Monday, August 18, 2014

France confronted by Islam - Part 6

Here is Part 6 of the eight-part policy proposal by Aymeric Chauprade (photo below). See Part 5 here and Parts 1-4 here.

Know your enemy

I'm addressing those capable of looking reality in the face and who can, therefore, overcome their reflexes and ideological heritage. One of the great challenges of politics has to do with the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances in order to remain oneself. During the Cold War, I was anti-Communist, hence anti-Soviet and favorable to the alliance with the United States. Today I defend the independence of France and of Europe against the United States and consequently I regard Russia as a necessary strategic partner, insofar as it is defending the fundamentals of Christian civilization. When the Kings of France shifted their alliances (towards Austria under Louis XV), public opinion did not understand, so ingrained in the popular consciousness was the habit of hating an age-old enemy.

My political positions are not and will never be determined by my personal friendships, and I know even today that some of my pro-Palestinian friends will have trouble understanding them. I know all the Arab countries, I was even for a longtime a consultant for an Arab Kingdom, and I have never been to Israel. I have a personal history with the Arab world and the positions I endorse take a toll emotionally, but it's the duty of anyone who aspires to govern behind Marine Le Pen to think only of the higher interests of the country. For a true French patriot must be capable of prioritizing the dangers that threaten France, of refusing ideology and simplistic intellectual constructions that designate an imaginary globalist enemy against which we might have to lead a world-wide revolution. Israel is not the enemy of France. France today has but one veritable enemy: Sunni fundamentalism. It's true that Israel today still has close ties to the United States, but the U.S. is beginning to turn away and Israel is adopting a multipolar position, establishing strong relations with Russia, India, China. Therefore, unless he is ruled by obsessive antisemitism, a French patriot cannot seek to form, against Israel, an alliance that is both against nature and politically useless with the pro-Palestinian extreme-left, the scum in the suburban ghettos and the Islamists.

Some will object that Israel has done everything to create this situation that has led to the replacement of the original Palestinian nationalism by Hamas, all to reenforce the cohesion of the West around the Jewish State. It's possible (remember that Sheikh Yassin was in fact brought back to Palestine by the Israelis to be a counterweight to Arafat), but if this is the case, the strategy worked and the Europeans of the West now find themselves in the same boat as the Israelis. Consequently, I am not going to wait for my country to be repopulated by a radicalized Muslim majority bent on unleashing a Revolution against a nationless Capitalism! I have but one imperious priority - the French people, and my political combat does not revolve around the fight against Zionism!

Note: He is still reserved about his identity. Is he an ethnic Frenchman? His close ties with and deep knowledge of the Arab countries indicate he has much more than a passing acquaintance with the Middle East. References to his personal life are vague, but he implies he has lost friends because he is not anti-Israel.

His rejection (and Marine Le Pen's) of the United States is perfectly understandable, considering what we have become. I only wish he would point out that the U.S. today bears little resemblance to pre-1968 America. Many of the political issues are the same, but the unmistakable decline in the quality of education and popular culture and the concomitant prevalence of the anti-racist ideology, combined with leaders that are fundamentally anti-American and pro-Islam, have turned us into a country that more closely resembles Socialist France than the America that landed on the beaches of Normandy. It is not likely we will get our bearings in the near future, considering there is no strong committed opposition party here.

I have not had time to read all of his recent writings. Therefore, I don't know if he still espouses the notion that 9/11 was a deliberate attempt by Bush and Israel to trigger a war with the Muslims. In Part 1 he spoke of a "probable" collusion between two "deep states" - that of the U.S. and that of Saudi Arabia. Possibly he is trying to find a theory he is comfortable with.

Both Chauprade and Marine Le Pen are working assiduously towards an alliance with Russia and both denounce the hostility of the French media towards Vladimir Putin. There are numerous French-language article online about their efforts.

Note also that Chauprade never speaks of the Shiites, only the Sunnis. For him, apparently, the threat of Sunni Islam far outweighs the other variety. Yet was it not Hezbollah, a predominantly Shiite terrorist group, that bombed the Beirut barracks in 1983 killing 58 French paratroopers and over 200 U.S. Marines?

Below, Marine Le Pen in Russia.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

France confronted by Islam - Part 5

Here is Part 5 of the eight-part article by Aymeric Chauprade. See Parts 1-4 here.

Coming face to face with the corruption of French politics and the French economy by Qatar and Saudi Arabia

The origin of this catastrophe, it can never be repeated often enough, is quite simply that beginning with the Sarkozy presidency, France placed its Arab policy completely in the hands of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and its diplomacy became, de facto, the primary sub-contractor of these two Islamist powers.

Libya was the war of sub-contracted Qatari interests par excellence. The calculation of the Western powers (United States and its aligned European forces) was as follows: add to Qatar (possessor of the world's second largest gas reserve, after Russia) the formidable gas potential of Libya, and crush in this way (in addition to American shale gas) the dependency of the European Union on Russian gas. Now there's a strange strategic vision: that of preferring, in the long term, to be dependent on "fundamentalist" gas rather than Russian gas!

Note: Those interested in the topic of Qatari natural gas and the great Qatari ambition to build a pipeline through Turkey, can consult this long article from Zero Hedge. I cannot vouch for its accuracy, but it seems to contain much relevant information.

Ever since the assassination of Qadhafi (October 20, 2011), backed by the pro-American West after the violation of promises made to Russia (to respect the no-fly zone and not to destroy the regime), the result of the Libyan operation was not long in coming. In early 2013, France would intervene militarily in Mali to stem the rapid advances by the friends of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and in July of that year, the U.N., Washington and the near-totality of Western countries decided to close their consulates and to evacuate their personnel.

Note: The above paragraph compresses into a few lines a world of information. Russia was severely critical of the murder of Qadhafi, and of its extraordinary brutality that was publicized world-wide for all to see. Mrs. Clinton supposedly laughed when she heard the news. The preposterous high hopes for a better Libya were soon in shambles. Qadhafi was an evil man who committed crimes, but there is always someone more evil. In Libya, the French were children playing with firearms - Sarkozy employed the services of the idiot intellectual impostor Bernard-Henri Lévy (above with his Islamist friends), whose addiction to military intervention, whose hatred of traditional France, whose preference for Islam are well-known, and who dragged the country into the ludicrous cesspit. BHL has had little to say about Libya of late. But as Chauprade says, the buck stops with Sarkozy:

One can never adequately reiterate the extent to which the Libyan chaos was first the responsibility of Sarkozy and at least as much that of Alain Juppé who was presented as an old "wise man". As early as 2011, I predicted that the pillage of weapons depots in Libya by Islamist tribes and militia would lead to a chaotic situation comparable to that in Iraq in 2003, when the Americans chose to destroy the Sunni structure of the Iraqi State that would constitute the embryo of what is today…the Islamic State.

