The fright and scrambling of citizens in London a few days ago was a humiliating scene, wherein a powerful city and its entire government came to a halt because of one man, an Islamist with an axe and a car. Humiliating the West is one of the primary goals of militant Islam. It is a victory for their deity as demonstrated by the ubiquitous shout of Allah Akbar prior to the terror act, a time-worn declaration of Islamic victory and humiliation of the infidel. The multiculturalists do not see it as a humiliation against “us,” for the “us” – an “us” with an identity – is no longer important or recognized by them. In contrast, those on the other side killing and reshaping “us” have a confidence and pride in their identity.
Instead of fighting and becoming angry, we light candles and turn off the lights in tall buildings. We vow to fight a non-specific theory called terrorism instead of protecting our borders from whom and where it is precisely coming. In response to the terrorism in our cities, we call for even more multi-culturalism and appeasement. We have become the pitiful we because of Barack Obama’s repeated sermonic of: “That’s not who we are.” Whenever suggestions were made for the urgent need to monitor some of the mosques or the young men most likely to commit future terrorist acts against us, Obama would declare: “That’s not who we are.”
When it comes to Islamic terror or shariah imposition, Obama and other globalists preach a type of defenselessness and impotence: something we are supposed to abide. For many liberals, virtue- signaling, the epitome of vanity, is more important than saving lives, even the lives of their countrymen and children. The god of multi-culturalism and tolerance confers a halo on those willing to endanger even their children in service to “more-moral-than-you” vanity and the crowing rights to Obama’s “that’s not who we are” Hallelujah, just as in ancient times sacrifices, even children, were made to Baal/Molech.
Heroic people, however, know exactly who they are: They are those who defend their country and families from terrorism, death and injury. People with an identity know who they are and thus fight for it. Multiculturalists and globalists don’t … and, with sophistry, try to stop others from doing so. Who we are, and who we should be, are people that defend themselves and their families. That has always been the American way, prior to the leftwing academics and globalists transforming us into cowards and disloyalists.
As uber-multiculturalists, these globalist leaders are making a nation’s accommodation to Islam, and the incorporation of Islamic ways and demands, the litmus test of multicultural compliance. Islam is their fast-track tool for transforming western societies and is being catapulted by them into religious and cultural stardom. It is being romanticized as the new global commonality and outlook, a catch-all for all which is right-minded and progressive.
By being the new “victim” of western intolerance and oppression, Islam is automatically elevated and benighted as something enlightened and most tolerant, especially by liberal Jews abandoning common sense and decency and Christians running from their Christian ancestry and upbringing, seeking an exotic system in which to pour all their utopian and rebellious yearnings.
Many in the political class today demonizing nationalism wish to substitute it with the dangerous construct of trans-natioinalism, which is being pushed by global multiculturalists. Until now, western countries retained with pride their distinctive culture and norms, while recognizing and enjoying the varied qualities found in nations different than their own. There was a worldliness and urbanity to it. Transnationalism is radically different. It wishes to denude each western country of its uniqueness and severely marginalize that segment of the population wishing to preserve and live by the historic values and customs of their country. It is banal uniformity on a global scale, often a consequence of embarrassment and repudiation of anything overtly Christian or Old Testament.
Transnationalism takes power from a country’s people and imposes laws and norms from above by an almost interchangeable global ruling class which treats its country’s patriots as malcontents and second class, as “unenlightened” citizens entitled to fewer freedoms than anti-nationalists or preferred minorities. The ruling class has more simpatico and identity with the ruling class of another country than with citizens of their own country. It is cosmopolitanism, so that American liberals, for example, feel a kinship more with Parisians than those from Peoria.
Whereas, until very recently, highly patriotic leaders were chosen to lead countries, under the mantle of transnationalism leaders are advanced who downplay and characterize as “extreme” the patriotic members within society. Barack Obama in America, Angela Merkel in Germany, as well as the Scandinavian and Flemish leaders, the EU and The Hague, are representative of those in an expanding political class and club who see their power deriving from a global multiculturalism that marginalizes conservative voters to ineffective fringes.
These leaders reinforce and aid each other by speaking to voters beyond their own country. They speak of the need of voters elsewhere to elect those candidates who will be part of a globalist order and fraternity upon which rests the “guarantee of peace, harmony, prosperity, and environmental purity.” Transnationalism is the age-old universalist and socialist dystopia come true, just under a new nomenclature. Those opposed are labeled xenophobic; those questioning open borders are labeled racist. No one any longer has a right to an opinion except those issuing leftist, transnational creeds. These accusations, the name calling, are some of the most powerful weapons in the globalist arsenal.
Many making the accusations of xenophobia live in rarified societies and neighborhoods or in high-end and fashionable apartment buildings with security guards and doormen, immune from the consequences of Open Borders, loss of manual jobs, overseas nation building, and the harmful effects arising from perfunctory background checks and superficial vetting.
It is not nationalism that warrants our alarm, rather transnationalism and fierce multiculturalism. In the name of faux morality and twisted tolerance it seeks to erase the identity, touchstones, and values that truly made us who we are. It imperils our future.
Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit, and of Why Israel Matters to You, and president of Caucus for America.