Australian Media Bigfoot Greg Sheridan Declares Against Muslim Immigration—Where Are U.S. Counterparts?

H/T to the ever -fruitful blog

Refugee Resettlement Watch


alerting me

to a seminal Australian article which, with the North


now brewing, is liable to be

all too relevant

to America:

How I lost faith in multiculturalism

Greg Sheridan, The
April 02 2011.

long-time foreign editor of

The Australian

biggest-selling national newspaper”
04/09/11) is a Bigfoot in his country`s media scene.
Professionally, he has broadly been an

Invade-the-World/Invite-the world

neoconservative, with the special local twist of
advocating Asian rather than European involvement for
his country—including immigrant sourcing. (Hostility to
the British link is a tedious tradition amongst

Now he has developed a new opinion: no Muslim
immigration. Also, more scepticism about


It takes Sheridan almost 4,600 words to say this! Partly
because it is clearly a painful retraction:

“…once I wholeheartedly supported multiculturalism, I
now think it`s a failure and the word should be

And partly, no doubt, because Australia`s contemptible
anti-free speech laws have made racial issues dangerous
to discuss. Remember

Professor Andrew Fraser?

Another Australian journalist, Andrew Bolt, is currently
being prosecuted for
pointing out that
a group of light-skinned Aborigines are light-skinned
called themselves `white Aborigines`, says QC


Norrie Ross,


Herald Sun
April 02, 2011]

But Sheridan does eventually say it:

 “…it is the
real world that has changed my views.

“In particular it is four real-world experiences:
watching the debate unfold about the illegal immigrants
who come to Australia by boat; a month in Europe
researching and writing about immigration issues; 30
years reporting on political Islam in Southeast Asia and
the Middle East; and, above all, living for nearly 15
years next door to

Lakemba in Sydney`s southwest,

the most

Muslim suburb

in Australia.”

dislikes Islam

“…the only people who don`t think there is a problem
with Islam are those who live on some other planet. The
reputation of Islam in the West is not poor because of
prejudiced Western Islamophobia, still less because
Western governments conduct some kind of anti-Islamic

“Instead, it is the behaviour of people claiming the
justification of Islam for their actions that affects
the reputation of Islam.”

This is an opinion which distresses him

my life I have been, intellectually and as a matter of
personal experience, strongly supportive of a big and

non-discriminatory immigration program

But, to his credit, he accepts that facts are facts:

“…the evidence of my own eyes…convinced me that many
North Africans were not going to Europe to embrace
European values but to continue their North African
life, with its values, at a European living standard and
at the expense of the European taxpayer.”

Particularly facts appearing in his own former

“…in the nearly 15 years we lived there the suburb
changed, and much for the worse.

“Three dynamics interacted in a noxious fashion: the
growth of a macho, misogynist culture among young men
that often found expression in extremely violent crime;
a pervasive atmosphere of anti-social behaviour in the
streets; and the simultaneous growth of Islamist
extremism and jihadi culture…

senior policeman from nearby Bankstown once told me that
policing in the Bankstown area was unlike working
anywhere else in Australia, and he was amazed how much
violent crime went unreported by the media.

“Does Islam itself have a role in these problems? The
answer is complex and nuanced but it must be a
qualified, and deeply reluctant, yes.”

Sheridan`s conclusions:

inflow of illegal immigrants by boat in the north,
almost all Muslim, mostly unskilled, should be stopped.

“Within the formal refugee and humanitarian allocation
of 13,500 places a year, a legitimate stress should be
placed on need but also on the ability to integrate into
Australian society.

“And, finally, we simply should not place immigration
officers in the countries with the greatest traditions
of radicalism.”

(A.K.A Muslim countries. Australia still actively
recruits immigrants.)

There is sadly a pattern of prominent journalists seeing
the light on immigration and then running for cover when
they realise how dangerous the subject is. The cases of
former London

Anthony Browne,

and more recently

Matt Taibbi

come to mind. Sheridan positions himself as still being
an immigration enthusiast generally. Maybe that will
protect him.

But the article is well worth reading. And at least it
is a start.

When can we expect to see similar American MSM

Thomas Friedman


as responsible?