What do Americans fear? What do Northern Europeans fear?
It’s obvious: imaginary terrorists. Americans, once hard-headed realists, now seem to be the driving force behind bogeymen under every bed. And, it appears, they have sold this climate of fear to the once very rational, very hard-headed Europeans.
On December 31, 2015, RT, the international news channel, reported that the French and the Belgians had canceled New Year’s celebrations in Paris and Brussels—because of supposed threats of terrorist attacks. RT added that Munich had closed two railroad stations since there were also reports of possible extremist incidents. (Munich’s response, according to the Washington Post of January 1, 20016, came after being “tipped off by a[n unidentified] foreign intelligence service”—Israel’s?). The Post added that authorities closed Moscow’s Red Square on New Year’s Eve. The paper implied terrorist threats caused this, a statement disputed by a former Russian government official. A Belgian contact noted that the streets of Brussels are still full of soldiers, the police are searching houses in Molenbeek, an Arab and Muslim area of the city, the restaurants are only half full, and the transport system in the capital shut down at 10 p.m. on December 31. She said the entire populace is now afraid.
Suspicious people might wonder at this. Following the August 21, 2015 incident aboard the Thalys express train, RT announced September 18, 2015, an unarmed, unidentified man had locked himself in a toilet aboard the Thalys, claiming he had a bomb. Police evacuated the train along with seven platforms in Rotterdam. What’s so interesting about the first event was that it was providently foiled by two American soldiers (one just back from Afghanistan) and a Briton, alleged to have a military contractor background. (His partner, we’re told, runs EU train security.) They just happened to be traveling on a luxury train running through Germany, Belgium, Holland, and France when a Moroccan came out of the toilet carrying an AK-47.
Were the Thalys incidents a test-drive for the politics of fear?
The attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 sure helped. They followed the January 15, 2015 gunfire at the alleged satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in reality, an anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic rag. But, the shoot-out helped build a worldwide climate of hatred and fear of Muslims.
What appears to be the basis for a rising tide of hatred and fear is the rising tide of migrants from Arab and Muslim countries. According to a German contact, they’ve even reached Süßen, a small town of some 10,000 people 45 km. (ca. 27 miles) east of Stuttgart. The municipality is housing them in a sports-hall, she said.
According to Deutsche Welle (Germany’s international broadcaster), Czech President Miloš Zeman has compared the refugees arriving in Europe to a Trojan horse. He called the influx an “organized invasion.” The news service continued, quoting from Zeman’s December 24 Christmas message, that [he] “warned against welcoming asylum seekers and described the European culture of hospitality as naïve.” The Czech President added “I am profoundly convinced that we are [not] facing…a spontaneous movement of refugees.” Zeman, elected head of state in early 2013, further noted “A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men in good health, and single. I wonder why these men are not taking up arms to go fight for the freedom of their countries against the Islamic State”.
Zeman was not alone in castigating this Migration of Peoples, die Vőlkerwanderung.
Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, described the refugees entering Europe as “looking like an army”. Quoted in the Guardian, as speaking at a gathering of conservative parties from across the Continent, Orbán said: “What we have been facing is not a refugee crisis. This is a migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees and also foreign fighters. This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process.” Continuing, he added, “[The] Right to human dignity and security are basic rights. But neither the German nor the Hungarian way of life is a basic right of all people on the Earth.”
According to EurActiv.com, a summit of the “Visegrad Four” countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland– held in Prague on September 4, 2015, rejected mandatory quotas for taking refugees, but said the group wanted to contribute to tackling the crisis and protect the Schengen border-free zone. (The 1985 Schengen, Luxemburg agreement guaranteed free movement of people within most of the EU.) Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz claimed refugee quotas would attract further migrants to the EU. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who chaired the meeting, asserted discussions about refugee quotas did not go to the point. The core of the problem is the EU incapability to regulate migration and the situation in the countries like Syria and Libya, he argued. “We agreed that the debate on quotas has only one purpose. It diverts attention from the real core of the problem. Europe [has] lost [the] capability to regulate migration,” Sobotka said.
And it’s not just the smaller states of Europe who speak out against this Vőlkerwanderung.
According to CNN, Russian President Vladimir Putin “…point[s] the finger at Europe and the United States for what has now become one of the biggest mass migrations of people in modern times.” Putin further noted “…[in] talking to reporters Friday [September 4, 2015], it’s the West’s wrong-headed foreign policy in the Middle East and Northern Africa that’s at the root of the crisis.”
CNN added, “Putin, speaking to the Russian news agency TASS, said he warned the West about the possible consequences of its Mideast and Africa policy several years ago. ‘What is this policy about? This is imposing its standards without taking into consideration historic, religious, national and cultural specifics of these regions,’ Putin told…TASS at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. ‘This is first of all, the policy of our American partners. I am looking with surprise at certain American mass media now criticizing Europe for an excessively tough, as they believe, treatment of migrants,’ Putin added.” Europe is “blindly following U.S. instructions” and suffering greatly, he said.
Well, just how did this supposed spontaneous migration come to Europe? We could suggest that this is similar to the mujahideen migrating to Afghanistan to change the attitude of the Soviet Union. Besides recruiting terrorists and “migrants” in Saudi Arabia, using American consular offices in Dhahran, Jeddah, and Riyadh, there were 52 hiring offices in the United States, including one in Washington, D.C. Overseen by the al-Farukh mosque in Brooklyn (with the aid of the Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a CIA recruit), the various bureaus transferred money as well as recruits abroad. Who’s to say these organizations were never shut down? Who’s to say these organizations were never expanded? Who’s to say these organizations don’t operate in the Middle East and South Asia?
Sheikh Abdullah Anas, son-in-law of Abdullah Azzam, the tutor to Osama bin Laden, might be able to tell us. But, he doesn’t talk, perhaps for fear of jeopardizing his asylee status in Great Britain—and possibly harming his opportunity for emigrating to the United States.
But, what’s going to become of all this? As one astute analyst of the European scene noted:
Immigration and integration politics, and confrontations with Muslim conservatives over education, women’s rights, and the relationship between the state and religion are likely to strengthen right-of-center political organizations and splinter the left-of-center political coalitions that were instrumental in building it.
And what will this lead to? As that observer sagely added:
Germany’s national security is on the verge of collapse… [Expect] militarization of Germany in domestic and international domains as a result of this crisis and respective changes in German and anticipated EU changes in laws… [Look for] restriction of freedom of speech and hate speech laws, No-Go Zones, strictly enforced protest zones…. Europe moves to the political right in fear and attempted public self-defense, uncomfortably far to the right……[As the result of] the groups, individuals and motives behind the entire manufactured mass migration crisis…
In other words, fear.
COMMENT: Instead of investigating this man-made crisis, instead of holding people to account for their actions, governments and news media, even long-established ones with capable journalists, parrot phrases about the need to help the unfortunates. The unfortunates are certainly not going to help the peoples and their governments. And it’s likely too late for any effective action. Look at the United States and its 20 million (if not more) illegal aliens. Every time a politician complains about what they’ve done to the country’s culture, the Left shouts him down as a racist who wants to send productive people back to failed states with repressive governments. The same situation obtains in Europe: the Good Man, the Gutmensch, welcomes the illegals fleeing war and devastation. (But neglect to say that the United States and its repressive allies in the region have created this chaos.)