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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In Plain English, it is past Time for Europe to get its head out of its arse


 
 
english.alarabiya.net

Terrorism in Europe... The curse of ideology on civilizations

Since February of this year, Germany has seen all sorts of organized terrorism. Violent encounters such as the officer incident, followed by the temple episode and the assault on the train. The terror didn’t end with the killing and assassination of the police, or with the leaked videos threatening Germans with revenge. It is known that Germany ventured forth by harboring a great deal of refugees, which gave the right wing great leverage as a defender and protector of German identity and roots.

The voices of anti-refugee and immigrant activists have escalated after the truck incident which rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin killing a dozen and leaving 40 wounded. The German party AfD explicitly called for “the immediate ban on the entry of any unidentified persons to Germany.” This brings us back to the problem of Islamic identity and its relationship with other European identities.

In the last third of the 20th century, European capitals have become a paradise for the figures of political Islam, taking advantage of the freedoms and the “spirit of law,” in the words of Montesquieu. They took advantage of the atmosphere of freedom and have benefited from European values. European countries welcomed those who have no homes, are hunted by their governments with no countries to return to and no roof over their heads.

However, the peace didn’t last long and resentment started to form against immigrants and outsiders ever since the Charlie Hebdo attack. Alain Gresh, famous for his leftist affiliation and former editor of Le Monde Diplomatique published a book after the incident entitled: “Islam, the Republic, the world.” After a commentary on the Charlie Hebdo incident, he covered chapters on “the clash of civilizations” which included sermons and moralities to world leaders, advising them to not categorize all Muslims as terrorists.

Gresh challenges the theory of Bernard Lewis which claims that: “The hatred goes far beyond the state of hostility towards some interests or business, or even against certain countries, to become a rejection of Western civilization not just as it is, but for what it stands for.”
If Europe remains a haven and a springboard for political Islam then extremism will grow
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
He did not address rising nationalist tendencies in many nations and the foundations of the Islamic reception of Western civilization. There was a moral politeness to migrants, particularly with regard to food, veils, places of worship, preaching about Islam, building Islamic centers and charities. Unfortunately, a major disaster was building up for more than three decades in France and Britain in particular. This should come as a lesson to Germany and its relationship with political Islam.

The conflict was hidden between the new ideology and the existing civilization. A thematic conflict which was disguised by signs, symbols, clothing, banners and stereotypes about others. European civilization has been built on the values of individuality since the times of Hegel to the times of Emmanuel Levinas.

Dariush Shayegan printed a small pamphlet in Paris in 1992 which was translated into Arabic in 1993 entitled “Illusions of Identity.” He referred to this conflict saying: “The non-Western civilizations have not experienced these changes but received it by proxy; they had no access point to the origins of Western thought, or to dialectical movement. In a way, ideology has become the only available form of thoughts for non-Western civilizations and has been able to undertake a role in history.”
Shayegan is saying that ideology is a case of compensation for cultural poverty on the basis of conflict. These ideologies are always integrated from a principle of “intellectual irritability.”

Political Islam preached follies of reform in Europe rather than cultural adjustment. They imagined that they could issue reforms through influence in the state parliament and change the laws. European governments were in a comatose state of mind since the 1970s and didn’t care for the institutions of political Islam which reached Vienna and Switzerland. Unfortunately, they lived to see their mistakes.
If Europe remains a haven and a springboard for political Islam then extremism will grow. But if this invasion is to be curbed legally and politically, the danger will diminish. A European writer once published a book titled “France! Careful, you’re losing your soul.” Alain Gresh dismissed the title. This cruel calling may be a last appeal to the rest of Europe’s countries and their capitals.
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Fahad Shoqiran is a Saudi writer and researcher who also founded the Riyadh philosophers group. His writings have appeared in pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Alarabiya.net, among others. He also blogs on philosophies, cultures and arts. He tweets @shoqiran.
 
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42 comments:

  1. It's time the USA left the UN and formed a new League of the True Democracies.

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  2. That would be a problem as The United States is not a true or direct democracy,

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    1. With a true democracy, the states disappear. No more independent Idaho, all further orders, dictates and instructions emanate from California, New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the suburbs of DC.

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    2. Idaho votes to secede, like in Brexit. Montana, Wyoming soon follow suit. Texas creates its own state, also California....

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  3. Deuce's man Trump:

    ""We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore," Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

    "Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!, Trump said, citing the day he takes office."

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      Bibi's bulldog

      I was going to say Bibi's poodle but poodle's are highly intelligent.

