Against a Common Foe
There's been a sort of blogosphere fistfight over the past few day at LGF, Brussels Journal, Hot Air and even at the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. Broadly speaking the fight was over the 'racist' views of the Flemish party VB and the British National Party. LGF roundly condemned the VB earlier in the week. Then tonight both LGF and Hot Air jumped on Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP.
Both LGF and Hot Air are major blogs with advertisers (through the PJM network). Hot Air is the creation of columnist, NRO and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin. These blogs are closely watched and cannot afford any taint of what may ever appear to be racism.
Nevertheless... Europe is not American and Europeans are not Americans. A Turk can move to Belgium or a Pakistani to Britain and each can gain Belgian or British citizenship. But a Turk can never be Flemish nor a Pakistani English (or Scottish or Welsh).
Europe is on the frontlines of the war against jihadism. The front runs through Brussels, London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin. The front runs between houses and down streets. As the struggle unfolds it will be wagged by Europeans, in Europe. Not only have reasonable, mainstream politicians and leaders proven themselves incapable of mounting an effective response to jihadism, these people are actually responsible for allowing the Muslim fighters to immigrate in the first place.
Europe faces a civil, political and social struggle between the indigenous Europeans and Muslim immigrants. We cannot realistically expect that those who'll engage in this struggle will be nice, upstanding, well-spoken young people, free of any racist attitudes or beliefs. We should not expect that they will conform to our very American views on race, ethnicity and culture. They won't.
So how do we react? Do we condemn them for this and ignore the struggle we share against jihadism? Do we naively wait for a European who will be against jihadism yet be enlightened (by our standards) on race? Or do we write off Europe as an irredeemable pit of racists and jihadists and proclaim a plague on both their houses?
This is not realistic. We will need allies in Europe and the future leaders of Europe will be much more like Franco than Blair. America has a long tradition of working with disreputable characters against a common foe. If we can free ourselves from the adolescent desire to maintain moral purity then we can revive this tradition.
The enemy of my enemy may not be my friend but that doesn't mean we can't work together.