February 19, 2008

The independence of Kosovo as a second Islamic state in the heart of Europe is now a fact. Serbia and Russia will continue to contest it, as they should, but their efforts will come to nothing, as they must. The battle for Kosovo was lost not in 2007 or in 1999, but a century ago, when the birthrate among its Albanian population vastly outpaced that of its Christians. The “€œrevenge of the cradle“€ has ridden to power in Kosovo on the inexorable logic of one-man, one-vote. Or should we say, one womb, seven votes? 

I will go into more depth on what the economist Milica Bookman calls the “€œdemographic struggle for power“€”€”in her tragically out-of-print book on the subject”€”in a further post this week, analyzing the latest failed attempt to explain the clash of civilizations between Mideast and West, Worlds at War. But for now, I’d like to reflect on what the fate of Kosovo portends for the homelands from which most of our ancestors came. It’s often reported, correctly, that Kosovo was “€œspiritual heartland”€ of Serbia. Since most of us aren’t Orthodox, and have no special love for the Serbs (in 1992 I wanted to sign up with the Croatian army to fight them, but cooler heads prevailed), it’s easy for us to skim lightly over this. So let me put in starker terms: For Serbia, read “€œEngland,”€ and for Kosovo read “€œLondon.”€ Or “€œParis,”€ or “€œRome.”€ So as you read the news accounts of Kosovo’s secession, and the reports of Kosovars dynamiting historic Serbian churches, imagine the demolition of Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame, or St. Peter’s Basilica. Imagine it all taking place quite democratically, by valid majority vote. You’ve just ridden a time machine through the next 60 years.

You may have wondered, as I did, why the U.S. bombed Yugoslavia in 1999″€”to halt the admittedly brutal behavior of Milosevic, whose attempt to hold onto Kosovo was futile, and 50 years too late. (On the day New Yorkers marched outside the U.N. against that illegal American intervention, I was probably the only Croat holding a sign.) Why did the Western powers so enthusiastically support the attack? In part, because it let them off the hook. The better sort of European remembered some real atrocities committed by ethnic Serbs (although they were far from the only ones) in Bosnia. But there was something more going on. The Europeans were enacting a little drama in their heads, acting out a mystery play intended to teach a lesson to their descendants: The lesson was “€œYou will never act like this. You will not resist. When the Moslems come to power, you will go quietly and cooperate.”€ The French, the English, the Germans who endorsed America’s attack had admitted that the lights of their societies would soon go out, and they were quietly setting the timer.

It’s well-known, and widely (if quietly) lamented, that birthrates among Islamic immigrants and their children are vastly higher throughout Europe than those of native peoples. I’ve read at least one prediction that France will have an Islamic majority within 50 years”€”assuming the Moslems’ stern desert creed proves resistant to our contraceptive culture. (Hard to know who to root for there….)  Indeed, Eurocrats openly advocate the mass importation of (still more!) young and fertile immigrants from the Middle East, the better to fund the cozy retirements which the dying peoples of Europe voted themselves after World War II. It’s hard to imagine a more perverted scheme for keeping oneself in office, than to sell your motherland into the seraglio, to auction it off piece by piece to an intolerant, alien civilization. It’s as if members of the Byzantine government in the 15th century were to gradually dismantle the walls protecting the city, to use the stones for Roman baths. As Burke once said, “People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”

Perhaps the lesson of this sellout is rather simple (and applicable to America): Guess what, Mr. Chamber of Commerce? Immigrants aren’t robots whom we can program to do our grunt-work and then unplug, but human beings with human rights and the prerogative to organize politically and make demands. Cheap Labor Isn’t Cheap.

P.S. Just to forestall the wave of comments by people complaining about my comparison (not equation) of Mexicans and Moslems: Of COURSE there’s a stark difference between Islamic invaders and a people whose Faith descends from the Apostles (Sant Iago anyone? Here he is trampling a Moor.) But there’s also a difference between Anglo-American civilization and that of Mexico. Each has a right to pursue its own existence, and maintain its identify. Just as we should not be meddling in their country, supporting Masonic regimes which rape the Indians and persecute the Church, so they should not be flooding our country with their nationals in pursuit of reconquista.  UPDATE: Andrew Cusack’s extraordinary blog has an illustrated report on Kosovar atrocities against Christians. Check it out here.


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