7/08/2005

A Most Untypical Thursday

Aldous Huxley could be a bit of a zany at times - but more of that later.

Yesterday I was working a 12-8 shift, and as I never watch morning TV the first I heard of the murderous assault on the capital was at 11.45. It was an eerie day - we were anticipating massive call volumes (we service a cellphone network), but few came. In fact it was one of the quietest I can remember, a most untypical Thursday.

All through the day, however, the Intranet kept spewing out information deemed to be relevant, ranging from how to deal with enquiries relating to late deliveries in the Greater London area to the rather sobering revelation that, if necessary, counselling would be available free of charge.

What was clearly an attack upon our nation, our history, our fellow citizens, our guests and our entire way of life did not appear to so much as scrape the diffidence of which younger Brits seem so ruthlessly capable, particularly and sadly young British females in the 20-35 age group. Many appeared only to be concerned with when network service would be resumed, as if 37 dead fellow citizens were something that might ruin their shoes if stepped on in the street. If that's how the current crop behaves, I shudder to think how their daughters will turn out.

When I got home, the news was wall-to-wall, as might be expected.
The downside of the 24-hour news cycle is that it must produce news on a 24-hour basis, even when there is no news worthy of being produced. I discussed this recently with my father, a retired headmaster and Catholic affairs commentator, in the context of the death of Pope John Paul II. Even I lost patience with the deathwatch hush from the massed ranks of sonorous and serious commentators, trying to fill space before Papa Wojytla finally clocked off and they could cut to the commercials. Prior to the poor old guy's demise, my fiancee the She-Gnome had even taking to asking 'Is the Pope dead yet?', and Dad chided me gently when I remarked that, at the very least, the death of Benedict XVI will be a better show.

But it's true. No previous Pope had died during a 24-hour news cycle, and although the networks had covered dead Pope stories before the sheer volume of coverage involved was a real first for them, demanding a very steep learning curve. They now have a very much better idea of what's involved, so it will be a better show.

In the space of four hours I must have heard about 20 different terrorism 'experts'. Quite how one develops an academic interest in the motives for and practice of terrorist acts, and the seemingly unlimited career opportunities such study seems to offer, are issues that perhaps deserve slightly more scrutiny that they currently receive.

During the filming of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', the late Michael Curtiz is reported to have exclaimed, in his famously fractured English, 'Bring on the empty horses!' The reports which appear after the passage of even only a few hours after such an event as happened yesterday is enough to make one shout 'Bring on the urban legends!'. These are currently ranging from the sublimely credible, that greedy bastard hoteliers raised their prices in anticipation of cashing in on refugees from Islamism, to ridiculous conspiracy theories surrounding tip-offs to the Israelis. With sincere apologies to my occasional (and now probably former) publishers at Antiwar.com, I have read many, many thousands of Justin Raimondo's words, on topics ranging from Iraq to Israel to the Ukraine. He is the paradigm of what an Internet journalist should be, in that he always links to sources and never forgets a grudge. Why he was not awarded a Pulitzer for his writing on 'The Orange Revolution' is a mystery. Although he is a firm opponent of many aspects of Israeli foreign and security policy, in particular how they may in turn influence the policy of his own country (a perfectly reasonable stance for an American patriot to hold), I have never seen him write a single word which might remotely be construed by a reasonable reader as being anti-Semitic - but sometimes he just can't see the wood for the trees.
The newspapers - excuse me, I'll start that sentence again. The United Kingdom does not really have such a thing as a newspaper industry now. Instead, it possesses a range of comics, the quality of whose prose and insight ranges from middling to non-existent. The only occasions in the last three years in which I have found myself nodding vigorously in agreement with a commentator have all occurred while reading American, not British, insight.

But according to the BBC, the hysteria they engage in today is entirely predictable, proving once again that British newspapers are the greatest advert there could ever be for blogging.

At such times as this, one would hope that one's leaders would exhibit some of those fanciful abstract qualities they learn about in management seminars, like 'leadership'. After eight years of Blairism, we now know that nothing Blair does is without an ulterior motive. His return to London was utterly pointless, an exercise in public relations. But Blair's role in enabling what happened yesterday to happen cannot go unexamined, and it is disrespectful to the dead, even at this stage, not to apportion blame where it should be apportioned.

The government of which Blair is both the Sun and Moon has quite deliberately refused to enforce our laws on the deportation of criminal aliens. It has facilitated the abuse of the very ancient and historic right of asylum by those whose true purpose is economic migration. It has permitted the immigration of Islamic extremists from countries such as Algeria and Morocco which have no connection with the UK and decades-long histories of Islamist violence. One universal ray of insight which could be glimpsed through yesterday's fog of punditry is that, given some of the similarities to the Madrid train bombing, it is verging on the likely side of possible that this attack was planned and executed by North Africans.