As if that weren't enough for their incompetence and their arrogance, Sarkozy and Juppé added the Syrian error to the Libyan error, once again inspired (commanded?) by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Hollande (who apparently wanted a war of his own, like Sarkozy) had only to push deeper and deeper into his predecessors' errors. France was ahead of everyone in its desire to lead the West to war against Bachar el Assad, to the point of looking ridiculous, when the United States, more pragmatic, finally reached an agreement with the Russians.

Shaking hands with the Devil always has a high price. This submission of our diplomatic choices to Doha and Riyad is more than an external mistake, it is an internal crime. But this crime has an explanation: many key persons of the UMP and the PS have been bought by Gulf money, which explains why Sarkozy exempted Qatari investments from taxation and allowed Qatar to have a financial stake in several large strategic French companies. It also  explains why Qatar proposed to the former French president that he head a Qatari investment fund. Hollande himself did nothing to stop Qatar's policy of penetration; he simply redirected the cursor towards Saudi Arabia. It must be said that Saudi Arabia weighs in the balance-sheets of many large French enterprises (arms, construction, luxury items…) and is going to invest fifteen billion euros in le Grand Paris. I won't review here the extended catalog of the penetration of Saudi and Qatari money in our industries, our banks, our suburbs… Look at someone like Dominique de Villepin who today adopts a Gaullist tone in his criticism of Israel, but who was a fervent partisan of the intervention against Qadhafi probably because he is a licensed attorney of Qatar. Was he not the one who, having failed to become the UMP presidential candidate, tried to become the standard-bearer of the young Muslims in the ghettos?

Note: Le Grand Paris is a wildly anti-traditionalist project that aims to extend the boundaries of Paris almost to the Atlantic Ocean. This would make the suburban ghettos part of the Parisian municipality, presumably in order to correct "territorial inequalities". A long English-language article at France Today provides the basic information about this extravagant boondoggle that would sweep away parts of the ancient French countryside.

Note: Dominique de Villepin, born in 1953 in Rabat, Morocco, was Prime Minister from 2005-2007 under Jacques Chirac. He had been Foreign Minister during the debate on our plans to enter Iraq, and delivered an impassioned speech in the U.N. Security Council against intervention. Sympathetic to the Islamic countries he insisted the term "war against terror" was "improper". Would he have preferred "war against Islam"?

While our media feature cover stories on so-called "Russian agents" in France (…), they close their eyes to the millions of euros that pour into the UMP and Socialist parties and the institutes of international relations, almost all of which have become pro-Gulf, hence anti-Iran, anti-Syria, and anti-Russia, but favorable to the integration of Turkey (into the E.U.). In this context it is easier to understand the "one-way thinking" against Israel that is firmly established in these subsidized milieus. Israel, having lost the image war (and how could it win with pictures of Palestinian children blown to bits?), it is no longer very risky to criticize Israel on the nightly television news.

For the UMPS system and its subsidized "experts", the double alliance with the Muslims of France and money from the Gulf is a boon: a double jackpot because they pocket the money from the Gulf at the same time that they win the Muslim vote.

Note: If you did not read Soeren Kern's analysis of the French intervention in Libya when it was posted in March 2011, read it now. It is an accurate description of the blunderer Sarkozy and the man who knew too much about African immigration, Moammar Qadhafi (or Gaddafi, as many journalists spell it.) An excellent synopsis.

Top: A young anti-Qadhafi insurgent makes the victory sign as French aircraft bomb Qadhafi's tanks. The photo is from Le Figaro March 20, 2011.

Below, Libya today in the throes of extreme violence as the power struggle goes on. This time it seems we got our diplomatic personnel out (of Tripoli) in time. From Le Figaro July 27, 2014.

Note: Whatever France did in Benghazi, it was no match for our evil refusal to send help to our ambassadors who were begging for assistance and who paid with their lives the haughty indifference of both Obama and Mrs. Clinton who, besides the issue of not sending assistance, could not admit that the peaceful democratic revolutionaries they supported were really ferocious barbarians of the most unappeasable sort. 

On lack of adequate protection for our people in Benghazi see New Media Journal. There is much online about this act of treason and incompetence.

Below, the American Embassy in Benghazi in September 2012.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Slow posting until September 2

Except for the policy statement by Aymeric Chauprade in my preceding post, that I will continue to work on, there will be little or no posting until after Labor Day. So much has happened in the past twenty-two months, that a pause is necessary, both to get my mind off of blogging and to catch up on a number of things - news about the United States, for example, that I ignore for lack of time, and news of jihad in other countries - Sweden for example, where I have heard they believe a major attack is imminent. But there are always rumors. We never really know until it happens.

You can of course continue to send comments and links to articles of interest. I will break the pause if something of major importance happens.

Above, a more serene, almost other-worldly, image of France from painter Georges Seurat, who long before pixels used tiny points of color to achieve a magical effect. The technique became known as "pointillisme"and we can only wonder at what he would have done had he lived. Wikipedia tells of his tragically short life, and the fate that befell his children.

The celebrated painting is entitled Sunday afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte and resides at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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France confronted by Islam

Here are the first four (slightly condensed) of eight sections from a policy proposal entitled France confronted by the Islamic question: credible choices for a French future, posted on August 11, 2014 by Aymeric Chauprade, foreign affairs counselor for Marine Le Pen, political scientist by profession, elected European deputy from Île-de-France on the Front National ticket, in May 2014.

There is a Wikipedia page in English for those interested in Chauprade's career.

