The repeated echoes of what ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) is doing everyday in their newly declared Caliphate, have triggered all kinds of fears from a possible expanded Islamic Invasion. Fears resuscitating specters of exclusion and intolerance all over the western hemisphere. Republican Hawks and Pentagon Brass are severely criticising the White House softness; and Europe’s Extreme Right Wingers are exercising greater pressures on all governments, to change laws of immigration, citizenship, education, health care and social security.
Intellectuals, scientists and politicians are all racing to surf the swelling wave of Zero Tolerance. Even though it is all part of a politically oriented, economically targeted, plan; we should carefully evaluate its reasons before any possible outcome it may deliver.
In the name of Safety and Security, Western Right demagogic address has turned Xenophobe.. And is dragging the entire society along. Here follows a synthesis of the concise analysis made by Caterina Soffici in her essay entitled: “White, Christian and Cross-shaped.. The Anti-Islam Europe”.
Something is changing in the fortress of tolerance and the laboratory for an established Multi-Cultural society. In the United Kingdom where Democracy was the treasured tradition as the protective shield for Freedom of Expression; in the country hosting 183 Jewish Synagogues and 130 Islamic Mosques; where 307 different languages are spoken; and where everyone has the right to wear, do and speak as he pleases; everything is changing.
The conservator Prime Minister, who provoked a high wave of protest last Easter among intellectuals, writers, scientists and philosophers when he declared that “England is a Christian country”; is tightening the ranks of “Christianity” declaring that “being Christian helps him becoming a better politician”. Many, from every colour, are answering the call.
The twist has been noted clearly when the government officially decided to develop specially elaborated programmes to “fight Islamism in schools” and that from this coming September it will be mandatory teaching the not precisely defined “Britannic Values to ALL students from every order or grade”.
If the western progressive ideals, that preached for long the values of tolerance and multiculturalism, were convinced that all the migrant Muslims would adapt to the magnificent sorts of modernity, and embrace without second thoughts Western Values, or that tolerance would have prevailed over all, so that each individual, with his proper culture and values, become friend and brother to ALL; those ideals are now convinced that it cannot be that smooth.
Samuel Huntington, the well-known American philosopher, understood that 20 years ago, when he scandalised the world with his book about the “Clash of Civilisations”. He said then “the fundamental source of conflict in the New World will not be neither ideology nor economy, rather it will be Cultural. The Clash of Civilisation will dominate world politics”. These words dragged him then into the gutter of Catastrophism, and he became generally tagged as the prophet for the New Crusades.
Now, reading his very same words, after September 11th 2001, Al Qaeda, the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic Radical Fanatic ideologies, the Civil War in Syria and the recent events in Iraq; all Western scholars and politicians are reviewing Huntington’s prophecies as for real, admitting their own many errors and lack of visionary valuations.
English ex-Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair declared recently : “wherever Islamists are fighting, we must counter them firmly and strongly. Every Military option is far more better than immobility”.
Today, it is clear that something is changing. And it’s not only the Front Nationale of Marie Le Pen in France, or the aggressiveness of small nationalist nucleuses scattered about everywhere in Europe. Not only rage and fear from the ‘Other’ that brought UKIP successfully to the European Commission.Pass On The Word.