Say that you get a tempting offer from a Nigerian prince and decide to invest some money in helping him transfer his vast fortune from Burkina Faso or Dubai over to the bank across the street. The seemingly simple task of bringing over the 18 million dollars left to him by his father hits some snags which require you to put in more and more of your own money.
Now imagine that Prince Ngobo’s real name is Islam.
That is where Western elites are. They invested heavily in the illusion of a compatible Islamic civilization because they hoped to gain something from that illusion.
Some on the left invested in Prince Islam's scheme because they were hoping to transform the staid British society or the excessively rural American political map through multicultural migration. Others, on the right, had ties to oil companies and the defense industry. They were pondering of shipping oil from the Gulf and defending it from Islamic terrorists by keeping up relations with the Saudis.
Those investments, whether in Islamic immigration, Islamic democracy or peace with Islam have turned toxic, but dropping those investments is as out of the question as writing off Prince Ngobo as a con artist and walking away feeling like a fool. Men and women of power and influence, who base their entire right to rule on their own intelligence and enlightenment, are not in the habit of admitting that they have been played for fools.
Turn on the TV. You'll see Condoleezza Rice cheerfully celebrating France's Socialist win and explaining how important immigration and free trade is while promoting her new book which repeats the same old cliches about Islamic democracy. When in doubt, shove your hand into the fire again.
It’s not insanity; it’s the term that rhymes with a certain river in Egypt. The Brotherhood’s victory in Efypt discredited the Arab Spring, which discredited the bid for Islamist Democracy, which discredits the compatibility of Islam and the folks on Fifth Avenue. Follow the river back along its course and suddenly the Clash of Civilizations becomes an undeniable fact. It’s easier to give up and let the river of denial carry you further along while explaining that Islamists need to be included in the system.
In 1993, Israel cut a land-for-peace deal with a greasy Egyptian bloke named Yasser Arafat. The Cairo-born Arafat would turn his gang of terrorists into a government and police force, and rule over an autonomous territory, in exchange for ending the violence. Clinton smiled beatifically as hands were shaken and a new era of peace was upon us.
The era, however, has yet to show up.
Over two decades of terrorism have not shaken the belief of the American or Israeli establishments in the “Two-State Solution”, which has solved absolutely nothing, except perhaps the problem of how to make the Middle East into an even worse place. As the violence increased and the pathways to peace decreased, Israelis stopped believing in the Two-State Solution while everyone in authority began believing in it twice as hard. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt; it also laps at the shores of Tel Aviv, flows out to the English coast and floods cities across Europe, America and Canada.
Ask a Eurocrat for the time of day and he’ll calculate how much to charge you for the subsidies to the artisanal clock farmers that it will take to answer that question. Ask him about Islamic integration and he will instantly tell you that everything is going smoothly and the problems only exist in the minds of a few bigots and the pages of a few sensationalized tabloids.
Muslim integration into Europe is going swimmingly, much like the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Arab Spring. It’s going like a house on fire, not to mention a bus, a lot of cars and two towers on fire—on the other side of the Atlantic. Whatever problems there are, as with the peace process and the spring process, are undoubtedly the fault of someone who isn’t a Muslim.
Give the poor dears some weapons, a country, a ballot box, free and open elections, and they’ll be less likely to blow themselves up while seeking 72 virgins on the downtown express.
Instead, empowering people who were violent while being supposedly "disempowered" only made them more violent.
Some of the best minds in two hemispheres are engaged in seeking a solution to this paradox, which isn’t a paradox at all but rather a straight-line projection.
If Abdul is beheading people when all he has to work with is a sword then, if you give him a gun, he will start shooting them instead. If he’s blowing up buses when he only has a terrorist group, he will blow up countries when he has a country.
Empowering Abdul does not diminish his grievances, because his grievances are a function of his capacity for violence. Increasing his capacity will increase his grievances until the entire world is on the wrong end of his empowerment scimitar.
