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‘Rivers Of Blood’ In Berlin

The view of a British tourist present at the Berlin Christmas market yesterday: [1]

Tourists saw a young child being crushed underneath the hijacked truck which ploughed through a Berlin Christmas market last night, killing 12 and wounding around 50.
Mike Fox and his partner were a ‘few metres’ from being run down by the lorry driven by a Pakistani asylum seeker Naved B, 23, who has only been in the country a few months.

‘There were children in the market. My girlfriend saw a child under the truck,’ Mr Fox said shortly after the attack near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz.

Witnesses saw bodies strewn across the a backdrop of colourful market stalls and Christmas lights as ‘rivers of blood’ flowed from the scene of the attack, which has again sent shockwaves of fear throughout Europe.

More, this from an American witness:

Mr Theis and his girlfriend Lara Colombo, 22, were on their way to the besieged market when they heard sirens and saw people running frantically from the scene.

He said: ‘It was carnage everywhere. There was blood all over the floor. There were people lying on the floor.
‘Nobody was really helping anybody. People were running. It was like every man for themselves. It was dusty and chaotic.

‘The biggest mental image I have is there were two rivers of blood going down the floor.

Rivers of blood, eh? The reader who sent me that link says she was reminded of Tory MP Enoch Powell’s infamous 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech [2]warning Britain against mass immigration. The speech caused a huge outrage, but also drew lots of support. You can see why if you read the full text of it. [3] Here’s how it opens:

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature.

One is that by the very order of things such evils are not demonstrable until they have occurred: at each stage in their onset there is room for doubt and for dispute whether they be real or imaginary. By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: whence the besetting temptation of all politics to concern itself with the immediate present at the expense of the future.

Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles: “If only,” they love to think, “if only people wouldn’t talk about it, it probably wouldn’t happen.”

Perhaps this habit goes back to the primitive belief that the word and the thing, the name and the object, are identical.

At all events, the discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after.

Powell’s speech, which I’d never read in full until today, reminds me of Jean Raspail’s The Camp of the Saints, which I wrote about here [4]. Raspail’s book came out in 1973, and was roundly denounced as racist. It is a fictional tale of how France reacts when it becomes known that millions of Third World migrants are headed toward its shores. The novel excoriates French governmental, academic, media, and religious elites for collapsing in the face of the crisis. The book is undeniably racist in parts, just as Powell’s speech is. But the racist material makes it far too easy for those who don’t want to take the main message seriously to dismiss the warnings as bigoted dystopian fantasy.

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#1 Comment By Nom On December 20, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

Rod,

1. Enoch Powell was never a racist, it’s just slander from people who never knew the man.

2. Europe exported itself in the form of Empire to the ‘Third World’, which I guess you mean places of the world with dark skinned people. Why are you surprised these colonials are aching to get into your countries? Surely what goes around comes around? You don’t see them banging on the doors of China or Japan do you?

3. And especially refugees from the likes of Africa and Latin America, aren’t these people Christian? Do you think places like Secular Europe will benefit from some old school Christianity?

#2 Comment By ForcaAthletic On December 20, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

Well, it wasn’t the Pakistani; they have not found the criminal. Or at least that is what the German police is claiming now. So where to now, Rod? I strongly suggest that we all do not rush to judgment about the identity of the perpetrators. I know it is not convenient, but as the Berlin disaster indicates, it was not who we thought it was.

#3 Comment By Charles Cosimano On December 20, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

The proper response to accusations of racism is to laugh and say, “Who cares?”

#4 Comment By Fran Macadam On December 20, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

Turns out to be Official Fake News (the kind purveyed by oldline print media organizations):

“Mike Fox and his partner were a ‘few metres’ from being run down by the lorry driven by a Pakistani asylum seeker Naved B, 23, who has only been in the country a few months.”

“Naved B.” was determined never to have been in the cab, and was released. The search for the culprit continues.

I know there’s a competition to be first off the line… but we should have realized by now that mainstream media is no more intrinsically credible than any other.

#5 Comment By nemo On December 20, 2016 @ 4:37 pm

“But the racist material makes it far too easy for those who don’t want to take the main message seriously to dismiss the warnings as bigoted dystopian fantasy.”

