Ralph Peters and the Fanaticism Cure of Europe
I’ve said before here that this guy has some fundamentally flawed premises, making his analysis and conclusions rather inconsistent in their accuracy. Sometimes they are accurate to a T, but most of the time they drift off due to lack of variables being taken into consideration and basic premises wrongly attributed.
Laer here writes about some of the effects of Europe’s fanaticism. But it isn’t the cure for Muslims that Ralph Peters said it would be.
In Germany, believing abortion to be as murderous as the holocaust is a crime, and educating your own children is a crime too. In France, saying that “homosexual behaviour endangers the survival of humanity” is a crime, and so is the distribution of pork soup to the poor. In Belgium, speaking out against immigration is a crime.
Last week, a German court sentenced a 55-year old Lutheran pastor to one year in jail for “Volksverhetzung” (incitement of the people) because he compared the killing of the unborn in contemporary Germany to the holocaust. Next week, the Council of Europe is going to vote on a resolution imposing Darwinism as Europe’s official ideology.
Indeed, next Tuesday, the Council of Europe (CoE), Europe’s main human-rights body, will vote on a proposal which advocates the fight against creationism, “young earth” and “intelligent design” in its 47 member states.
According to a report of the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, creationists are dangerous “religious fundamentalists” who propagate “forms of religious extremism” and “could become a threat to human rights.” The report adds that the acceptance of the science of evolutionism “is crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies.”
“Creationism, born of the denial of the evolution of species through natural selection, was for a long time an almost exclusively American phenomenon,” the report says.
It makes logical sense that for weaklings like the Europeans to only take on weak people that don’t want to fight back. Even real fanaticism chose the Jews because the Jews wouldn’t fight back, the Nazis after all didn’t pick on Americans to kill first. But if you don’t take this variable and premise into consideration, then you’ll be like Ralph Peters, making wrong conclusions.
Ralph Peters, interviewed at FrontPage Magazine last week, illustrates his familiar two-sided persona: a rational and astute analyst of military affairs when it comes to the Iraq war (he gives the best one-paragraph summary of the U.S. failures in Iraq that I have seen); and a Europe-hating, white-hating lunatic when it comes to broader issues of politics and culture. Remember, it was Peters who described the leading Islam critics such as Bat Ye’or and Robert Spencer (though he lacked the honesty to name them) as Nazi-like bigots eager to commit mass murder. In the FrontPage interview, he repeats his fixed idea that Europe is under absolutely no danger of Islamization, and that the very notion of Islam gaining power and spreading sharia in Europe is “nuts,” because the Europeans are natural-born mass killers who will wipe out the Muslims the moment they get really annoyed at them. So blindly hostile is he to Europe, that he cannot conceive of a real threat to Europe from Islam, because that would require that he view Europe’s situation with at least some degree of sympathetic understanding. (Worse, his ideas about Europe are now being treated respectfully by at least one prominent and respected neocon–see below.) Thus the following exchange: :
I will only focus on Peters comments concerning mass killings of Muslims in Europe. The above is a different POV, though at its base agreeable with my own position.
PK: Now to Europe, the subject of our conference: What is your sense of the status of Christianity there? Do you agree that it is not merely in decline, but, in many ways, under attack? If so, how is it under attack? Who or what is attacking it?
Peters: To me, the question is whether Christianity in Europe is irrevocably in decline, or merely in abeyance and waiting to return. Religious faith has never been a constant—it’s cyclical. The great religious revivals of the 17th century (here, I mean the Puritans, dissenters, etc.), 18th century (Wesley and his peers), and the 19th century in England were all reactions to a breakdown in personal faith and public morality. We idealize the past, forgetting that humans have always strayed (and often with great enthusiasm).
That said, a key difference today is that, while states favored religious belief in the past, today governments have fled from any meaningful identification with Christianity (even where “Christian” is part of a political party’s name). Enforced secularization at the hand of bureaucrats educated to leftist biases has done much to discredit religion in Europe.
And yet, faith is unkillable. While Europe exudes the bleak odor of atheism today, I don’t think it would take all that much to re-excite faith—perhaps greater confrontation with Muslim immigrants, or a pandemic … or simply a reaction to the current anomie afflicting individuals and their societies.
I look at the entire globe as I attempt to understand Europe, and what do I see?Evangelical fervor sweeping much of Latin America, a reawakened yearning for spirituality in China (to the great alarm of the bureaucrats in Beijing), the mighty Christianity of sub-Saharan Africa (syncretic, yes, but so is European Christianity), and even the religious fever scorching the Muslim world…. All of this suggests that Europe is not eternally immune to faith.
Whether we approach religion as transcendental reality or merely as the most effective survival mechanism ever developed by human collectives (a key point Darwin and Spencer missed), it’s clear that it isn’t going to go away anytime soon. And centuries of faith cannot be fully erased in a few generations—the problem at present is that, although the Europeans have disavowed God, they’ve retained the intolerant self-righteousness of the sort of fanatics who give religion a bad name. Today’s Europeans are Inquisitors without a cause.
Here is Ralph going off on his own little adventure.
PK: You made a very interesting point at our last conference, which you will be discussing at this conference: You said that, given Europe’s often brutal track record of dealing with ethnic minorities, we should not be surprised if these “high-minded” Europeans suddenly get real ugly with the Muslims in their midst. Could these people crack down on Muslims? And is that already happening?
Peters: The hatred is already there, just waiting for trigger events—such as a wave of terror attacks—to operationalize it. Native Europeans despise Muslims, while Muslim immigrants despise Europeans and their values (and the Saudis continue to fund the exacerbation of hatred and the deepening of social divisions). As I’ve said many times, Europe is the continent that perfected genocide and ethnic cleansing—and that has exported more man-wrought death than any other continent. We still identify too readily with Europe because Europeans look like (most of) us. But American civilization and European civilization are profoundly different and ever more divergent. When I look at the situation in France, for example, where both the native-born and the immigrants behave insufferably, my reaction is, “A plague on both their houses.”
Remember that, perfected genocide.
PK: You are a military historian, and a talented and insightful one whose predictions are often right on the mark. So, I will ask this bluntly: Could there eventually be a war in Western Europe between native Europeans and Muslim immigrants? What type of war—wars of jihad in certain countries, continental-wide war?
Peters: I’m a student of history, but would not presume to call myself a historian. I’m interested in how history works, not in compiling footnotes.
There may be abortive, if lurid, Muslim uprisings in Europe—it all depends on how a very complex equation plays out—but if there are, they will fail miserably and swiftly. There will be no Eurabia. Jihad in Europe is doomed. There will be no continent-wide war, although each country would be glad for an excuse to participate in continent-wide repression. When their welfare is sufficiently threatened, Europeans will return to form as heartless killers and ethnic cleansers.
You can’t make steel out of spit.
So we have Ralph Peters going on about Europe and the latent potential for a fascistic cleansing of Muslims there. But what’s the reality?
The reality is that the Europeans will always pick on the weak horse, and if the Islamic Jihad proves themselves to be strong, then Europe will cave just like Vichy France caved. They will actively collaborate, since hey they didn’t like the Jews or the Ameris in the PoliticsExplore posts in the same categories: