The good Muslim fallacy

Too often I hear the argument “What about the Good Muslim?”. Having grown up in Belgium, I personally know a lot of Muslims and I keep a friendly relation with all of them. The ones I know have jobs, they are not violent nor rapists.  These are the Muslims every lefty would point at as an example of a successful integration.

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But what make a nation a nation? What makes its identity? Why Bavarians, Prussians and Sarrians consider themselves German? They use to lived in distinct countries. The same can be asked about French, British and many other Nations. And the most common answer will be “The Language”. Which gives part of the answer but not entirely as there are many counter-examples. What gives an national identity is the history people lived together: the battles fought, the infrastructure built together, the shared rituals, the fairy tales told to children, etc. History build the culture that unite people.

Nonetheless, my Muslims friends (or blacks, or Indians,etc.) do not share any of my roots. Quite the contrary. Don’t believe me? Our point of view diverge immediately when we go on historical topics such as crusades, colonization, slavery, who invented what (ask them about flight, urban planning or running water). Beside apparent difference, history and culture draw a line that is unbreakable and that prevent any real deep connection to be built. Worse, any argument would result in a fight that would break our relationship. Hence, silence is the guardian of our superficial friendship. Sad but true.

Accepting their view of history and culture is not integration, it is submission.

You would say “but why not considerate their opinion? Don’t be harsh!”. Of course this would be easy. We could simply take the guilt on us as the leftists do. But what about them acknowledging the greatness of our civilization and the value of Christian? What about them respecting our community, our unity? What about them apologizing for the past and the present? What about them saying “thank you, you are the only ones in this world who give us freely what belongs to you without asking anything in return. You are the only one who truly believe in humanity”?

It is important to realize that giving to them is only possible as long as resources are abundant. As long as banks and governments print money, it is possible to take on us and keep the peace. Yet, one day, it will be over – and sooner than we think considering the western debts. The day a serious economical crash or a war will occur, those division who seemed small and irrelevant will become unsolvable. People will point the finger at each others, but it will be too late.

Identity and self confidence

Self confidence… I was last week at a seminar. There was this woman who was training people on how to look “self confident”. She made her speech and asked the public: “what are the characteristics of self confidence?”.

Bubbling in my mind were figures like Trump, Putin, etc. But it was well different for others. Self confidence appeared to be a sound combination of body language, voice, gesture and posture.
While she was trying to fake her confidence in her own baffled words, I could not help but noticing that no one understands were confidence comes from.

It is true that we can cure our symptoms. Controlling our voice, our gesture, etc. But it doesn’t make it real or strong. That is because self confidence is actually Identity.

What is identity? Identity is the perfect alignment between your feeling, your history, your future, your present. It is who you are deep inside you. It is your connection to your siblings, to your heart, your values, your believes and the world. It is the only truth that you can get ever get in your life: finding your identity.

When you find it, you become a rock. Your fear disappears.You talk with your heart. When what you do, when what you say is aligned with who you are, with what you believe, then nothing can ever make you doubt. And all of a sudden, your body, your voice know what to do.

Darling, no need to fake anything. Self confidence is IDENTITY.

A time for choosing

Adaptation of the famous speech of Ronald Reagan : A time for choosing (october 27th 1964 for the endorsement of Barry Goldwater as President )

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Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they ha
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a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our immigration policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right. 

We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a half billion human being now living in Europe, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your future slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender. 

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning leftists friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has told his people to go and flood Europe.  He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the Jihad, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Muslim than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us. 

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.   If nothing in life is worth dying for,well,  when did this begin? just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the polish and Lithuanians decided to leave Vienna to the Ottomans leaving Europe to its own faith ? Should the 400 Knights of Malta surrendered when they saw the Ottoman fleet instead of courageously fight one of the most epic battle in the history of Mandkind? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead at Tour who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Muslims didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all. 

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this—this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” 

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. 

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.