In a brief introduction he reviews the end of the age of Arab nationalism, modernization and secularization in countries with Sunni leaders such as Nasser, Saddam Hussein, Hafez el Assad, authoritarians interested in development and in holding back the fanatical Sunni element. He expands on this in the first section:

Acknowledging the disappearance of Arab nationalism

The days of Arab nationalism have come and gone. Eroded by the corruption of its own elites, voluntarily devastated by American policy (an enemy of oil-producing nationalism) as much as by the enormous strategic error of Israel with which it could have reached an understanding to assure both the existence of a Palestinian State and the security of the Jewish State, Arab nationalism has signed its death certificate.

Note: He doesn't say what Israel's "enormous error" was. But it could not have been that a Palestinian State was never offered to the Arabs.

In September 2001, the probable collusion between a part of the American deep state and the Saudi deep state (the intelligence services), which was a sort of paroxystic outcome of a monstrous alliance born during the Afghan war with the Soviets, generated a planetary seismic wave. Sunni fundamentalism was unleashed while the United States, taking advantage of the "war against terrorism" attempted to oppose the utopia of a unipolar plan against the evidence of a multipolar world.

Note: A long article at Bill Moyers' website discusses the concept of "deep state", a type of conspiracy theory that assumes the State is not run by the elected officials but by the "deciders", those murky behind-the-scenes agents, bankers, lobbyists, who bend a country into the direction they want it to go no matter who is officially running the government. But is this really something new? And aren't the deciders for the most part progressives? George Soros and Bill Gates, to name just two who may be regarded as deciders, are Democrats. Of course, Chauprade is certainly tacitly alluding to the "neo-cons", the great nation builders who forced on the public, and presumably on George Bush, the notion that democracy was a universally desirable, necessary and inevitable system. But the "neo-cons" were for the most part former leftists who had given up the dream of Communism, only to replace it with democracy.

Partisans of American policy applauded in succession the war in Afghanistan against the Talibans that Washington, Islamabad and Riyad had created, the destruction of the regime of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, the Rose and Orange Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine in order to counteract a Russia reborn thanks to Vladimir Putin, or even the political isolation of Tehran on the pretext of a possible Iranian bomb.

Note: He then runs through the regime changes of the phony "Arab Spring".

This entire deadly enterprise of throats slit, decapitations, rapes of young Christian or Shia virgins, summary executions, prisoners buried alive, macabre videos posted at YouTube that are downloaded tens of thousands of times in our suburban ghettos, all of that we owe to our "magnificent allies", our new friends in the Middle East, bloated with petrodollars: Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The record of Sarkozy and Hollande in the Middle East: Islamist chaos and crimes against humanity.

The last time our leaders showed a little common sense in the Middle East was in 2003 when Chirac refused to become involved in the American war in Iraq. Of course, our policy then was lagging behind History; of course, it clung to regimes that were nearing their end, but it was a policy of "the lesser evil" and that is already not so bad. At least our ambassadors, experts in Arab affairs at the time, before Sarkozy and Hollande replaced them with naive humanitarians if not cynical businessmen, at least these true ambassadors (…) were familiar with the complicated Middle East and anticipated the horrible ethnic carnage that was to occur inevitably in lieu and place of the old "secular" regimes.

We have the result of this madness before our eyes and the balance-sheet is not only that of Washington. No, it was not only Washington's fault as Sarkozy and Hollande (and Alain Juppé and Laurent Fabius as well) bear a very heavy responsibility in the ethnic genocides (Christians, Alaouites, Twelvers, Yazidis…) taking place today in Syria and Iraq just as they are directly responsible for the tribal massacres in Libya.

Note: Twelvers are Shia who believe in twelve imams. See Wikipedia.

Defending militarily the Christians of Iraq

In my view, through these choices Sarkozy and Hollande became accomplices of crimes against Humanity. At the very least this should disqualify them forever in the eyes of the French people.

Sarkozy more so than Hollande because, in the end, it was the UMP that broke most brutally with Charles de Gaulle's fundamentals of French foreign policy to align us with American, Qatari and Saudi foreign policy. But is Hollande any better, having sent in 2012 our army to attack the Syrian State, reviving the American ploy of weapons of mass destruction as an excuse? And now he has nothing to offer the Christians of Iraq in the throes of the Islamic State but some food packages?

We must help the Christians to remain in their homeland, to defend their villages, their churches, for they were the first in the Land of the East. I therefore support without reservation the American military strikes against the Islamic State and I affirm that it is in the interests and for the honor of France to join in these airstrikes. I am the first one to oppose the insane policy of the United States in Ukraine; I also know how to refuse a systematic line of thought, and am able to state that the Americans did the right thing by helping the Iraqi government.

Note: He goes on to say that this is not enough, that the French, having waged wars in Afghanistan, Libya, etc… for nothing, cannot content themselves with food packages.

Of course, I adhere strongly to the essential principle of non-intervention. But I also believe in the principle of civilizational solidarity. France still is, in my view, the eldest daughter of the Church, who helped the Christians in Lebanon in 1860, and those Christians are my brothers. It is, moreover, this principle that leads me to be critical of De Gaulle's unjust treatment of the Harkis, who had fought for France. I defend realpolitik, but never against the honor of France. France is a person, she has honor, not only interests. It is therefore this principle of civilizational solidarity that can, in exceptional cases, justify intervention.

Note: He then repeats the need to help the Christians, and points out that the vice-president of the Front National, Louis Aliot agrees. He laments the fact that Aliot's words were "deformed" by the media, giving the impression he did not care about the Christians.

Harkis were North Africans who fought for France in the Algerian War. 

This is therefore my position, that I affirm and for which I assume responsibility, namely that France ought to be a part of the American airstrikes, to support the regular Shiite army and the Kurdish Pershmergas in their fight against the Islamic State.

Breaking the Caliphate and eliminating jihadists with French citizenship

There is an essential point in the destruction of the Caliphate: it has mutated from a regional to a world Caliphate. The Caliph proclaimed himself world Caliph and obtained the support of several radical imams influential in the world of Sunni Islam, including one in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world. The risk of propagation is obvious and the Americans have understood this. We must, imperatively, crush under a rain of fire these madmen who mutilate women, selling them as slaves on the market of Mosul, satiating through them their criminal instincts and inundating the world with their macabre videos. Vladimir Putin had words, as brutal as they were sensible, about these Islamists that the Russians fought in Chechnya (while the American helped them), and who massacred dozens of children in Beslan. "We must shove the terrorists under a pile of shit." It wasn't very politically correct but it's the best policy when confronted with Islamism.

