If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em?

burqa-women“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty –
Come and join the Nazi Party.”
– Mel Brooks, “Springtime for Hitler”

What to do? Late last Sunday night, a 23-year-old woman in Oscarshamn, a town of 17,000 people that’s about halfway between Mecca and Medina – sorry, I mean Stockholm and Malmö – was on her way home when she was stopped by three young men of foreign origin. “Are you Swedish?” they asked her. When she said yes, they hit her so hard that she fell to the ground. Then, looking down at her, lying there at their feet, they said: “Welcome to Sweden. It’s our country now, not yours.”

The brief account I read of this incident closes with the information that the police have labeled this a “hate crime.” Gee, ya think? Presumably there’s no place on their checklists for “soft jihad.”  (Although I’m sure there was nothing soft about the punch that knocked that young woman to the pavement.)

One thing these “soft” jihadists have going for them is that what they’re engaged in is, quite simply, so audacious that –  unless you’re prepared to open your mind up to the immense and terrible reality of it – it can seem almost farcical. “It’s our country now, not yours”? It has the absurd ring of a pathetic claim made by some schoolyard punk. Except that those three punks in Oscarshamn aren’t alone. They’re certainly far from the first of their kind in Europe to make such an arrogant pronouncement. And as the years go by, that bold assertion, echoed increasingly in the streets of a growing number of European towns and cities, comes ever closer to being the plain and simple truth.

It may be that that 23-year-old woman would’ve known better than to walk home alone late at night if she were living in certain parts of Stockholm or Malmö, but that she assumed it was still safe in Oscarshamn. Perhaps she figured: well, it won’t be safe here in five or ten years, but for now…?

This is the current European calculus. I’m reminded of a gay guy I met in a West Hollywood bar one night in the mid 1980s. He had, he told me, recently moved to L.A. from New York. “Why?” I asked. I was stunned by the fatuity, the deadly self-deception, of his reply. He had left New York, he said, to get away from AIDS: “It’s not so bad here yet.”

I’m also brought to mind of the Australian writer Nevil Shute’s haunting 1957 novel On the Beach, which became a 1959 film starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Fallout from a nuclear war has killed almost everybody on earth, leaving alive just a few million people in the southern hemisphere – in Australia, New Zealand, and at the southern tips of South America and Africa – who can do nothing but wait for the air currents to do the inevitable job of bringing the radiation their way, too. Over the course of the novel, one by one, from north to south, the cities of Australia die out. The film is splendid, but the novel paints an even more haunting portrait of the human race helplessly facing its own extinction.

Of course, the difference between Shute’s characters and real-life Europeans today is that the latter aren’t helpless. They could act. But they feel helpless. They hear the cry ring out, in one place after another: “It’s our country, not yours.” And how do they respond?

Last week three news stories neatly summed up the ways in which all too many Europeans are responding. From Brussels came the report that the European Parliament is expected to act in a few days to lift the immunity from prosecution that Marine Le Pen enjoys as a member of that body. Why? So that she may be put on trial for criticizing Islam. A British Tory member of the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, spoke out in favor of the measure, explaining that there’s “a red line between freedom of speech and inciting racial hatred.”

What exactly did Le Pen, head of the French National Front, say to bring on this effort? In a December 2010 speech, she observed that the sight of masses of Muslims spontaneously taking over streets and blocking traffic in order to pray together – a spectacle that is increasingly familiar in Paris and other French cities, and that is destined to become an everyday event in other European cities before very long – recalled the Nazi occupation of France. “There are no armoured vehicles, no soldiers, but it is an occupation all the same and it weighs on people,” Le Pen declared. It is for this bit of truth-telling that she now faces the prospect of a trial.

