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Melting Pot of Terror
by Lee

Europe is finally waking up to the notion that maybe, just maybe, their tolerance and openness of hatred in their midst just might not be such a hot idea after all.

How different things look today. Dutch borders have been virtually shut. New immigration is down to a trickle. The great cosmopolitan port city of Rotterdam just published a code of conduct requiring Dutch be spoken in public. Parliament recently legislated a countrywide ban on wearing the burqa in public. And listen to a prominent Dutch establishment figure describe the new Dutch Way with immigrants. “We demand a new social contract,” says Jan Wolter Wabeke, High Court Judge in The Hague. “We no longer accept that people don’t learn our language, we require that they send their daughters to school, and we demand they stop bringing in young brides from the desert and locking them up in third-floor apartments.”

What’s going on here? Weren’t the Dutch supposed to be the nicest people on earth, the most tolerant nation in Europe, a melting pot for minorities and immigrants since the Renaissance? No longer, and in this the Dutch are once again at the forefront of changes in Europe. This time, the Dutch model for Europe is one of multiculturalism besieged, if not plain defunct.

Once again, the realities of the world trump the idealism of the liberal left.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/06 at 02:17 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 02/27/06 at 03:22 PM from United States

The only problem I see with this is that the Netherlands has, from what I understand, been doing a good job transitioning to English, it would be a shame to throw that away.

Still, realism is trumping idealism, even if the Dutch aren’t acting on it in the best way. So I approve.

Posted by on 02/27/06 at 03:28 PM from United States

I understand your point in regards to european liberal multiculturalism no longer working, Lee...however, are you also saying through this post that you feel idealism is a bad thing?

Posted by on 02/27/06 at 03:30 PM from United States

Cripes, you kick someone in the nuts after he’s been nothing but nice to you and he gets pissed off, cynical, and starts packing a gun.

Now, if only the rest of Europe would grow a pair.....

Posted by on 02/27/06 at 03:39 PM from United States

Now, if only the rest of Europe would grow a pair.....

It would be nice to see it start happening here.

Posted by on 02/27/06 at 04:33 PM from United States

This article confirms what I have been hearing from friends in Europe—especially Dutch ones.

It is funny that the Newsweek article seems to be taking the angle that “oh, what a shame… multiculturalism is coming to an end in Europe!”

Maybe it is just me… but it seems the U.S. Lamestream media still has not gotten the joke either about what is going on…

Posted by InsipiD on 02/27/06 at 05:07 PM from United States

This will be fun.  Brace yourselves.  Can’t wait to see what comes of this, but we’ll be next.

Posted by on 02/28/06 at 12:32 AM from United States

I think one thing you will find about Europe is that when pushed too far, the rebound will be strong.

However, I would echo the sentiments expressed by other posters, in that the US needs to grow a pair also. The phrase ‘Europe is waking up’ is often used while never addressing the fact that the US is still asleep. Has the US curbed immigration? Does CAIR and their cohorts still force the media to bend to their every whim extracting apologies and platitudes from anything that offends them? The recent cartoons were created in Europe, the US media didn’t have the balls to even show them.
There is talk of Londinistan while ignoring the fact that in Chicago (I think) a mosque is allowed to blare a call to prayer from loud speakers. Muslims have entered legal battles to allow this elsewhere comparing it to ringing church bells.
When theo van gogh was murdered there were a number cases of anti-muslim violence. After 9/11, when 3,000 people died, there were very few, and the emphasis was on making sure nary a muslim was harmed or offended.
London police shot a guy dead for looking like a terrorist, while in the US, even searching someone for looking like a terrorist results in a phone call from the ACLU, and a whole police force getting ‘sensitivity training’.

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