I disagree. In both cases, the ‘main message’ is bound up with the ‘racist material’. This doesn’t make it ‘far too easy’ to dismiss as ‘bigoted dystopian fantasy’. It just constitutes a ‘bigoted dystopian fantasy’. Next up: Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ or ‘Triumph of the Will’, the sound and salutary ‘main messages’ of which are far too often and easily dismissed due to some ‘racist material’?

And to predict something is, in itself, not a problem. To make a point of broadcasting unreasonable nightmare speculations while dehumanizing others as lumpen ‘hordes’ in the name of ethno-religious triumphalism-as-preservation is.

Again, “Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles: “If only,” they love to think, “if only people wouldn’t talk about it, it probably wouldn’t happen.”

Perhaps this habit goes back to the primitive belief that the word and the thing, the name and the object, are identical.”

Nonsense. It goes back to the principle, easily observed, that people’s actions – and reactions – are affected by one’s frame of reference or vision. If there were not powerful ideological currents, emphases and presuppositions at play in the run-up to the Iraq war, it would have been far less likely to have occurred. If Nazis had not demonized Jews, the Holocaust would have been far less likely. And, by extension, if more German intellectuals did not buy in to the demonizing narrative and had rather worked toward the good, then many tragedies would have been far less likely.

There are no faceless, mindless hordes, and there never were. There are human beings, whom one may either approach as fellow human beings or whom one may choose – for one relatively base purpose or another – to dehumanize. This is true for the ‘Jihadists’; it is as true for those who, from whichever direction, oppose them. One may oppose evil firmly and aggressively without compromising one’s own objectivity, magnanimity, justice and humility, among other ethical qualities and criteria. Rather, one must oppose evil while maintaining a commitment to truth on all levels, otherwise one becomes no better than one’s enemy. One petty little tribe against another petty little tribe ought to be of no interest to anyone – even someone from one of those tribes who sees further and higher.

#6 Comment By collin On December 20, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

Meanwhile, in the US, small businesses are screaming for more workers. Are we find ways to bring WWC from West Virginia into the cities where the jobs are?

#7 Comment By kgasmart On December 20, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

From Powell’s speech:

I can already hear the chorus of execration. How dare I say such a horrible thing? How dare I stir up trouble and inflame feelings by repeating such a conversation?
The answer is that I do not have the right not to do so. Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that his country will not be worth living in for his children.
I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else.

And consider this in the context of Trump – and immigration, for instance.

Trump fanned the flames, but the fact is that illegal immigration is and always was a huge issue for a huge number of Americans. Do our politicians and political system have the right to turn their backs on that concern, as they have?

Lefties will probably say they not only have the right to do so, they have the responsibility to do so – that is, to tell a huge chunk of the population that what you think doesn’t matter And indeed, they have done just that.

Trump was the only possible result.

#8 Comment By kgasmart On December 20, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

Also this – Powell all but prophesied the SJW thought police:

In the hundreds upon hundreds of letters I received when I last spoke on this subject two or three months ago, there was one striking feature which was largely new and which I find ominous. All Members of Parliament are used to the typical anonymous correspondent; but what surprised and alarmed me was the high proportion of ordinary, decent, sensible people, writing a rational and often well-educated letter, who believed that they had to omit their address because it was dangerous to have committed themselves to paper to a Member of Parliament agreeing with the views I had expressed, and that they would risk penalties or reprisals if they were known to have done so. The sense of being a persecuted minority which is growing among ordinary English people in the areas of the country which are affected is something that those without direct experience can hardly imagine.

#9 Comment By Colonel Bogey On December 20, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

So you think that Enoch Powell’s famous speech in 1968 was “racist” [sic]? Hogwash. Leaving aside the fact that the word is properly “racialist”, he was no such thing. He did not believe in any genetic hierarchy of superior and inferior races, nor did he favour racial oppression. But he did desire that England should remain English. He can be applauded for his patriotism.

“Rivers of Blood” was a paraphrase of Vergil’s vision of the Tiber flowing with blood. Powell, an eminent classicist, was a full professor of Greek at 25, and during the 1939-45 war, he was one of only two men to rise from private to brigadier.

His famous speech was truthful and prescient.

[NFR: Where, exactly, did I call it hogwash? I agree that it was prescient. But come on, “piccaninnies” to describe black children is certainly racist. — RD]

#10 Comment By James4321 On December 20, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

But [7] Life is complicated.

#11 Comment By Wes On December 20, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

I wonder if the German Umma will allow Christmas markets in 2100 AD.

