American Elephants

Can We Learn By Observing the Experience of Others? by The Elephant's Child

Any damn fool can learn from experience when it happens to him, but it’s a little harder to learn from the experience of others.

The brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby has certainly brought reactions. Eleven people across the UK have been arrested for making ‘racist or anti-religious’ comments on Facebook  and Twitter about the soldier’s death. The incident has also prompted a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents according to an organization which works to reduce extremism. I am coming to hate that word. When someone is brutally attacked, eviscerated, beheaded in the street while the unarmed police watch passively, it doesn’t seem extreme to make ‘anti-religious” remarks, but somewhat natural.

“Islamists have been saying for years they would do this. They have planned to do it. And now they have done it,” wrote Douglas Murray in the Wall Street Journal.

Attempts to attack military targets in Britain go back to before the millennium and even before, it is important to note, the war on terror. In 1998 Amer Mirza, a member of the now-banned extremist group al Muhajiroun, attempted to petrol-bomb British army barracks. In 2007, a cell of Muslim men was found guilty of plotting to kidnap and behead a British soldier in Birmingham. The plan had been to take the soldier to a lock-up garage and cut off his head “like a pig.” They wanted to film this act on camera and send it around the world to cause maximum terror….

Most of the extremists who have repeatedly expressed their hatred of British soldiers are themselves supported by the British state.

From Australia, Tim Blair commented:

You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam. But where’s the credit? Where’s the respect? …

That’s a fairly clear message. Also clear were the cries of “Allahu Akbar” as the two alleged murderers went about carving and hacking at the fallen soldier’s body, having already run him down with a car.

Where’s the respect?

In Britain, “The release of a previously unseen document suggested that Labour’s migration policy over the past decade had been aimed not just at meeting the country’s economic needs, but also the Government’s “social objectives.”

The paper said migration would “enhance economic growth” and made clear that trying to halt or reverse it could be “economically damaging”. But it also stated that immigration had general “benefits” and that a new policy framework was needed to “maximise” the contribution of migration to the Government’s wider social aims.

The Government has always denied that social engineering played a part in its migration policy. …

Last night, the Conservatives demanded an independent inquiry into the issue. It was alleged that the document showed that Labour had overseen a deliberate open-door ­policy on immigration to boost multi-culturalism. Voting trends indicate that migrants and their descendants are much more likely to vote Labour.

If this does not sound somewhat familiar, you are not paying attention. The goal of the Left, whether here or in Europe is to win. They want to be in charge. Their purpose is social engineering, and multiculturalism and political correctness are the vehicles by which they hope to accomplish their ends. They will soothe the anger of immigrants with welfare and kindness, and avoidance of any notice that they are indeed acting in the holy name of Islam. But the evidence is pretty clear that welfare doesn’t produce the promised peaceful integration.
The Left cannot get it through their thick heads that welfare is demeaning. People may gladly accept any handouts that are offered, but they don’t value the handouts and they resent Lady Bountiful. People like to work. They want to feel valued for what they accomplish. Doesn’t mean that everybody likes their job, but people do want to feel useful.
The bureaucrats insist on political correctness, but their object is not just avoiding offense. If you are going to promote multiculturalism, then why park people in ghettos with everyone of the same heritage, and refuse to open your society to them. If immigrants don’t assimilate, can’t find jobs, are not accepted in society and are forced to subsist on welfare — what did you expect?

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