The new Reconquista
A new type of anti-immigration protest is sweeping across Germany, as thousands take to the streets against what they say is the growing “Islamisation” of the country.
The new protests, which began in the city of Dresden in the former East Germany, feature no neo-Nazi slogans and have nothing to do with the traditional far right. [Didact: I put in additional emphasis for a very good reason. It cannot be pointed out often enough that neo-Nazis are the ugliest face of the Left, and not the far right, as most media types tend to assume.]
Instead the demonstrators have adopted the old rallying call of the protests against the East German communist regime that brought down the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, “Wir sind das Volk”, or “We are the people”. They say they want to preserve Germany’s Judeo-Christian Western culture.
The protests come as Bavaria’s ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) is seeking to distance itself from a draft proposal for its party conference which said that immigrants should speak German not only in public, but at home as well.
Germany is now the second most popular destination in the world for migrants, after the US, and the country is struggling to cope with an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers.
While Angela Merkel’s government has made clear it will block any attempt by David Cameron to curtail freedom of movement within the EU, the German debate over immigration has focused on those coming from outside the bloc, and on Muslims in particular.
Thousands have defied sub-zero temperatures to join weekly marches each Monday in Dresden under the banner of Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of Europe, or Pegida.
The protests were started by a local man, Lutz Bachmann, with no background in politics. When he called his first demonstration in October, only a few hundred turned up, but the movement has snowballed, and last week 7,500 came.
Pegida has inspired similar movements across Germany. Though the numbers have not been as high as in Dresden so far, marches have been called in cities from Düsseldorf to Munich.
Demonstrations against Muslim immigration in Cologne earlier this year turned violent, but unlike the far-right groups and self-proclaimed “hooligans” behind those protests, Pegida insists its movement is peaceful.
It has run into opposition, though: last week a counter-demonstration by around 1,000 people succeeded in blocking Pegida’s way through Dresden, and in the city of Kassel, counter-demonstrators actually outnumbered those who marched against immigrants.
Critics contend that known neo-Nazis have infiltrated the protests, while Mr Bachmann, who has called for “zero tolerance for criminal immigrants”, was forced to acknowledge he “has a past”, after a local newspaper reported he has a lengthy criminal record of his own, including convictions for burglary and drug-dealing.
And we are now at the point in the West where, in order to see the radical damage that untrammeled immigration has done, all you have to do is go for a walk.
Here's a hint: the change isn't for the better.
Yet, because this city is so diverse- in my opinion, more so than Manhattan- it is also easy to see the destruction that mass immigration of Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Middle East is wreaking upon the city simply by taking a walk. All you have to do is start at Tower Hill, then head east towards Wapping, and finally take a left beyond the petrol station, which takes about 30 minutes of hoofing to arrive at, to land up in a place called Shadwell.
If you've been to South Asia- I have, many times- you'll find yourself thinking that you're in Calcutta, or Karachi, rather than in London.
It's an area where, if you're white and English, you stick out like a sore thumb in the midst of a neighbourhood where Islamic "science" is taught in the schools, mosques abound everywhere, and the men are walking around in traditional Islamic dress with full-on soup-catcher beards while the women are wearing the full-blown niqab.
And if it's like that in the cities, just imagine what it's like at the borders.
Americans that I respect and admire have told me that, though a foreigner, I am more American than most of the native-born inhabitants of the country; personally, I can think of no higher compliment than this.
Yet I know that I am just a guest in America. If the Americans want me to leave, I will do so- because I respect their right to their own country, because I love what America stands for, and because I believe in the rule of law.
The question of who is truly "American"- or "English", or "German", or "French"- can really only be answered by examining the values that one holds dear.
If, for instance, you believe that the people are sovereign, that government is at its best when restricted and held carefully at bay, that there is only one God and that Christ His Son is our Lord and Saviour, that you must earn the right to vote and prove that you are a law-abiding member of a respectable society, and that you are responsible for your own destiny, then you already identify strongly with the core values that Americans once held dear, and eventually will hold dear again, regardless of the colour of your skin.
This means that, when those horrible, terrible, evil, no-good, very bad Stuffy White-Christian-Jewish-People finally reach the breaking point after being pushed way too far for way too long, picking which side to fight for will be a very easy choice. After all, those stuffy old fuddy-duddies believe in the same things you do- and they have all the guns.
If, however, you believe that you are owed something by the government and by "white folk" around you, or you think that you deserve to be given citizenship and privileges simply by virtue of existing, then you're probably not going to like the future. At all.
Those are the types of people that are, for now, ascendant; they control the narrative, the levers of power, and the purse strings of government. They are also absolutely opposed to everything that the rest of us stand for.
And when- not if, but when- people of the old traditional culture are pushed too far, rebellion and then war will be the inevitable outcome. I'll give you one guess as to what kinds of people will be the targets of that new rebellion, when it comes to pass.
As for those Germans doing the protesting, who seek to stop the Islamisation of their once-proud Christian nation, they should take heart from one thing. The first Reconquista in Spain took over 700 years to achieve its goals. The Moors arrived in Spain in the 8th Century and, as usual, gave non-Muslims three choices: conversion, subjugation, or death.
It took centuries, but eventually, the soldiers of Christ the Redeemer won out. The Moors had the tables turned upon them- they were given not three, but two choices: leave, or die. And Spain went on to become one of the greatest, wealthiest, and most powerful empires the world has ever seen.
The culture and power of the West is declining now, as a consequence of nearly a century of progressive lunacy and poor choices. The reign of madness that surrounds us today needs to be given time to die- and it will die.
What comes after it, though, may well be a restoration of the values and ideals that we hold most dear. And when that happens, we will have a God-given chance to rebuild anew that which was lost.
Can there be any more noble and rewarding duty than this?