Islam and the West: We must strike back or soon we’ll all be Samuel Paty

Today in The Australian

Samuel Paty, the French schoolteacher decapitated last Friday for showing his students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, did not lose his life in a clash of civilisations; he lost it in a clash between civilisation and barbarism.




About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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17 Responses to Islam and the West: We must strike back or soon we’ll all be Samuel Paty

  1. stackja

    “a clash between civilisation and barbarism.”
    History forgotten?
    1940s a clash between civilisation and barbarism.

  2. min

    Good to see that cartoons were shone onto buildings in Paris has there been any backlash as a result ?

  3. OldOzzie

    Excellent Article Henry

    But while they compete ruthlessly, the Islamists share a common goal: to create, in the areas they control, “total societies” in which every contact between individual [email protected] and the social world confirms their sense of apartness, heightens their perception of being besieged by an “impure” West and intensifies their commitment to the [email protected] cause.

    At the same time, by imposing a suffocating conformism, the [email protected] seek — almost always successfully — to drive [email protected] out of those areas, narrowing the cultural influences to which their inhabitants are exposed and creating an echo chamber in which [email protected] rhetoric is constantly ­reaffirmed and magnified.

    Macron has described the [email protected]’ program as a form of separatism. But their objective is not to secede from the West; it is to destroy it and build a House of [email protected] on its smouldering remains.

    Few things are more important to them, in the pursuit of that goal, than undermining the education system’s capacity to promote the values of freedom of thought and of expression.

    The extent of their efforts has been chillingly highlighted by Jean-Pierre Obin, an enormously influential former Inspector-­General of National Education, in a book that appeared merely weeks before Paty’s murder.

    A lifelong man of the left who spent his youth helping the newly independent Algeria to rebuild, Obin is hardly a supporter of Marine Le Pen. But as he demonstrates in compelling detail, the Islamists and their fellow travellers have launched attack after attack on the school teachers who defend the “liberty, equality and fraternity” that have always been his lodestar. And instead of abating since 2015, the scale and virulence of those attacks has increased.

    The crucial factor is that the [email protected] have learned to imitate the tactics pioneered by #metoo and Black Lives Matter. Previously, their campaigns focused on generic issues, such as the ban on headscarfs. Now, helped by front organisations — such as the Collective Against [email protected] in France (CCIF) — they target individual teachers, especially those who are [email protected], launching massive campaigns of demonisation on social media.

    The effects Obin documents of the systematic intimidation are stark: over half the state school teachers in predominantly [email protected] areas regularly self-censor the curriculum, glossing over the required topics — such as the Holocaust, the conflict in the Middle East, the right to freedom of religion and of expression and the importance of equality between the sexes — which most frequently trigger noisy protests by [email protected] students and carefully ­orchestrated allegations of [email protected] from their parents.

    And your summation is correct

    What will come of those commitments remains to be seen. But we, too, need to reconsider our approach before more grisly attacks soil our streets. After all, from Sydney’s Lakemba to Melbourne’s Broadmeadows, the [email protected] are quietly building up positions every bit as impregnable as those they now hold in Paris’s Aubervilliers and Brussels’ Molenbeek.

    Faced with that threat, the Peter Pan strategy — close your eyes and wish really hard — promises one thing and one thing only: tomorrow, we will all be Samuel Paty.

  4. OldOzzie

    Excellent Article Henry

    But while they compete ruthlessly, the [email protected] share a common goal: to create, in the areas they control, “total societies” in which every contact between individual [email protected] and the social world confirms their sense of apartness, heightens their perception of being besieged by an “impure” West and intensifies their commitment to the [email protected] cause.

    At the same time, by imposing a suffocating conformism, the [email protected] seek — almost always successfully — to drive [email protected] out of those areas, narrowing the cultural influences to which their inhabitants are exposed and creating an echo chamber in which [email protected] rhetoric is constantly ­reaffirmed and magnified.

    Macron has described the [email protected]’ program as a form of separatism. But their objective is not to secede from the West; it is to destroy it and build a House of [email protected] on its smouldering remains.