Note: He has gone much further than any member of the Front National that I know of in advocating justified violence against people who cannot be civilized.

And this policy must not stop there. We know that almost one thousand jihadists with French nationality have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq and that many of them have joined the Islamic Caliphate. We must not consider them as wayward but as enemies who will soon return to France, armed with their military experience, their minds freed from any limitation after the crimes they commit (rapes, torture, decapitation). We must eliminate them in situ and this should be the role of our special services immediately. We cannot run the risk of waiting for them to return. Arrested and imprisoned in France they will be powerful motors of conversion to Islam in the prisons, hence an additional factor in the propagation of Islamic fundamentalism in our country. It is the responsibility of every European nation to eliminate its jihadist nationals before they return.

Note: I will be adding the rest of the article in the days to come. 

Above, Al-Qaeda fighters in the North African desert.

Below, the map shows the major areas of influence of al-Qaeda. France, in its entirety is included, as are most European countries with open borders that promoted the massive immigration of Muslims, guided by the dream of Eurabia, the spiritual vacuum left by the rejection of hated Christianity, and the delusion that an alliance with the Muslims would provide the "counterweight" to the overweening influence of the United States. 

And now, we all end up in the same boat - fighting the jihadists whom we funded, housed, educated, medicated, absolved of heinous crimes, to whom we granted instantaneous citizenship, and the Legion of Honor, turning away from the truth about Fort Hood and Toulouse, and even groveling to the point of saying that 9/11 was the work of Mossad, or the CIA. So far they haven't blamed the Front National or the National Rifle Association, but maybe that will come...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Proposals for concrete solutions

If you read French you should study this long but thorough set of proposals from Aymeric Chauprade, Marine Le Pen's advisor on foreign affairs. In an effort to find answers to the terrifying resurgence of Islam and to the potential collapse of France, he delineates the essential features of the major problems and proposes concrete solutions.

I hope to have a translation, either full or abridged, posted soon. Christine Tasin, at Résistance Républicaine, has taken the trouble to work out a condensation of his proposals, and I may use her resume as a basis for my post.

This is an important effort from Chauprade whom I have distrusted in the past because of his belief that 9/11 was an "inside job" and his theory that Americans have some kind of "obsession" over Pearl Harbor, as if we were hallucinating on September 11 that we were being attacked as we had been on December 7, 1941. I don't know if he has modified his views, but he has been excellent on the topic of Ukraine, and this latest article, in which he does not shirk from the possibility of using force or deportation in the fight against Islam, is worth perusing.

Below, Aymeric Chauprade with Marine Le Pen.

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Geert Wilders warns of Hamas

Here is Geert Wilders' "warning to Israel", a video that was scheduled for an earlier appearance on the Internet, but postponed due to the crash in Ukraine of the Malaysian airliner.

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Captive women

You have no doubt all seen the photo of Iraqi women, probably Christians, being led away to prison, or slavery. Vladtepes posted a short article translated from another article at a French-language Tunisian site. 

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GoV informative as always

Just a note - I've been browsing through Gates of Vienna where there are many articles of great importance, including another English version of Christine Tasin's most recent video on the Belfort verdict, along with numerous comments from readers who support her and who see nothing wrong with the incriminating word "saloperie".

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The verdict in Belfort

In the video above Christine Tasin explains the consequences of the verdict in Belfort that found her guilty of inciting to hatred for calling Islam "filth" (the French term she uses is "saloperie"). The court deemed that her remark was "liable to incur the rejection of Muslims by designating them as a danger to France."

There is in France at least one Islamic court, the court of Belfort. The judges of Belfort have decided to apply sharia law in France. They have just decided to apply article 22 of the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, namely, that freedom of expression is guaranteed within the limits of sharia. The judges of Belfort have just sentenced me to a three thousand euro fine, half of which is suspended, for having said that Islam is "filth". It's obvious that they are restoring the crime of blasphemy. Better yet they are restoring the crime of sacrilege that was last used in France under Charles X. We are in an incredible regression, an incredible barbarity, linked to Islam. It must be repeated that anything that concerns Islam has such consequences. Today anybody can call Christianity a piece of filth, or Buddhism, nobody will be sent before a judge. In France no one can say that Islam is a piece of filth. Thirteen years ago Houellebecq was acquitted after saying that Islam was the most idiotic religion. In thirteen years we have regressed, here we are back in the time of Mohammed. All that, at the very moment when they are selling Christian women in Iraq in the name of Islam. They are sold as slaves in the name of Islam. And they condemn me for saying that Islam is filth. All that, at the very moment when the Islamists of Boko Haram kidnap young girls and marry them off by force in the name of Islam. And they want to forbid me from calling Islam filth. The reality of the facts shows that Islam is in truth a gigantic piece of filth. Who could doubt it from the examples I have just cited and Heaven knows, there are legions of such examples. In the name of Islam they slit throats, in the name of Islam they kill. It seems that the Muslim associations, instead of prosecuting me, should fight so that Islam is not all of that rather than forbidding me from expressing my concern, my danger and my refusal of that barbarity. Of course, I will appeal. We cannot accept, in France, being condemned for saying that Islam is filth. That would mean that this court decision would set a precedent and freedom of expression would be dead for everybody in this country.

Note: She ends with a plea for donations.

One reader at Délit d'Images, where the video is posted takes issue with her method. He asks:

"Why be vulgar and insulting?"

He then goes on to enumerate at length the realities of Islam that make it totally incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and concludes:

"Our leaders one day will have to render accounts to the French people for having allowed this ideology to spread. And they will be judged as traitors to the Nation and to the Republic.

The terms of Article 1 of the Constitution of 1958 state that France is a secular ("laïque") Republic. In 2004, the Constitutional Council defined precisely the meaning of this Article by affirming that its terms forbid anyone to exploit his religious beliefs in order to exempt himself from the common rules governing the relations between public and private collectivities."

The author of this long comment was suggesting to Christine Tasin that she should have and could have used a better argument than the word "saloperie" to condemn Islam. However, she certainly knew what she was doing and in using an insulting word she must have known she would be prosecuted. She also must have known, or suspected, that the verdict would help to expose the extent to which the courts are beholden to the Muslim population of France.

