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The Real Containment

Because (per Obama's latest complaint) of "how decentralized power is in this system", over 30 American governors have told the President they don't want him shipping battalions of "Syrian" "refugees" to their states. He, in turn, has sneered that his critics are scared of "widows and orphans". With his usual brilliant comic timing, he said this a couple of hours before a female suicide bomber self-detonated in St Denis.

Nonetheless, the presidential-gubernatorial split is an interesting development. Obama has responded with a brand new hashtag: #RefugeesWelcome. If you live in Hashtagistan, this is another great hashtag to add to such invincible hashtags as #PeaceForParis, #JeSuisCharlie, #UnitedForUkraine and, of course, #BringBackOurGirls. If you live in the real world, the magic hashtags don't seem to work so well, and these governors seem to think #RefugeesWelcome will perform no better for New Mexico and New Hampshire than the others have worked out for Paris, Ukraine and Boko Haram-infested West Africa.

So reality is not yet entirely irrelevant - and reality is on the march:


An Italian priest is fighting for his life in northern Bangladesh after being shot and seriously wounded by unidentified gunmen.

The attack on Wednesday is the latest in a series targeting foreigners in the country, which have been blamed on Islamic militant groups including Islamic State.


A Jewish teacher has reportedly been stabbed in Marseille by three people claiming to be ISIS supporters... The suspects, who were reportedly wearing ISIS badges, made anti-semitic comments before stabbing the teacher.


A married couple plotted an Isil suicide bombing of the London Underground or Westfield shopping centre around the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 suicide attacks, a court heard on Tuesday.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, had enough bomb material to "cause multiple fatalities"...


Honduras Detains Five Syrians Said Headed To U.S. With Stolen Greek Passports


The man arrested Tuesday trying to enter Parliament carrying a hidden meat cleaver probably has mental illness and isn't a terrorist, the head of the RCMP said Wednesday.

Toronto man Yasin Mohamed Ali, 56, was arrested outside the Centre Block of Parliament in Ottawa and appeared in court Wednesday.

Hmm. "Mentally ill" "Toronto man"... But then, as John Kerry has assured us, all of the above is nothing to do with Islam. Objecting to mass murder in your country of nominal citizenship is also nothing to do with Islam:

France: Only 30 Muslims Show Up For Rally Against Paris Jihad Attacks

What's the punchline? "...and seven of those were wearing suicide belts"?

ISIS is not itself the cause of the problem. What ISIS is is the most effective vehicle for the cause - which is Islamic imperialist conquest. What ISIS did in the Paris attacks was bring many disparate elements together - Muslims born and bred in France, Muslim immigrants to other European countries, recently arrived Muslim "refugees"... An organization that can command numerous assets of different status - holders of 11 different passports - and tie them all together is a formidable enemy. Playing whack-a-mole on that scale will ensure we lose, and bankrupt ourselves in the process.

Meanwhile, the caliphate is coining it: ISIS is the wealthiest terrorist organization in history, making billions of dollars a year from oil sales, bank raids, human smuggling, extortion and much else. So they have a ton of money with which to fund their ideological goals.

And yet, as I say, ISIS is merely the vehicle for the ideology, which in the end can only be defeated by taking it on. You can't drone the animating ideas away. And the biggest obstacle to a vigorous ideological pushback is the west's politico-media class - Obama, Kerry, Merkel, Cameron, Justin Trudeau, etc - who insist that Islam and immigration can never be a part of the discussion, and seem genuinely to believe that, say, more niqabs on the streets of western cities is a heartwarming testament to the vibrancy of our diversity, rather than a grim marker of our descent into a brutal and segregated society in which half the population will be chattels forbidden by their owners from feeling sunlight on their faces.

But best not to bring that up. So the attackers got suicide bombs to within a few yards of the French president. And a football match intended to show that European life goes on ended in cancellation, security lockdowns and the German chancellor being hustled away to safety. And the Belgian government has admitted it can no longer enforce its jurisdiction in parts of its own capital city within five miles of Nato headquarters... And yet, for all that, the European papers are surprisingly light on analyses of what's going on. The multiculti diversity omertà is ruthlessly enforced, and few commentators (and even fewer editors and publishers) want to suffer the taint of "Islamophobe!" or "Racist!" Easier just to run another piece on how heartwarming that Eiffel peace symbol is - as even my old friends at the Telegraph, a supposedly "right-wing" paper, did.

Responding to Steve Sailer's column "Four Ways To Save Europe", Kathy Shaidle comments:

Sailer assumes Europe wants to be saved.

Whereas Europe is like, "What black eye? No, I ran into a door. Everything's cool. You must be weird or something..."

Europe as a battered wife in denial - just like Tamerlan Tsarnaev's all-American hometown girl.

Meanwhile, during the moment of silence for the dead of Paris, Turkish soccer fans aren't shy about yelling "Allahu Akbar!". It was, in fact, the least silent "moment of silence" of all time. Euphemism, circumspection and self-censorship are strictly for the infidels.

