I am commenting on the following from this site in a column by Lars Hedegaard, who I gather was the original publisher of the Mohammed cartoons.
In his column Lars dissects the demographical influence driving most political decisions, and most politicians’ thinking, especially on the left these days. He starts off by ruminating on the reasons for Geert Wilders of Holland, an MP there, being denied entry to Britain and their parliament to show his film (available online for viewing) called “Fitna” , to the UK House of Lords. It seems the lords, have more than a few venal, sycophantic types, who are too busy catering to a certain demographic segment of the UK populace. A segment that has become very actively agitative and vociferous, in shoving their views and wishes down everyone else’s throats (in all Western societies). You may ask, “why do they do that?” (the politicos), to which he would reply, “The road chosen by the parties on the Left permits no return. Having alienated – not to say discarded – large chunks of their traditional working class voters, they are now increasingly dependent on the Muslim vote, which they hope will guarantee them a perpetual foothold at least in the major populations centers”.
It seems, that Mark Steyn’s prophetic book, forecasting this type of trend (as well as others and their broad implications for the West), was right on the mark (pun intended). In “America Alone”, Steyn wrote that demographics would become the pervasive priority in determining the future of the Western societies. He was trying to wake people up to the “soft jihad” being exported via immigration and what has come to be known as “lawfare”. He received quite a lot of negative backlash, and was actually hauled before Canada’s Human Rights Commissions (3 of them) to face complaints of hate speech (in written form) by prominent Muslims in Canada. These commissars that staff these politburo type bureaucracies, are basically the type of lefties mentioned in the article by Lars. They have abandoned their old prophet, Kark Marx, or at least some of his major ideas, and morphed into an amalgam of various ideologies who hold in common the idea that gov’ts and their hack commissars, are best fit to decide what can be spoken, written, or expressed in media in other forms (ie videos etc).
Listen to Lars here : “We know that the broad Left – which in Europe would include various shades of the hard, Communist or Marxist Left, the New Left, which has now transformed itself into tree huggers, and the traditional Social Democratic parties – has vacated its traditional ideological positions in order to preach ideologies that used to be hallmarks of the far right. Positions such as the need for censorship, kissing up to demands that “religions” (i.e. Islam) must not be criticized or ridiculed, the institution of ethnic or tribal special privileges and inequality before the law – depending on what ethnic, tribal or clan chief or holy man can ingratiate himself to the top of the totem pole as most aggrieved victim.”. And again, here, The road chosen by the parties on the Left permits no return. Having alienated – not to say discarded – large chunks of their traditional working class voters, they are now increasingly dependent on the Muslim vote, which they hope will guarantee them a perpetual foothold at least in the major populations centers”. There is much more to what he says but I encourage all who wish to have free speech, free expression in all its forms, and liberty to go to the link above and read the whole article. I believe at the bottom there are links to comments by others, including Mark Steyn.
I have said it before, and will say it again, freedom is the result of costly won battles to advance the cause of liberty, but it is very easily lost if complacency and indifference are hallmarks of most of the societies it was won in. Hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification, is the hallmark of such societies and surely in the West this is the norm, and it will lead to the loss of freedom, via Sharia law being imposed either in stages (like in Europe at present) or by force, if the enemies of liberty and freedom, perceive a pliant, weak, valueless, society that will put up little or no resistance, because by that time it will cost too much in blood.