A Muslim website Saphir News is pleased with the verdict:

The militant woman of the extreme right was not sent to prison, but she has decided to appeal the verdict, her lawyer deeming her remark to be "hostile to Islam and not to Muslims." For her part, Christine Tasin made it known at her website that the Belfort court is an "Islamic court" and that the judges "applied sharia law" "under pressure from Islam and its most determined militants."

Note: Christine Tasin is not of the "extreme right", but was originally a leftist, and is still an active feminist. However, her support for the Front National and her efforts to fight Islam automatically place her in the camp of the extremists, at least in the eyes of Muslims and other leftists.

We are eager for the "sharia law" of the French Republic to be even more severe against unrepentant Islamophobia. Far from withdrawing her comments, she is sticking to them: Islam is a "gigantic piece of filth", admitting again and always that she wishes to see hatred of Islam and its faithful emerge in the light of day in France.

While I was at Saphir News I read another article on the verdict handed down on April 10 against writer Renaud Camus, not at all known for vulgarity or insulting slurs, who published a book entitled The Great Replacement on the effects of massive immigration.  He was slapped with a fine of four thousand euros for the remarks he made in December 2010 at the Assises internationales sur l'Islamisation, a meeting of writers and other concerned persons, many of them bloggers and leaders of patriotic associations, gathered for the purpose of discussing the danger of Islam in Europe:

The writer, known for his theory of the "great replacement", a vast fraud that claims that immigration is chasing out of France the "autochthon" (white, Christian) population, had declared that the foreign "thugs" were in reality "soldiers" who were participating in a war of conquest of Europe by Islam. For him, there exists a secret plan of a "great replacement of the people" through the organization of "white flight".

The 17th chamber of the criminal court of Paris deemed his declarations constituted "a very violent stigmatization of Muslims, presented as "thugs", "soldiers", "the armed hands of conquest, or even as "colonizers" trying to "make life impossible for the natives, "to force them to flee, to leave the territory, or worse, to submit."

At the same time as the verdict against Camus was announced, another writer Luc Roche was also fined two thousand euros, and ordered to pay five hundred euros in damages and five hundred euros in court fees to MRAP, the anti-racist association that had initiated the lawsuit:

His crime was saying that "dhimmi workers, i.e. non-Muslims, more and more resembled modern slaves working to fulfill the needs of the European Umma, a result of waves of migrants…"

Neither Camus nor Roche said anything insulting. They were analyzing the situation with the help of metaphors and other analogies. This did not prevent them from being fined, but there was no prison sentence. It is a safe bet that even if Christine Tasin had been more cautious in her choice of words, she would have still ended up in the court of Belfort, before terminally indoctrinated judges.

Anyone who doubts that Christianity has been the butt of vulgar humor has only to turn to the article at Riposte Laïque by Caroline Alamachère, and scroll down to the end. Three not-very-funny cartoons depict the clergy as scatophile, barely a cut above bacteria. The author states:

One century ago, it was permitted, even encouraged, to make fun of the Catholic religion, as the drawings below prove. Here is undeniable proof of the terrifying regression of our country in terms of liberties, of the absolute disrespect for the laws gained at the price of the death of the Ancien Regime. The people were supposed to gain liberties because it was engraved in the marble of France, the country that had once lighted the way for the rest of the world, but in Belfort, freedom of expression has just been buried in the dirtiest way - with the crime of blasphemy, no less!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Christine Tasin convicted

Christine Tasin, founder of Résistance Républicaine, co-founder of Riposte Laïque, has been found guilty what amounts to "Islamophobia", sentenced to a three-month suspended sentence and fined three thousand euros. You can read the story in English at Diversity Macht Frei a website administered by Cheradenine Zakalwe, who used to run Islam versus Europe. I don't know if he now has two sites, or if he is phasing out one in favor of the other. Diversity Macht Frei has a wealth of information about France and other countries. If you don't know about the site (which you can view in various formats), please make a note and visit often. There's much to read.

I will post additional information on this latest verdict from the government-controlled French Justice system. Christine Tasin may have used a strong word to describe Islam: saloperie, which means "filthy thing", but her conviction opens up the possibility that blasphemy will once again be criminalized. If the crime of blasphemy is reactivated you can be almost certain it will only apply to Islam, for though many attempts have been made by Catholic activists such as Bernard Antony to prosecute actions and words injurious to Christianity, such cases are usually thrown out of court before there is even a proper hearing.

Of what use would it be to criminalize blasphemy in a country where Islam is all-powerful, if not yet predominant, except to prosecute the "infidel"?

But France abolished blasphemy laws after the Revolution. A secular State, neutral in matters of religion, theoretically would not consider blasphemy a crime. However, inciting to hatred is a crime, and that was the basis for the court's decision. Here are short passages from Wikipedia on French law:

The hate speech laws in France are matters of both civil law and criminal law. Those laws protect individuals and groups from being defamed or insulted because they belong or do not belong, in fact or in fancy, to an ethnicity, a nation, a race, a religion, a sex, or a sexual orientation, or because they have a handicap. The laws forbid any communication which is intended to incite discrimination against, hatred of, or harm to, anyone because of his belonging or not belonging, in fact or in fancy, to an ethnicity, a nation, a race, a religion, a sex, or a sexual orientation, or because he or she has a handicap.

France abolished the offence of blasphemy in 1791; but the offence persists in the regions of Alsace and Moselle as Articles 166 and 167 of the local penal code. The Articles persist as a holdover from the German criminal code of 1871. Validated by La loi du 17 Octobre 1919 and le Décret du 25 Novembre 1919, the Articles forbid public blasphemy against God. No convictions under Articles 166 and 167 have been registered.

At any rate no freedom of speech laws protected her. And her sentence was less severe than that handed down to Anne-Sophie Leclere who posted the photo of the baby monkey. But the potential repercussions are of concern, because at this juncture, French law meets Sharia law.

Update: August 11 - Here is the link to my post from 2013 that includes the video of Christine Tasin engaged in an argument with Muslims. In the course of the argument she uses the word "saloperie". 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vivre-ensemble - France's great dream

It's difficult to find analyses of the situation in Iraq that expedite one's understanding of the disaster by calling things by their true names. More often than not, the so-called expert attempting to clarify starts out with good intentions and a realistic appraisal of the brutality of the Islamists, but ends, uncomfortably, on a note of conciliation, unable to bring himself to utter the heretical phrase "Islam and Christianity cannot live side by side", leaving the reader just as confused as when he started. Few dare to say the heresy because it is an offense to today's new religion: multiculturalism, the hidden agenda of which is predicated on the replacement of Christianity with Islam, just as it presupposes the replacement of white Europeans with people of color. Thus, "multiculturalism" is anything but multicultural.

