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Dutch ethical narcissism

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-23-22-57In the Netherlands, Dalrymple points out,

a very large proportion of immigration was in accordance with the family reunification program. The original economic migrants, principally from Morocco and overwhelmingly male, were felt to be suffering from loneliness.

So it gave the political class

a nice warm and fuzzy feeling inside (a bit like that experienced in the gullet after a shot of whisky) to let immigrant labourers be reunited with their families—in the Netherlands.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-23-25-55One thing led to another,

and suddenly 11% of the population, much of it economically inactive, was of immigrant origin.

Unfortunately, Dalrymple notes,

those who had the warm and fuzzy feeling—which included the knowledge that they were not repeating the less than glorious record of their country during the Second World War—did not bear the consequences. But they felt good about themselves.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-23-26-50Into the stew of ethical narcissism

was poured multiculturalism. Its object in the Netherlands was the opposite of, or at least very different from, what it  became. Moroccan economic migrants were originally encouraged to maintain links with their homeland and continue their cultural practices so that when they became surplus to the Netherlands’ requirements for cheap unskilled labour—that is to say, of pensionable age or sooner if there were an economic downturn—they would be able to reintegrate easily back into Morocco. As Goethe said, however, grey is theory, but green is the tree of life.

For many years, Dalrymple writes,

the political class and much of the educated middle class refused to see that there was a problem—not only because it did not obtrude much on their personal lives, but because they had created it, and they would have to lose their ethical virginity if they tried to do anything about it.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-23-22-23Unfortunately,

molten lava has a habit sometimes of breaking through the placid surface of the earth. The rise of Pim Fortuyn was the tremor and his murder, as well as that of Theo van Gogh, the eruption.

Fortuyn has found a successor in Geert Wilders, who

is accused of incitement to hatred and discrimination. But it is quite clear that he has done no more in regard to Islam than, say, an anticommunist might have done in claiming that the implementation of communist doctrine inevitably leads to tyranny.

Theodore on Theodoor

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Submission, the 2004 film for which Theo van Gogh paid with his life

The source of Mohammedan rage against the Dutch filmmaker

Theodoor van Gogh, writes Dalrymple, was

a brash and combative man, who took his freedom of expression for granted.

But such freedom, Dalrymple points out,

is an historical exception rather than an historical rule, a reversible achievement rather than a free gift of God. There are many who would rather kill than brook contradiction of their opinions or beliefs, even while they live in the most tolerant of societies.

Dutch confidence

that unconditional tolerance can be on its own the unifying principle of a viable society has been dented. For tolerance to work, it must be reciprocal; tolerance appears to the jihadist mere weakness. Unilateral tolerance in a world of intolerance is like unilateral disarmament in a world of armed camps.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 09.24.46Van Gogh’s work exposed

a raw nerve of Muslim identity in Western Europe: the abuse of women.

This abuse is

essential for people of Muslim descent for maintaining any sense of separate cultural identity in the homogenising solution of modern mass society.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 09.28.45Were it not for the abuse of women, Islam would go the way of the Church of England.

Mohammedanism

is as vulnerable in Europe to the forces of secularisation as Christianity has proved to be. The majority of Muslims in Europe, particularly the young, have a weak and tenuous connection to their ancestral religion. Their level and intensity of belief is low; pop music interests them more. Far from being fanatics, they are lukewarm believers at best.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 09.29.49The abuse of women appeals to men because

it gives them a sense of power, however humiliated they may feel in other spheres.

The oppression of women by Muslim men in Western Europe

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 09.39.44gives those men at the same time a sexual partner, a domestic servant, and a gratifying sense of power, while allowing them also to live an otherwise westernised life. For the men, it is convenient. Religious sanction for the oppression of women (whether theologically justified or not) is the main attraction of Islam to young men in an increasingly secular world.

The invincible complacency of the Dutch

A discussion of the Netherlands in particular and the northern European mess in general.