Saturday, August 29, 2009


Benno Barnard is a leftist Dutch essayist, playwright and poet who has been living in Belgium for thirty-three years now and who has over the years gained quite a reputation for his oeuvre. As such, when he produces an essay or even a column, people pay attention. For a very long time, Mr. Barnard too was convinced the VB was the Big Foe, and its leaders dangerous populists secretly yearning for the time brownshirts ruled on the streets.

Apparently, Mr. Barnard is now beginning to think otherwise.

The following is a translation from Dutch provided by the elusive commenter VH over at Gates of Vienna of a Barnard column, which was - oh the irony - posted on the website of Filip Dewinter. It is well worth a read - and it reads easily:


By Benno Barnard

My annoyance with the left is steadily increasing. All those theses about society are nothing but barren leaves in a herbarium.

Many people demand my head since I wrote in a newspaper that “Inch’Allah?” by Filip Dewinter demonstrates a reasonable understanding of our multicultural mirth.

Please pray for me, I said — but the scope of Dewinter’s book does not differ significantly from the scope of documents and manifestoes that Salman Rushdie, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Ian McEwan have published and signed, not to mention the warning words of intellectuals who have fled the Muslim world — and we feel rather let down because their message makes us far too nervous. This inclination is that Islam as a political ideology is a big black block of male aggression, pitch-dark obscurantism, and profound backwardness, aimed against everything we hold — or should hold — dear.

In the large cities of Western Europe, gays are bullied away by their Muslim neighbors, and teachers in secondary education are terrorized by Muslim boys, while girls demonstrate for headscarves, like chicken for battery cages. And these are only two examples of the increasing terror of Islam, fueled by sermons of imams and the waste that is imported via satellite dishes from the many Muslim dictatorships. Nevertheless, there are still intellectuals who insist that we must have confidence in the emancipatory strength of Islam.

But the emancipatory strength of that belief is rather limited. Intellectuals, in following Hegel, often detest facts, but the truth (the uncomfortable side effect of their library) that there is not any one country in the world with a Muslim majority where the minority may enjoy de facto equal rights — on the contrary, they are usually harassed, discriminated against, or even murdered.
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The insane situation has arisen, however, in which nasty accusations are hurled at you as an Islam-critic only because you warn that the salon, where our ancestors displayed the treasures of our liberal civilization threatens to go up in smoke; yes, the carpet is already smoldering… You are a suspect because you think it is a wise idea to call the fire fighters when it burns.

Meanwhile the gauchists [leftists] talk about Muslims in the way nannies talk about the children whose care they are entrusted with.

A certain Marc Botenga states on a leftist website the following about Ahmadinejad’s intentions regarding Israel:

As for Israel I can be quite clear: he always has compared the disappearance of Israel with the disappearance of South Africa. He says: “The Apartheid regime is gone, so why would the regime in Israel not disappear?” This is very different from wiping the country off the map.

Of course, you might also quote Ahmadinejad as an authority on gay rights.

Ah, you leftist lemmings! What self-hatred is it that makes your brains continuously produce Manichean schematics with on the one side depraved Westerners — Americans, Zionists, Islam-critics — and on the other people who are suitable because they are poor and pitiful?

A short while ago, Ella Vogelaar, a wonderfully vulgar-sounding Dutch socialist, invoked once again the fatal parallel: Geert Wilders was a Nazi, and the Moroccans of the fourth generation were similar to the Jewish refugees in the thirties.

The truth is that the Nazis hate Wilders. Last year the National Socialist Action/Autonomous National Socialists (NSA/ANS) organized a demonstration against Wilders on the Binnenhof in The Hague. In their eyes he is nothing but a “dirty Zionist”. And the Dutch People’s Union (NVU) accuses Wilders of being bent on a civil war between Muslims and Christians, while those groups according to the NVU should precisely form a united front against Zionism, Capitalism, and American Imperialism, for those are the enemies the extreme right…

Wilders and Dewinter: I believe that you cannot blame the alarm clock for ringing loudly.

At the time I write this, over the past couple of days there has been a prisoner revolt in Sint-Gillis (the overwhelming majority of inmates are muslims), riots by tens of young Moroccans in Anderlecht whereby the police basically had to flee to save their asses, and an even larger riot in Molenbeek, where the scene developed in a veritable street war with cars torched, public property smashed, autochton locals beaten terrorized with pepperspray, and police and firefighters pelted with a hail of stones and other projectiles. Sint-Gillis, Molenbeek and Anderlecht are all three suburbs of Brussels with a muslim majority. It's always bad, but I wonder if this sudden outburst of violence has something to do with that yearly feast of hypocrisy called ramafuckingdam.

Prepare for civil war. And Americans, or, for that matter, any nation that risks to see its muslim minority in time morph into a majority, better pay attention.


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