Catholic writer, teacher and activist Bernard Antony, founder of the association Chrétienté-Solidarité, has posted an enlightening article critical of those who assume the Christians of Iraq should stay put - and be slaughtered?

On the fate of the refugees: an objective contradiction between the usual remarks by the Pope and those of the French episcopal delegation to Kurdistan.

Traveling to Kurdistan, which is hardly Iraqi at this point, and which is for the moment a territory at peace, cardinal Philippe Barbarin, bishop Michel Dubost and the prelate Pascal Gollnisch, director of l'Oeuvre d'Orient (a charity in the Middle East), commented on the future of the Christians of Iraq chased out of the conquered zones by the new Caliphate. Their comments were quite different from those normally expressed on this subject by Pope Francis.

For these French hierarchs, to welcome the Christians fleeing the salafist terror into other countries is not the solution. Notwithstanding the fact that for a long time, many have been assassinated and tortured, such as Faraj Raho, the bishop of Mosul, whose family we assisted in their search for a haven in Toulon.

Note: Already we can guess why Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, primate of the Gauls, leader of the French Catholic Church, born in Rabat, Morocco, would not want to bring these refugees into France. Attached to Islam, good friends with Kamel Kabtane, the grand mufti of the great mosque of Lyon, Barbarin is a multiculturalist who participates in inter-religious dialogues with Jews and Muslims. This should not affect in any way his mission to serve, protect and help Christians, but perhaps he does not want the responsibility of bringing into France Christians who have been persecuted by Muslims. Could he be that petty, that groveling to his Muslim friends? I don't know.

Philippe Barbarin participated in a prayer inside a mosque in 2013. Review my post.

As for Pascal Gollnisch, he is the younger brother of Bruno Gollnisch, former vice-president of the Front National, and currently a deputy in the European Parliament.

These French Catholic leaders do not say that the Christians massacred were martyred for their faith in Christ, but according to them, Christians must be, even at the risk of their life, the upholders of the humanist ideal of living-together. So they should go back home as quickly as possible to "live-together" with the Muslims.

I should note, in passing, the convergence, if not the similarity, of the bishops' remarks with those of Louis Aliot, vice-president of the Front National. The cardinal, the bishop and the prelate who recently so warmly wished Muslims a happy ramadan, were careful not to point out that "living-together" includes, for Christians, the acceptance of a more or less ferocious, but always, at least, discriminating and humiliating system of dhimmitude status, in accordance with the model set up by the founder of Islam.

Note: Louis Aliot, vice-president of the Front National, and companion of Marine Le Pen, has said in an interview posted at Novopress that France is partly responsible for the persecutions, and that to help the Christians France should put pressure on Qatar and Saudi Arabia who are, he says, funding the the jihadists. He also makes a reference to the journey of the three bishops, named above, who agree with him. He makes the following incredible statement:

"If you accept the idea that they should all be brought to France, then you are accepting the ethnic cleansing that the Islamists are engaged in at this moment. But when I say that, it doesn't mean that I am not touched and angered at what the Christians are enduring. You can find on the Internet videos showing executions of hundreds of Christians. And you hear not a word in the media, while they all talk about Gaza. For the press to be silent is already inadmissible, but for the U.N. to remain silent, that's unbelievable!"

Note: Dear Louis: I am so glad you are "touched and angered" by the sight of pregnant women's bellies being slit open. It is indeed unbelievable! Who would have thought that the anti-Christian anti-Western United Nations would remain silent? And yes, maybe it is better that they stay in Iraq rather than be slaughtered on some dark street in a French suburb.

Bernard Antony continues:

Surprisingly, these remarks are in direct contradiction with those of Pope Francis who often fulminates at the fact that Europe does not welcome enough - not enough, and not quickly enough and not well enough the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive ceaselessly on the coast of Sicily and elsewhere. Those people, it is true, are 90% Muslims, whom the rich Islamist States will not take in. These populations who are joining the Muslim masses in Europe, must really be benefitting from the ideal of "living-together".

Chrétienté-Solidarité expresses for its part its position respectfully equidistant from that of the Pope and that of cardinal Barbarin and the others. Since neither France, nor the other countries of the West, are able to protect the Christians from countless Islamic terrors, we should be able to bring into our countries those who are most threatened. Experience has proven that they integrate rapidly and peacefully.

Moreover, it would be beneficial if Pope Francis urged the rich Muslim powers to welcome immigrants fleeing destabilized Islamic countries. That would provide a double perspective of charity:

- charity of Christians for their Christian brothers fleeing Islamist massacres.

- realistic political charity free from the illusion of "living-together", that too often leads in the long run to new tragedies, as experience has shown.

Note: So saving the most endangered Christians would be an act of Christian charity, and would at the same time expose the truth about the progressives' fairy-tale of living-together.

The shocking thing is that such high-ranking members of the Church are sold on this fairy-tale. Either these men have not been educated in the tradition of the Church, or their education rolled right off of them.

Photo above: Cardinal Barbarin in the Qaraqosh cathedral. Below, bishop Michel Dubost also in Qaraqosh. From Le Figaro.

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Who are the Yazidi?

In his televised speech Obama spoke more than once of the Yazidi people, a minority sect in Iraq. I had no idea who they were, but this article from The Washington Post sheds light on their history.

Below, a Yazidi woman in the Iraqi Parliament breaks down as she describes the plight of her people. Translation by Memri.

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Plea from Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon

Here is the desperate appeal from Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphael Sako, posted at numerous websites. I took this from Rorate Caeli:

 - The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villages of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of August 6-7 and now they are controlling the area. The Christians, about one hundred thousand, horrified and panicked fled their villages and houses with nothing but the clothes on their backs. An exodus, a real via cruces, Christians are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Erbil, Duhok and Soulaymiya, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need water, food, shelter…

Regarding the churches and church properties in the villages now being occupied by the ISIS militants, we have reports of destruction and desecration. The old manuscripts and documents (1500) are being burnt.