    Few things are more important to them, in the pursuit of that goal, than undermining the education system’s capacity to promote the values of freedom of thought and of expression.

    The extent of their efforts has been chillingly highlighted by Jean-Pierre Obin, an enormously influential former Inspector-­General of National Education, in a book that appeared merely weeks before Paty’s murder.

    A lifelong man of the left who spent his youth helping the newly independent Algeria to rebuild, Obin is hardly a supporter of Marine Le Pen. But as he demonstrates in compelling detail, the Islamists and their fellow travellers have launched attack after attack on the school teachers who defend the “liberty, equality and fraternity” that have always been his lodestar. And instead of abating since 2015, the scale and virulence of those attacks has increased.

    The crucial factor is that the [email protected] have learned to imitate the tactics pioneered by #metoo and Black Lives Matter. Previously, their campaigns focused on generic issues, such as the ban on headscarfs. Now, helped by front organisations — such as the Collective Against [email protected] in France (CCIF) — they target individual teachers, especially those who are [email protected], launching massive campaigns of demonisation on social media.

    The effects Obin documents of the systematic intimidation are stark: over half the state school teachers in predominantly [email protected] areas regularly self-censor the curriculum, glossing over the required topics — such as the Holocaust, the conflict in the Middle East, the right to freedom of religion and of expression and the importance of equality between the sexes — which most frequently trigger noisy protests by [email protected] students and carefully ­orchestrated allegations of [email protected] from their parents.

    And your summation is correct

    What will come of those commitments remains to be seen. But we, too, need to reconsider our approach before more grisly attacks soil our streets. After all, from Sydney’s Lakemba to Melbourne’s Broadmeadows, the [email protected] are quietly building up positions every bit as impregnable as those they now hold in Paris’s Aubervilliers and Brussels’ Molenbeek.

    Faced with that threat, the Peter Pan strategy — close your eyes and wish really hard — promises one thing and one thing only: tomorrow, we will all be Samuel Paty.

  5. OldOzzie

    Excellent Article Henry

    But while they compete ruthlessly, the [email protected] share a common goal: to create, in the areas they control, “total societies” in which every contact between individual [email protected] and the social world confirms their sense of apartness, heightens their perception of being besieged by an “impure” West and intensifies their commitment to the [email protected] cause.

    At the same time, by imposing a suffocating conformism, the [email protected] seek — almost always successfully — to drive [email protected] out of those areas, narrowing the cultural influences to which their inhabitants are exposed and creating an echo chamber in which [email protected] rhetoric is constantly ­reaffirmed and magnified.

    Macron has described the [email protected]’ program as a form of separatism. But their objective is not to secede from the West; it is to destroy it and build a House of [email protected] on its smouldering remains.

    Few things are more important to them, in the pursuit of that goal, than undermining the education system’s capacity to promote the values of freedom of thought and of expression.

    The extent of their efforts has been chillingly highlighted by Jean-Pierre Obin, an enormously influential former Inspector-­General of National Education, in a book that appeared merely weeks before Paty’s murder.

    A lifelong man of the left who spent his youth helping the newly independent Algeria to rebuild, Obin is hardly a supporter of Marine Le Pen. But as he demonstrates in compelling detail, the [email protected] and their fellow travellers have launched attack after attack on the school teachers who defend the “liberty, equality and fraternity” that have always been his lodestar. And instead of abating since 2015, the scale and virulence of those attacks has increased.

    The crucial factor is that the [email protected] have learned to imitate the tactics pioneered by #metoo and Black Lives Matter. Previously, their campaigns focused on generic issues, such as the ban on headscarfs. Now, helped by front organisations — such as the Collective Against [email protected] in France (CCIF) — they target individual teachers, especially those who are [email protected], launching massive campaigns of demonisation on social media.

