The Attitude Problem
When I was being trained as a young officer in the British armed forces, it was explained to me and my proteges that there were three elements to the process of training people; in our case, training people to take part in the conduct of warfare but, in fact, training people to do anything really.
These three elements were (and remain) the development of skills, knowledge and attitude. Of these three components of the training process, the most important component is the development of attitude. If a soldier doesn’t possess the attitude needed readily to enter combat, all his other skills and knowledge become largely superfluous. Attitude is a settled way of feeling or thinking about something.
Today, in the context of the British way of life being threatened by the religion of Islam, we as a society have an attitude problem.
There, see what I mean? You probably just felt or thought that I got that sentence wrong; that we’re not threatened by the religion of Islam; we’re threatened by nutjobs who masquerade under the banner of Islam. You’re thinking #hopenothate #notallmuslims #prayformanchester #thoughtsandprayers #tolerance #openborders #refugeeswelcomehere.
You’re thinking these things because you are told – indeed, you are conditioned to think these things. To think anything else is a hate crime. OK, you can hate the slaughter of children at a pop concert. But, how dare you even think about hating those who submit to the will of Allah. We’re told to adopt the attitude that there is no connection between the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and some nutjob triggering a suicide vest standing amongst hundreds of children in a theatre foyer.
We’re conditioned to adopt an attitude which obliges us to disconnect slaughter on our streets from the religion of submission (Islam); we’re obliged to disconnect a suicide bomber in the Manchester Arena from a policy of open borders and refugees welcome here; we must not connect the mindsets of the murderers of people on buses and tube trains in London with the teaching of imams (the leaders of prayers in mosques).
Our political class and its Establishment and media hangers-on are the thought-leaders in all this. They communicate messages both openly and subliminally designed to have us adopt an attitude of tolerance towards our own destruction from within. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing on Monday, the Chief Constable of Manchester warned us that ‘[he] won’t tolerate hate’. By that he meant not the hate of people who shred little girls’ bodies, but the hate of mean-spirited citizens who tweet angrily at the scum who shred little girls’ bodies, or at the scum’s religion. That sort of hate will not be tolerated. WTF?
Time and again we hear politicians, Establishment figures (senior police officers can be the worst offenders), the BBC and its media ilk banging on more about ‘the rising tide of Islamophobia’ than they talk about the creeping, pernicious effect of the Islamic religion on the British way of life (wash my mouth out with soap and water).
Why Do We Put Up With This?
For some years now it’s baffled me as to why our political class and Establishment worthies like the Chief Constable of Manchester are so obsessed with having us tolerate the intolerant who live amongst us. Fundamentally, it’s because our politicians and the Establishment don’t trust us.
The social contract between politicians and the people is under great strain; some might say it’s broken altogether. The evidence for this extends beyond the immediate issue of Islamic Jihad. Look at events in the UK (Farage/Brexit), the US (Trump) and Europe (Wilders, Le Pen, Grillo) lately to get some feel for the growing gap between mainstream political ideas, the received wisdom of the political class, and what tens, if not hundreds of millions of ordinary people are thinking these days.
My point is that the attitude of the political class to the threat to our way of life posed by Islam is at odds with what I believe is the attitude of a growing number of British and European citizens – perhaps even a majority of those citizens – to that existential threat. Here in the UK we shall go to the polls on 8 June in a General Election. It’s as if the manifestos of the main political parties read something like this:
‘We’re going to permit within our society the embedding of a sub-culture; a sub-culture of religious medievalism. We’re going to permit the existence, and facilitate the growth of this cancer within our society because we pride ourselves on being a tolerant nation.’
‘We shall remain relaxed about the largely unfettered movement of people between countries ravaged by Muslim internecine wars and the UK. We shall keep our borders open. Refugees will always be welcome here.’
Bizarrely, politicians really do seem to believe that, by and large, this should be the attitude to our kids being blown to smithereens at a pop concert.