As evident to all, the Central Government is incapable of enforcing law and order in this part of the country. There are also doubts about the capacity of the Kurdistan Region alone to defend the fierce advance of the jihadists. Clearly, there is lack of cooperation between the Central Government and the Regional Autonomous Government. This "vacuum" is profited by the ISIS to impose their rule and terror. There is a need of international support and a professional, well equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse.

We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death We hope it is not too late!

Rorate Caeli then printed several updates to the above plea:

Update: 11:30 a.m. GMT: - As a response to the catastrophe, the Holy See Press Office made a declaration on how the Pope is extremely concerned with Iraqi Christians, rehashing what was said at the Angelus of almost three weeks ago after Mosul Christians were expelled.

We regret to say, but a Holy See spokesman declaration is not enough at this extremely urgent moment! The Christian, Catholic, 2000-year-old presence in Iraq is being wiped out as we speak. Since all the media seems to agree that Pope Francis is the most popular figure in the world today, then only he can make the dramatic gestures that the moment demands. It's a time for public weeping, and crying out loud in the middle of Saint Peter's Square for all the world to see, if necessary. It's time to denounce by name the powerful of this world who have abandoned the Christians of Iraq and Syria. It's time to show that we are desperate because they, our brothers and sisters, are desperate. What's the point of popularity if it is not put to urgent use in moments of emergency?

Please, Peter, show your face and your tears for all the world to see! Please, Peter, speak up with your own voice! These are your own sheep being massacred!

Update: 5:30 p.m. GMT:- After chasing the Kurdish and Assyrian fighting forces from the Nineveh Plains to the East, it was easy for ISIS terrorist armies to take hold of the Mosul Dam to the north, on the Tigris, near the Turkey-Syria-Iraq triple border.

This and the minority emergency of Christians and Yazidis have at last prompted more vigorous responses today:

1) Emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, probably with specific measures. The session will be held at 11:30 p.m. GMT (7:30 p.m. local time). Please contact United Nations Missions of Security Council permanent members - by mail or Twitter: @USUN, @RussiaUN, @UKUN_NewYork, @franceonu

2) The United States is considering specific measures, including airstrikes, that could begin at any moment.

3) France will send military aid to the forces fighting for the Kurdish Region (mostly Kurds, but also many Assyrians are in the Kurdish troops and their allies).

Update: 9:00 p.m. GMT: - From the Times (UK): "US carrier is set for attack - The USS George HW Bush, equipped with four squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, is waiting for an order from President Obama to launch strikes against the Islamic State"

Update: 11:20 p.m. GMT:- As in Aesop's fable, the mountain in labor gave birth to a mouse... From the U.N. Security Council, a third innocuous "condemnation" of the terrorists, and "support" for the Iraqi government. From the US government so far, not any intervention regarding ISIS, but only humanitarian aid to some isolated groups, dropped without even certainty that it will help them or be seized by the attackers, as it often happens in such circumstances.

Last update: Aug. 8, 01:40 a.m. GMT: - The President of the United States has authorized limited airstrikes against ISIS.

Photo above: Christians flee Qaraqosh, from a series of photos at Haaretz. Below, the shaded areas show the ISIS presence: those in red are under ISIS control, those in tan are the support zone.

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"Limited bombing" in Iraq

The video, that most of you have probably seen, is the announcement by Obama of military strikes on Iraq, and of "humanitarian aid" to those trapped "on a mountain."

While most people, including myself, shudder at the thought of another American intervention in Iraq, since it is generally agreed that we are the cause of the problem in the first place, I can only pray that this time we do more good than harm. There are so few Christians left in Iraq, it is almost anticlimactic to decide to save a few lives, having stood by while thousands died in horrific circumstances. In his speech he mentions Christians only once - he says nothing of the genocidal intentions of the Islamists against the Christians, or of the desperate pleas that have gone unheeded for so long. He boasts about how much good we have done, but that is to be expected from any president who is blinded to the true nature of Islam, and who regards the terrorism as the work of fanatics having no connection to the majority of Muslims.

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Hollande cancels WWII commemoration

The news is all about Iraq, but I am first posting this article from French News Online about François Hollande's change of plans for the commemoration of the Allied landings in Provence, scheduled for this month. He was expected to preside over the ceremonies at the Draguignan Rhône American Cemetery (below) but he has canceled his appearance, much to the consternation of the organizers. Read the whole text, of which these are excerpts:


“And it was here that President François Hollande was supposed to be honouring the war dead of this campaign and its veterans, joining local dignitaries, who over the past 70 years, have unfailingly honoured the memory of all the soldiers lost in this campaign. Led by Bruce Malone, the US Army Superintendent in charge of the cemetery, planning for this year’s event and the originally-arranged Presidential visit, was well advanced. The ceremonies were also due to be attended by some 21 other international VIPs – mainly heads of State or their deputies from Franco-African states.

“But then out of the blue the Elysée dropped a bombshell, the President was not going to be at Draguignan and no reasons were given. Never mind that advance media packs had been distributed detailing the ceremonies and the guests and dignitaries attending. No, he would now be going only to Mont Faron, which overlooks Toulon, apparently following in the footsteps of General Charles de Gaulle, who in 1965 inaugurated the memorial there to French and Algerian forces who jointly liberated Toulon. Thereafter he will preside over a Naval Review from the deck of the French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle. (…)

Anita Rieu-Sicart suggests that the on-again, off-again ceremonies in the Var have been let down by a president desperate to bolster his flagging support with a photo opportunity at the port of Toulon.

“Toulon’s blue collar workforce, she says, is dependent on the Naval Dockyards while the town itself, and Mont Faron, now about to be honoured by the President, is a very blue collar working class place, with a mainly Algerian population, who adore their local Rugby Club, owned by millionaire Mourad Boudjellal, a man of Algerian origin. One wonders how many Toulonais will turn out to welcome the President on 15 August, given the latest French unemployment statistics show no improvement in his biggest policy failure — more than 3.4 million people out of work in France”. (...)

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Millions of migrants pour into Italy

This article, translated from the Italian, appeared at François Desouche on July 25. Due to its length, some abridging was necessary:

There are millions of them. They're fleeing war, dictators, religious persecutions, hunger. And they all have the same destination: Italy. For many, it's only a transit, for others the final destination of their desperate journey. They come from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, the Horn of Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Congo, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines.