That’s one way, then, to respond to the jihadists’ victory cry – to haul their opponents into court. Another approach is to keep the critics of jihad from entering your country in the first place. On Friday the BBC reported that British officials – who for years have refused to deport any number of high-profile advocates of Islamic terrorism, and on multiple occasions have allowed the most atrocious of foreign-based jihad apologists (such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi) to sully their shores – were appalled at the news that Islam critics Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer planned to come to Britain to speak at a June 29 event in memory of jihad victim Drummer Lee Rigby. Home Secretary Theresa May, the BBC noted, was considering denying Geller and Spencer entry into the U.K.; Home Affairs Committee Chairman Keith Vaz, describing them as “incendiary speakers,” made the usual fraudulent, fainthearted noises about the “incitement of hatred.”

In such ways do the leaders of today’s Europe strive to be perfect dhimmis, smoothing the way for their successors. Yet for many of them dhimmitude is insufficient, for they’re all too aware that, in the eyes of those whom they’ve labored so mightily to appease, they’ll always remain, in the last analysis, infidels. And there’s only one way to overcome that lamentable condition and thereby rescue oneself from (at best) an inevitable second-class status in the ever-advancing caliphate.

Meet Dutch politician Arnoud van Doorn –  a longtime member of Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party and producer of Wilder’s anti-Islam film Fitna. Last week came the news that he had converted to Islam. Van Doorn announced it on his Twitter account by tweeting the simple official formula: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammed is his prophet.” In answer to questions from the media, he replied that no, his Twitter account had not been hacked and he had not been making a joke; he had genuinely embraced Islam, and wanted to leave it at that.

Van Doorn’s act struck many like a bolt from the blue. It probably shouldn’t have: there have already been several other high-level conversions of this sort in Europe. The RTL Nieuws article that reported van Doorn’s conversion (or “reversion,”  as they say, because those of us who aren’t Muslims are considered to have fallen away from our true Islamic identity) noted that every day no fewer than five Dutchmen become Muslims. It’s a continent-wide trend, and as Europe becomes more and more Islamic, the trend will surely accelerate. Soon enough, I suppose, these things won’t seem at all surprising to any of us.

It’s a matter of simple practicality – of taking the easiest route. You could sum it up by saying “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” but we’re talking here about people who don’t even want to make the attempt to beat ‘em – people who have never learned to prize their freedom; people who were brought up to believe that the lesson of World War II is to exalt peaceful coexistence above all else and to reject the idea of fighting for anything; people who were raised with thoroughly secular identities and who consequently don’t care very much what they put on the dotted line above the word “religion”; people who just want to be left alone (but who don’t yet quite grasp, alas, that Islam is the religion that never leaves you alone). We’re talking, in short, of the triumph of pragmatism (tragically misguided though it may be) over principle.

And even as I write these words, the title of another chilling film comes to mind: the original 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If you’ve never seen it, check it out. Like what’s happening in Europe today, it’s terrifying. Its story of a town whose residents, when they fall asleep, are replaced, one by one, by alien creatures that resemble them externally but are nothing like them on the inside might, indeed, have been intended as a parable of what’s going on in Europe right now. The difference is that if the film – unlike the reality of Islam in the West – gets to be too much for you, you can always switch off the DVD and watch a Seinfeld rerun.

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  • popseal

    Cowards get what they deserve…………………

  • OfficialPro

    Converting to Islam won’t save them if they’re the “wrong” kind of Muslim. After all, the greatest victims so far of Islamic Terrorism, is other Muslims.

    • Drakken

      I wish I could shed a tear, or offer sympathy or empathy, but I am all out. Soon those traitors will suffer our wrath.

      • OfficialPro


  • Lynda

    Thanks for a great article. I do hope Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller can get into the UK. I’m in New Zealand…but the connection to Britain is there in many ways.

    I found it frightening that five or so Dutch people are converting (yeah yeah reverting ….not true though) to Islam.

    I think the Devil is doing a pincer movement to eradicate the light of God in Christ and all that is good in the world. Alasdair MacIntyre, the philosopher, has said in ‘After Virtue’ that we are at the beginning of a new Dark Age. So that is the situation for those who have come from nations formed by the Greek/Roman/Christian/Jewish foundations. That has been rejected for individual absolutism – the ultimate narcissism and hedonism. That takes care of one evil movement away from the absolute reality of Truth. The second evil move is to replace the light of Christ with Islam. Islam is a negation of Christ – without Judaism and Christianity it has nothing. What it has is an inversion of the truth of Christ. One only has to read the inscriptions around the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and know how much it means to destroy the Christian truths about Jesus. One hallmark of evil is what it does to the Icons of Mary the Mother of Christ. The Western pseudo morality strips woman of her innate motherhood in various ways and Islam puts her into subjection as the possession of sanctified cruelty from mutilation, honour killing and denial of her humanity.

