The dominance of Islamic culture in France is on full display for those who wish to see.
Muslims may only make up 8% of the French population, and the majority are certainly peaceful, but the widespread social upheaval and fracture caused by some in that community is testament to the growing power and influence of a foreign ideology.
The roots of the chaos sown by countless terror attacks run deep, with many factors combining to leave French people in a state of panic in their own country. Whereas French revolutionaries promised a republic of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” (a naive ambition in my estimation), what we have witnessed is the inability of an absolutist ideology (Islam) to co-exist peacefully with a relativistic, secular society.
The clash is not surprising, even if many are still in denial about it. The latest example of friction might be the publication of cartoons offending Muslims that the Enlightenment idea of freedom of speech would protect, and which certainly sealed the tragic fate of history teacher Samuel Paty, but the litany of attacks preceding and following it go right to the heart of Islamist ideas and the simultaneous weakness of French culture.
We have no excuse to further overlook the teaching and life of Mohammad as inspiration for jihadists and their many sympathisers around the world, calling them as he did to holy war against “infidels” or “unbelievers”. This reality alone should make politicians think twice about who they are inviting into their countries, instead of mindlessly and uselessly chanting the refrain that we are dealing with a “religion of peace”.
Thankfully, most Muslims are decent human beings and have not taken up arms in response to the more violent passages of the Koran to “slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them” (Quran, 9:1-11), but it’s difficult to reject extremism when your prophet and exemplar has already shown the way and told you what to do.
The deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world at the hands, swords and detonators of this jihadist ideology should be enough to highlight the problem.
Western countries, including France, have of course killed similar numbers in foreign lands, but rarely in the name of religion (not that expansionist wars are any excuse).
The current spate of attacks may be in response to the depiction of Mohammad and Emmanuel Macron’s speech on the matter, but the overall rationale remains the same: Islam, as a political and religious ideology, must assert control over Europe.
The secularisation of Europe has brought with it an elevation of tolerance as our most prized value, something French people in particular are feeling the effects of now.
The French remind me of the boxing trainer who repeatedly throws in the towel, hoping the fight will stop, but it just continues relentlessly into submission. Islamists know that their opponent is weak because they have become decadent and distracted enough to not respond proportionately to the perilous situation they face.
Could anyone imagine Saudi Arabia tolerating attacks like this by French militants?
The continent of Europe is suffering a never-before-seen demographic collapse, as people from north Africa and the Middle East stream in to fill the void left by the missing children of the sexual revolution. Whereas our culture assumes they will assimilate, it is now clear that a certain percentage will not, and chaos ensues.
Some will calculate subconsciously that the price of occasional terror attacks is worth the supposed prize of multiculturalism on their doorstep, but that is because they are a few degrees removed from the bloodshed increasing numbers of families must now deal with.
Whilst there is no value in ridiculing someone’s deeply held beliefs, either Europe will have to acknowledge the gravity of the ideology confronting it, or we can expect more of the same barbarity as witnessed in the Nice attack.
The resulting spectre of police and soldiers guarding town centres around a fearful France says everything about who is in the ascendency for now.
The deeper problem of a decrepit, atheistic French culture which allows these attacks to continue might only be solved by a religious and social revival of their own, finally dealing with all reigns of terror, both historic and present.
This is not an easy subject for anyone interested in the future of Europe, but the current policy of attack, outrage, forget and repeat isn’t serving anyone.