Friday, September 29, 2006

Belgium Back To Normal, But ...

The rioting stopped last night in Brussels, as police cracked down, arresting the main culprits, apparently:

Last night Brussels police arrested 39 youths, including 15 minors, in the Marollen neigbourhood. The area had seen heavy rioting the previous nights. Some of the arrested immigrants were carrying combustibles. One schack was set alight and one car was torched. The police said there were no serious incidents. Yesterday afternoon Freddy Thielemans, the Mayor of Brussels, told journalists at a press conference that of the 45 youths arrested the previous night 31 were known to the police for a total of 242 crimes. The Mayor emphasized that the riots were the work of youth gangs and cannot be compared to last year’s riots in France since there had been no direct confrontations between the police and the rioters.

However, all is not well in Belgium if you consider the dhimmi attitude which pervades among many of its citizens:

Meanwhile, Belgian artists warn that a victory of the “islamophobic” Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest] party in the local elections on October 8th may lead to violence. In an interview in the Dutch-language weekly Knack Magazine this week painter Luc Tuymans says: “In the worst case you will get organised resistance, perhaps even rather violent reactions. I suspect many shop keepers will have their windows smashed. People do not seem to be aware, but a vote for the Vlaams Belang may have serious consequences. They should realize this before they take a final decision in the voting booth.”

Vlaams Belang is, admittedly, a political party with a history of racism. It is, in fact, a mutation of the Vlaams Blok party which was officially banned by the Belgian government in 2004. The current Vlaams Belang party does not represent itself as racist, but is, instead, anti-immigrant. Such a sensibility is popular these days considering the violence and streetcrime which has blossomed in the major cities, and considering the fact that Belgium was host to Muslim rioting last year, and now again this year.

But, the dhimmi "artists" and politicians refuse to deal with the will of the people. Instead, they make the will of the people illegal. Let me be clear, I am not for Vlaams Belang. I would caution Europeans against voting for such parties. But, at the same time, the reason these parties are now receiving more votes in places such as France, Belgium, Germany, the UK, and Sweden, is precisely because the people can not find their will represented in any of the other major political parties.

Now, get a load of this next paragraph:

Tuymans is one the artists supporting the free 0110 concerts against the Vlaams Belang. The concerts are subsidized by the Belgian national lottery and are broadcasted on public radio and television. Another artist supporting 0110 is rock singer Arno, who said this week that Brussels is an example for the future of Europe, since it is “one of the only Arab cities which is not in a state of war.”

Well, so much for that fantasy.


Anonymous said...

Actually, Vlaams Belang isn't such a bad political movement. Matter of fact, if Belgium had them in power, Moroccan and Arab riots would be no more. I happen to communicate with Vlaams Blok on a regular basis; you really should check them out.

Anonymous said...

ps - forgot to add - Belgium's Flemish speaking are a lot more intolerant of Islamism than the French speaking Walloons in the south.

VadimM said...

As far as I know, this party - Vlaams Belang - has a history of supporting and assisting the german nazis during the WW2. I think they were under a different name back then though, but does the name matter? I strongly oppose the entire immigration process that is going on in Europe, I think it's a total disaster, but neither am I having any sympathy towards this nazi party.

Pastorius said...

That's pretty much what I said, isn't it?

It looks like I'm going to have to write something on the history of Vlaams Belang and Vlaams Blok.

VadimM said...

Pastorius, you did. The thing is that something has to be done in order to prevent the issues of immigration and islamic ideology being dealt with by the far right/neonazi groups. This is the sure way to lose the public opinion in Europe, which has began shifting to what the prominent and moderate right wing politicians has been saying all along, and it is - Islam and Democracy are incompatable/let's put the issues on the table and have an open debate over it.

Pastorius said...

I agree that something needs to be done. It is just to easy to get angry and join the NPD or Vlams Belang, or to vote for LePen.

Frank said...

I have long dismissed accusations of "racism" as meaningless. So what if a party is "racist"? The rest of the world, especially noting China, Japan, parts of Africa and northern Asia, are unabashedly "racist". What does it even mean? That someone recognizes a difference between races? Doh. That someone wants to live with people like himself? That's old hat for any salesman with a passing familiarity with "mirroring" (adopting the characteristics of a client in orderr to appear more like the customer).

The fact is that people want to live with people who are like them. Why is this wrong? Isn't that why we talk about assimilation of immigrants, because we want them to be like us? Why has this apparently innate human characteristic become a badge of shame in the west?

Call me racist, but I don't want to wake up to some Muslim yowling out a call to prayers from the nearest minaret. I lived with it for years in India in the 60s when it was barely tolerable but not my place to change, because I was a westerner. Not it comes with the accompaniment of crescendos of bomb detonations and I sure as hell don't want it in my backyard.

I don't want my country to adopt Muslim "values" and become another reeking cesspool of baksheesh-driven corruption.

One of the west's greatest foolishnesses was to mock the stereotypical 50s family and the world into which it is placed in our minds. To a large extent that world DID exist, and to the extent that it was a myth, it was an ideal...something toward which we could strive, and it was good. I look around at the nihilistic multicultural ethos of today, where 6th century barbarianism demands the same degree of respect as 19th century progress or 20th century industrial society, and see nothing of pride whatsoever. We in the west have lost our way, and the degree of fear surrounding terms like "racism" is an indication of just how far we have sunk.

Call me racist and I'll wear the label proudly. I'll also vote for the first party that promises to preserve my western way of life, because the western way of life is better than any other.