If so, the couscous bars of Bayswater might go in want of the infidel coin for quite some time to come.
However, as a committed internationalist and patronising elitist dedicated to the advancement of European integration at the expense of our national sovereignty, he will not seal our borders and enforce our laws. Instead, the hammer blow will fall hardest on ordinary Brits, whom his government has rendered defenceless againt intruders in their own homes but who will require to carry ID cards to prove they do not pose a threat to national security.
What happened yesterday is emblematic of Blair's failure as a leader. Just as the citizen feels violated if they are prosecuted for defending home and property against intruders, so all citizens are violated by this assault, probably perpetrated by intruders or if by legal residents then by adherents of an intrusive, non-domestic, religion and culture.
What is to be done about Islam? As a rule of thumb, mullahs are as mouthy as Crusties. As usual, the Muslim Association of Britain just couldn't shut the fuck up from making hysterical slanders about the threat posed to Muslims by vigilantism. Does my slanderer Ahmed Sheikh not realise that his slanders do not go un-noticed, and that the public climate of tolerance towards his false religion's totalitarian tendencies might not last forever if he continues to mouth his hatred of the country in which he or his ancestors have been permitted to live?
The most profound question facing the West in the era not of globalisation but internationalism is whether Islam is compatible with the Western way of life. All the evidence sure points to the contrary.
The day may be coming when the scales fall from all our eyes and we all agree that it isn't, and that no amount of interesting food will ever make it so - a day I don't really want to be around to see.

The emergency services, as ever, make one proud, and for all the slightly fascistic tendencies of British police officers I wouldn't have gone down into the bowels of King's Cross Station for love, money, queen or country. They are brave, brave men and women, and it's a great pity that 1,000 London officers were away from home policing the Crusties at Gleneagles, who at least had the good grace not to riot.
Hopefully it will be the ordinary coppers and the men and women of the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service, the British Transport Police, the London Underground and the bus operators who suspended services and turned their buses into impromptu ambulances who will receive public recognition and thanks. The UK apparently has over 100 civil servants whose sole function is the administration of the honours system - time for Titus and Jocasta to start earning their money.
Will any serious action be taken? Sure, we would hope so. Hopefully that 300lb fat bastard Omar Bakri Mohammed will soon be relocated to a slightly more remote part of the realm, where he can break the habit of a lifetime and take up a good British hobby like ornithology - like, say, making the acquaintance of the penguins on South Georgia, though what the penguins have done to deserve that fate escapes me. Hopefully every piece of extremist literature is burned, every jihadist cell smashed, every illegal deported, every Islamist website blocked.
Will we withdraw from Iraq? Hardly, although there is one major foreign policy possibility, call it even an opportunity, which could arise from all this.
Islam clearly provides no viable model for the conduct of mass economic activity. In order to get rich, Muslims come to the West. Still with me? Good, because this is where Aldous Huxley comes in.
In his preface to 'Brave New World' Huxley pondered the various types of revolutions perpetrated by the Jacobins of revolutionary France. He admired Babeuf's more than Robespierre's if only because Robespierre's was the political revolution and therefore the most shallow and easily overturned, whereas Babeuf's was the more profound because it was an economic revolution.
Like I said, Huxley was a bit of a zany if only because the revolution that he claimed was the most profound of all was that of de Sade - a thought to make the eyes of any 16-year old male at Jesuit high school water. But while the neocons are marching up and down Pennsylvania Avenue like Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, singing 'Bushies! Bushies! We are loyal Bushies!', they forget that their efforts at implementing mere political change in the Middle East are only costing our soldiers' lives and are ultimately doomed to failure for cultural reasons.
Perhaps they might consider the implementation of economic revolution in the Middle East, through the introduction of such novelties as open and free capital markets, secure banking, limited liability companies, dedicated commercial courts, antitrust laws, etc, all of which makes the West such an attractive proposition for Muslims in the first place. That way does freedom lie, not in insktained fingernails or graves in Wisconsin.
The old town's taken a beating, for sure, but she'll get over it. The Islamists have just taken their ticket to stand in line behind the Spanish Armada, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Napoleon, the Luftwaffe and the Provisional IRA as opponents to be repelled by the city of London. London predates Islam by at least 500 years, and its roots, from the Roman ruins in the City, to the old Danish and Anglo-Saxon names like 'Aldgate' and 'Moorgate' (how apposite!), down into the maze of the Undergound, go very deep indeed.

2 Comments:

Blogger Canadi-anna said...

I've often wondered what democracy would bring to Islamic nations. You can't help but figure they'd just be voting in their militancy which would give it the ring of legitimacy.
Your immigration policy sounds remarkably like our own. We have people coming here, no passports, no ID -- claiming refugee status and living off welfare -- having their medical, dental, legal and other living allowances paid for until their claims are heard (often years) and then appealed (more years) and if by some slim chance they are denied status, they have the right of appeal -- again on the taxpayer dime.

I'm giving you a link to a current case here. The link is to the google news page -- if you're interested you can pick and choose which ones you'll read. If you do read them, please let me know what you think.

http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&ned=ca&q=avi+lewis

5:16 PM  
Blogger The g-Gnome said...

CA

Shocking.

Canadian high society must have reached a previously unknown depth of depravity for Trudeau's son to be fannying about with these characters.

6:55 PM  

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