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Can you blame immigrants for feeling no allegiance to the West?

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THE chaos in France appears to have finally subsided, though the impressions made will, I suspect, linger for many years to come. The nation saw six days of savage rioting, with countless cars burned and shops looted. The deployment of 45,000 police and gendarmes on the streets bought an end to the violence, albeit indirectly. For it was not the police themselves who stopped the rioters; the videos of immigrant youths launching fireworks and hurling mockery at police show that. 

No, according to recent reports, it would appear we have the drug gang bosses to thank for wrapping it all up. The presence of so many lawmen was apparently interfering with their distribution networks, as well as putting their (predominantly white) customers on edge.

This assessment was confirmed when Emmanuel Macron visited a police station in a particularly hard-hit arrondissement of Paris. He inquired who these kids listened to, and was informed by the battle-scarred capitaine, ‘The dealers, Monsieur le President.’ 

Given the domination of North Africans in drug gangs across France, it doesn’t take a huge leap to assume that much of their hierarchy comprise the older brothers, cousins, uncles or even fathers of the rioters.

The incident which sparked their ire did not seem like a partisan issue at first. A young man in a car is stopped by police and refuses to co-operate, leading to his fatal shooting. Now I don’t know about you, but if a policeman was pointing a loaded gun at my head and telling me to turn off the engine, the last thing I’d do is put the pedal to the metal, but hey ho, each to his own.

In a fundamental sense, however, the circumstances of the event are irrelevant. Many French Muslims saw the situation the same way as a brother on seeing his sibling engaged in a schoolyard fight, immediately jumping to his defence regardless of who started it and who was right or wrong. The instinctive identification with one’s kinship group has deep evolutionary roots, conferring a competitive advantage over those who took a more impartial approach to resolving disputes. In psychology this is known as ‘defence attribution’, a cognitive bias we are all guilty of. Football fans, for example, will shout at the TV with righteous indignation over a tackle where, had it been the other way round, they would have praised the ref for an excellent decision. 

Speaking of football, these recent events bring to mind last summer, when Liverpool fans were mugged, assaulted and sexually abused en masse by ‘locals’ when their team met Real Madrid for the Champions League Final at France’s national stadium.

The Stade de France is in Saint-Denis, a Paris suburb named after the third century Bishop of Paris who, rather appositely, was beheaded for his religious convictions. Roughly 75 per cent of residents there today are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, mostly from North Africa. Think the Bradford of France, except that the Muslims there are mainly from South Asia.

By sheer coincidence, in the last general election, around 75 per cent of Saint-Denis citizens voted for Macron to be president, with only 25 per cent choosing Le Pen. During the last UK general election, the breakdown was almost exactly the same in Bradford, where 75 per cent of voters chose the Labour candidate. Thus was re-elected Naz Shah, who just a few years earlier suggested the best way to solve the problems in the Middle East was to round up the Jews and forcibly deport them to the USA, a viewpoint which only increased her margin of victory in the constituency.

As Mark Steyn is wont to point out, demography is destiny. If three-quarters of your electorate primarily identify not with the country where they live but with their religion or race, all semblance of social unity goes out the window. Your country becomes nothing more than territories of competing tribes who just happen to share the same landmass, a recipe which has led to human conflict for as long as there have been humans.

Citizenship, ultimately, is about allegiance. To whom is your allegiance when the chips are down? When you think of a Roman citizen you imagine someone whose allegiance is to Rome, if not necessarily the emperor in charge at the time. The same can be said of a citizen of Athens: that his allegiance was primarily to the city-state, and the institutions on which it was based. That’s not to say there were not Roman or Athenian citizens who turned traitor, but such individuals are relatively rare in the history books, and were universally treated with contempt by their fellow citizens.

It has never been the case that a civilisation thinks it is perfectly acceptable to support the away team, or if such civilisations did exist, they did not last very long. But that is the position we find ourselves in today, both literally and figuratively, across the Western World.

When the Pakistan cricket team play in England, the sight of tens of thousands of second, third and sometimes even fourth generation nominal Englishmen, screaming their support for the foreign visitors, is obscene. They may not be pledging allegiance to ISIS, but they are on the same continuum as those multitudes born and bred in this country, who nonetheless feel no sense of loyalty to it whatsoever. Indeed, who despise the cross of St George and everything it represents.

Who’s to blame them? Successive governments on both sides of the aisle have placed no obligation on new arrivals to integrate into our tribe. On the contrary, we have encouraged them to bring their own tribal allegiances with them, and rewarded those who complained and agitated against us the loudest. We teach that our own country is irredeemably wicked, that we and our ancestors have been uniquely evil, and that there is nothing at all to feel proud about in our cultural inheritance. Why on earth wouldn’t you look for a sense of belonging somewhere else? Some find it in feminism, others in Black Lives Matter; some find it by joining the alphabet people or Greta’s cult of apocalypse . . . and others find it in Islam.

People need to feel pride in who they are as a people as well as who they are as an individual. That is something all our leaders have forgotten. When you tell the world that we should feel ashamed of being male, ashamed of being English and most of all, ashamed of being white, can you complain when the rest of the world comes to you and agrees?

The road we’re headed down is all too predictable, I fear. Demographics truly is destiny, and the events in France were merely a flexing of muscles, a testing. There will be many more like them as the weight of demographic reality asserts itself. Simply go and see who is filling the abortion clinics, then go and see who’s crowding the maternity wards in all the major cities across Western Europe, and you’ll realise that this era of ‘multiculturalism’ we are witnessing is just a transition period, inherently unstable, soon to be replaced by a far more ominous kind of monoculturalism.

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