The meanderings of our opponents are fascinating to watch, as they deflect, dodge and weave. Anything to avoid seeing the train wreck. Motivated by what, I hear you ask? Wishful thinking? Arrant blindness? The mindset of the suicidal? Who the hell knows. Our opponents, however, are a lot broader than we think.

Let’s take a look:

WHEN confronted with globalisation's latest test of social cohesion, the Middle East erupted and confirmed a stereotype. But the 1.5 per cent of Australians who declared Islam as their religion in the 2001 census reacted no differently from any other Australian.

No baseball bats were swung, or molotov cocktails thrown after two Queensland newspapers and internet blogger Tim Blair reproduced the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
And why was that? Curious? The author of this piece isn’t – not really. Because he inhabits the land of the multicultural dreaming. That happy place where the melting pot has delivered the rewards long promised by the utopian Leftist engineers of our past, present and future (or the duplicitous engineers of our undoing – take your pick; their camps are divided pretty equally).

Like all of them, however, he misses or refuses to acknowledge, the crucial point.

Carloads of young Lebanese Australians did not hoon up the Hume Highway to attack the Danish embassy in Canberra as their brethren overseas, from Gaza to Indonesia, had done. Certainly no one here seemed remotely willing to risk the fate of the 11 protesters who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Muslim Australians were most likely insulted, but they didn't demonstrate in the way that the media caricatures of them might have assumed.
Why not? It’s an excellent question.

Ask yourself the following question: Which hand has converted more Muslims to the cause of democracy -- the green card or regime change in Iraq?
Easy answer. What’s not so easy (on the face of it, when labouring under the prejudice of the loony Leftist), is why? The writer’s answer is coming up. . .

The paradox is the upside-down roles being played by Europe and the US at the moment. Europe stayed out of Iraq, but it is the epicentre of the West's grassroots backlash against Muslim immigration.
He’s close. Very close. Now watch the train jump the rails:

Continental Europe, and indeed Britain, practise a brand of immigration that is self-defeating, where the new arrivals are shunted off into enclaves with little hope of upward mobility. Australia and the US boast infinitely superior immigration systems, because their economies and citizens happen to support the project. While Muslims pose a challenge today, remember that Asians before them were also once seen as a culture too far.

Yet we do immigration better than the US. This should tell us that Australian values, however ill-defined, are more persuasive than America's triple G of greed, guns and God.
Wrong - all wrong. The answer is a staggeringly simple one - he just refuses to acknowledge it. And it is described by an equally simple word: numbers.

But if the political class in Australia is any guide, we remain, as always, on the verge of a race apocalypse.
Ooh – scary. Race apocalypse. Problem is, the prediction is not incorrect - just the cause. But the real question to ask is, can a prediction be premature? At what point does a prediction become salient? At one minute to midnight? This writer would argue that then it is no prediction at all; it’s an observation:

"Our enemy now is not the redneck within but the home-grown fanatic," three state Labor MPs from Queensland wrote in The Australian yesterday.

"Why is it that the US, with far more ethnic diversity than Australia or Britain, has no real fear of a home-grown terrorist blowing up a train?"

That might be news to President George W. Bush, who has been tapping the phones of those American citizens whom he thinks may hold the clues to the next planned terror attack on the US.
Thank your security services, idiot. Thank George Bush. Don’t thank the high altar of multiculturalism. . .

Let’s now hear from the other side of the fence. From someone who is prepared to make a prediction. From someone who has decided to see this crisis from another angle altogether:

MY interest in demography dates back to September 11, 2001, when a demographic group I hadn't hitherto given much thought managed to get my attention. I don't mean the, ah, unfortunate business with the planes and buildings and so forth, but the open cheering of the attacks by their co-religionists in Montreal, Yorkshire, Copenhagen and elsewhere. How many people knew there were fast-growing and culturally confident Muslim populations in Scandinavia?

Demography doesn't explain everything but it accounts for a good 90 per cent. The "who" is the best indicator of the what-where-when-and-why. Go on, pick a subject. Will Japan's economy return to the heady days of the 1980s when US businesses cowered in terror? Answer: No. Japan is exactly the same as it was in its heyday except for one fact: it stopped breeding and its population aged. Will China be the hyperpower of the 21st century? Answer: No. Its population will get old before it gets rich.

