A VFR reader writes to Steyn about Muslim immigration

James P. writes from Canada: “You’ve inspired me to start bothering the Usual Suspects. I sent this to Mark Steyn.”

Here is James’s excellent letter:

Reading Aaron Hanscom’s account of the Collapse of Europe conference in Malibu, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the bravery of the participants calling for the assimilation of Muslim immigrants and an end to government-sponsored multiculturalism. These are the kind of milquetoast platitudes one would expect to hear at a New Labour party conference in the UK. Calling for an end to multiculturalism is something even non-insane liberals do now. What part of Stop Muslim Immigration Now don’t you people get?

I’m sure that writers like you, Pipes and especially Ayaan Hirsi Ali take enormous risks rightfully criticizing Islam, so why not criticize Muslim immigration? Because then the Muzzies will get real mad?

Of course our dhimmi courts would disallow discriminating against Muslim immigration, no doubt citing racism. So then the only solution is to ban all immigration, leaving the Religion of Peace responsible for millions of Chinese, Indians, Africans and Latin Americans never making it to the promised land of the West. Tom Tancredo has proposed a three year moratorium on all immigration except immediate family and genuine refugees. This is a great idea, but how did a Republican presidential candidate get so far ahead of virtually the entire “conservative” commentariat? In my own humble, mostly blue-collar circle, pro-immigration sentiment does not exist even among immigrants. I have never met a non-Muslim who thinks Muslim immigration was a good thing or wants to see more of it. But I guess that my moronic milieu, stuck as we are on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder, should trust our betters when they tell us immigration brings diversity, and diversity is a Good Thing.

Western civilization is a 2500 year-old amalgamation of Greco-Roman philosophy and law, Judeo-Christian ethics and morality, and the scientific rationalism of the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment. It began in Europe, and was eventually carried by Europeans to every corner of the world. In retreat since WWII it is now confined to its home continent plus the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is everywhere terminally threatened, partly from left-liberalism at home and partly from third world immigration from abroad.

Mark, you were kind enough to inscribe my copy of America Alone with the words “Let’s win this thing!” That’s perfect. But this war begins and ends at home and right now we are losing, badly. Immigration restrictionism is a movement whose time has come. I believe there is a veritable army of peasants like me spread throughout the Western world, mostly quiet but utterly determined to stop Muslim immigration, for starters. But right now there are too many Indians and not enough Chiefs. We need leaders. We have a field marshall in Tancredo, and intelligent, articulate generals like Pat Buchanan, Lawrence Auster, Steve Sailer and Peter Brimelow (who, by the way, wrote the best book ever about Canada, The Patriot Game). But we need other intellectuals like Robert Spencer, Melanie Phillips and yourself who have enlightened millions about the nefarious nature of Islam to take the next logical step and call for a ban on Muslim immigration to Western nations. I know it’s easy for a nobody like me to tell you to put your career on the line in these politically correct times, but hey, let’s win this thing!

James P. adds:
Another thing about Hanscom’s account of the conference that struck me was that Daniel Pipes suggested that Europe should become less passive about its immigration policies, whatever that’s supposed to mean. Sounds pretty mealy-mouthed to me. Obviously he should have called for Muslim immigration reduction if he believes in anything he’s ever written.

It bothers me that at this Collapse of Europe conference, featuring many well-known anti-Islamist writers, the only mention of immigration worth reporting on was Pipes’s brave call for a “less passive” policy (sarcasm).

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 13, 2007 10:49 PM | Send

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