"I Was Only Good at Enjoying It"
. . . life's a piece of shit, when you look at it . . .
Europe has one foot in the grave and we are deciding whether to join them. This seems like a good time for the pause that refreshes!
"Re the Brussels bloodbath, I mentioned on Tuesday that an attack on the section of the airport outside the security perimeter was entirely predictable. Yours truly in 2009:
The second thought that strikes you is that the ever-longer lines to get into the "secure" area are now the least secure area in America. Why not blow up the security line? You could kill as many people as on an airplane, and inflict more long-term economic damage. But don't worry. The TSA has plans to expand the "secure" area, so the insecure perimeter will be somewhere else, with even more vulnerable people standing around waiting to get into it.
As I added on Tuesday:
Clearly we need a secure zone outside the secure zone - maybe, say, outside the concourse. So everyone has to crowd on the sidewalk. And then when they blow that up we can move it back to the perimeter of the airport. And then...
But you can't parody the reaction of a western ruling class determined to punish their own citizens for the consequences of the elite's lunatic immigration policies. And so inevitably:
Security scanners could be installed at the entrances to airports, under proposals to be discussed next week in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attack, the Telegraph understands.
The case for installing a security perimeter outside of airport arrival halls will "definitely" be examined at an emergency meeting of experts that has been called for March 31, according to EU sources.
The meeting will be attended by experts from each country, the European Commission's transport department and officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The terrorists have won."
Won Europe at any rate, and soon will win America if our betters have any say in the matter. Steyn goes on to point out that the Europeans are getting old, and the muslim populations in these countries are young. This poses a certain problem.
"~What's the next phase? Well, Brussels is currently about 25 per cent Muslim and they're mostly young. Conversely (as I pointed out in America Alone), the Flemings and Walloons are getting a bit long in the tooth. In any society, who provides the policemen and soldiers and security guards? The fit and healthy - ie, the young, the ones who can pass the physical. So increasingly the chaps responsible for keeping an eye out for Muslim terrorists will themselves be Muslim. Via Laura Rosen Cohen, here's a story from the Belgian papers from last June:
A Belgian municipal security officer is facing dismissal after saying he would kill "each and every Jew" during a debate on Facebook this past Friday."
Great, the people protecting, and patrolling for terrorists, are at least sympathy to terrorists, and hate the law abiding people they are supposed to be protecting.
Luckily, only a tiny fraction of muslims sympathize with suicide bombers, right?
"To repeat: the constabulary and soldiery are jobs for the young, and in a city that's expected to become majority Muslim circa 2030 the young will be Muslim. Here's a 2006 Pew poll on the percentage of young Muslims (18-29) in the west who think suicide bombing is justified:
Young German Muslims 22 per cent;
Young Spanish Muslims 29 per cent;
Young British Muslims 35 per cent;
Young French Muslims 42 per cent.
I wonder what the percentage in Brussels is today."
Hmmm, so bigger than the progressives keep telling us, and more deeply burrowed into the European landscape as well. It seems, Europe may have a bigger problem than anticipated.
So, what do ethnic Belgians think about all of this?
"In my 2011 bestseller After America, I quoted from an interview in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard with the writer (and Brussels gallery owner) Oscar van den Boogaard:
Mr van den Boogaard is a Dutch gay "humanist", which is pretty much the trifecta of Eurocool. He was reflecting on the accelerating Islamization of the Continent and concluded that the jig was up for the Europe he loved. "I am not a warrior, but who is?" he shrugged. "I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it."
Doesn't work that way, not for long. For a less fatalistic view, try this Belgian:
I am not prepared to surrender an inch of the civilised world to barbarians, which is the choice that we have been faced with. And I'm not prepared to watch the lights go out on Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia, Belgium and Luxembourg and Canada and Australia, and then think that you can have one little redoubt where liberty will thrive. I take the same view to the civilised world that Islam takes to the Dar-al-Islam: once we hold this, we hold this forever and we will not surrender it.
Oh, wait. That was me in my speech in the Danish Parliament. And I'm only semi-Belgian."
Brilliant. They like the suicide idea pretty well. Here are some links to interview with Steyn:
Flashback Video: Malkin and Mark Steyn discuss Europe, Islam, and America Alone
America is alone in this fight. The Brits may be somnolent, but Europe is narcoleptic, and suffering from hypnopompic hallucinations of power and grandeur.
It could never happen in America, well, except for 9/11, oh, right, and . . . to be continued . . .