While the Middle East is collapsing upon itself politically the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a speech that may very well be remembered in history. David Cameron was speaking at the Munich Security Conference when he announced that “state multiculturalism” had failed. Instead of creating a united society it was leading to a segregated society where natives and immigrants were living in separate enclaves side by side but not living together.
When talking about multiculturalism it is imperative that it be understood that multiculturalism and multi-ethnicism are as different from each other as gender and sex. Sex and ethnicity are of course descriptive of the biological nature of a person: a person may have female genitalia and an Asian ancestry for example. While gender and culture are descriptive of something that is expressed socially: she may be a woman but she acts and talks like a man and while she looks Asian she speaks with an English accent and espouses liberal democratic values.
With a clear understanding of the difference between a multicultural society versus a multi-ethnic society I hope it becomes very clear that even if all the people in a multicultural society were of the same ethnicity it would still be social strife at best and civil war at worse. How do you know this? Because nearly all of the wars fought in history were not about resources, but about cultural differences. The city dwellers versus the hunter gatherers, the Christians versus the Muslims, the Protestants versus the Catholics, the Liberals versus the Fascists, the Democrats versus the Autocrats. It is not the colour of a person’s skin that makes for a conflict, it is the difference in their culture that divides and sets one group of people against another.
Multiculturalism has been a state organised act of suicide by Western governments who failed to distinguish between culture and ethnicity. They saw the great success they had integrating south and eastern Europeans into countries like America and Australia but failed to realise that this form of ‘multiculturalism’ succeeded only because all Europeans share a common culture of liberal and secular values hence when the Greeks and Italians came to Australia after the second world war we weren’t actually creating a cultural divide, merely diversifying our gene pool.
However, having falsely assumed that ethnicity and culture were the same thing, these governments then opened up immigration policies to include peoples who have no history of liberalism, no history of secularism, no history of human rights, no history of equal treatment of women and no history of democracy. Suddenly we have found our streets filled with people who think that women who wear bikinis are begging to be gang raped. People who think that female genital mutilation is a beautiful practice. People who think that democracy is weakness. People who think liberalism is naive decadence. People who think the religious laws, like Shariah, are more important than laws passed by our parliaments. People who think murdering their daughters to preserve a primitive notion of family honour is not a criminal offence. That blasphemy is a crime worthy of the death penalty and that stoning is an appropriate punishment for infidelity (the videos are on YouTube.com and they’re very distressing to watch so I won’t link one here).
Only two weeks before David Cameron’s historic speech a minister from his own government also made a speech: Baroness Warsi, where she said that ‘Islamophobia’ was rife in Britain and criticism of Muslims had “passed the dinner table test”. But Islamophobia is a myth, it suggests that fearing Muslims is an irrational mental illness. However, since the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 there have been over 16,000 terrorist attacks carried out specifically in the name of Islam, according one Islamist watch dog site. It isn’t a phobia if you have a real and rational reason to fear something. The Koran and Sunna are very clear, they hate us not because of the colour of our skin, but because we do not share the same cultural values as they do.
I should talk a bit more about Baroness Warsi, she is a Briton of Pakistani origin whose family have bought them into nobility, hence her title. She calls herself a ‘real’ Muslim which is a logical fallacy that allows her to say that when a Muslim does good things they’re a ‘real’ Muslim and when they do bad things they’re not really a Muslim at all. It is a form of intellectual dishonesty that often confuses people when they first hear it. She is, however, not actually a Muslim at all. She believes in liberty, democracy, secularism, women’s equality and the rule of law. In short, she is culturally western or European. She calls herself Muslim but she doesn’t even convince the people she claims to represent: shown here throwing eggs at her for the crime of being a successful woman (Islam strictly forbids women from having power over any men). I actually think she’s a lovely human being and I consider her to be one of ‘us’, a Westerner, because we share the same cultural values. However, I am very much afraid she’ll end up like another liberal Muslim-pretender, Benazir Bhutto who was killed for being a successful woman.