Brit PM: Multiculturalism A Failure

Update Feb. 9: Terrific column on this very topic in the WSJ today by Douglas Murray.

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Anti-multiculturalists everywhere must be cheering British Prime Minister David Cameron, who issued a scathing indictment of the practice in a speech today in Munich.

It’s probably difficult for we Americans to relate to the problems many European nations face. They have a greater number of Muslim immigrants than we do — which is not in itself a bad thing — but a far greater percentage of European Muslims have been radicalized. And attempts to integrate them into the greater society have largely failed — either because they’re alienated and don’t want to assimilate or because their beliefs (e.g. the near-total the subjugation of women) are totally at odds with most Westerners.

 Cameron surmises:

As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by what some have called ‘non-violent extremists’ and then took those radical beliefs to the next level by embracing violence. This is an indictment of our approach to these issues in the past. And if we are to defeat this threat, I believe it’s time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past.

In other words, Brits have to confront this problem and do something about it, rather than practicing insanity, as defined by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So if you’re a mulitculturalist and are offended by Cameron’s words, just remember that European nations face a growing threat to their way of life and that the mitigation of this threat is undermined by those insist that no one culture is better than another.

If you love your country, as Cameron obviously does, then why is it considered bad form to state that emotion publicly and acknowledge that there are those who would like nothing better than to destroy it? We don’t have that sort of problem yet in the United States, but if we did, I’d be firmly in Cameron’s camp.

I love the quote from the website where I found the graphic above:

While our own cultural values are being eroded, we are bending over backward to placate those who would destroy our freedoms.

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  • Terrence McCarthy

    I'll preface this by saying I loved my two year tour in England back in the 70s. But even then the British, the way I saw it, had trouble with different cultures. A lot of them didn't like us Yanks. The cruelty towards the Pakistanis on the island disgusted me. But it all makes sense when you think about what we young airmen were reminded of during our first weeks " over there." There's a class system there. Even Brits at the bottom of the pecking order are seen as different cultures. Given that fact, it's no surprise that Americans, Pakistanis, Muslims, et al aren't good fits and never will be.

  • Terry Cowgill

    Thanks for the historical and personal perspective on this, Terrence. I'd forgotten you served in England. I believe the French have a similar tendency. They're having their own "Muslim problem" — especially if it wears a burka.