      :o)

      We'll see how it plays out. It will be interesting to see Trump's reaction to being told what he MUST do by the leader of a client state.

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      ...poodles are highly intelligent...

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    Memo from the Chimericals

    From the WaPo...

    A professor wants to teach ‘The Problems of Whiteness.’ A lawmaker calls the class ‘garbage.’

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison stressed that the course was elective, and it was "not designed to offend individuals or single out an ethnic group."


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      Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!
      9:07 AM - 28 Dec 2016



      The problem with tweets, it provides 140 spaces to, as Trump just did, say nothing.

      No wonder the faux farmer community likes this guy.

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    2. Exactly: We should all bend over and take whatever infantile dildo Barry decides to shove up our ass in silence.

      Not.

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      Or, reflexive response form the id?

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      All the tweet said was Trump had his panties in a twist. No details. No examples. No nothing.

      He needs to learn how to tweet more succinctly if wants to offer a intelligible thought in 140 spaces. As it is...

      The problem with tweets, it provides 140 spaces to, as Trump just did, say nothing.

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      Trump is a dolt.

      They were stupid to nominate him when any other Republican could have won.

      - Quirk



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    6. Trump should dump Kellyanne and hire Quirk.


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      Trump should dump Kellyanne and hire Quirk.

      Thanks, Doug.

      I appreciate the recommendation. At times, I've kind of suspected that you didn't fully appreciate all my god qualities.

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      Oops, Freudian slip.

      ...good qualities...

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    11. I agree with the others that Quirk is a dolt.

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  6. The suspect in Berlin’s terrorist attack sent a selfie and the message “pray for me my brother” from inside the truck he is alleged to have steered into a crowded Christmas market, according to German media reports.

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    A British woman also told Sky News last week that she is convinced she saw Amri at Chamonix, a French resort near the Swiss and Italian borders, two days before he was shot dead in Italy.

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  7. Politics truly is a blood sport:

    "Israel attorney-general orders criminal probe involving Netanyah"



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      This has been going on for a year. If it isn't him it is his wife.

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    2. I know nothing of the details. I must say, though - well played Mr. Kerry!

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      Earlier he was being investigated for travel he and his family and aides took that it was alleged were paid for by supporters and business interests. Not sure if that one is still open or if the statute of limitations ran out.

      This latest one is for allegedly for taking big money (election contributions as I recall) from a friend currently being prosecuted for fraud in France.

      His wife just lost a case for harassing the help. Had to pay one guy $35,000.

      I think he was the guy she ordered back late at night to heat her soup.


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    4. Literally or figuratively or both?

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  8. Years ago, then-private citizen Donald Trump was very vocal about the idea that — maybe, just maybe — President Obama was born in Kenya. The “birther movement” agreed with Mr. Trump and asserted itself.

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    “Once a story is believed, it also seems to stay believed. Donald Trump may have proclaimed that President Obama was born in the United States (having doubted that for years), but half of his supporters still think that it is at least probably true that the President was born in Kenya,” writes YouGov analyst Kathy Frankovic.

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  9. DEBBIE REYNOLDS DEAD
    'SHE WANTED TO BE WITH CARRIE'...DRUDGE


    Who's next ?

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    1. Not me.

      Quirk ?

      Would be a noble gesture, remembered around here for a week or ten days.

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  10. Israel's building of settlements on occupied land is jeopardising Middle East peace, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, voicing unusually frank frustration with America's longtime ally weeks before he is due to leave office.

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    Israel expects to receive more favourable treatment from Mr Trump, who takes office on January 20.

    But Israelis fear Mr Kerry's remarks will put them on the defensive, prompting other countries to apply pressure, including by adding fuel to the Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, especially in Europe.

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    In a pointed reply to Mr Netanyahu who said last week that "friends don't take friends to the Security Council", and who has insisted the Obama administration had orchestrated the resolution, Mr Kerry hit back, saying: "Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect".

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  11. I've been reading about San Francisco.

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    You're grrrreeaat at that.

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    You don't have to wash your clothes, or even wear any.

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    The cops are your friends in San Francisco too !

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    1. Your crazy ass political opinions would fit right in too:

      "They've all dicks"

      The dudes would dig that, the profundity of it....

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    2. Hell, knowing you, you might even run for City Supervisor, and not get run out of town !

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    Trump Tweet

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump

    Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!
    9:07 AM - 28 Dec 2016


    Found out why Trump was so upset. He came in a distant second to Barach Obama in Gallup's annual 'Most Admired Man' survey.

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