Patriots Arrested In Islamic-Occupied Brussels

The

dismissal of the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov
by

Vladimir Putin
was unsurprisingly front page news
and subject of many editorials in the mainstream media.
Conservatives also added their concern that it was a
step back for democracy in Europe. David Pryce-Jones

harrumphed on NRO:
“If all this isn`t annoying
and teasing, then it`s real trouble ahead.”

But in contrast, a direct attack on free speech and
democracy in the heart of Western Europe has received
very little attention.

On the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks,
a large demonstration was to be held in

Brussels
"the Capital of

The New Europe
"
—to protest what organizers
called "The Islamization of Europe". Part of this
demonstration was to be a minute of respectful silence
for the victims slaughtered by the terrorists six years
ago.

This was a powerful gesture of Western solidarity
reminiscent of Le Monde`s

famous September 12
headline,

"We Are All Americans Now."

Europe has actually been hit harder than the U.S.
since 9-11. There have been a number of attacks by
radical Islamists, ranging from the

murder
of

Theo Van Gogh
to the bombings in

London
and

Madrid
. All of these attacks originated, not in the
Middle East, but among the

Muslim residents
of Europe. Unlike the U.S., Europe
has also seen

a number of riots
after a

Danish newspaper
published images of

Mohammed
and when

Pope Benedict
made

comments
that

offended Muslims.
Just

recently,
a

Swedish cartoon
satirizing Mohammed required a
direct response from the

Swedish Prime Minister
to "local Islamic
leaders."

Given this, the growing Muslim population in what was
once Christendom is a legitimate cause for alarm. In
cities across Europe, Muslims now often account for

the majority of the births
. In Brussels, the most

common name given to baby boys
is

Mohammed
.

It is perhaps one thing to allow a small number of
immigrants in the interest of diversity. It is quite
another when

honor killings
and

female genital mutilation
become common practices in
a modern society.

Any democracy

worthy of the name
should allow its citizens to
express their concerns on these issues. But this was not
the case in Brussels last week.

The exact sequence of events on September 11 has yet
to be sorted out, but a few facts are clear. The first
is that the

socialist mayor
of Brussels

banned the march
, citing fears that it would incite
violence. The detail that the "socialist"
majority on the Brussels city council is actually a

Muslim majority
in the heart of Europe may have
contributed to his decision. After appeals failed,
members of the Vlaams Belang—a conservative political
party from the

Flemish region
of Belgium—stated they would still
come in the name of free speech. But hundreds of riot
police broke up the protest and arrested over 150
people.

According the Vlaams Belang, the party was assured by
the police that the demonstration would be allowed if it
remained peaceful. From all accounts, the rally was
without incident—until the police began to attack and
arrest members. Videos and photographs of

the protest
 show the leaders of the Vlaams Belang
arrested while talking to reporters, beaten when in
restraint, and having their genitals grabbed by police.
The largely

French-speaking
police even yelled ethnic slurs at
the writhing victims, calling them

"dirty Flemish."

As

Diana West
noted in the Washington Times,
such conduct would "get any American policeman thrown
off the force."
[Brussels
and 9/11
, September 14, 2007] I have yet to see
a single video of a protestor—much less a politician
from the Vlaams Belang—engaging in violence, even among
the many articles by the hostile European press.

The few accounts of this event in the American media
all call the Vlaams Belang a

"far right"
fringe party. The truth is that the
Vlaams Belang is one of the

largest
parties in Flanders.

Videos
do not show skinheads or Nazis, but men and
women of all ages in business attire being confronted by
black-clad police. [See video at

Capital of the EUSSR
,
By Paul Belien, The
Brussels Journal
, September 11, 2007] The most
prominent men arrested were Luk Van Nieuwenhuysen, vice
president of the Flemish Parliament; Filip Dewinter,
group leader in the Flemish Parliament; and Frank
Vanhecke, a member of the European Parliament. A French
and Italian MEP were taken in as well.

This is not like

David Duke,
or even

Tom Tancredo
, being arrested. This is the equivalent
to

Mitch McConnell
being arrested for speaking at a
rally on the Mall.

This incident is of special interest to

me
. Last year,

The Robert Taft Club
, which I am involved in,

sponsored a speech
in Washington DC given by Filip
Dewinter and Frank Vanhecke. The subject was,
appropriately, "Immigration, Multiculturalism, and
The End of Free Speech in Europe
."

Contrary to what media would have you think, these
men did not quote

Timothy McVeigh
or
George Lincoln Rockwell
; but rather

Mark Steyn
,

Tony Blankley
, and

Pat Buchanan
. Their speeches were not filled with
anti-Semitic or racist rhetoric. They merely issued
concern over the influence that

Islamic immigration
was having over the culture and
political institutions of Europe. The tone and content
was milder than that of many mainstream American
conservatives—for example

Michelle Malkin
.