    In the end what can we say…God either does or does not exist. It is rational to believe in God. What is not rational is to think that human beings can build utopias – Islam is like this and so is the idea of human progress.

    God has the last word – Christians know this life is only the beginning and so will understand any suffering to come. It is not a sign that Christianity is failing that so many turn away or turn to anti-christs like Islam. We have always been told this would happen.

    Yes, God has the last word so take care of yourselves and look to stay faithful to absolute goodness whose name is Jesus. As he said, What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul’. Also, ‘Those who love their life will lose it and those who hate their life will keep it’.

    Look, wherever you sit on this…we are in dark days. Many many areas of the world are and have gone through similar times over the millennia. What is important is each person’s response to the challenges.

    The above link is a daily updated forum which follows Pope Francis and many other interesting things. At least the Pope will give some gladness and guidance to lost souls. He is a man for this time.
    God Bless

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    It is not much better in Britain

    Is the House of Commons abdicating its duty regarding the Iranian nuclear threat?

  • MOAB

    Lets cry a river for poor Europe. There’s nothing they can do, all you stupid ***** gave your guns away, and with it, the ability to protect yourselves. Don’t worry though, your friend the government will come and save you, oh wait, you’ll just wait for the Americans to come in again and save you, just like we saved your weak asses from the Nazis. You are pathetic, reap what you sow.

  • kevinstroup

    My mother has always been cynical and said that she was of the belief that deep down inside, most people want to live in a dictatorship because it relieves them of the responsibility of making decisions in/about/for their own life. The older I get, the more I agree with her. Most people are too lazy to sacrifice for, take responsibility for and sweat for their own lifestyles. Such people are slaves forever in search of a master. Islam makes one hell of a master.

  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    ’Em does not begin with an opening single quotation mark. Unbork your Unicode.

  • Rohit

    I am from India (Hindu) and I must admit that Muslims are a problem everywhere. To expect Muslims to integrate is a stupidity on part of out politicians.

    Muslims fighting Christains in Southern Africa, Europe, USA,

    Muslims fighting Jews in Israel

    Muslims fighting Hindus in India

    Muslims fighting Sikhs in India

    Muslims fighting Buddhists in Burma, China

    Muslims fighting Parsis in Iran

    Now Muslims will start fighting the Jedi in Galactic Empire!

    • JoJoJams

      Getting the Bhuddists, of all people, to take up arms and start fighting should be an eye-opener for ANY person on this globe with an iota of sense. Newsflash, world!! So many problems the world over, and the one common denominator is…… That absolutely horrific and evil religion/cult known as islam.

    • LindaRivera

      Ruling elites are NOT stupid. They are EVIL. They are DELIBERATELY colonizing our countries with many millions of infidel-hater Muslims.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Rohit: You forgot to mention us atheists. Islam doesn’t have much use for us, either.

      • paendragon

        But all muslims are atheists, too! They just won’t admit it LOL!

    • paendragon

      The muslims will pretend to BE the Jedis: Je(ha)dis!

      Unless I’ve stumbled on another clue that George Lucas IS a muslim…!


  • cestusdei

    In a century the grandchildren of these appeasers will curse their grandparents for handing over their nations to the Islamicists.

    • JoJoJams

      Some may. Most, however, will simply be bowing 5 times a day to the idol of allah, never even knowing there own past histories – – much as has happened in every single nation now polluted by the shitiocy of islam.