#12 Comment By Jeremy Daniels On December 20, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

Enoch Powell was one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. He dedicated his whole life to his country. He stood against his own party when it betrayed the country. Rivers of Blood is a hated speech because it is too true.

#13 Comment By FoolMeOnce On December 20, 2016 @ 5:55 pm

Pakistani asylum seeker Naved B. has been freed for lack of evidence. (Not that the Daily Mail would give a damn.) Yes, it looks like an Islamic extremist attack, and ISIS has claimed inspiration for it, but we really don’t know yet.

#14 Comment By German_reader On December 20, 2016 @ 6:23 pm

I don’t really get the point of this post…that Merkel’s open borders policy is madness (I agree), that Enoch Powell is to be condemned as a racist even if you mostly agree with him (I disagree)…or is it just click bait as the melodramatic title and the picture of a see of blood seem to indicate?
Don’t think there’s much to be said right now anyway as long as the perpetrators (I assume it’s a group who probably are intending to carry out more attacks) haven’t been caught.

#15 Comment By MikeCLT On December 20, 2016 @ 6:38 pm

Diversity + Proximity = War

#16 Comment By FoolMeOnce On December 20, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

I once snuck a read of the first few pages of “The Camp of the Saints” in a bookstore — I sure wasn’t going to buy it. It reads like a concentration camp memoir — by a guard.

[NFR: I don’t believe you. — RD]

#17 Comment By Ken On December 20, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

I had roasted chestnuts at that Christmas market in November 2014. Syrian refugees really are suffering. A third of the country is internally displaced. 5+million are outside the country, some in Lebanon, which was already been destabilized by the Palestinian refugees who came in 1948, and Jordan which already hosted a lot of Iraqis. If I were in their shoes, looking forward to a lifetime spent living on foreign aid in a refugee camp, I would have tried to make it to Europe myself.

I got to know some of them while living in Sweden last year. One of them, Muhammad from Palmyra, had lived in the Emirates and worked at a Crate and Barrel. His English was good and he was making fast progress on learning Swedish. While we were there, his family paid smugglers to get them out of Palmyra, which had fallen to ISIS. He waited anxiously until he heard they had arrived in Turkey. But his father stayed behind to look a the family home. Shortly thereafter, his father disappeared. He told me that if the regime took someone, they were corrupt enough that you could bribe somebody and find out what had happened to them. His father was gone without a trace, and they had to assume that ISIS had taken him, and that he had been killed. Another of his friends had had his father tortured to death by the regime.

They are human beings, and of the 1 million+ in Germany only a tiny fraction are Islamist radicals. But I understand the German desire to end the flow of refugees and be rid of many of the ones who are there. The mood changed rapidly after New Years in Cologne, and there were several small attacks this summer. No people wants to be rewarded for their generosity with constant worry about mass murderers and crowds of drunken young men who behave in Cologne as though they were in Casa Blanca. The Turks have already stopped the flow. There are divisions within the CDU and between the CDU and CSU over the asylum policy. Merkel is already moving right on the issue and has said she will not allow another wave of refugees in. The Swedes put a stop to the tide of refugees when they reimposed passport checks on the bridge from Copenhagen. Europe has already corrected course.

#18 Comment By John Lord On December 20, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

The establishment in Britain has spent the last 50 years or so trying to prove Enoch Powell wrong.

#19 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 20, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

“Europe exported itself in the form of Empire to the ‘Third World’, which I guess you mean places of the world with dark skinned people. Why are you surprised these colonials are aching to get into your countries? Surely what goes around comes around? You don’t see them banging on the doors of China or Japan do you?”

This is another fallacy popular in the West.

1) People do not go banging on the doors of China or Japan because they know they will deported pronto back to where they came from. The Japanese in particular have a strong sense of “blood and soil” identity that rejects even people of Korean origin who have lived in Japan for generations, let alone Africans or Indians. People know that so they do not go there. It has nothing to do with colonialism. This is the same reason these “refugees” from Islamic countries do not go to Israel, which is much closer than Italy or Greece.

