Tuesday, March 01, 2005

 

Blame Islam

An interesting point from Jihad al-Khazen's column in al-Hayat:
Europe's extreme right parties are witnessing an increasing and worrisome support, from the Austria's Freedom Party, to France's Popular Front, to Germany's National Democratic Party; but nowhere has the right's revival been as swift or as strong as Belgium's Dutch-speaking region of Flanders, where support for Dewinter's Vlaams Belang, or Flemish Interest, has surged from 10% of the electorate in 1999 to nearly 25% today.

Such a development is worrisome in itself, as the anti-Semitism revealed by the extremist parties is not restricted to the Jews, and it is rejected even if it consisted of the Jews only, but includes the immigrants, especially the Muslims.

What worries me the most in this issue is that I am reading time after time that the reason for the increase of the support for the extreme rightists in Europe is the fear from Islamic Fundamentalism. The Flemish Interest's office, which is located in a 19th century building, shows a poster of a Muslim minaret rising menacingly above the gothic steeple of the city's cathedral.

In other words, we are held responsible for the extremists among us, and now we are held responsible for the extremists among them, because we are the reason behind the increase of support given to them.
So Islam is the root of all problems, foreign and domestic.

Oh, but let's not forget the liberals! They're the ones that let these heathens and Ayrabs into the "homeland" to begin with. And they let them get away with it abroad! They want to give in to the terrorists and talk with Iran and cut and run in Iraq. And Clinton could have had Osama but he didn't get him. And blah blah blah blah blah. Oh sorry, I got off track. In any case, I thought it was an interesting point. I'm sure somebody could do some good discourse analysis if they wanted to. At the moment, that person isn't me.

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