Sunday, 22 February 2009

The Sorrow and the Pity...

...was the title of a 1971 film about French capitulation and cooperation with Hitler in WW2.
The movie title captioned a stunning photo (right) taken in 1940, of a weeping middle aged Frenchman watching the triumphant Wehrmacht march down the Champs Elysee. His tears are likely to have stemmed from the shame of French defeat and capitulation, and the realisation that the deaths of millions of his own friends and countrymen at Verdun and along the Western front in WW1 had been pointless and worthless slaughter...
...We now read that the Britain, the universal bastion of freedom, is to its eternal shame, the first EU country to bar an elected European legislator (Geert Wilders) from its territory for his political opinions...
...when two members of the House of Lords invited Wilders to give a screening of his film, the rabble-rousing Labour peer Lord Ahmed threatened to put 10,000 people in the streets. The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, warned Wilders that he would not be admitted to the U.K., since "your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere, would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the U.K." Wilders came anyway, on a British Midlands flight packed with 50 journalists and cameramen.When he was turned away as promised, he called British prime minister Gordon Brown "the biggest coward in Europe..."
...The problem is that Britain has--by act of Parliament--subordinated its own laws to the European Convention on Human Rights. Brussels, not Westminster, sets the rules. In the human rights context Wilders is a fellow European. And the British action sets a new precedent for relations among EU citizens.
...more, here...
...Winston Churchill, who promised and delivered to Hitler uncompromising and never ending resistance, and every British citizen who has served his country and values its ideals would join the unknown weeping Frenchman for the sorrow and the pity of sacrifice and abandoned principles. Although there is still some life in a few of them...
...from cantankerous, foul mouthed Old Holborn, comes a defiant and triumphant war cry...
...but compliance and cowed obedience from the European left...
...In the confrontation with Islamism, the Left has abandoned its principles. In the past it stood for cutting the ties to convention and tradition, but in the case of Islam it reinstates them in the name of multiculturalism. It is proud to have fought for women's rights, but in Islam it tolerates head scarves, arranged marriages, and wife-beating. It once stood for equal rights, now it preaches a right to difference – and thus different rights. It proclaims freedom of speech, but when it comes to Islam it coughs in embarrassment. It once supported gay rights, but now keeps silent about Islam's taboo on homosexuality. The West's long-due process of self-relativisation at the end of the colonial era, which was promoted by postmodernist and structuralist ideas, has led to cultural relativism and the loss of criteria....more, here...

3 comments:

MK said...

The British are the first in a lot of things recently, few of them good for themselves, let alone the western world. I sure hope that new-labour scum get kick out onto their asses soon. Every second they're left in power is a second too long.

Ayrdale said...

Yes,I agree, and can only hope that the new leadership has some mettle and a lot of principle to help restore some character to the nation.
Britain was in decline and knew it, but couldn't care less until until Margaret Thatcher restored some principle to politics. Since the spineless Tories kicked her out the rot seems to have become terminal...

KG said...

Great post Ayrdale! And doesn't Old Holborn give the idiot leftists a fine serve too....