A South Asian Reader on Le Pen
I have numerous
correspondents of South Asian descent. One of the most
perceptive and independent-minded sent me his thoughts
on Jean-Marie Le Pen`s defeat of the Socialist Prime
Minister Lionel Jospin in the first round of the French
Presidential election. He points out that Le Pen`s long
opposition to Muslim immigration has been proved
prescient by the grotesque pogroms against French Jews
being carried out by Muslim hooligans. As you read the
press about the French election, note how few
news stories draw that connection.
By the way, the most
balanced introduction to Le Pen may well be his
April 18th interview
with the outstanding leftist Israeli newspaper
I was logged into the Internet when the news of Le
Pen`s victory flashed in. It was accompanied by the usual
pooh-poohing nonsense about abstractions like "Crime"
though they never care to explain what the "insecurity"
is about. And worst of all, the media never tires of
prattling about the "shock" of Le Pen`s strong showing.
This is all nonsense, of course. Only people blinded by
their smugness and self-righteousness refused to see the
writing on the wall. Le Pen got 15.2% of the vote last
time and 14.4% in 1988. He merely garnered an extra 2.3
percentage points. But the point is, the very fact that
he got 15% of the vote in `95 ought to have rung a few
bells in the halls of the "diversity"
Like a lot of nations in Europe, the French feel
under siege. Different sections of the populace have
differing perspectives on it, depending on whether they
are on the right or left. But there is no doubt that
France is at its core a very conservative country that
feels its very existence threatened by massive
immigration and Americanization. Americanization is not
seen by the French as an unadulterated boon. In
Hollywood movies, they see a repulsive sort of culture,
which leftists and conservatives equally believe is
poisonous to the minds of the young. It is coincidental
reviewed "Scorpion King" just above the Le Pen
story. That movie, like most other contemporary
Hollywood blockbusters, represents all that is wrong
with American culture in the minds of the French. And, I
believe, France is the beginning of a rebellion that has
been brewing in Europe for some time.
Unlike America, France or Europe never were lands of
massive large-scale immigration, though arguably
immigration has been a feature of European life on a
very small scale. But the current influx is seen by most
Europeans as life-threatening. The political
Establishment has reacted to this widespread feeling
I have had this apprehension for some time that the
disdain of the elitists for popular dislike of
immigration would some day throw up people that most
"liberals" (or even decent conservatives) wouldn`t find
palatable. If you may recall, I wrote an earlier mail
about immigration in Europe and the perspective offered
Pat Buchanan`s book. I said in that email that I
didn`t think the Europeans (especially those on the
continent) were going to take mass immigration lying
down like American voters.
The other point about immigration in Europe is that
it is largely drawn from North Africa. These immigrants
are Arabs who are staunchly religious, deeply attached
to their own culture, and therefore unlikely to
assimilate. Add to this volatile equation the Arab
hatred of Jews. The
on synagogues and Jews in France have been carried
exclusively by Arabs. It is rather strange that,
while the media prattles on about anti-Semitism, it
doesn`t mention the identity of the attackers.
The French vote is a warning shot to the
political Establishment of Europe. If they refuse to
address the concerns of average Europeans, men like
Haider and La Pen may, in the foreseeable future, be
governing every European country. And it would be the
free immigration fanatics and the
asylee-helpers who will be responsible.
P.S.: Please keep my identity confidential.
[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and
April 23, 2002