2) Large parts of India were colonized by Arabs and Turks for almost 1,300 years (the first Arab invasion was in 711 AD). However Indians do not show up in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Turkey, and demand to move there. That’s because we would be deported immediately by the Saudis, Kuwaitis and Turks, and we know it.
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Some writer once said that Europe died in Auschwitz. After Auschwitz, Christian Europe could no longer look at itself in the mirror, and decided the solution was to abolish itself. “When a man stops believing in God, the problem is not that he does not believe in anything – it is that he will believe everything” as G.K.Chesterton once wrote. When Christian Europe abolished itself, it lost its immune system – its ability to distinguish friend from foe, its ability to fight threats.

What remains in Europe is like a patient who has lost his immune system through radiation – now it is just a host for opportunistic parasites, being taken over by another culture that has committed and continues to commit Auschwitz-level atrocities without the slightest remorse.

Europe is being recycled.

#20 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 20, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

No matter who is doing it, when there are people around willing to sacrifice their lives hijacking trucks and driving them into crowds of civilians, there isn’t a lot that can be done to anticipate them — not unless we take all the trucks off the road so nobody can hijack one.

A few simple precautions:

1) In areas where large street fairs are frequent or regular, install the kind of barriers now in place around the U.S. capitol, sturdy round columns which can be screwed up as needed to physically block a speeding truck, but still allow pedestrians to walk in and out.

2) A lot of truck drivers travel armed anyway, but it should be formally authorized and encouraged, along with some basic training.

On the other hand, someone is bound to start sending squadrons of drones with IEDs into such venues. Maybe a few anti-aircraft guns modified for drone pursuit?

Oh, and people returning to Europe after actual service with Daesh in Syria and Iraq? That should qualify them as POW’s for the duration.

#21 Comment By Fran Macadam On December 20, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

“Meanwhile, in the US, small businesses are screaming for more workers.”

I’ve met more than a few of them, who claim Americans just won’t work for the pay and the conditions under which they employ illegal immigrants.

#22 Comment By Sophistry On December 20, 2016 @ 11:13 pm

Fundamentally, the reason we have so much migration to Europe is because of unconstrained population growth. Syria saw an irresponsible amount of population growth, from 3.5 million in 1950 to 22 million in 2010. This increase in population made it more difficult to manage the country and it increased deprivation. Increased population has the effect of making Syria more easily tipped over and broken.

So also the evangelical Christian opposition to population control measures such as abortion contributed to this crisis. This needs to be recognized.

#23 Comment By Elizabeth On December 21, 2016 @ 12:11 am

Rod, have you read Chris Caldwell’s _Reflections on the Revolution in Europe_? Early 2000s but it’s holding up extremely well right now. He has an early chapter on “the rights and wrongs of Enoch Powell.”

[NFR: I have not, but I see that Ross Douthat recommends it in his column today. I’ll go to the library to see if they have it. — RD]

#24 Comment By FoolMeOnce On December 21, 2016 @ 1:24 am

Rod, I may have been mistaken in my view of “Camp of the Saints,” but I’m not a liar.

The description of the bodies of migrants being piled up and burned on the beach like firewood — if I recall correctly, which I may not — had a distinct air of Nazi dehumanization to it.

#25 Comment By Fran Macadam On December 21, 2016 @ 2:15 am

Siarlys,

How ’bout we de-escalate the dysfunctional Security State at home, by not waging endless wars overseas that produce death, destruction, chaos, suffering and the creation of endless fleeing refugees who aren’t exactly fond of our country’s policies. It’s true that war is highly profitable, even more so if it’s never won, but expands further elsewhere. To its profiteers, their only defeat is an end to warfare, that cuts into profits and stock prices.

#26 Comment By RockMeAmadeus On December 21, 2016 @ 4:59 am

OK so let’s say that there is no more Muslim immigration to US/Europe what do you do with the Muslims already there?

What do you do with the Muslims who are “natives”- of whatever racial background- who are converts or children of converts?

This whole tale already happened with certain Christian denominations, orthodox Jews, Mormons and some others- in the US the results were somewhat varied from “separatism” like the Amish, certain orthodox Jewish groups to full “assimilation” and many hues in between. And maybe some came to the conclusion to opt for what Benedict did.

In Europe each country has it’s own history- from genocide to legal tolerance.

In other words let’s debate this matter a bit more precisely and less emotional.

If I look at Germany and its history a little bit more Muslim (mainlyTurkish/Levantine) DNA in the mix sounds great!

Either the good natives- secular and Christian- start reproducing and manning those awesome car factories or you have to bring in immigrants or you eventually die as a society/civilization. Those are pretty much the options.