The liberal projection that “Abdul + Power + Money + Bigger Guns = Peace” made as much sense, as Prince Ngobo’s story about his transfer fees being cursed by witches, but, as the song goes, “You gotta have faith.” Some of the things that we have faith in are bigger than us and some are just us. Those who put their faith in Prince Ngobo and in the benign nature of Islam are really putting their faith in their own instincts, trusting that they are right, even while looking into the eye of the wrongness.
We rarely know a thing for what it is. For the most part we know it only for what we want it to be. Our knowledge of the world is inseparable from our worldview which casts the shadows that project our inner world on the outer world. The only way to avoid that trap is by studying consequences, by creating theories based on actual events, rather than manufacturing events based on theories.
Most people project their own desires and motivations on to others. Americans assumed that Muslims just wanted democracy, free enterprise and apple pie. Muslims assume that Americans are conspiring to destroy them through a byzantine series of plots and conspiracies, because that is what they do.
We assume that Iraqis, Saudis, Pakistanis, Egyptians and Palestinians are just like us. They assume that we're like them. Unfortunately we're nice people and they're homicidal sociopaths.
The resulting cultural misunderstanding has led to rising death rates on an annual basis.
The Eurocrats assume that Muslims wanted to be good multicultural socialists, because that is what they want them to be. They assumed that the Arab Spring was the equivalent of Europe’s own socialist movements, after having wrongly assumed the same thing about Arab Socialist movements generations earlier. They assumed those things, because just like Prince Ngobo’s business partners trying to figure out how to call up Lagos, they saw in the Other the mirror of their own desires.
The sunk cost of the free world into the illusion that Islam is benign, that it is a positive influence and that it can be coexisted with is enormous. The cultural cost is even greater.
The mechanism of denial is that sunk cost. That faith which our political, cultural and academic superiors have in themselves—in their probity, their insight and their rational tools of scientific governance. Muslims dare not question Islam because they fear Allah. They dare not question Islam because they fear being fools. If they were completely wrong about Islam, then what else were they also wrong about? Pull at one thread and the whole coat of dreams dissolves leaving behind a very naked emperor.
The longer the fraud goes on, the more impossible it is for them to admit that they were wrong. What could have been tossed out after a year is an article of faith after twenty and undeniable after forty. To admit that you made a mistake right away is bearable, but to admit that your policy for generations has been senseless madness is inconceivable.
The trouble with naked emperors is that everyone knows they are naked. Give people permission to point out the obvious and they will commence pointing and laughing. The only way to keep from being made a mockery is by desperately maintaining the consensus that everyone knows the pants are there; even if you can’t see them. Everyone knows that Islam is violent in the deeper parts of their minds, where common sense observations directly gathered from experience go. Give people permission to point out the obvious and they will turn angrily on those who lied to them and manipulated them for decades. Worse still, they will brand them incompetent fools who cannot be trusted with the reins of government.
Most insidiously, the left likes the imaginary world that that it has created. The multicultural utopia with jolly Pakistanis adding spice to London, Saudis putting up little mosques on the Canadian prairie and sassy Shiites bringing diversity to Dearborn isn’t just propaganda—it’s the imaginary world that they want to live in. The new world order that they have imagined of a friendly multicultural democratic is their idea of the world as it should be-- a utopia created and maintained at our expense, and in the face of all reality and reason.
In Israel, the Two-State Solution must still be the solution, because the alternative is eternal conflict. In the rest of the region, Islamist Democracy must be viable, because otherwise there is nothing left but despair over an irredeemable barbarism.
We gotta have faith, not in any deity, including the chief deity of Islam, but in our leaders. Muslims believe that Allah is infallible, while we are expected to believe that our mad system of politicians and professors, the diplomats and journalists is infalliable. That they are right, even when the continuing violence proves that they are wrong.
The people who shape our half of the world have fallen for the Nigerian Prince scam of Islam and they need to believe that they know what they are doing and they need us to believe it too. And when the check from Lagos doesn’t clear, when the bombs go off, the cars burn, the children are murdered in schools and the rockets fly, then they don’t blame Prince Hussein Ngobo, the car bombers, terrorists and throatslitters—they blame us for ruining the illusion by not believing in it too.
It would have all worked if only we had been as willing to be lied to as our gullible masters.
