restrict the building of mosques. In October last year, I was in Berlin where I gave a keynote speech at a meeting of Die Freiheit, a newly established party led by René Stadtkewitz, a former Christian-Democrat. German polls indicate that such a party has a potential of 20 percent of the electorate.

My speech, in which I urged the Germans to stop feeling ashamed about their German identity drew a lot of media attention. Two weeks later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that multiculturalism is “an absolute failure.” Horst Seehofer, the leader of the Bavarian Christian-Democrats, was even more outspoken. “Multiculturalism is dead,” he said.

Last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: “We have been too concerned about the identity of the immigrant and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.”

Five weeks ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron blamed multiculturalism for Islamic extremism. “We have allowed the weakening of our collective identity,” he said. “Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live […] apart from the mainstream.”

In his speech, David Cameron still makes a distinction between the Islamist ideology, which he calls extremist and dangerous, and Islam, which he says is peaceful religion. I do not share this view, and neither did Cameron’s great predecessor Winston Churchill. Stating that Islam is peaceful is a multiculturalist dogma which is contrary to the truth.
Politicians such as Merkel. Sarkozy and Cameron still do not seem to have understood what the problem really is. Nevertheless, the fact that they feel compelled to distance themselves from multiculturalism is a clear indication that they realize they need to pay lip-service to what the majority of their populations have long understood. Namely that the massive influx of immigrants from Islamic countries is the most negative development that Europe has known in the past 50 years.

Yesterday, a prestigious poll in the Netherlands revealed that 50 percent of the Dutch are of the opinion that Islam and democracy are not compatible, while 42 percent think they are. Even two thirds of the voters of the Liberal Party and of the Christian-Democrat Party are convinced that Islam and democracy are not compatible.

This, then, is the political legacy of multiculturalism. While the parties of the Left have found themselves a new electorate, the establishment parties of the Right still harbour their belief that Islam is a religion of peace on a par with peaceful religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and others.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    It is said that history is written by the winners. Whether Geert Wilders is remembered as a xenophobic bigot or a champion of freedom, a Mosely or a Churchill…will tell us all we need to know about the destiny of our civilization.

    Wilders so effectively highlights the fallacies of the multicultural narrative, but one of the telling oversights of the anti-immigration parties of Europe is their inability or unwillingness to distinguish BETWEEN immigrants. For example, at the very time that the EDL is campaigning to curb Muslim immigration into Britain, they should be welcoming Indians of Hindu and Sikh origin, insisting that while the former self-segregate and display mostly contempt for the host society, the latter two have integrated seamlessly and contribute mightily to the national fabric. For how poignantly telling that British Hindus and Sikhs have campaigned to have the media begin referring to them by their respective religious affiliation as opposed to the existing, all-embracing moniker of "Asian", for the precise reason that they DON'T want to be associated with the disaffection and social pathologies that define the British Muslim immigrant community.

    So it should be in France, that at the very time the anti-immigrant parties advocate shutting the door on Muslim immigration from North Africa, they should extend the welcome-mat to French-speaking Indo-Chinese and SUB-Saharan Africans. For it can be readily acknowledged – (if we're honest) – that the Vietnamese and Congolese immigrants of France – like their Hindu and Sikh counterparts in Britain – integrate seamlessly. They take no part in the episodic, violent demonstrations throughout France in which virtually thousands of cars are torched every year in a now-ritualistic display of Muslim disaffection (of course, cars with Muslim bumper-stickers or decals are always spared).

    Likewise in Spain, Moroccan immigrants with an adversarial cultural mentality should be kept out at the very time that Bolivians and other immigrants from Latin America should be welcome. After all, unlike Islam, the culture of Latin America is an extension of the West.

    EUROPE NEEDS IMMIGRANTS. An aging population and the unwillingness of natives to procreate necessitates such a reality. SOMEBODY has to keep the factories running so that Europeans can retire in comfort. The problem is not immigration per se, it is the TYPE of immigrant being brought in. There is nothing in the cultural ethos of East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America which is fundamentally incompatible with Western civilization. That distinction lies ONLY with Islam.

    "Discrimination" is not necessarily the evil we make it out to be. As free human beings, we discriminate every day through the choices we make…whom we choose to associate with, whom we choose to romance, whom we choose to confide in, etc. So it is must we learn to discriminate whom we choose to allow in to live among us. Distinguishing between an Egyptian Copt and an Egyptian Muslim, between an Iranian Bahai and an Iranian Muslim, between an Indian Hindu and a Pakistani Muslim, between a Vietnamese Buddhist and an Indonesian Muslim, between an Angolan Christian and a Chadian Muslim…CANNOT be racism, because the races are either identical or similar. It is a discrimination based NOT on race, but on religion/culture….and it is a discrimination that is absolutely indispensable to insure the survivability of our OWN cultural values.

