Macron vs. Réalité
Des mots qui
glissent de la bouche d'un « apaiseur » de l’islam sans vergogne.
Par Bruce Bawer, auteur de « Quand
l’Europe s’est endormie » et « Capitulation », « La
Révolution des Victimes »- Sa nouvelle « l’Alhambra » vient
30 avril 2018
Il y avait, en fait, beaucoup de rhétorique dans son discours sur la liberté - et les menaces qui pèsent sur elle. Compte tenu de ce qui se passe en France de nos jours, son discours avait un sens. Mais son approche des difficultés actuelles de son pays - et de l'Occident – était pour le moins curieuse. « Le 11/9 », affirme Macron, "de nombreux Américains avaient un rendez-vous inattendu avec la mort". Quelle poésie ! Comme c'est français !
Et comme il est inapproprié de dire que des milliers de personnes se sont évaporées un beau mardi matin. Il a fait résonner les mots comme si la mort par le jihad avait été leur destin divinement ordonné - comme si les pirates de l'air de ces avions avaient été les instruments d'une volonté cosmique.
Oui, il y a eu ceci, un peu plus tard dans son discours : "Tant aux Etats-Unis qu'en Europe, nous vivons une époque de colère et de peur à cause de ces menaces mondiales actuelles, mais ces sentiments ne construisent rien.... fermer la porte au monde n'arrêtera pas l'évolution du monde. Cela n'éteindra pas, mais enflammera plutôt les craintes de nos concitoyens." Qu'est-ce que c'est ? Les Français prétendent aimer la logique. Mais ou est la logique ici ? Par "menaces mondiales actuelles", Macron voulait probablement dire « violence jihadiste et islamisation ». Mais qu'est-ce que Macron nous disait de faire à leur sujet ? Rien. La peur est mauvaise. La colère, c'est mal.
Et le renforcement des contrôles aux frontières ? Ils ne donneront aucun résultat, parce qu'ils n'arrêteront pas l'évolution du monde. L'évolution est-elle son euphémisme pour l'islamisation ?
MACRON VS. REALITY
Slippery words from
a shameless Islam appeaser.
By Bruce Bawer
- April 30, 2018
Last week, Emmanuel Micron, I mean Macron,
visited Washington, had dinner at the White House, and gave a speech on Capitol Hill in which he referred to
Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast as a novel, identified the
French architect of Washington, D.C., whom Americans know as Pierre L'Enfant,
by his middle name, Charles, and attributed a famous line by Ronald Reagan to
Teddy Roosevelt. The line in question was the one about how freedom is never
more than one generation from extinction.
There was, in fact, a good deal of rhetoric
in his speech about freedom – and the threats thereto. Given what's going on in
France these days, that would only make sense. But his approach to his
country's – and the West's – current travails was, to say the least, curious.
On 9/11, asserted Macron, “many Americans had an unexpected rendezvous with
death.” How poetic! How French! And how inappropriate a way to refer to
thousands of people being evaporated one fine Tuesday morning. He made it sound
as if death by jihad had been their divinely ordained destiny – as if the
hijackers of those planes had been instruments of some cosmic will.
Macron went on to mention the “terrible
terrorist attacks” that have struck his own country in recent years. “It is a
horrific price,” he pronounced, “to pay for freedom, for democracy.” Meaning
what? In what sense are such attacks the “price” we “pay for freedom”? Did
Macron mean something like what London mayor Sadiq Khan meant when he said that
living with terrorism is “part and parcel of living in a big city”? I'd say the
people who died on 9/11 were paying for American leaders' blithe indifference
to the existential danger of Islam – and that those who've died in more recent terror
attacks in Europe were paying for their own leaders' cowardly irresolution (or
outright defeatism) on the subject.
Macron might have said something gutsy about
his fellow politicians' culpability in the violent deaths of terrorist victims.
But no. Like every other European-establishment political hack, he posed as a
hero of freedom. Some hero: he didn't dare breathe the word Islam or Muslim or
even jihad. But what else to expect from a man who, as French
author Guy Millière noted in March,
has called for Arabic to taught in every French high school, for “cathedral
mosques” to be built in every major French city, and for enhanced measures to
be taken against critics of Islam?
In any event, Macron's grandiose Gallic gush
about freedom – and about the cherished centuries-long friendship between the
American and French people (yeah, tell that to the cab drivers in Paris) – was
really just throat-clearing before he got around to the Paris climate-change
accords, the Iran deal, and trade.
Yes, there was this, somewhat later in his
oration: “Both in the United States and in Europe, we are living in a time of
anger and fear because of these current global threats, but these feelings do
not build anything....Closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution
of the world. It will not douse but inflame the fears of our citizens.” Qu'est-ce
que c'est? The French claim to love logic. But where's the logic here?