  • knowshistory

    a question all those nice people in the west who agree with the muslim assertion that us infidels deserve death for being “in their lands”. how about all those muslims in OUR lands? do muslims deserve death for being in our lands? think about it, but start thinking quickly. there is not much time left before ALL land is THEIR land. how do you nice people think muslims are going to treat you for being “in their land” after they convert your land into their land? think it cant happen? every country that islam claims as its own belonged to someone else before peaceful muslims conquered them, genocided their previous population, and repopulated them with peaceful muslims. do you think muslims are going to go against 14 centuries of genocide just to keep you on the planet? I don’t think so.

  • Drakken

    I am not one of those who think that islam will take over the west, our anger is slow to rise but rise it will. Today they try to silence peoples voices, tomorrow they will hear the sound of rifles in response.

  • jgeorgia2000

    The US should be a different story…I hope. As for Europe and England they are lost. Even if the people rise up they have no way to suceed because every country there have banned guns. Hopefully as long as we are armed we have some protection.

    • Drakken

      Where there is a will, there is a way, arms one way another will get to the people who need them.

    • therealpm

      Guns are not as big a problem as you imagine. There were few guns in Northern Ireland prior to 1969, but when the troubles started paramilitaries soon sprang up and acquired guns. In some European countries, such as Switzerland and parts of Scandinavia, guns are actually rather plentiful anyway.

  • Infidel4Ever

    Like Mr. Bawer says, Islam never leaves you alone. These folks are seriously mistaken if they think they can fake their way through Sharia as Islam starts to replace the secular regimes. And since our current “leaders” are cut from the same progressive-fascist cloth as the Europeon version, anyone who thinks it can’t happen here in the USA is in La-La Land.

    • defcon 4

      I remember reading a story about a muslime man who was caught outside of his mosque (in either Iran or Iraq, I forget which) by his fellow muslimes who questioned him as to why he had missed prayers. He replied his prayers were between him and allah, for which he was beaten to death in the streets.

  • tagalog

    As the movie On The Beach reaches its end, the camera plays over banners hanging over the empty and quiet streets that proclaim “THERE IS STILL TIME BROTHER.”

    Fitting for the Islamic onslaught on Europe. As the jihadists stone the violators of shari’a in the streets with the blessing of European courts, they will do so as formerly Christian Europeans cry, “THERE IS STILL TIME, BROTHER.”

  • Blake hitler

    can we kill all the muslims already? what are we waiting for? they have already cast the first stone

  • Jakareh

    I think that if people had an alternative, something to belong to and believe in, many would embrace it. In short, we need a European version of the Irgun. Here’s the Irgun oath:

    “Of my own free will and consent, and without any coercion, I swear to be a loyal soldier in the Irgun Zvai Leumi in the Land of Israel who will defend the national property, life and honor, and will help to bring about the full restoration of our people in the land of their forefathers. I accept obedience without any reservations, and promise to keep total secrecy in regard to all I know about the Irgun. I will obey my commanders and carry out all their orders at any time. So help me the Guardian of Israel.”

    • defcon 4

      Isn’t it time the Irgun and/or Haganah were reformed in Israel?

  • http://www.americarepublicspring.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    Referring to what the officials in today’s Eurozone are doing as ‘leading’ is deceptive. They don’t seem to be leading anywhere, they are curing nothing, and they are sinking financially, socially, and religiously into a multifaceted quagmire.

    They have destroyed the national structure that guarded European individuality.

    They have destroyed the fiscal security that was being restored by each nation after WW2, before the EU leaders tricked the European people into the clutches of pseudo socialist financial planners.

    They destroyed the sanctity of Christian moral action with secular permissiveness that lead to the loss of the European societies moral anchors. They left their societies open to attacks from Muslims or any other well organized enemy of Christian society.

    Europeans, like Americans, are waking to the facts of their loss, and the fact that their leadership is the problem. But, like the Americans, they haven’t yet figured out just what they can do about it.

    That is the reason Obama and his Rm 201 crew may be in such a hurry. They know the Americans are getting it figured out, and they want it finished before the America’s real republicans figure out what to do about it.