    Now it goes without saying that Muslims already living in the West should enjoy all the rights of other citizens, although common sense profiling and scrutiny of mosques should be employed to deal with the problems of extremism that afflict this particular community. Furthermore, a program of offering financial incentives to Muslim immigrants willing to repatriate to their countries of origin should be considered.

    Understanding all this is acknowledging everything Geert Wilders is postulating as he deconstructs the multicultural fallacy being perpetrated upon us all. Islamic culture IS DIFFERENT than all others…and presents us with unique challenges that require unique solutions. So let the discrimination begin!

    • Rob Ramsdale

      Who really wants multiculteralism anyway .I dont

    • patton

      chezwick mac,we don’t want any more colored buggers emmigrating to the uk period.nevermind vietnamese and north africans,shut your gob you wankr.grow a spine,these non white parasites have no business in the uk,even the ones born there as far as im concerned.because they all got one thing in common …they all hate whitey.

  • sflbib

    No long-winded speeches required to prove that multiculturalism is false. Simply consider that if it were true, the U.S. wouldn't have an illegal alien problem because Mexican nationals wouldn't be risking their lives, and the lives of their families, and paying a coyote a couple of thousand dollars for the privilege of crossing a burning desert just to earn enough to eat. They would be staying in Mexico because there would be no point in going to all the trouble and risk to get to another culture that was equal to the one they left.

    • kblink45

      Interesting point. What Mexicans are fleeing, though mostly unwittingly, is a nation without legal or strong cultural protections of private property. The history of Mexico since 1917, at least, is inexplicable without noting its likeness to a child's game of 'king of the mountain.' He who controls the high ground controls the spoils. For most of the last century, the single ruling party, the PRI, maintained stability unusual in Latin America, but at the expense of private enterprise. PEMEX, the giant state-controlled corporation with a monopoly over oil-production and refining, is merely the most visible manifestation of the political corruption of Mexico's economy.

      Contempt for private ownership is, perhaps, the most important parallel between socialist states and Islamic countries.

      • sflbib

        I agree. It is explained in detail in "The Mystery of Capital" by Hernando de Soto. However, "without legal or strong cultural protections of private property" is part of their culture.

  • USMCSniper

    Houston—an 11-year-old girl was passed around like a meaty pre-pube rag doll between two dozen or so BLACK males ranging in age from 14 to 26. Police have made eighteen arrests in an ongoing investigation. So far, all of those charged are black, and the preteen victim has been identified as Hispanic. A judge has placed a gag order on the case, presumably to throw a wet blanket over what is rapidly becoming an ethnic tinderbox in this town of 8,000 where the major employers are Walmart and a prison. Yes let's not show black culture in its true color. The MSM media will igore it too!

    • Kristian

      Wow Devil Dog…. that's ALL "black culture"? You claim USMC but you don't seem to have honor. I'm Black. Married with 4 kids all by the same woman since high school (1990). I'm a vet (actual combat) Don't have a criminal record and neither do any of my 4 brothers and 2 sisters (all from the same MARRIED parents) What those idiots did in Texas was horrrible. But please don't make the foolish mistake (and racist) that crimes like that are inherent to only Black people. Because if you'd like let me provide you with a litlle list I keep in handy. Semper Fi:

      • Kristian

        Wayne Lo – 18 years, White, Male – 2 Killed, wounded 4 Scott Pennington – 17 years, White, Male- 2 Killed Leonard McDowell – 21 years, White, Male – Killed 1 Clay Shrout – 17 years, White, Male- Killed family (parents, 2 sisters), Nicholas Atkinson – 16 years, White, Male Chad Welcher – 16 years, White, Male John Sirola – 14 years, White, Male Toby Sincino – 16 years, White, Male – Killed 1, injured another Jamie Rouse – 17 years, White, Male – Killed 2, injured 1 Barry Loukaitis – 14 years, White, Male – Killed 3, injured 1 David Dubose Jr., 16 – white, male – Killed 1 teacher Neil Entwistle – murdered wife and infant daughter

      • Kristian

        Mary Winkler – murdered husband
        Mark Hacking – mudered pregnant wife
        Scott Peterson – murdered wife and unborn child
        Charles Stuart – murdered wife,blamed fictional Black man
        Ted Kaczynksi – The Unabomber
        Timothy McVeigh – mass murderer
        Leonard Lake – toture murderer
        Martin Bryant – murdered 35 people and injured 37 others
        Rosemary West,Fred West – tortured and murdered at least 12 women
        Karla Leanne Homolka – serial killer
        Gary Leon Ridgway – Green River Killer
        Aileen "Lee" Wuornos – female serial killer
        Dennis Lynn Rader – BTK Killer
        Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo – 53 women and children murdered
        Benjamin Nathaniel Smith – wannabe "White supremacy" spree killer
        Buford O'Neal Furrow, Jr – another "brave" warrior who attacked a daycare

      • CanadConserv

        You're a great guy and a case refutation of the unwarranted generalization made by USMCSniper

      • USMCSniper

        Dats dah way, Defends dah bruthas no matta hows horrific dah crime. Afta awl, it awl beez dah white mans fauly just like dah Referend Sharptun say. Youse probably beez dah Black panta too!