By “current global threats,” Macron presumably meant jihadist violence and
Islamization. But what was Macron telling us to do about them? Nothing. Fear is
bad. Anger is wrong. And stronger border controls? They won't work, because
they won't stop the world's “evolution.” Is evolution his
euphemism for Islamization?
Macron proceeded to denounce “extreme
nationalism.” Clearly, he wasn't talking about actual far-right fascists. No,
he meant “America first.” He meant Brexit. “Personally, if you ask me,” he
said, “I do not share the fascination for new, strong powers, the abandonment
of freedom, and the illusion of nationalism.” In short, he was equating
“freedom” with rule by the EU and UN (for which he worked in a plug) and
indicting ordinary folks who actually think their countries belong to them.
During his rant about climate change, Macron proclaimed that we need to save
the Earth because, as he put it, “there is no planet B!” Well, I
couldn't help thinking, there's no France B,
either. And the fact is that his own country is going down the tubes – and
fast. But if you believed his speech, the only threat to liberté,
égalité, et fraternité in the West isn't Islam but “fake news.”
Yes, he actually used those words. Unlike
Trump, however, he wasn't referencing the left-wing distortions of CNN,
the New York Times, and their European equivalents. Here's
what he said: “To protect our democracies, we have to fight against the
ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational fear
and imaginary risks.” Irrational fear? Imaginary risks?
Plainly, here was yet another craven European pol who, even as Rome is burning,
insists that the problem isn't the arsonists or the fire but the firefighters.
How many of the House and Senate members applauding him on Capitol Hill knew
that Macron recently called for a law in France that would summarily close down
online sources of “fake news” – by which (he's made clear) he means news
sources critical of Islam?
Macron's Washington speech, as it happened,
came only days after the release of the most comprehensive study yet of
Islam in France. Co-sponsored by the Sorbonne, it concluded that the country's
second- and third-generation Muslims, who make up seven or eight percent of its
population, are increasingly Islamized. Most have no respect for French law and
culture; most approve of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Researcher Olivier Galland said his results were, “to put it mildly, harrowing”
– reflective of community values in stark contrast with those of la
France's mainstream news media reacted to the
study with outrage. Galland and his team, charged Le Monde, were
“stimatizing Muslims.” But for those not interested in whitewashing Islam, the
study only affirmed a grim reality that has been reported worldwide for years
in what Macron would call “fake news” media – a reality of no-go zones, mass
car burnings, large-scale gang riots, police who are scared to arrest Muslims,
firefighters who hesitate to enter Muslim neighborhoods, anti-Semitic attacks
that are driving Jews from France, historians who feel compelled to write
“Islamically correct” textbooks, and high-school teachers who (as
Millière puts it) “go to work
with a Qur'an in their hands, to make sure that what they say in class does not
contradict the sacred book of Islam.” Oh, and a tiny cohort of brave fools who
are put on trial for daring to speak the truth about all this.
Another recent document is of interest here.
On March 19, Le Figaro published a statement signed by about one hundred
French intellectuals, among them Alain Besançon, Pascal Bruckner, Alain
Finkielkraut, Bernard Kouchner, Robert Redeker, Pierre-André Taguieff, and Ibn
Warraq. “Islamist totalitarianism,” they warned, is gaining ground in France
by, among other things, representing itself “as a victim of intolerance.” It
has demanded – and received – “a special place” in French society, resulting in
an “apartheid” that “seeks to appear benign but is in reality a weapon of
political and cultural conquest.” The signatories declared their opposition to
this silent subjugation and their wish “to live in a world where women are not
deemed to be naturally inferior....a world where people can live side by side
without fearing each other....a world where no religion lays down the law.”
On the one hand, it was a powerful manifesto
– nothing less than a j'accuse for the twenty-first century –
whose power lay in its courageous candor about the real threat facing the
Republic of France. On the other hand, my response upon reading it was: Well,
good luck with that. Some of these intellectuals have been saying
these things for a long time; others have joined the chorus more recently. All
praise to every last one of them. But nothing will change in France until
public proclamations by intellectuals give way to meaningful nationwide action
by ordinary citizens – who, alas, in the second and deciding round of last
year's presidential election, gave Macron, this would-be Marshal Pétain, twice
as many votes as the woman who, whatever her imperfections and her unfortunate
parentage, is the closest their poor broken country has to a potential Saint
ABOUT BRUCE BAWER
Bruce Bawer is the author of “While
Europe Slept,” “Surrender,” and "The Victims' Revolution." His novel
"The Alhambra" has just been published.