As far as the charge of anti-Semitism, the Vlaams
Belang is one of the few European parties that support
Israel. They have has received endorsements from the
head Rabbi of Antwerp and many other Jews who are

understandably worried
about the

anti-Semitism of many of the Muslim immigrants
and
the seeming lack of concern by "tolerant" leftist
politicians.

When the Vlaams Belang visited Washington, DC, they
met with a number of conservatives and immigration
control activists and intellectuals. I thought that some
major conservative group would sponsor their speech and
give them more attention than my organization, which had
previously held small meetings in the backrooms of

larger organizations
or at bars and restaurants.

After all, these were very prominent politicians who,
more than probably any other European party, were
conservative in the American sense. They supported the
free market, limited government, and traditional values,
and opposed

abortion
,

gay marriage
, and

mass immigration.

I was shocked to find no takers.

I soon found out why. Following the speech, the
Anti-Defamation League issued a press release:

"U.S.
Anti-Immigrant Groups Meet with Belgian Racists
: The
Robert A. Taft Club, a right-wing organization linked to
The American Cause, founded by Patrick Buchanan in 1993,
hosted a speech on February 23, 2007 by Filip Dewinter
and Frank Vanhecke, leaders of the racist and xenophobic
far-right Belgian party, Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang),
in Arlington, Virginia."

(For the record, neither

Pat Buchanan
nor

the American Cause
had anything to do with the
event).

It seems incredible this ridiculous collection of
slurs was the reason why so many groups were hesitant to
meet or sponsor the Vlaams Belang. But it is
understandable if that was the case. Belgian politics
have little impact on American debate. And dealing with
unfounded accusations of racism

scares off
most conservatives.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of reasons why American
conservatives should care about what`s happening to the
Vlaams Belang.

  • First:
    if nothing is done about the Islamic immigration
    into Belgium and other European countries, they will
    become a


    breeding ground for terrorists
    —who
    may very well have E.U. passports.

E.U. passports will make it much easier for
terrorists to enter the United States and more difficult
for us to track them, than if they were

coming from the Middle East.

  • Second:
    if Islamic immigrants combined with internationalist
    European bureaucrats can successfully stifle
    pro-American parties, it will be the end of the


    Atlantic Alliance
    —and
    a huge blow to American power in international
    affairs.

Even

neoconservatives
should consider that we would find
it increasingly difficult to form even a token
"Coalition of the Willing"
, never mind credibly
defend our interests in the Islamic world.

  • Third: The
    Vlaams Belang`s tribulations should also warn
    Americans about the dangers in public financing of
    elections.

In Belgium, all elections are publicly financed and
virtually no private contributions are allowed. The

Belgian courts
ruled that the Vlaams Belang`s
predecessor, The Vlaams Blok, was "racist" for
merely reprinting an article about female genital
mutilation in Islamic countries—by an Islamic member
of the party
. The courts then

took away
the Vlaams Blok`s public funding,
effectively

banning the party.

The old cliché

"he who pays the piper, calls the tune"
is of
special meaning here. Remember it whenever you hear
talking heads suggest government funding is the way to
stop special interest groups. Traditionalists and
libertarians should be concerned about the extinction of
self government in Europe and its replacement by a
repressive alliance of leftists and Islamists that
literally outlaws dissent.

As Filip Dewinter has stated, the alliance between
European leftists and Islamic radicals should be termed
"Islamosocialism," an attack on the people,
culture, and traditional liberties of the West from two
directions.

  • Fourth: what
    has happened to the Vlaams Belang could happen here.

We do have some advantages over Europe. We have the

First Amendment
. We also have fewer immigrants from
the Muslim world, and by and large Muslims in America
tend to be better assimilated than

the hostile diaspora
in

Europe
.

However, we should not let down our guard. Many other
traditional liberties of the American people seemingly
guaranteed by the Constitution have been casually thrown
out by an activist judiciary in the past. It is not
beyond the realm of possibility that a Hillary-appointed
Supreme Court could find a "compelling
government interest
"
in preventing
"inflammatory speech"
.

While these Muslims are not as directly hostile to
West, they still come from cultures that do not respect
traditional western liberties like free speech. We also
still have growing Islamic enclaves, and a political
culture that tries to stifle any serious discussion
about difficult issues like the threat of
multiculturalism, radical Islam, or mass immigration.

American Establishment conservatives often use
passionate and even alarmist rhetoric about "Dhimmitude"
in Europe, the march of "Islamofascism," and
dangers of political correctness preventing America from
securing itself against Islamic terrorism.

But if we wish to confront these issues seriously,
and not just spout empty rhetoric, we should turn their
eyes to the heart of Europe and stand with these
patriotic Europeans.

They are fighting our fight—and America`s.


Marcus Epstein
[send
him mail
] is the founder
of the Robert A Taft
Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
and
Team America PAC
. A selection of his articles can be seen
here. The
views he expresses are his own.