Concerning Africa, ninety percent reach the Libyan coast and head for our Peninsula. A biblical exodus that enriches the merchants of human beings by encouraging drug trafficking and the infiltration of potential Islamist terrorists. This exodus has caused our welcoming services to explode and our State coffers to become impoverished, which in turn compromises the efficiency of sanitary measures and now raises the specter of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, TB, meningitis and cholera.

"Fortress Europe" is being attacked, and the foothold to getting into the EU lies along the Italian coastlines. Religious or intertribal conflicts, merciless dictatorships, famines and internal pogroms are pushing an enormous mass of people to seek salvation in emigration, a phenomenon that has taken on alarming dimensions in recent months. It is true that our secret services are alarmed. Very much so. In their reports they stress that the recent pogroms are attributable to two main factors: "battles between militias in Libya and the civil war in Syria."

The article describes how Libya is falling apart from the fighting between tribes and separatists, and how criminal organizations engage in illegal human trafficking, counting on the corruption of those who control the borders. In Syria the endless civil war forces many refugees to try to get to northern Europe, via Italy. Other factors are the attacks on Christian communities by Muslims and the growing poverty of the population.

Libya is the point of departure for ninety percent of the migrants from the "black continent". A sort of "preferred migratory hub." And it is there that the greatest number of people waiting to go to Sicily are concentrated, or in rare cases Calabria. On the other hand, many Syrians, but also Palestinians pass through Turkey on regularly scheduled flights, then seek a passage to our shores. The "new Turkish connection" also has its origin in the anti-terrorist and anti-criminal policies of the Cairo government that regards the Syrian refugees as allies of the fallen Muslim Brotherhood.

Libya and Syria are not the only preoccupations of our secret services. In the immediate future they foresee waves of migrants from the Central African Republic where there are already a million refugees. In Nigeria the Boko Haram caused half a million persons to become "displaced", while 60,000 Nigerians fled to Cameroon, Chad and Niger (…)

The article warns that because the politicians are not reliable, the agreements between Italy and Libya cannot be kept, and the massive migrations will become more organized. Trafficking of drugs, weapons and contraband will be encouraged.

We cannot feel safe. Because there is the risk of epidemics as well. The exceptional number of migrants makes hygiene monitoring arduous on board our ships and at Sicilian landing points. Although for now there are no signals of dangerous pathologies, we are aware of the spread in Africa of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There is cholera in the Sudan, tuberculosis and polio in the Horn of Africa and the sub-Saharan zone. Meningitis in the Iberian enclave of Melilla, and MERS, a respiratory ailment not very different from SARS, in Algeria and Saudi Arabia.

Note: MERS refers to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. SARS is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Melilla is a Spanish city on the coast of North Africa.

They will arrive not only in large numbers but they will soon be enraged. Our welcoming services, in truth, are saturated now and it aggravates the discomfort of the migrants, which in turn triggers protests, often violent, such as self-mutilation and en masse fleeing.

This exodus could compromise the integration of foreigners as ethnic ghettos grow larger and as migrants are exposed to prostitution, black markets and organized crime that seeks to intercept demands from southern entrepreneurs in need of workers for the fields.

Finally, the invasion makes it difficult to identify the newcomers, thus allowing criminals or jihadist terrorists to enter through our national borders. Our leaders have been warned.

The video below is in Italian. I regret I don't have time to work out a translation, but the images speak for themselves. The city is Catania, in Sicily, and you can see the situation in the streets and parks. The video comes from Révoltes en Europe, as does the photo above.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

The fear of Ebola

Two alternative medicine websites have articles on Ebola: Natural News and Green Med Info. The latter is more technical and discusses possible natural treatments for the disease, though much more research is needed.

The Ebola scare has infected the West, even though so far only two persons with the disease, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, have returned to the United States for treatment. CBS News reports:

The first American reported to have contracted the disease is Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, from Fort Worth, Texas, the North Carolina-based charity Samaritan's Purse said.

Brantly, the medical director for the relief group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia, was stable but in very serious condition, said Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse.

The second American to contract the disease was identified as Nancy Writebol of Charlotte, N.C. Isaacs said she was a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital where Samaritan's Purse has an Ebola care center on the grounds. He said she was in stable and serious condition.

A doctor from Sierra Leone was taken to Germany for treatment where he died. A few days earlier Samuel Brisbane, one of Liberia's most famous doctors died after contracting the disease while treating a patient.

I have not heard of any cases in France, but readers at François Desouche are having a great time joking over Jean-Marie Le Pen's Ebola crack that he made in Marseille back in May 2014. At a rally held before the European elections, the honorary president of the Front National said the following as reported by Le Figaro.

"Massive immigration risks creating a veritable replacement of the population if we don't quickly put a stop to the policies of decadence that have been implemented for decades. (…) There are 735 million inhabitants in Europe. Facing them are seven billion. It's the result of the demographic explosion and the fact that, at the same time, the production of goods did not follow the same curve. You earn twenty euros a month in Nepal, forty euros in Bangladesh, 100 million people live on one dollar a day in the Nile delta triangle. (…) This massive immigration is exacerbated by a religious question: a great part of these immigrants are Muslims, a religion that has a conquering mission, more so when it feels itself strong and numerous. Even within our own ranks - not the FN, but in France - it is conquering numerous new converts."

Just before this meeting, during a cocktail party with the press, he had spoken with Front National mayor Marc-Etienne Lansade of the city of Cogolin about the problems he would bring up in his speech, namely, overpopulation:

"It's never too late, but it is much too late nonetheless. Monsieur Ebola can solve this in three months."

Note: Another of his inscrutable remarks that can be interpreted two ways. Did he mean that the immigrants should be deliberately infected so that they would die, thus solving the immigration problem? Or did he mean that the disease, by its very presence, could result in an epidemic that would solve the problem? His daughter rushed to his defense saying he was expressing his concern over the disease.

His comments made headlines in the English-language press. Breitbart had the story, dated May 22, 2014.

Though doctors say there's little chance of an epidemic in the United States, the disease may have an effect on the populations of Europe after all, but not in the sense Le Pen meant. What about the millions of immigrants pouring into Italy from Africa? The potential for disease is alarming and provides the best possible justification for closing the borders - a humanitarian disaster. I hope to have another article on the invasion of Italy posted soon.

The photo at the top shows hospital workers being sprayed with chlorine.

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