If you are forced to bring in immigrants instead of the “evil Muslims” you could bring Indian Hindus or Chinese whatevers or… and then in a few decades we would be bemoaning the “Hinduization” of Europe.

I hear that the Catholic Church allowed polygamy for while after the Plague to increase the population, you know kinda like the way Islam allows…nevermind.

#27 Comment By JonF On December 21, 2016 @ 6:41 am

Re: People do not go banging on the doors of China or Japan because they know they will deported pronto back to where they came from.

It also helps that they are good long ways from the Middle East while Europe is right next door. Same reason lots of Central Americans come to the US while rather fewer emigrate to Spain.

#28 Comment By Uncle Billy On December 21, 2016 @ 6:48 am

So we are “racists” for being wary of refugees from Islamic countries? Yes, most of them are decent people, but more than a few are fanatics who are going to commit a terrorist act when they get the chance. Is bringing in these refugees an “acceptable risk” given that some of them will commit terrorist acts? A lot of Americans would say no.

#29 Comment By Grumpy Realist On December 21, 2016 @ 7:33 am

Well, England is trying the “put up the barriers” with Brexit. We’ll see how that works. I suspect that it’s not going to be as bad as the Remainers fear, but I’m also sure that it’s not going to solve Britain’s problems the way the Brexiters claim it will. They’ll still have all the old problems they’ve been claiming will get solved, along with new ones. At which point they will have to deal with the responsibility they have for their own problems.

#30 Comment By AMH On December 21, 2016 @ 7:42 am

I feel like the reactions to this are the reverse of when there is a mass shooting in the US. Note how this Wash Post write thinks that bland statements offering thoughts and prayers are the most appropriate response. [8]

#31 Comment By Al Bundy On December 21, 2016 @ 9:28 am

Undeniably racist or not up-to-date with current “theories” of Sociology or African American Studies?

#32 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 21, 2016 @ 10:27 am

“It also helps that they [China and Japan] are good long ways from the Middle East while Europe is right next door.”

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE are *in* the Middle East yet hundreds of thousands of “refugees” from Islamic countries are not flooding any of those countries. Why do you think that is so? All those countries are wealthy and they are a lot closer to Syria or Iraq than Sweden or Germany.

#33 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 21, 2016 @ 10:42 am

“Either the good natives- secular and Christian- start reproducing and manning those awesome car factories or you have to bring in immigrants or you eventually die as a society/civilization. Those are pretty much the options.”

Good natives might start by recognizing that the youth unemployment rate in Italy, Greece, Spain and other European countries is roughly 25-30%. The NYT reported a few months back that young Greek girls are selling themselves “for the price of a sandwich.” Mad Merkel and co. should address their own problems first before solving the problems of the world.

Second, if you really want immigrants, I suggest you go to China and offer citizenship to a few million people there. They work hard, they don’t riot, their median IQ is a couple of points higher than that of white people, they have an incredible cuisine, and best of all, they don’t have a religion as far as I can tell, particularly not one that requires them to hack their way through the rest of humanity.

#34 Comment By Will Harrington On December 21, 2016 @ 11:40 am

Sophistry

Your name is well chosen. Your argument that part of the problem with Syrian refugees was population growth is interesting and plausible, until you try to drag in the influence of evangelical Christians. In Syria?! Pure sophistry.

#35 Comment By TR On December 21, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

There’s nothing new about being anti-cosmopolitan. T. S. Eliot and Enoch Powell both were, and both were very intelligent men.

But so many comments here seem to think we don’t live in a “diverse” society. Miami is mostly Cuban, Orlando is becoming more and more Puerto Rican, and Tampa is something like eighteen percent Hispanic. Our hospitals–nationwide–are staffed by Indian and Pakistani specialists. And at least for the moment our houses seem to be built by illegal Mexicans and legal “political” refugees from Central America. There are Muslims on our police forces and in our national law enforcement agencies and our armed forces. And to top everything, no one seems to be aware that in many states more than twenty percent of our population is African American, with a culture that is definitely not Anglo Vanilla.

Hasn’t the diversity ship sailed?

#36 Comment By Hound of Ulster On December 21, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

If Europe doesn’t conquer and asset-strip Africa and Asia, Africans and Asians would not want leave the lands where their ancestors are buried. And if the United States doesn’t destroy Iraq, then Syria doesn’t burn to the ground, and you don’t have refugee ‘crisis’. Europe and the United States have a lot to answer for in this context.

