It’s sad that there’s a site called “Islamophobia Watch.” Not, as its critics would argue, because there’s no such thing as Islamophobia and it’s all just political correctness gone mad, but because it shows that every day, several times a day, someone makes some flagrantly ignorant, racist attack on Muslims. And these attacks are published not in the fringe newsletters of right-wing nuts, but in mainstream newspapers and magazines. So it’s very sad that this site has to exist, but I’m glad that someone is drawing attention to this stuff.
Today’s offering is particularly shocking. It’s about a cruise sponsored by the American conservative National Review magazine, the theme of which is the takeover of Europe by Muslims. It’s a familiar, and very tired, theme. Europe is being taken over by the “enemy within”, turning into an Islamofascist, Sharia-ruled Eurabia. And it’s all the fault of those weak-kneed lefties who, by criticizing the policies of our governments, prove that they really want to put Osama bin Laden in Buckingham Palace. Yawn. Honestly, you’d think there were enough real problems to worry about in the world (global warming? poverty? war? disease? the Daily Mail?) without having to spin entirely new ones from the cloth of your own paranoid racist delusions.
But what was particularly disturbing about this latest example was the language used. Lots of talk of breeding rates and racial purity. This is new, to me at least. This is no longer mere ignorance, but extremely dangerous ignorance. The sort of ignorance of which fascism is made. Sound alarmist? Well, I’m sorry but when people start saying “‘The Muslims are breeding. Soon, they’ll have the whole of Europe”, I get alarmed. When they complain that “the European races are too self-absorbed to breed” but that the Muslims are multiplying quickly, I get alarmed. I think of Jim Crow, Alfred Rosenberg and a whole load of other evil shit that I thought we’d got past long ago. And I get very scared for the future of Europe — not because of the imagined Muslim hordes massing at the gates of Vienna, but because history shows that when white people get fearful of a particular “racial” group, very very bad things can happen.