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Chesterton’s prophesy

21 October 2017

9:00 AM

21 October 2017

9:00 AM

To step back and take a broad view of history is to see a constant and almost incessant Muslim onslaught against Judeo-Christianity since the time of Mohammed. This was disguised for long periods, for some time largely because of Muslim technological weakness and Islam’s primitive social organisation. The great battles won against the vast crescent of the Muslim onslaught in the Mediterranean, in Spain and outside Vienna, had apparently consigned it to impotence and insignificance.

It was pushed out of Europe’s political consciousness by the Spanish, Napoleonic and other European Wars, the upheavals and revolutions in Europe, the World Wars and the Cold War. The scientific and technological revolutions contributed to the distraction. Islam, mired in Medievalism, was easy to ignore.

In 1910 G. K. Chesterton published The Flying Inn, a novel telling of a Muslim stealth-conquest of England aided by a treacherous British political class. Then it was probably regarded as quaint – everyone knew the enemy was Prussian militarism. Chesterton saw further. In his story culture-war prepares the way for military conquest. Then, finally:

There, encamped in English meadows, with a hawthorn-tree in front of them and three beeches behind, was something that has never been in camp nearer than some leagues south of Paris, since that Carolus called The Hammer broke it backward at Tours.

There flew the green standard of that great faith and strong civilization which has so often almost entered the great cities of the West; which long encircled Vienna, which was barely barred from Paris; but which had never before been seen in arms on the soil of England.

The ashes of the Cold War were hardly cold before the ancient onslaught was resumed. And now it has indeed been seen in arms on the soil of England, of every English-speaking and every Western country. It is as if the intervening centuries since the great Muslim assaults were turned back at Vienna in 1529 and 1683, at Malta in 1565 and at Lepanto in 1571, as if the reconquest of Spain completed in 1492, were no more than local and temporary accidents.

The Muslim cry ‘Allahu Akbar!’ with its variations, translates not as the arguably pious ‘God is Great!’ but the aggressive ‘[My] God is greater [than yours]!’ It is said to have been first raised when Muslins were destroying the remnant Jewish communities in Arabia in the 7th century, before sweeping East and West in a great crescent aiming to encircle and subjugate Europe, particularly Rome, and the Christian states that were successors to the Roman Empire.

This renewed attack is greeted with a strange paralysis, helplessness, or even, as in Chesterton, collaboration by the Western political class in different countries.

Police measures against individual acts of terrorism, while obviously necessary, are no adequate counter to this massive onslaught aimed at replacing whole populations. If anyone doubts what this amounts to, let them note the 1,125 people killed in 352 known Islamic attacks in various countries in July. 2017, alone. God only knows how many more have died in North Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the Third World! Christian children have been thrown from buildings, beheaded and roasted alive in ovens if they refused to recant their religion.

It is a uniquely ‘layered’ onslaught, such as Chesterton seemed to foresee. Its weapons, apart from direct terrorism and jihadist massacre, range from peaceful population movements, similar in biological terms to wax moths infiltrating a bee-hive, to sharia courts and sexual segregation of swimming-pools to increasing pressure on women to adopt Islamic dress and headgear, children’s stories and pressure to legalise polygamy and child marriage and to ban pork in government school lunches.

A document, An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group, seized by the FBI, outlined the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal: ‘grand jihad eliminating and destroying Western civilisation from within and sabotaging its miserable house so that it is eliminated.’

In Scandinavia Jewish children have been banned from some schools, and in France (where Jewish schools need armed guards) and some other Western countries, Jews are fleeing in a way not seen since the Nazis. No Go areas for local populations are spreading rapidly and are now reported to include even Stockholm’s central railway terminal. Demands for sharia law and destruction of Western law and cultural institutions increase daily. Anti-Semitism runs rife on hundreds of Western university campuses. Forty per cent of children under five born in Germany today have foreign roots. Action against one aspect of all this is ineffective against another.

The peculiar child-man Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, with a statement distinguished by its utter meaninglessness, pronounced: ‘We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.’ Meanwhile a Canadian mosque website links to one calling for jihad against Jews, the ‘people of treachery.’

The President of Austria came up with a breath-taking initiative. Addressing the ban on women wearing full face coverings in public places, Alexander Van der Bellen, the former leader of the Green party, said: ‘If this real and rampant Islamophobia continues, there will come a day where we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all! – out of solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons.’ Meanwhile, as Douglas Murray noted, ‘After real and deadly attacks on women across Europe, nobody knows precisely what to do. Recently in Marseille, two women, aged 20 and 21, were walking past the Saint-Charles train station. The women – named as Mauranne and Laura – were cousins, one a medical student, and the other a trainee nurse. A man stabbed both of them to death, while shouting “Allahu Akbar!”’

Children in Gaza and elsewhere are taught that Jews are the descendents of pigs and apes and must be exterminated. The killing of Jews is enacted at school plays. In Mali and elsewhere in North Africa Muslims have told Christians they will be killed if they go to church.

Recent Swedish books for very young children advocate polygamy. In The Flying Inn, this was to be the final development before the Muslim take-over was complete. In one of the preceding chapters, which sounds astonishingly up-to-date as modern political correctness, the children’s game of noughts-and-crosses was replaced by noughts-and-crescents.

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