#37 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 21, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

I feel like the reactions to this are the reverse of when there is a mass shooting in the US.

Well, Europe already has strict gun control. Also, the mass killers are identifiable as furriners, whereas, a large portion of our own are home grown psychotics. Adam Lanza should not have been living with his mother. He should have been in a secured treatment facility, probably for a very long time, possibly, although not without frequent reviews, for life.

Well, England is trying the “put up the barriers” with Brexit.

England’s Muslim population came primarily via the British Commonwealth, not the EU. France’s primarily came from its own colonial empire. Germany’s from the country’s avid desire to import guest workers.

How ’bout we de-escalate the dysfunctional Security State at home, by not waging endless wars overseas that produce death, destruction, chaos, suffering and the creation of endless fleeing refugees who aren’t exactly fond of our country’s policies.

By and large Fran, I agree. I grew up during the Vietnam War. I was born on the very day the Viet Minh opened the first artillery salvo against the French at Dien Bien Phu. At age ten, I thrilled to hear President Johnson’s radio addresses about standing firm in Vietnam. But by the time I grew to be a man, I had given up childish ways. I also red “Fire in the Lake,” probably the best analysis of why and how U.S. policy was utterly misguided, because nobody in Vietnam, including our own puppets, was thinking about things along the lines of American policy.

I also recall that there really were many times when Hitler could have been stopped by some firm military response, saving millions of lives a few years later. And, I know that the rationale for pouring money and blood into Vietnam was a mislocated “never again” about the way Chamberlain sold out Czechoslovakia. So, I think we need a capable military, but perhaps we should return to conscription, with some sort of a citizen’s veto — if you favor war, you MUST send your own son, or your own self, because if you won’t, we won’t go at all.

So also the evangelical Christian opposition to population control measures such as abortion contributed to this crisis.

I’m constitutionally pro-choice, but abortion is not a particularly good measure for population control. Contraception is. Abortion is expensive, invasive, has the potential to leave permament damage, and is a lot to go through, especially mutiple times. There are pro-life people who also oppose contraception, but not all.

Large parts of India were colonized by Arabs and Turks for almost 1,300 years…

Not colonized, in the mercantile sense of the 18th through 20th centuries. Conquered, but not colonized. Someone with an army came, conquered, and settled down to rule. Trade relations remained much the same, and even payment of taxes or tribute was limited by the fact that Arab and Muslim ruled kingdoms arose in the conquered territory, which owed little or nothing to their ethnic kin elsewhere.

So, Enoch Powell. He is not a racist in the sense of Jim Crow and the KKK. Over-use of convenient and misleading paradigms is certainly to be avoided. Nor is he advocating that the Anglo-Saxon master race is destined to rule the world, in the style of Adolf Hitler. (There was a little known right wing to the IRA that believed the Irish were the master race). He does not advocate that immigrants are an inferior race to be put to use as hewers of wood and drawers of water. He advocates that they, by and large, be removed from Great Britain so Great Britain can be “white” again.” Its about cultural homogeneity.

One can raise the metaphor of the “melting pot,” but the British experience is not that of North America. In North America, Anglos slaughtered an aboriginal population already weakened by diseases already introduced by the Spanish (which spread far and wide — Pizarro may have been enabled to conquer the Inca by the fact that smallpox prededed him), established themselves, spread more diseases, invited mostly European paupers to come work in their factories, and developed an amalgam during a period when free land was open and miserable factory jobs plentiful.

Britain is a history of one “race” after another conquering the previous occupants, the leading newcomers ruling an amalgam of their own and all previous gene pools, resulting in a rather homogenous culture some centuries after the last conquest.

Britain’s problem is perhaps that it was not prepared to absorb newcomers culturally, as the U.S. has. True, the U.S. is having some discontinuities just now, but it has always taken 2-3 generations to really absorb new cultures. Just look at Chicago circa 1900. I doubt that Powell has workable solutions to anything, but throwing epithets at him doesn’t clarify anything.