The muslims are better con men than even Bernie Madoff as they have shown the world what they truly are ever since their pedophete on his way from Mecca to Medina got the divine inspiration that threatening to behead people with a sword gains more paying members to your club than giving lame sermons. Yet 1400 years of historic clarity on Islam's intent for everybody who wants to see very visible, gets ignored by the nearsighted progressive social democratic leaders of the free world with the ever more inevitable result that western enlightenment shall get drowned in muslim darkness.ReplyDelete
I would like to see Israel passing a law that for eternity, for all time neither will anyone from the Royal family ever be permitted to set foot in Israel nor will any Israeli head of state ever set foot in the UK. Just clear the table of all doubt.ReplyDelete
Love the Prince Ngobo analogy. I get lots of announcements from his ilk -- from people posing as messengers from the U.N., from Nigeria, from the FBI, from Buenos Aires, from a Swiss bank, and so on -- all saying that they're ready to transfer millions of dollars to my bank account, and only await my sending them all my banking information so that worrisome transfer can be made. I dump the emails without even scanning them. But, there are, apparently, plenty of people out there who fall for the scam. Just as they fall for the "two state" solution, which would only solve the problem of how to kill as many Jews as possible in one fell swoop.ReplyDelete
Daniel, why does it seem that every time we are lectured about "multiculturalism", beneath it the lurking of Islam?ReplyDelete
Thanks. I first heard about the Nigerian Scam decades ago, maybe the 1970s, when I was quite young, but I immediately recognized it as too good to be true, a scam, even though all the older people around me were taking it seriously, so I didn't say anything, giving them undeserved benefit of the doubt.ReplyDelete
The Brits have been Arabophiles since the 1800s, strange, another thing I instinctively recoiled from at first hearing.
Oh, your reference to the river in Egypt made me think of a new concept, Denial as Delusional Inertia, or the Inertia of Delusional Thinking, or something like that.ReplyDelete
Denial is another of those psychological concepts that is quite brilliant, but just a little off, from the point of view of making it hard science.
Brilliant choice of pictures, as usual. A real talent.ReplyDelete
Possibly your best article. Classic.ReplyDelete
We Westerners have riches in abundance. Science, technology, industry, commerce have operated logically and reliably to deliver them to us. Quality of life, health, knowledge, comfort come from applying our minds to our physical world.ReplyDelete
The Muslim world persists in hate, strife and deceit. They present us no credible prospect that any dealings with them could benefit us.
Let's be smart and dispassionate enough to start choosing better friends.
ALL I EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM:ReplyDelete
Another outstanding piece, Daniel. Good as you are you get better each day - no need to look in the mirror!ReplyDelete
As an Irishman growing up in the Sean-Tir, I knew virtually nothing about Arabism; I had wishful notions of them being exotic and mysterious, memes appearing validated in "Lawrence of Arabia”, one of my fave movies, partially because Peter O'Toole was Irish and mostly because it seemed like a Middle-East version of my favourite movie genre – Westerns.
The good guys riding to the rescue despite the massive physical and attitudinal odds against them, and all that. I’ve watched it 2-3 times, but not since I began connecting dots after Salman Rushdie, a 60 Minutes episode on Madrassa education in Pakistan (small boys learning nothing but memorization of the koran) and finally 9/11.
I’ll probably watch it again one day soon – my reaction will be interesting.
