France, and the West, Must Chose Identity or Extinction

James Kirkpatrick, VDARE, January 7, 2015

The Islamic terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is as devastating as it was predictable. Twelve people are dead at the hands of “French” Muslims (Police hunt three Frenchmen after 12 killed in Paris attack, By John Irish and Antony Paone,, January 8, 2015) But while the politicians posture and the Main Stream Media tries to shift the blame away from Islam, a larger struggle is taking root. Europeans are not going to be allowed to ignore the National Question. They are going to have to choose whether to embrace their Identity and confront Islam or submit. Opting out is no longer an option.

Charlie Hebdo is best known internationally as a provocative journal that occasionally published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Only a short time before the attack Charlie Hebdo tweeted out a joke about the Islamic State with “Caliph” al-Baghdadi wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

However, the publication is hardly conservative and directed just as much fire at Judaism and Christianity. Just last month, the magazine published a vulgar image portraying the birth of Christ that could serve as an entry in its own right in’s War on Christmas Competition [What is Charlie Hebdo? The cartoons that Made the French Paper Infamous, by Max Read, Gawker, January 7, 2015]. The cartoon still serves as the magazine’s avatar on Twitter.

Several of the cartoonists who were killed were reportedly called out by name as the gunmen entered the magazine’s offices. One of the names was Editor Stephane Charbonnier, who was “reportedly a supporter of the French Communist Party and his cartoons often featured Maurice et Patapon, an anti-capitalist cat and dog” [Called for by name: Dead Cartoonists Identified, Sky News, January 7, 2015]. In fact, the magazine’s latest cover of the magazine featured a vicious caricature of Michel Houellebecq, mocking the author for his newly released book prophesying the Islamic conquest of France.

But equal opportunity willingness to offend didn’t save Charbonnier or anyone else. Nor did the police protection that Charlie Hebdo enjoyed seem to even inconvenience the highly-disciplined attackers: the unarmed officers were forced to retreat [Unarmed French police literally retreated in the face of Islamist attackers, by Noah Rothman, HotAir, January 7, 2015]. The terrorists’ execution-style killing of a wounded French policeman begging for his life provided the defining image for the day. It should shame any self-satisfied protesters from ever using the despicable slogan “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”

Yet even as leftist cartoonists and satirists were butchered in their offices, the MSM hastened to change the subject to the real danger–the anti-immigration policies of the French National Front.

Tony Barber at the Financial Times took the opportunity of the attacks to caution that “some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten,which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims.” The danger, of course, is the “siren songs of the far right” represented by “Marine Le Pen and her far-right National Front.” [The gunmen in Paris attacked more than a Muslim-baiting magazine, January 7, 2015]

Richard Seymour veered into the territory of self-caricature by telling people that anyone who values the anti-Islamic caricatures of Charle Hebdo needs to be “reading Edward Said’s Orientalism, as well as some basic introductory texts on Islamophobia, and then come back to the conversation.” The fact that he wrote this in a U.S. journal entitled Jacobin gives his words a special poignancy.

Progressives, writes Seymour,

[S]houldn’t line up with the inevitable statist backlash against Muslims, or the ideological charge to defend a fetishized, racialized “secularism,” or concede to the blackmail which forces us into solidarity with a racist institution.

[On Charlie Hebdo, January 7, 2015]

And William Saletan at Slate mourns:

France’s far-right National Front was already on the rise. This attack could help it take over the country. Maybe . . . the dystopia on the French horizon . . . [is] a state run by the anti-immigrant right.

[Disgracing Islam, January 7, 2015]

Therefore, even as the bodies are not yet cold, the MSM lectures us that terrorism and murders in the streets must always be regarded with cool objectivity and rationality. At the same time, the possible democratic election of a political party that may limit immigration is met with wild denunciations and nightmarish prophecies of “dystopia.”

Patriots shouldn’t expect murderous attacks on journalists and cartoonists to awaken the MSM to the threat of Islamic terrorism. After all, it’s Europeans who are the existential enemy. Instead, there will be a redoubling of efforts to demand that Europeans abolish their sovereignty and identity.

Thus, Yascha Mounk sneers at the German marches against Islam because,

[T]heir chants of “We are the People” betray how exclusionary their conception of nationhood really is. Appropriating the most famous slogan of the 1989 protests that helped to bring down the Berlin Wall for their own purposes, they are signaling that they will never consider Muslims as true Germans…

[I]n rallying to the defense of our values, we must, as ever, remember what those values actually are: a set of rules and institutions that allows everyone who subscribes to them to live together peacefully–whether they be a devout Muslim or a blasphemous cartoonist.

[Europe’s Brutal Truth, Slate, January 7, 2015]

This is nothing less than a call for Europeans to abolish their own countries as meaningful entities and embrace a “proposition nation” united by vague “rules” and “institutions.”

