I haven’t been paying much attention lately, so it came as (only something) of a surprise to find out that there’s rioting in Amsterdam and Brussels which have not (another suroprise) been covered by the MSM. (Hat tip fp.) Try finding riots in the NYT over the last week and you’ll find articles on Hungary (right wing), Venezuela (students against Hugo Chavez), Iran (students against the government), Israel (Palestinian prison riot), Bolivia (regional against socialist government), but nothing on Europe. Apparently, not mentioning the riots in France in the fall of 2005 for over a week, while the blogosphere was all over it, has not made our MSM more willing to report these things more readily. And not surprisingly, the dextrasphere is all over it, led by the usual suspects, LGF who got it from Digital Journal, Jihadwatch et alia. This is not promising for the MSM’s “learning curve.”
Dispatch from the Eurabian Front: Riots in Amsterdam and Brussels
From the desk of Paul Belien on Tue, 2007-10-23 16:49
Europe’s no-go zones or SUAs (“sensitive urban areas”) are multiplying. These are areas where the police no longer dares to venture and where Islamists hold sway.
Amongst medievalists, we call this areas where “the king’s writ does not run.” If the Europeans were not so insanely anti-Zionist, they would looke at Gaza and Southern Lebanon, and realize that’s what in their future. As Peter Heather noted about the Roman Empire’s fall:
Once inside the Empire, the barbarian immigrant groups continued to unify, producing still larger and yet more powerful entities that the Empire could not hope to dismantle. The result was a reversal of the strategic power advantage that had brought the Empire into being, so that these new, and more powerful, barbarian groups were able to carve out kingdoms for themselves from the Empire’s living body politic.
Every night since the beginning of last week, immigrant youths have been torching cars and clashing with police in Amsterdam’s Slotervaart district. The incidents started on Oct. 14 when a policewoman shot dead Bilal Bajaka, a 22-year old ethnic Moroccan, whilst he was stabbing her and a colleague with a knife. The officers were stabbed in the breast, face, neck and back. Surgeons could only narrowly save their lives.
Since the incident, Slotervaart has seen rioting almost every night. The Amsterdam Moroccans are “shocked” because one of them has been killed by an infidel woman. According to his family, Bilal Bajaka was mentally deranged and had a suicide obsession. Ahmed Marcouch, the Moroccan-born Socialist mayor of Slotervaart, criticized the Dutch authorities for failing to provide adequate health care for Bajaka’s mental problems.
Okay, so a Moroccan immigrant has come to Holland, run for mayor of his district, and he’s mastered the demopathic discourse of using Wester socialist values to blame everyone but his own community’s values. And why shouldn’t he? The Europeans — the Dutch more than most — have done nothing but pander to those who play this game. It’s part of the magnificent sense of superiority that the Europeans feel over the Americans because they have such a great social welfare net.
Bilal Bajaka was, however, a personal friend of Mohammed Bouyeri, the Jihadist who ritually slaughtered the Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh in 2004. Bilal’s attack on the two police officers came exactly two years after the arrest of his brother, Abdullah Bajaka, the leader of an alleged plot to blow up an El-Al Boeing at Amsterdam airport. Bilal’s family background is not at all deprived. One of his sisters is a medical doctor, another sister is a Dutch judge.
This is a familiar pattern. One of the striking things about immigrant populations to the West is that the women do better than the men, and — I’m willing to conjecture — the more intense the honor-shame culture, the more the disparity between men and women. The reasons are surely many, but one of them stems from the fact that the men find subordinating themselves to Western demands for real success (study, often “under” a female teacher, submission to rules, tests, correction and contradiction) unacceptable. Women, who are used to being subordinate, do not have to “save face,” often find submitting to these rules ironically liberating.
For ten days now, the situation in Amsterdam’s immigrant neighbourhoods has been tense. Senior police officers compare the current situation in Amsterdam to the 2005 Ramadan riots in Paris. Media outside the Netherlands, however, hardly mention the riots, which aim to drive the police from Slotervaart and turn the neighborhood into a new no-go area – yet another pocket of Eurabia on Europe’s soil.
I’m reading a book on Media, Terrorism, and Theory with a piece by Douglas Kellner in which he discusses various models of global dynamics in the post-Soviet age. On the topic of Samuel Huntington’s thesis in Clash of Civilizations, he writes (p. 162):
While Huntington’s model seems to have some purchase in the currently emerging global encounter [i.e., the behavior of global Jihadis lends great credence to his predictions] and has become an influential conservative ideology, it tends to overly homogenize both Islam and the West, as well as the other civilizations he depicts [i.e., he doesn't go for the argument that the Jihadi Islamists represent a tiny and marginal minority of Muslims]. Moreover his model lends itself to pernicious misuse and has been deployed to call for and legitimate military retribution against implacable adversarial civilizations by conservative intellectuals…
I think this remark — and a million others to the same effect — reveal what’s behind much of the attitude of the media. It doesn’t matter how accurate or relevant information is, if it puts wind in the sails of conservatives, alerts people to the necessity of fighting back, reverses policies of (ap)peace(ment), then don’t give them airtime. They’re dangerous.
Similar events are currently taking place in Brussels, the capital of neighbouring Belgium and of the EU. Last Sunday, demonstrating Turkish youths ransacked an Armenian restaurant in the Sint-Joost-ten-Node borough. According to the owner the police was present at the scene but did not interfere while his establishment was being demolished. The Armenian had to flee for his life.
In other words, the phenomenon has spread from France to other vulnerable European nations. And the response of the police, like the response of the French police, is to try and contain the phenomenon without confronting it. Ironically, the Europeans who so enjoyed the impact of Al Durah on provoking Palestinian violence against the Israelis, now live in fear of having an al Durah on their hands. In this case, the death of a Muslim who was trying to kill police can provoke violence… imagine what will happen when they get a picture of an innocent child killed by the ruthless infidel police.
Another man who had to run for his life was the Belgian journalist Mehmet Koksal, an ethnic Turk. He was attacked around 11 pm on Sunday evening by a group of some twenty Turkish youths in front of the American embassy in Brussels, a few yards from the Belgian parliament building. The Parliament and the US Embassy are less than one kilometer from Sint-Joost-ten-Node. Koksal fled to a nearby police car, but a female police officer refused to let him into the car, whereupon the youths savagely beat him up. Fearing that they were about to lynch him, the police officer changed her attitude and allowed the journalist to seek refuge in the police car.
This seems to be a policy with the police in Belgium. It’s based on the same attitude that had opinion makers yelling at the Pope for provoking the Muslims to violence by calling Islam a violent religion.
Koksal told the press today that he is not going to press charges against the police for failing to help him. “The police woman was more afraid than I was and ultimately the police came to my rescue,” he said.
I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’d say this is unforgivable behavior from a policewoman. It’s clear that Europeans, who don’t want to send their soldiers even next door to Kosovo to intervene in genocidal massacres (a fortiori, Darfur), who, even when they do send soldiers, send “little more than heavily armed traffic cops,” are going to have to start to train their police with a bit more courage, not to mention prepare them for urban warfare. Alas. When are they going to wake up?