This is excellent. Superbly written. Toda raba v' hatzlacha.ReplyDelete
Islam is barbaric. Do these people not see their murderers? There will never be a two state solution. The Lord gave the land to Abraham's chosen seed. See Genesis 15:18 and the rest of the promises to Abraham. There will never be reconciliation.ReplyDelete
The Egyptian river gave its fertile mud to all the ballot boxes of France last Sunday. The globalist pied piper and MSM convinced the French of the virtues of dissolving French culture into the multicultural swamp, and its borders in the Eurabian quagmire. They appeared to be happy about the mud of wellness and prosperity the famous river would bring them. So the French Muslims and the non-Muslim French useful idiots were dancing together just for one night. Tomorrow The French will go "En Marche!" with élan, behind their chosen pied piper, like lemmings to the sea.ReplyDelete
Clelia&Eric, Eurabia, Italian Province
There are dark supernatural powers at work behind the scenes that bring this spiritual delusion to the mattoids with the political power to make it happen. Only God himself can overcome this suicidal direction of the whole world (and He will).ReplyDelete
The Emperor Justinian of Canada has fallen for this Ngobo scam hook, line and sinker...ReplyDelete
Why Muslims Hate Jews:ReplyDelete
"They invested heavily in the illusion of a compatible Islamic civilization because they hoped to gain something from that illusion."ReplyDelete
The left certainly scored a major "something" from that illusion: VOTES. And I would not say it's an illusion. It's always been my belief that, beneath all the left's lachrymose concern for "the plight of the poor, the needy, the (your victim of choice here)," there is just plain good old cold calculation.
The left convinced the socially resented and the career slackers all over the world that government is a benevolent Nanny, who only wants to take care of them and provide them with everything they need. And for that they must take money away from the evil rich, who are mean and won't share their toys. All you have to do is make sure that Nanny is always in charge, and that everybody obeys her.
In short, the left's hold on power depends on keeping the Victimhood Industry going. Keep the poor poor, needy and government-dependent. That will keep them voting for the left for life.
As for the 'illusion' the left cherishes that 'if we are good to them, they will be good to us,' I once asked a lefty acquaintance how come they always side with criminals, terrorists, and all sorts of undesirables and foreign enemies. She (yes, as usual it was a woman) made doe eyes and replied, 'Because we progressives always like to see the best side in people." I then asked her how come they never extend that courtesy to conservatives and right-wingers, whom they invariably describe as the anti-Christ. Answer: deer-in-the-headlights look.
I always assumed the deal with the Left and Islam was some sort of Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. Maybe I give them too much credit.ReplyDelete
The two paradigms through the western political elites see Islam are that of tyranny from the right and that of a popular resistance movement against western foreign policy and colonial oppression from the left. The western left have never adopted to the transition from nationalistic wars to ideological wars. The left is incapable of engaging with Islamism as an ideology but instead it reduces the conflict to a struggle between colonial and anti-colonial forces.ReplyDelete
While in reality Islam does not have a separation of mosque and state......there is only the mosque. Islam is convinced of it's superiority of their culture and obsessed with it's inferiority of power.
Best article ever written. Deep wisdom about human psychology Stockholm syndrome. Daniel lays out the factual history smoothly and with genius. He proves we humans are a bunch of suicidal fools strengthening our enemy, by denying the blatant realities for years on end. The analogy of the Nigerian Prince scam artist and we the gullible fools is right on target. My view is that a formal declaration of war against Islam should have been made long ago. Its time for war to take out the Islamic enemy. There will only be a one state solution in the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Lets go to war and settle it. Samule Huntington stated "war with Islam is inevitable" The longer we wait the more terrible it will be -- Martel Sobieskey
I don't believe in magic or voodoo, so the Sultan must be up to some fraud or illusion for every article to so accurately reflect my own views.ReplyDelete
A depressing article, but I'd rather read the truth than the web of transparent lies spun by the enemedia. Thanks Mr. Greenfield.ReplyDelete
The only people who are gullible are those who believe the sponsors of Islam in the West are gullible.ReplyDelete
The sponsors of Islam are using it for their own strategic purposes and I wish this 'gullible" nonsense was permanently discarded.
Progressive liberals have one thing in common, they know the hidden intent of things, like POTUS' EO on travel van. How do they know it, is unclear. Nonetheless they have the gut feeling. They have unleashed the power of their guts. Forget the law! Gut power matters, bro!ReplyDelete
וואָס אַ אידישע קאָפּ..ReplyDelete
At least now I see why Moslems and their apologists and sympathizers and collaborators double down on their lies and why their lies have become increasingly ridiculous and histrionic.ReplyDelete
The Caliphate will rise from the ashes of a currently democratic European country, my prediction for the last 8 or more years has remained France, but I'm thinking Germany is a strong Maybe...ReplyDelete