Check back with me in a century and we'll see who's right on that one. But here's one we know the answer to: Why is this newspaper published in the language of a tiny island on the other side of the earth? Why does Australia have an English Queen, English common law, English institutions? Because England was the first nation to conquer infant mortality.
It’s the demography, stupid. And it is. Why have the Arab Muslims in Europe gone nuts? Easy. Because there are enough of them to do so with impunity, and they know it.

The shape's already becoming clear. Take those Danish cartoons. Every internet blogger wants to take a stand on principle alongside plucky little Denmark. But there's only five million of them. Whereas there are 20 million Muslims in Europe - officially. That's the equivalent of the Danes plus the Irish plus the Belgians plus the Estonians.

You do the mathematics. If you want the reality of Europe in a nutshell, walk into a supermarket belonging to the French chain Carrefour. You'll be greeted by a notice in Arabic: "Dear Clients, We express solidarity with the Islamic and Egyptian community. Carrefour doesn't carry Danish products." It's strictly business: they have three Danish customers and a gazillion Muslim ones. Retail sales-wise, they know which way their bread's buttered and it isn't with Lurpak.
Now let’s talk race apocalypse (as our first writer would have us do) – or should we?

. . .Islam is a religion, and an explicitly political one - unlike the birthplace of your grandfather it's not something you leave behind in the old country. Indeed, for its adherents in the West, it becomes their principal expression - a Pan-Islamic identity that transcends borders.
We’ve met this beast before. But do the Left now deny it because they don’t see it, won’t see it, or see too much in it. . .

Instead of a melting pot, there's conversion: A Scot can marry a Greek or a Botswanan, but when a Scot marries a Yemeni it's because the former has become a Muslim. In defiance of normal immigration patterns, the host country winds up assimilating with Islam: French municipal swimming baths introduce non-mixed bathing sessions; a Canadian Government report recommends the legalisation of polygamy; Seville removes King Ferdinand III as patron of the annual fiesta because he played too, um, prominent a role in taking back Spain from the Moors.

When the fastest-breeding demographic group on the planet is also the one most resistant to the pieties of the social-democratic state that's a profound challenge.
Now we get to the heart of why certain of our Muslim population did not join their brothers in the torching, slavering rampage:

But Australia, like the US, is genuinely multicultural, at least in the sense that its immigration is not from a single overwhelming source. The remorseless transformation of Eutopia into Eurabia is already prompting the Dutch to abandon their country in record numbers, for Canada and New Zealand.

In the '70s and '80, Muslims had children - those self-detonating Islamists in London and Gaza and Bali are a literal baby boom - while westerners took all those silly books about overpopulation seriously. A people that won't multiply can't go forth or go anywhere. Those who do will shape the world we live in.
Numbers, numbers. Not enough, you see; not enough to feel safe to burn, bully and demand – not yet.

Let’s drop back in on our first writer, now:

Interestingly, John Howard doesn't seem to be buying into the game. Guess what happened to the Arab component of our immigration intake in the wake of the gang rapes in southwest Sydney, the Tampa and the September 11 attacks on the US between 2000 and 2001?

There was a dip in the year immediately after these shocks, from 6942 in 2000-01 to 6000 in 2001-02. But each year since has seen a new threshold crossed - 10,550 new Arab arrivals in 2002-03; 11,321 in 2003-04; and 12,961 in the last financial year.

Paul Keating had left office in 1996 with Arabs accounting for 7.7 per cent of our immigration intake. Howard lifted their share to a record 10.5 per cent in 2004-05.

Multiculturalism, Muslim fundamentalism and Lebanese gangs have, in reality, almost nothing in common. The only thing that binds them is the fevered imaginations of Australian politicians and many in the media who want to reduce every issue to the comic strip of race, where the world is divided into us and them.
No, fool. It’s not about race - it never was. It is, however, about ‘us’ and ‘them’ - an ideological ‘us’ and ‘them’. It’s about an intransigent, bigoted and violent ideology that wants us gone. As Nazism wanted us gone. As Imperial Japan wanted us gone. As the Soviet wanted us gone.

And no, the numbers are not large - not yet. But one has to ask a simple question: why any at all? If we have such stark examples to learn from, why are we so intent on refusing to do so?

Insight: I invite you to read a particularly interesting piece I posted on some time ago. A study providing some fascinating insights, it’s long, but give it a whirl. It addresses many, many questions.

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