#38 Comment By Colonel Bogey On December 21, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

[NFR: Where, exactly, did I call it hogwash? I agree that it was prescient. But come on, “piccaninnies” to describe black children is certainly racist. — RD]

Dear Mr. Dreher: I didn’t say you called it hogwash–that was my own comment. Calling black children ‘piccaninnies’ was,at worst, merely condescending; it doesn’t convict Powell of holding blacks to be biologically inferior, and that’s what ‘racist’ (properly ‘racialist’) really means.

#39 Comment By James C. On December 21, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

I’ll spare you the flurry of hysterical articles in the Guardian this week that lionise Angela Merkel and demonise her critics as despicable fascists who should be punished for using the Berlin attacks to advance their evil ‘islamophobic’ agenda. It has the air of a desperate, furious lashing out.

But I will share this real headline:

Bristol police step up patrols to combat Islamophobia after Berlin Christmas market attack

Police in Bristol have stepped up patrols in the city centre due to concerns about Islamophobia in the wake of the Berlin terror attack.

The Christmas markets in the German city were the target of a terrorist attack on Monday where a lorry was driven into crowds of people, killing 12 and injuring another 48.

Since then mounted police officers, bobbies on the beat and PCSOs have been spotted around the Bristol Christmas market in Broadmead.

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#40 Comment By M_Young On December 22, 2016 @ 8:55 am

@TR

Yes, you are correct that, contrary to the lies the US public was told when the 1965 immigration act was passed, there have been huge changes in the ethnic composition of the US.

However, that doesn’t mean they have to continue. Or, if they do, that whites and other native-born folks can’t fight our corner. That may eventually lead to a break up of the United States, but who cares?

#41 Comment By TR On December 22, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

M. Young: Small matter: Perhaps “lies” were told in 1965. I was 23 at the time and I swear I cannot remember a single word being said on the subject and certainly not any kind of major public disagreement. I’ll have to do some research.

Re: “pickaninnies” (however you spell it.) It’s certainly a racist term in the American South, but in Black Jamaican patois, it simply means “child.” Being multi-cultural ain’t always easy.

#42 Comment By Sophistry On December 23, 2016 @ 11:29 am

Yes, evangelical opposition to abortion has caused unconstrained immigration from places like Syria and Latin America. Absent this opposition, the US and others would have been able to expand population control measures. Look up the Helms amendment.

Furthermore…if conservatives want small government that doesn’t interfere in people’s lives, and doesn’t tax too much, well then it isn’t like they can wish away or willfully not see poverty at home. Lack of abortion access results in increased state spending, either on welfare or in prisons. This is why we really should repeal Hyde.

#43 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On December 25, 2016 @ 8:33 am

I have an elderly patient with bronchial asthma. She dreamed of a better life for her daughter. She wanted her daughter to live in a place where it’s always warm air, no dust, and all civilized. When a person really wants something, the dream comes true.
The daughter married a Frenchman and moved to live in France.
This year, she wanted to show the mother how comfortable she arranged her life.
They decided to visit the most beautiful, eco-friendly, festive place in France and went to Nice … When the ice cream truck suddenly began to push people on the promenade of Nice, they rushed to escape as far as they have the strength. Physical effort provoked an asthma attack. Ambulance, which arrived soon picked up the woman to a hospital. After 3 days, the treatment is over and the patient received a bill for medical services – 6500 Euros. She brought the bill to the insurance company, but the insurers refused to pay the bill. They have explained their refusal, force majeure circumstances, which allegedly took place to be … I was able to reassure her a bit, convincing her that this is not the worst output of the situation in which she was.
We all live in a poorly predictable, anxious period, yet …
Merry Christmas everyone who writes articles for the AC and who commented on them
in 2016.
I want to give three cartoons for everyone.
Never give up!

#44 Comment By nemo On December 25, 2016 @ 11:01 am

For the record, I retract my hastily considered conflations of Powell and Raspail with explicitly and thoroughly racist material.

I tend to think that Powell – as Rod, in this context – has an excessively negative forecast in these specific regards, and that these negative emphases and concerns can easily cross the line from description or prediction to taking pleasure in or hoping for the result, as I tend to think Raspail does. It is not true that simply repeating ‘peace’ brings peace; it is true, however, that there is such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Alongside pointing out the looming dangers, and even if only by way of thought or word, one ought always to work to counteract the forces of disintegration and unjust conflict.

#45 Comment By Thomas On July 27, 2017 @ 6:19 am

Powell didn’t actually call black children “piccaninnies”, he was reading a letter from a constituent.