    Marvin Fox

  • LindaRivera

    A 23-year-old woman in Oscarshamn was on her way home when she was stopped by three young men of foreign origin. “Are you Swedish?” they asked her. When she said yes, they hit her so hard that she fell to the ground. Then, looking down at her, lying there at their feet, they said: “Welcome to Sweden. It’s our country now, not yours.” End of quote.

    Every European ruling elite and every Prime Minister in Britain since Tony Blair are RESPONSIBLE for every cruel Muslim rape, sexual enslavement and violent attack on our non-Muslim people. Wicked ruling elites have colonized our countries with many millions of Muslims to ENABLE Muslims to OBEY commands in the Quran and mosques to conquer us, ENSLAVE us, DESTROY our freedom and human rights and rule over us with barbaric sharia law.

    • paendragon

      So now we must ask: Who’s more guilty – some benighted muzis, raised in some back-desert sand-pits from birth on Muhammad’s lies, and whose ancestors were among Big Moe’s first victims, or “our leaders” who were NOT raised in darkness but in freedom and Western privilege? Obviously, the traitors are worse and more immorally culpable for their treason than the holy mobster jihadis are for honestly embracing their own crime-creed.

      • LindaRivera

        You are absolutely correct.

  • Darrell Pack

    Bruce, excuse my ignorance but is your book Surrender being translated into French, German etc.? It is excellent work and in my view (as an Evangelical Christian) it may help galvanize the dwindling forces standing for secular and constitutional governance.

  • walterbyrd

    I can hear it now: “But those are only the bad Muslims. Most Muslims are good Muslims. Every religion has it’s criminals. Not fair to label all Muslims because of the actions of a few”


    Why did Europe bring these things into their countries, they could have had our worthless things instead…..???

  • infedel

    Islam is not a religion. Ban it.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    “…the original 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If you’ve never seen it, check it out. Like what’s happening in Europe today, it’s terrifying. ”

    It’s been a long time since I saw the original, but I remember the ending had the sole survivor of the pod invasion of his town standing in city traffic desperately warning people of the threat they face. He was ignored.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Presumably there’s no place on their checklists for “soft jihad.”

    Exactly, since if it isn’t considered to be terrorism, then it’s totally ignored and uncontested. Nevertheless, terrorism is not holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islam’s totalitarian law. As that is jihad instead, and jihad is not only the highest pillar of Islam, it is also a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in one form or another. As a matter of fact, the sole purpose of Islam is to subjugate into totalitarianism all religions and infidels via the imposition of Sharia.

    Nevertheless, as long as the West continues to conflate what is really jihad as being terrorism, soft, i.e., non-violent jihad, will continue to be waged uncontested.

  • Freedom for the BRITISH

    I do NOT condone the actions of Anders Brevik but one can certainly understand his motives!

  • paendragon

    The EUSSR shoudl be disbanded, and all the criminal negligent leaders jailed.

    LePen was right, but little did she know how right shew was and is:

    Blocking roads is an ACT OF WAR, and all the moslems know of this historical tactic:

    Re: Sura 5:33 (The Punishment of those Who Cause Mischief in the Land):

    Allah said next, …

    “The recompense of those who wage war* against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land.”

    Sura 5:33 doesn’t demand equal retribution or even merely “defensive” warfare, since the word corruption (fasad) can refer to someone who speaks out against Muhammad and/or Islam.

    This means that the above-prescribed punishments will be inflicted on a person even if the individual hasn’t caused any physical injury to anyone, as the explanatory hadiths which append the Qur’an, and supplemental tafsir notes explain:

    *” ‘Wage war’ mentioned here means, OPPOSE AND CONTRADICT, and it includes DISBELIEF, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume 3, p. 161)

    i.e: Those who even only verbally resist the islamic exotortion racket’s claims, by declaring that Muhammad was wrong, must be murdered by the Muslims!

  • paendragon

    Re: (europeans) “were brought up to believe that the lesson of World War II is to exalt peaceful coexistence above all else and to reject the idea of fighting for anything” and so embrace “the triumph of pragmatism (tragically misguided though it may be) over principle.”

    So, (thanks, feminazis!) who really won WWII?

    I’d say: Neville Chamberlain did!