    The effects Obin documents of the systematic intimidation are stark: over half the state school teachers in predominantly [email protected] areas regularly self-censor the curriculum, glossing over the required topics — such as the Holocaust, the conflict in the Middle East, the right to freedom of religion and of expression and the importance of equality between the sexes — which most frequently trigger noisy protests by [email protected] students and carefully ­orchestrated allegations of [email protected] from their parents.

    And your summation is correct

    What will come of those commitments remains to be seen. But we, too, need to reconsider our approach before more grisly attacks soil our streets. After all, from Sydney’s Lakemba to Melbourne’s Broadmeadows, the [email protected] are quietly building up positions every bit as impregnable as those they now hold in Paris’s Aubervilliers and Brussels’ Molenbeek.

    Faced with that threat, the Peter Pan strategy — close your eyes and wish really hard — promises one thing and one thing only: tomorrow, we will all be Samuel Paty.

  6. John Bayley

    Mark Steyn wrote about just this back in 2009 already.

    The French – and the Swedes, to name just those two – have already surrendered.

  7. Professor Fred Lenin

    Decapitiation ? The muslims trying to teach the French about that! aFrenchman ,Dr Guillotine invented the ultimate decapitator,they should resurect them for race crimes by muslims . You would get a good crowd in the Place de la Concorde for the muslim terrorists being shortened in height ,a head shorter .
    Pour encourager les autres
    As Nappy once said
    .

  8. Bad Samaritan

    Here’s another good article…..http://dissectleft.blogspot.com/……

    Conservatism Now Means Defeating the Establishment

    “Look around you at the smoldering ruins of American society, and it’s clear that you owe our garbage Establishment nothing.

    Not loyalty.

    Not respect.

    Not obedience.

    Nothing.

    It has failed you. And now it is dead to you.

    Tear it all down.

    Rip out its rotten foundations.

    Burn the poisonous debris.”…..

    “Other institutions have also been disrupted by technology. Newspapers still call themselves “newspapers,” but technology has eliminated the “papers” part, while their gross political partisanship has eliminated the “news” part. “

  9. Roger

    I say, anyone for more Muesli immigration once the borders reopen?

    Oops…that’s a debate we can’t have, apparently.

  10. Rusty of Qld

    In a democracy numbers win. When one side is pursuing a life of material possessions and not producing replacement numbers and the other side is totally committed to obeying their ideologies and multiplying at the greatest rate possible, there can only be one winner. No need to pursue any other means of victory, it’s just a matter of time.

  11. cohenite

    Yep; you treat the RoP as a disease, because that is what it is, and quarantine it and eradicate the outbreaks; specifically stop importing the bastards and criminalise it for the bastards already here. Name one pollie except Pauline who’s going to do that.

  12. HP

    One of Ergas’ best, this column.

    It is a multi-pronged problem:
    1. The Islamic fundamentalists and their ability to claim their interpretation is the authentic interpretation of Islam by pointing at, and quoting, the most reliable source texts of Islam. (Whereas the moderates have to rely on shaky hadiths and abrogated quran verses.)
    2. The progressive left’s attempt to ban any normal conversation on this topic, using the media, big tech, Section 18C, HR policies at larger employers, etc… The progressive left is effectively running interference for these fundamentalists.

  13. H B Bear

    Yep; you treat the RoP as a disease, because that is what it is, and quarantine it and eradicate the outbreaks; specifically stop importing the bastards and criminalise it for the bastards already here.

    The model is already proven. Queen Isabella of Spain.

  14. John Bayley

    The progressive left is effectively running interference for these fundamentalists.

    As the intelligentsia of the day did for the Soviet Communists.

    They will be shot – or, as we’re talking about Islam here – beheaded first, once the Caliphate has been established.

  15. PB

    Perhaps it would be good to hold to full account those who worked so hard to get them into our countries in such large numbers?

    Who likes “divide and rule” I wonder.

  16. Enyaw

    Professor Fred ..read a while ago about America having somewhere in it’s possession 30 brand new Guillotines…do you know more info … ? PLEASE ..

  17. EllenG

    Degas seems to think extremists have a postal address

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