Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sarko vs Sego and the future of Europe

Though you might not think the outcome of the French elections will have any direct affect on this country (and you're right, it won't), I'm convinced it will have a direct affect on whether radical Islam continues to spread and grow throughout Europe. And, although you might think "who cares what happens in France?", I counter, we should care what happens to our friends over in Europe, because whatever happens in Europe will have an indirect and possibly direct affect on this country, down the line. (Remember, we're a global village, dependent upon each other.)

I know there are those who feel that the threat of radical Islam is just an alarmist, overreaction by the conservative hysterics of the world, but it is a reality. Perhaps not an overtly serious one in our lifetime, but it certainly will be in that of our children's, if things don't change. Our lives have already been irreversibly altered by 9/11. The way we travel, what we say, what we do. We are starting to live in fear of offending the sensibilities of a group of overly religious, overly sensitive people who find dogs and pigs abhorrent, and who expect us to conform to their way of life, and that's where I draw the line. It's a major problem that isn't going to disappear simply because we wish it so. This isn't a Tinkerbell predicament that is easily solved by enough people 'thinking' it away. It needs to be dealt with by strong leaders who refuse to cave into the unreasonable whims and demands of Muslim populations that shun western society by refusing to assimilate and become productive members of their host country. The Islamists have a plan, perhaps not a co-ordinated one, but a plan nonetheless, of rebuilding the Caliphate. If you don't believe me, watch the video below, in their own words. And there are hundreds, probably thousands more like this out there. On YouTube, MEMRI TV, and elsewhere on the net.

Like the upcoming U.S. election, the candidates in France are polar opposites on the political spectrum: right versus left. The strongest choice for France is undoubtedly conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, who is trying to change the 'status quo' in the bloated welfare state called France. He wants to implement strong workplace reforms, like upping the 35 hour work week, and not taxing over-time pay, as an incentive for increased work productivity. As Interior Minister, he reacted very strongly against the Muslim Paris riots. He's tough on crime, illegal immigration, drunk driving, wants tougher sentencing laws for repeat offenders. It all sounds great to me, but I'm not French. And it's exactly because of all these changes that he is not much liked by, you guessed it, all those who cleave to the welfare system like leaches to a fat leg.

Madame Segolene "Socialist" Royal, on the other hand, seems to think the status quo is fine, with perhaps some fine-tuning, and pretty much wants to add to the welfare bloat which, of course, is popular with those who don't have the inclination to get out there and work for a living. The French, that I know, are sick and tired of being heavily taxed, and subsidizing those who refuse to assimilate.

So, needless to say, the campaign trail has been down and dirty. No surprise, with so much at stake. (It's probably what we can look forward to in 2008.) Sarkozy has been demonized by the left, and la Royal even stooped so low as to predict a violent backlash if Sarkozy is chosen as Prez:

"It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won)," she said. Pressed on whether there would actually be violence, Royal said: "I think so, I think so," referring specifically to France's volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.
Looks like she is trying to win the vote through fear-mongering and veiled threats. Way to go, Segolene. We know who's going to vote for her.

Although Sarkozy isn't a fan of the Iraq War he is pro-U.S. and pro-West. Royal, with her many diplomatic gaffes, has aligned herself with the likes of Hezbollah by condoning a remark made by Ali Amman (a Lebanese Hezbollah politician) claiming Israel is a Nazi state. In Beijing, she told Chinese officials that France could learn lessons from the Chinese justice system (Ha!). In Canada, she caused an uproar when she claimed she supported the "sovereignty and liberty of Quebec." She later backtracked on some of those comments, but who needs that kind of stupidity as head of state, and if she does become the next French President, my bets are that France, with the largest Muslim population in Europe, will be the first to cave.

At least we have some in Europe who realize the risks involved in having a weak government. Germany, thankfully, picked a strong leader in Angela Merkel, who on a recent trip to Israel (unlike Royal), refused to co-operate with the Palestinian propaganda machine.

I hope for their sakes the French choose the right candidate, and I mean 'right'.


MUD said...

The French are a joke waiting to happen. They will fight the Islamic Armies until the first one shows up and then they will give up and accept whatever raping anyone wants to give them. Soon after the Pollyanna's around the world will say, "Hey we need to go save those French people". It will be that way so long as there are people in the world who give a damn about a country that doesn't give a damn about the rest of the world. MUD

Pat Jenkins said...

as always well thought work, and thankful all will stay RIGHT!

All_I_Can_Stands said...

Sarko has won. Hopefully he can get some good traction in France. I have not seen much from Merkel since she won in Germany. The conservative movement in Canada is showing a little more progress than I imagined they could. Of course is it coincidence that Canada also recently got Fox News?

Unknown said...

A conservative in old continental Europe means something entirely different from what we in North America understand the term to be. The French have proven themselves quite ruthless in the past- Algeria anyone? I am not sure the situation in the Muslim Suburbs is considered life threatening at this point. It will fester largely through the paralysis inherent in the French political system.

Unknown said...

All-I-can-Stands -I love Fox News! Conservatism in Canada went through a long period in the wilderness, regionalism, the usual infighting etc caused a major split in conservative ranks and saw the rise of the Western based Reform Party under social conservative Preston Manning. Eventually Reform and the Old "eastern based" Progressive Conservative Party reconciled into todays Conservative party.

Incognito said...

MUD, I think there is hope with Sarkozy as leader. He is tough, and the fact that people have voted him in, indicates they must want change. I know my French friend is dying for better relations with the U.S. etc. I still think there is hope, at least there.

Thanks PAT!

Incognito said...

Hey AICS. Yup, great news! I really like what he stands for and what he plans to do. Tough and strong. Merkel is doing well, too, which is good.

Hiya BCFS, and you're right. Chirac was far right, n'est ce pas? Not life threatening yet, and hopefully Sarko will ensure that it doesn't.

Anonymous said...

I watched the video. Tony Blair stated, "Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than thier determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world."

But is it? I wonder. Would half of our society, our schools, and government leaders forgive or rationalize away thier attacks as them simply expressing thier marginalism in society?

Incognito said...

I'd agree, ODP, it isn't, at least as long as we continue on the path we are treading. And they do, for the most part. That't the problem.
Not sure why the included that in the video, but the rest shows how determined they are to Islamicize (is that a word?) the world.

Chris McClure aka Panhandle Poet said...

Radical Islam is definitely a serious and growing problem in France, and throughout Europe -- just as it is in the U.S.

Incognito said...

It's a growing problem everywhere, PAN. and that's what is so frightening.

Anonymous said...

We'll see if the election of Sarkozy can really have much effect on these huge, demographic and cultural treands! Won't be easy.

Great blog!

Feel free to trackback your posts over at Dumb Ox Daily News

Incognito said...

Thank you Dumb Ox! I will, if I can figure out how you trackback! :-)

It won't be easy but I haev faith.