Friday, July 15, 2016
"This is the New Normal" is a defeatist phrase
A couple of commenters on the Gates of Vienna posting when the Bastille Day attack first hit trot out the well-worn phrase, "Welcome to the new normal". While those commenters are clearly anti-Islam in the garden-variety Counter-Jihad sense, that phrase implies a misapprehension of the actual nature of the threat of Islam.
And once again we see a common thread between the Counter-Jihad Mainstream and the broader Western Mainstream, when the Prime Minister of France himself responded to this latest paramilitary assault by saying that, quote: “...France is going to have to live with terrorism....”
What does “live with” mean, exactly? France has already been living with Islamic terrorism for years (indeed, decades). The “is going to have to” part of his statement, of course, implies that France is going to adopt a new attitude. An attitude of “living with”? Again, this can only mean that France is going to absorb and accept this “new normal” while, of course, trying its best to minimize its unexpected ravages. The Prime Minister went on to say that “we must face this together and show our collective sangfroid.” We can bet that whatever efforts France will take to minimize the problem will not be enough, for however much “collective sangfroid” the French will show, it will not be responding to the actual nature of the problem -- all Muslims -- only to some permutation of the Tiny Minority of Extremists.
For, what this New Normal meme fails to factor in are two crucial components of the problem of Islam:
1) it is systemic
2) it is metastasizing.
The first means that it involves all Muslims, in a complex & diversified strategy of jihad.
The second means that it is getting horribly worse, so much so that it is transforming our “normal” by destroying it; not by merely genetically modifying it so we can continue to digest it and learn to live with it after a few “bumps in the road” -- as the New Normal meme, with its kitschy & catchy vibe of pop cultural nonchalance, implies. No: In fact, what we can expect is a disastrously protracted course of devolving catastrophe over the next hundred years, leading to the end which all Muslims hope for, and which nearly all Westerners (including most in the Counter-Jihad) remain in denial of: our destruction.
#2 can still be averted, but only if we face squarely and rationally the fact of #1. As I put it in a comment at Gates of Vienna:
It’s not difficult to predict what will happen to the Titanic, if there are no indications of actual divergence from course.
And “course,” of course, means proceeding as normal -- whether old normal or new normal, it matters little.
Speaking of the Gates of Vienna, I just noticed that in the comments section of the posting there to which I alluded above, where I deposited a few comments this morning, the owners, Baron Bodissey and his wife Dymphna, deleted my post where I wrote that (to paraphrase) unless the West rounds up and deports all Muslims, we will be destroyed. (Unfortunately, I failed to take a screenshot; for one doesn't expect to be in a hostile situation at a supposedly anti-Islam website where one would need screenshot documentation before publishing every anti-Islam post...)
If that isn't bad enough, Baron also censored another post of mine where I criticized the Counter-Jihad, and then added insult to injury by posting a warning to me:
Hesperado, I’m calling you on this, your perennial obsession.
From now on, this is what I insist you do. You have two choices:
(1) If they post here at Gates of Vienna, name the person(s) from the Counterjihad who have fallen short of your standards, so we know who you’re complaining about.
(2) If those less-than-ideal Counterjihadists post somewhere else, go over to THOSE sites and berate them, not us. Go to Jihad Watch or MEF or FrontPage or wherever and tell them off. Don’t complain here, where your complaints are off-topic (and annoying). Leave us in peace.
Note the ad hom of calling my concern a "perennial obsession". Also note his imperious verdict that my concern is "off-topic". No, it's not off topic. The inadequacy of response by the West -- and by the Counter-Jihad whose main job should be to try to wake up the West -- to these horrifying attacks by Muslims, could not be any more searingly, lucidly, horribly on topic,
This anxious censorship from that bastion of the Counter-Jihad, with bitter irony, exemplifies the problem (of the problem (of the problem)) in one little nutshell, and justifies my pessimism overall. And I just submitted a comment to Mr. & Mrs. Bodissey that most assuredly will result in my banning from there:
After Bastille Day, I’m not taking any more bullshit from Counter-Jihad Softies like Baron and his wife.