Geert Wilders, Dutch Parliamentarian, spoke recently in Rome about the need to fight against multiculturalism in order to defend liberty in the West. The topic of Wilders' presentation at the Annual Lecture of the Magna Carta Foundation in Rome, Italy, on March 25, 2011, was "The Failure of Multiculturalism and How to Turn the Tide." His remarks echoed recent remarks by European leaders Angela Merkel (Germany), Nicholas Sarkozy (France), and David Cameron (Great Britain).
Wilders began his remarks by reminding his audience that Rome, along with Athens and Jerusalem, is the cradle of our Western civilization - "the most advanced and superior civilization the world has ever known." He said that Western civilizations share the same Judeo-Christian culture - different branches of one culture and not different cultures. He described multiculturalism as "a specific political ideology" that "advocates that all cultures are equal. If they are equal, it follows that the state is not allowed to promote any specific cultural values as central and dominant. In other words: multiculturalism holds that the state should not promote a leitkultur, which immigrants have to accept if they want to live in our midst."
Wilders quoted Will Durant, a famous American historian who wrote, "A great civilization cannot be destroyed from outside if it has not already destroyed itself from within."
Wilders then compared multiculturalism and its effect on Western civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire 16 centuries ago. "In the 5th century, the Roman Empire fell to the Germanic Barbarians. There is no doubt that the Roman civilization was far superior to that of the Barbarians. And yet, Rome fell. Rome fell because it had suffered a loss of belief in its own civilization. It had lost the will to stand up and fight for survival.
"Rome did not fall overnight. Rome fell gradually. The Romans scarcely noticed what was happening. They did not perceive the immigration of the Barbarians as a threat until it was too late. For decades, Germanic Barbarians, attracted by the prosperity of the Empire, had been crossing the border.
"At first, the attraction of the Empire on newcomers could be seen as a sign of the cultural, political and economic superiority of Rome. People came to find a better life which their own culture could not provide. But then, on December 31st in the year 406, the Rhine froze and tens of thousands of Germanic Barbarians crossed the river, flooded the Empire and went on a rampage, destroying every city they passed. In 410, Rome was sacked."
Wilders then quoted Winston Churchill from his book The River War as warning that believers of Islam were "threatening Europe just as the Barbarians had once threatened Rome." Churchill wrote, "Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. No stronger retrograde force exists in the World. […] The civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."
Wilder continued by explaining, "Our opponents are keenly aware of our weakness. They realize that the pattern which led to the fall of Rome, is at play today in the West…." He then quoted a former Turkish Prime Minister, a Hamas cleric, a former Jordanian Minister of Religion, and an imam of a mosque as saying some variation of "Islam will conquer Rome" - meaning the Western world.
Wilder made the following four suggestions on how to keep our Western civilization free from Sharia law: 1) Defend freedom of speech; 2) End cultural relativism and re-assert our belief in the superiority of Western culture compared to Islamic culture; 3) Stop the Islamization of the West because "more Islam means less freedom"; and 4) Restore the supremacy and sovereignty of the nation-state.
This is a very interesting talk that should be read by all citizens of Western nations. I encourage - and even plead with - you to read it if you can find it. I originally found it in an article by Andrew G. Boston at www.Americanthinker.com on March 26, 2011, but it is no longer there. I later discovered it here .
European leaders Angela Merkel (Germany), Nicholas Sarkozy (France), David Cameron (Great Britain), and Geert Wilders (Netherlands) now understand the dangers of multiculturalism and are attempting to stop the hordes of people who are invading them from the Middle East and northern Africa. Is it too late for European nations to save their cultures? Will America follow them down the same path to Sharia law and destruction of the Western way of life or will Americans listen and learn from the Europeans? If we want to save our nation from the invasions of people who are attempting to destroy our freedoms and the cause of liberty, we must wake up and elect different leaders.