Hope Not Hate
Just last night I was commenting on Facebook against a post about the Manchester attack. A commenter wrote, ‘you could describe what the Manchester bomber did as aggressive intolerance of European values.’ Presumably, I thought, on the scale of tweeting intolerantly about Islam and the Muslim faith? The commenter went on to say, ‘Let’s avoid religions and think of ways to make angry, disillusioned young men part of something productive. I actually support the Hope Not Hate movement.’
Hope Not Hate is really just a virtue-signalling platitude when all’s said and done. It certainly isn’t a strategy for combating Islamic Jihad which is now everywhere amongst us. Part of the reason our children are now being slaughtered is precisely because our political class and all of its Establishment and media hangers-on have spent the past decade and more focusing more on political correctness and virtue-signalling than on taking steps to protect our people at the level of the root cause.
I remain to be convinced that so many sub-communities of sub-cultures within our society share the Hope Not Hate philosophy espoused by not only the great and the good but what I consider to be droves of essentially naïve fellow citizens. I’m not arguing against fellowship, as such – but I’m not convinced it’s a game-changing strategy for destroying Islamic extremism. Our political leaders need to change their emphasis, and some, if we’re going to destroy the enemy in our midst. Pussyfooting about with a love-thy-neighbour approach as the main effort, when your neighbour in some places could be hell-bent on beheading you is not a strategy for bringing peace and security to our citizens.
Islam in Society
Islam is a politico-religious creed frozen in the Middle Ages. It has no place in our society where we’ve spent 1,000 years, expending treasure and spilling blood developing and fine-tuning all of the social mores of democracy and freedom, and organising our way of life under trias politica: the separation of powers into the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. We don’t have to tolerate the slow, pernicious subversion of our way of life by an alien politico-religious philosophy if we don’t want to. It’s an attitude thing.
I’m an atheist. I don’t have much time for religion at all, of any persuasion. I recognise my Judeo-Christian heritage; I love cathedrals and churches; I adore choral music; but these things are human constructs, wonderful as they are. Attribute them to an unseen deity, if you wish, but leave me out. I despise the religion of Islam; I hate much of the behaviour of Muslims, especially in relation to their subjugation of women and their devaluing of life. Technically, by publishing comments like these I’m more likely to be arrested for hate crime than if I walked down my local High Street parading the black, ISIL flag chanting, ‘Death to the Infidel’.
Look, I’m not advocating here the wholesale rounding up of people of a certain ethnicity; I’m not proposing that we ditch habeas corpus; I’m not advocating the mass deportation of citizens; I’m not in favour of the suppression of free speech, nor restricting the freedom of religious expression. I’ve hanging in my home two framed versions of Magna Carta: the original Latin version and its English translation. Barely a day goes by when I don’t walk past Magna Carta, stop briefly, look at it and wonder at my good fortune for having been born a British citizen and living where I do today.
Freedom & The Death of Europe
One of the best books I’ve read recently was Daniel Hannan’s, ‘How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters’. It tells the story of freedom and explains how it is a uniquely British, rather than Western invention. It shows how the inhabitants of this damp island of ours at the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the extraordinary idea that the state was the servant, and not the master of the individual. This book should be read by every member of our political class.
Right now I’m reading Douglas Murray’s, ‘The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam’. It addresses the total failure of the misconceived idea of multiculturalism and our fixation in the West on guilt. It’s the story of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. It tells the story of declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred all coming together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society (Islamification).
What’s to be Done?
So, what are we to do?
Well, back to start of this post. We must as a society change our attitude to what is now happening all around us. This change of attitude must be led by our political class and recognised as such by the Establishment and the Fourth Estate. We must dispense with our default attitude of tolerating the intolerant; of turning a blind eye to the cancer within our bloodstream that is Islam on the move; of asserting that there is no connection between the religion of submission to the will of Allah and the bloke who shouts ‘Allahu Akbar!’ before turning our children into mincemeat.
On the matter of Hope Not Hate, it was the early Christian theologian and philosopher, Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 BC) who said, ‘Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain as they are.’
I’d like to see our political class change its attitude and tend more to the daughters of hope, than to hope itself.
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