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January 18, 2005

Whom the Gods Would Destroy They First Make Moonbats

It's good for a laugh when haughty Europeans (the French in particular) pooh-pooh America from the sinking ship of their spent civilization. But it's frightening too — for the same reason that graveyards are frightening. You can't help but think, Once they were as healthy as I am. Now they're decomposing. One day...

Of course, Europe isn't dead yet. But it could be on its last legs.

Prior to the Twentieth Century, Europe had been the greatest civilization in the world for hundreds of years, making unprecedented contributions to every aspect of human endeavor and laying the groundwork for the American civilization currently supplanting it. What happened to cause such a precipitous decline, from Charlemagne to Jacques Chirac?

Moonbattery is what happened.

If moonbattery is a disease, then one of its most severe symptoms is socialism, which has caused millions of deaths and incalculable economic harm in its three forms — Fascism, Communism, and the "third way" variety that cripples the economy through excessive taxation and regulation, and by discouraging work — leaving Europe enervated. An even more severe symptom is the delusion that a culture has no right to defend itself — in this way moonbattery attacks the immune system, like AIDS.

In nature, when an illness has sufficiently weakened an organism that it is no longer fit to survive, it won't for long. The same is true of nations. France, Holland, and Belgium — the canaries in the coal mine of moonbattery — exist today for the sole reason that they were rescued from extinction by the United States and Britain during World War II. But this was only a temporary reprieve.

Ten percent of the population of France now consists of Muslims. These are not the sort of immigrants America has been blessed with — who have come to this country from all over the world for the opportunities it offers, who for the most part have loved this country, and have worked hard both to assimilate and to make their own unique contributions. The Muslim immigrants in France appear to have neither love for their new country nor any intention of assimilating. They are not there to contribute to France, but to displace it. Given the respective birthrates of the immigrants, who continue to pour into the country, and the native French, there is little doubt that unless France defends itself (which it has not), they will succeed.

What stops French civilization from fighting for its life? A combination of cowardice, inability to confront reality, neurotic guilt, lack of cultural vitality, and indulgence in the self-defeating, sanctimonious nonsense that the Left prefers to morality — in a word, moonbattery.

Islamic conquest by immigration is even farther along in Holland, where people are already being killed in the street for expressing views critical of Islamofascism. When Theo Van Gogh, descendant of the great painter, was murdered for making a film that Muslims didn't like, there was a token complaint: an artist painted a mural in his neighborhood that included an ascending angel and the words "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Authorities destroyed the mural lest it offend Muslims.

It won't be long before we see women publicly stoned to death for adultery in Amsterdam. That's when we will know that Dutch culture doesn't exist anymore. Prevented by political correctness from fighting to save their country, the Dutch are responding to the situation by fleeing it.

The situation in Belgium is similar. As in France and Holland, there are those not so disoriented by moonbattery that they cannot perceive their encroaching doom. But in Western Europe, the moonbats hold the high ground. Facilitating the annihilation of their culture by Islam, they banned the country's most popular political party on the grounds that it was "racist" — indicating that in a sense, Belgium is already gone.

The situation extends beyond these three countries.

Sweden's ultraliberal asylum laws have resulted in one quarter of Malmö's population of 250,000 being Muslim. Of these, 90% are unemployed and live off government benefits. For self-defense, police cars enter some Muslim neighborhoods only in pairs.

Once a proud nation, Spain hit rock bottom when it responded to a terrorist attack that killed 200 people by electing an anti-Coalition socialist in a shameful gesture of appeasement.

I could go on.

Ironically, the Islamic culture that will finish off a Europe crippled by moonbattery is itself the withered remnant of a once great civilization. During Europe's dark ages, the Muslim world was at the pinnacle of human accomplishment. Now many of its people have degenerated into resentful barbarians, worshipping a homicidal pimp who promises to reward them with sexual favors from virgins for killing innocent civilians.

Every great culture reaches a point where it begins to decline. But for America that point does not have to come soon — not if we do our sacred duty when we encounter moonbattery by driving a stake through its putrid heart.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 18, 2005 08:02 AM


Van Helsing--- thank you for this cogent, brilliantly clear invitation to rational conservatism. Compelling.

Posted by: Harry at January 18, 2005 11:50 AM

Harry took the word cogent right out of my impression, along with compelling. What a well-written, engaging, and astute piece. Hats off to you, sir.

Posted by: patrickafir at January 18, 2005 05:47 PM

Good comments. I've added you to my blogroll.

Posted by: Irene Adler at January 18, 2005 11:50 PM

Simply outstanding, VH. Who would have thought that the Europe once hailed as the modern nexus of Western Civilization would so crumble, that the only real hope for the once-proud Europeans (excepting the French, of course) would actually derive from a few disobedient expatriates and religious free-thinkers just looking for a little freedom from tyranny.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at January 19, 2005 06:59 AM

Very good-no, excellent piece on this. Disturbing, to think about what we're facing--the magnitude of it-it's mind bending, to say the least--Cao.

Posted by: Caoilfhionn at January 19, 2005 06:58 PM

You've got it in a nutshell. But beware the virulent strain of moonbattery affecting a sizeable portion of our own population, and their seats of power and influence in the media and academia. We're not out of the woods yet.

Posted by: Paul at January 19, 2005 08:05 PM

I thought Enoch Powell and his foul views had died ages ago. Obviously not judging by the views expressed here.

In 1968 he said this in his famous Rivers of Blood speech: "In this country (UK) in 15 or 20 years' time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man".

You sound exactly like him. What complete and utter rubbish. And for all you will try to counter that this is not racism or whites v blacks it is exactly that: pure biggotry.

"The Muslim immigrants in France appear to have neither love for their new country nor any intention of assimilating."

How many Muslim immigrants in France or for that matter anywhere in Europe do you know? I would imagine none. I have stayed in France before and the Muslim community is in fact well integrated, apart from those who are forced to live in high-rise buildings in the Banlieue. That's not there fault though, it's just government policy.

There are in fact 3.7 million Muslims in France, not 6 million.

French civilisation isn't fighting for its life? Get real. France has introduced numerous new laws within the past few years which have:
- set a minimum of 30% of all music played on French radio to be in the French language
- discouraged the use of English-language signs (e.g. "Le Week-end" is now "Le fin de semaine")
- increased funding for museums and other French cultural centres
- banned the "Foulard" - islamic head scarf
Go and tell French people that their culture is dying. You will get a mixture of disbelief and anger.

As for the Netherlands. This isn't an epidemic of killings, it's one man. It's like saying that the death of Anna Lindh shows that there's an epidemic of anti-liberal feeling in Sweden, which is completely daft.

The reason why Spain elected a new government in 2004 after the Madrid terrorist attacks wasn't because they were afraid that it would happen again if they didn't, but because the ruling government at the time blamed it exclusively on ETA even though there was clear evidence at that time that Al-Qaeda were responsible.

There was already very strong anti-war feeling in Spain in the run up to the election and the two parties were neck-and-neck. The government's actions in not admitting to its electorate that it was Al-Qaeda that was responsible was what pushed the vote over to the socialists.

I find your comments utterly shameful. You are not giving in to some "Islamic takeover", but rather to biggotry, intolerance and not-so-thinly disclosed racism.

Posted by: mark at January 22, 2005 01:18 PM

Get a clue, Mark. Screeching the worn-out "racism" charge is not going to win any arguments. And if you're going to accuse people of bigotry, at least learn how to spell the word.

Posted by: Van Helsing at February 8, 2005 04:20 PM