So is the gubernatorial pushback (against a president who calls them bigots and racists) a sign that the sappy hashtags are having a harder time post-Paris? Or is it just a passing phase in the immediate aftermath of mass slaughter?

Donald Trump had a good line at his Massachusetts rally on Wednesday night:

ISIS is 'contained'? The only thing that's contained is us.

Whether that's true in America, it's certainly true of the European political discourse. And, unless that changes, in Sweden, Belgium, Austria and elsewhere, we are approaching a point of no return.

~On Thursday evening, I'll be checking in with Sean Hannity coast to coast on Fox News at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific.

from Steyn on Europe, November 19, 2015


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This tenth anniversary of the Mohammed cartoons is a glum day for free speech. But that's no reason for some "social media" billionaire not to make it worse. During her visit to New York for the grand UN dictators' ball, Angela Merkel was overheard rebuking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for permitting people to post "anti-immigrant" sentiments on social media...

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Last Laughs in Europe

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The Emperor's Moral Narcissism

Twelve years ago, it was said that the western armies in Iraq would be welcomed as liberators. (They were - for a while.) Today in Germany, another conquering army are being welcomed as liberators - liberators from the residual moral stain of what remains of ethnic nationalism and cultural identity. Watching European news broadcasts right now is like an insane demotic inversion of the Emperor's new clothes. "To a fool these thousands of fit young Muslim men appear well dressed and well fed. But ...

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With a migrant tide engulfing Europe, the question remains whether the west can muster the will to turn away from the suicidal delusions of multiculturalism

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Disunion Jack

Further to my note on last week's UK election, Mark Wilson writes from beautiful County Down: Hey there, Mark is of course right when he says that no one outside Northern Ireland cares about the difference between the 'official ' unionists (or their name, since the 'official' went out years ago!) and the DUP...

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Happy St George's Day to all our English readers, and Happy Independence Day to all our Israeli readers. It's not often they fall on the same day, but it's not inappropriate. Once upon a time, you could find quite a few English flags bearing the Cross of St George in and around Jerusalem, for one reason or another... You can still see the legacy of the Crusader Cross in village high streets up and down England - for the moment. In The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (personally autographed copies of ...

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Mods vs Choppers

According to Daniel Pipes, "Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." But what if "moderate" Islam is the problem?

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For Valour

The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth's highest decoration for valour on the battlefield. Yesterday it was awarded to the first living Briton for action in the Afghan war...

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The Last of England

The new British police state wages war on free speech

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The Sound of Silence

Free speech is in retreat around the western world

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Hollande Daze

The French authorities killed three murderous savages yesterday. That was the only good news on a day in which a third hostage siege began in Montpellier. The bad news started at the top, with President Hollande's statement after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter and the Kosher grocery siege: Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Yeah, right. I would use my standard line on these occasions - "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" - but it's not quite ...

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Seasonal Stockholm Syndrome

My column on Britain's and Europe's Christmas holiday without end attracted a bit of pushback from readers across the pond. For example: Oh dear. I do like your stuff normally but this nonsense you have produced about the Xmas holidays us lazy Brits take is irritating crap. Just because the Yanks are good little wage slaves it's not a template. In any event average hours for a full time job per year in the UK are around 1950 for a 37.5 hour week. Most are lucky to get a couple of days for Xmas ...

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The Reformation of Manners

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Kippers and Curtains

As I was saying: "Ukip — like Nigel Farage's bar bill at ten in the evening — will climb a lot higher yet." And so it did...

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Nigel vs the Lunatic Mainstream

Today Britain goes to the polls to vote in the European elections. Nigel Farage has had a rough ride, to the point where a casual observer might easily assume the election was being fought between Farage's UKIP and a Tory-Labour-Liberal-Media coalition...

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The Churchill Bust

In the new Britain, quoting Winston gets you arrested

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Shooting the Messenger

Who will rid Dutch liberals of this turbulent blond?

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Hath Not a Jew Eyes?

"Neo-Nazis" and "anti-government people" on the march!

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To the Slaughter

Behold the infidels - bystanders in their own fate: Steyn on an act of savagery in a London street - and the appalling aftermath

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The Unfinished Revolution

The picture on the right is from the Nineties, and I'm rather fond of it, because I manage to look both goofy and shifty but Mrs Thatcher's cool is undiminished. I don't know why the harp was there...

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Lars Hedegaard, Defender of Freedom

Steyn salutes a great man...

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The Guardian has a report from the Greek-Turkish frontier - or "Europe's border", as a German member of the 175-strong Frontex security team describes it: In 2009 some 3,600 migrants managed to slip across the frontier not far from this market town; in 2010 that number shot up to 36,000, helping explain why Greece has become the favoured port of entry for 90% of illegals pouring into the EU. "They come at all hours of the night and day," said Orestiada's police chief, Giorgos Salamangas, in his ...

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