By Shane Flanagan
The attack in Manchester must be a turning point, it must be the catalyst for changes not just in policy but in philosophical thought. I have expounded previously upon the dangers of a society with a philosophy of unchecked multiculturalism and how it could and has led to a divided society. By now, we have all the evidence we need. If you are not convinced now of at least the need for reform then in my view you are not aware of the reality or are simply illogical, and in that case, you could possibly be as dangerous as the Islamic fantasists who want to tear down Western society. After the posturing is over, there must simply be change, and not just in Britain but throughout Ireland and the EU.
Attacks in Ireland?
For those who simply deny the possibility of an attack here, I say listen to the expert opinions of the many who have said we’re not prepared for an attack here, in other words, we’re sitting ducks. Francis Fitzgerald’s words on this issue yesterday were astonishing in their brevity and thoughtlessness regarding the dangers that lurk through all European capitals in today’s world. For those who would deny this possibility, I ask you to look at Ibrahim Halawa. Now, I have spoken previously about the disgraceful treatment of our fellow countrymen by the Egyptian government, unquestionably a tyrannical state, simply it amounts to torture and we should do all we can to help this man. But beyond that, the company Halawa kept is questionable to the say the least. The Muslim Brotherhood are a dangerous theocratic organisation with a fundamentalist approach to the religion of Islam. Now bear in mind this man is not charged with any crime of real substance, in the Western sense.
But I suspect that in many ways Ibrahim is not a million miles away from Salman Albedi, the Manchester suicide bomber, or the Boston bombers who were of relatively the same age. This is not to say the action taken by this man (Albedi) was not evil, of course it was and he knew what its consequences would be too, yet I don’t believe that this young man, the son of Libyan refugees was either a martyr or pure evil, but most likely a kid that was the by-product of a society that tacitly has given legitimacy to religious fundamentalism through its own lack of societal philosophy. What is the point of having a Republic in Ireland or an England, Scotland or Wales when the inhabitants of those countries aren’t somehow bonded by common experiences or beliefs? Of course, the actual Left position on this is a hatred of the very idea of the nation state, if people realised this then I doubt that they would vote for those who currently haunt the Dáil chambers, perhaps even more worryingly I don’t think our politicians realise that that is the logical implication of the multicultural philosophy which they espouse.
This must surely be the moment of change needed, and perhaps in Britain it will be. The Left, for one thing, have been shown to be traitors to the very cause of Liberalism which their beliefs were once founded upon, could you imagine if Voltaire or Rousseau were alive today to see how modern Liberalism has catered to fundamentalist religious minorities? These people who proclaim themselves to be leftist are in fact the furthest thing from liberalism. The new Atheists of the Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris variety are the true antecedents of enlightenment Liberalism. And although they themselves are ironically fundamentalist in their attacks upon religion they are largely right about such issues as racial profiling and the danger of catering to theocracy. Hitchens’ words on the propagation of fundamentalist Islam through leftist political correctness some years before he died was eerily prophetic.
The changes I’m implying are not extreme but are needed and should not be viewed as any sort of approval of bigotry against those of a religious disposition or minorities. But we should examine further what it means to be Irish and what it means to become Irish, these are reasonable philosophical questions which all thinking people should ask. We should also question our governments, especially where public safety is concerned, which is the paramount issue is concerned. The attitude which the British have taken up in “not letting the terrorists change our way of life” seems to be very dangerous, instead of bringing back the “spirit of the blitz” it might unintentionally normalize terrorist atrocities. And we should certainly question our own government’s words on security for the obvious reason that they are naturally untrustworthy. Also, all throughout Europe must reconsider our relationship with the US. The Anarchist in me enjoyed seeing Trump upset the odds and I agreed with his travel ban and getting rid of TTIP but his administration has lurched from one disaster to another, worse than that, he has surrounded himself with sycophants and idiots, and in Wilbur Ross after his idiotic comments about how friendly the Saudi Arabian government is after the US gave them over hundred billion in weapons which will be funnelled to jihadists, we have the two rolled into one apparently. Everyone has been sickened by this attack, to attack children is monstrous beyond belief. All civilised people must realize these attacks cannot be allowed to go on, and we cannot sacrifice the liberties which construe Western democracy, but something must give.
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