      • aspacia

        Yes, I have warned USM regarding his black hatred. I teach in a very poor area in North Las Vegas and might have 1 or 2 white students in a class. I have the utmost respect for all my students who have self pride, and a strong work ethic regardless of their skin pigment or their gender.

    • Kristian

      white crimedavid parker ray-sadist serial killer nicholas sheley-8 murders gary helms-raped his mother charles whitman-sniper brenda ann spencer-two murders,cleveland elementary Robin Robinson-shot principal John Christian-killed Wilbur Grayson James Alan Kearbey-Killed principal and wounded two teachers and one student. Kristofer Hans – Killed substitute teacher, injured vice principal and two students Nathan Faris-Shot one classmate and them killed himself Laurie Dann – 30 years, White, Female-Kills 1, wounds 6 students

    • kristian

      Got plenty more if you'd like it…..

      • USMCSniper

        You are just another idiot with his lips pressed to the charlatan Obama's hemmoroids.

      • Christian West

        I don't doubt you have got plenty more.
        But, unless you are in a state of complete denial, you must know that will never be plenty enough to upset the staggering number of the black crime. Not even close.

        I think in a discussion like that one has to admit that in the end it is the statistic that need to have the last word. Don't you?

        Well, let it talk:

        * According to the US Department of Justice survey of crime victims, more than 6.6 million violent crimes (murder, rape, assault and robbery) are committed in the US each year, of which about 20 per cent, or 1.3 million, are inter-racial crimes.
        * Most victims of race crime – about 90 per cent – are white, according to the survey "Highlights from 20 Years of Surveying Crime Victims," published in 1993.
        * Almost 1 million white Americans were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by black Americans in 1992, compared with about 132,000 blacks who were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by whites, according to the same survey.
        * Blacks thus committed 7.5 times more violent inter-racial crimes than whites even though the black population is only one-seventh the size of the white population. When these figures are adjusted on a per capita basis, they reveal an extraordinary disparity: blacks are committing more than 50 times the number of violent crimes of whites.

        And, by the way, white on black rape is non-existent, or at least statistically undetectable. An, one more thing, these figures were from 1992. The contrast between the frequency of white versus black crime has increased since.

        • Jerry

          Your stats are true, but irrelevent to the discussion. USMC Sniper's racist dialouge is the issue. Yes there are problems in the black community that must be addressed, but he presents the issue as if what matters in good and evil is race, which is utterly ridiculous given Hiter, Stalin, Mao, et al.

          The ancestors of blacks were bought here by whites (yes I know of more recent immigration) and share our common inheritance in America. (The phony I believe) USMC Sniper's point is irrelevant to the issue of immigration as a strategy for conquest.

  • Jay

    Flood-gates opened in the 60's/70's, now what? EVERY where in Canada & Europe that I've seen that has had a large number of Ethinic groups living together has become an undesirable place to live. The UN has labelled Toronto as the most ethnically diverse city in the world. Why? Because ALOT of Canadians left the city because of the increase in crime and how run down everything got. Now, even taxi drivers won't go down some streets in Rexdale (area of Toronto), because its so rough. Last year, walking around London, I found myself on a street with only arabic writting everywhere. The store signs, ect… Then I realized I was getting dirty looks from everyone as I was the only white guy on the street. And I'd never seen a fully covered muslim woman until I went to Paris. I've travelled ALOT of the world, and NEVER saw a the full face vail on a muslim before. Even in Egypt and Morroco I never saw that. I can see why the French did that ban on it. There's so much of it in Paris, its actually unbelievable to see it. Nobody wants it.

    • sflbib

      "There are countries where it [hyping race and ethnicity] has led to slaughters in the streets, but you cannot name a country where it has led to greater harmony.” – Thomas Sowell

  • joel

    The author criticizes multiculturalism but equates atheists as having the same regard for reason as Christians,Jews. The Psalmist says
    the fool has said in his heart there is no God. The atheist(marxists,really)have done more to undermine the Judeo/Christian ethic than anyone which has rendered us helpless in the face of islam unless…

  • Ozzy

    Screw Rome

  • Jerry

    My guess is USMC Sniper is a liberal. Yes, there are jerks out there such as the guy that planted a bomb at the MLK parade in Spokane. However this smells like a fraud as it is not related the the subject of the aricle

  • patton

    let me guess kristian is white, right?all these yellow bellies criticizing my man sniper ,are haters themselves,they hate racists ,the sad fact is that these brainwashed losers will be the first crying for protection when the nigrs start chimpin out,beating their asses.NAACP(nigrs are always causing problems)
    kristian is the type who wouldn’t mind raising a black gran baby am i right?
    white losers.

  • Justin

    Excellent article

  • The End Is Here

    “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”
    The US is doomed
    Lord have mercy