The problem is that the Europeans have already tried this. From the multicultural model of Scandinavia to the assimilationist policies of France (where even keeping statistics on race is banned), Third World immigration is failing all over Europe. France is an especially troubling test case because the Republic’s policies are as civic-national and color-blind as anything that could be dreamed up by a Beltway Right foundation.

And yet nonetheless, France finds itself embroiled in a kind of permanent low level insurgency in its own cities. In fact, there’s no evidence that Muslims want to live under liberal rules and institutions: polls show that Muslims in Europe radically disagree with the cultural norms that Europeans take for granted.

Therefore, even speaking about “living together peacefully” is misleading. Even if European governments could prevent the occasional terrorist attacks and “random” acts of violence from its newly imported underclass, sheer numbers will allow Muslims in Europe to impose a new political and cultural order on the Continent–regardless of the wishes of the indigenous inhabitants. Whether this is done through violence or through the ballot box is ultimately irrelevant.

And as the attack on Charlie Hebdo shows, even those citizens who define their way of life as satire, irony, and cynical detachment will not be exempted from the demand that they submit to the new order.

The choice confronting Europe is brutal in its simplicity–does it want to be Islamic or not? Simply remaining deracinated consumers will not be an option much longer.

The West cannot be defined simply by the rejection of Islam or as a collection of legal norms. It is a culture created by a specific people and it will be destroyed if that people is dispossessed. Europeans have the self-evident right to secure their homelands for themselves, without regard to the claims others make upon it.

In the end, Charlie Hebdo isn’t about whether the French have the right to practice satire. It’s about whether France has the right to stay French.

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  • james AZ

    Join the ostrich club?

  • Luca

    Regardless of government forced diversity, it should be recognized by the general population that certain groups of people are not compatible to Western Civilization. They simply cannot live side-by-side.

    Blacks, browns, Muslims and gypsies come to mind.

    • Jacobite2

      None of the above-mentioned peoples have 2,000 years of non-assimilation to their credit in Europe. Strange they’re not mentioned.

    • MathMan

      None of the above has managed to build a functioning society of their own. They act as parasites on white communities and the whites put up with their medieval behaviour in the name of ‘Diversity’.

      • Realist

        I agree with you. I am looking for anyone who can tell me the advantage of cultural or racial diversity

      • Johnny Harper

        They lack to fundamental collective IQ to achieve advanced civilizations.

        I truly believe only White European societies and some Asian countries are able to achieve advanced civilization.

        The Africans, Hispanics, etc have too low mean IQs to achieve a functional advanced society.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Also God’s chosen people. Most of them.

  • Jim Kental

    I see footage of vast crowds showing support for the victims of the Paris massacre yesterday. They displayed large placards reading “NOT AFRAID” and “Je Suis Charlie”……. yet I heard nothing about reversing the immigration laws which fomented this massacre. Do these protestors believe that French muslims will develop a conscience en masse, or that by not changing their suicidal immigration laws that things will improve?

    • UncleSham

      Whites are all expected to believe that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I have some doubts about the hash-tag being mightier than the AK-47.

    • Anna Tree

      Exactly! These demonstrations are the rallies for unity happening sometimes after a White is murdered by a black.
      These are “can’t we all get along” cries of the dhimmis and prodiversity sissies.

      We need PEGIDA like demonstrations, saying no to islamization of France and hopefully soon no to africanization and foreignization of France.

      I hope they will succeed like the ones in Germany:
      “So we propose to initiate what should become a succession of rallies and patriotic demonstrations, a popular movement in the image of PEGIDA in Germany, a movement which rallies all individuals, associations, political parties… marking the refusal of the Islamisation of our country with all its consequences. We give you a rendezvous on Sunday 18 January, Place de la Bourse, at 2:30 pm for a first meeting during whichdifferent speakers, French and European, will address us, speakers who are aware of the deadly danger awaiting our compatriots and will demand that all Islamists be driven out of France.”
      Pierre Cassen, founder of Riposte Laique
      Christine Tasin, President of Resistance Republicaine

    • Jacobite2

      “Je suis Charles Martel!” would be nice.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Wait for the next opinion polls once this sinks in.

      Many in the streets are liblefty indoctrinated types for whom this is the first undeniable abnegation of their cherished secular religion.

      And the horror continues. Hostages, attacks, almost martial law…

      Eventually this will result – sooner than we think – in an awakening across Europe, a fierce pride in heritage, blood and soil.

      This will NOT result in “fascism” except in certain fringe areas of the continent, but rather something new – “Phalangism” I call it, a vibrant form of new national identitarianism that is not inherently democratic nor is bent on aggressive militarism abroad. The phalanx was a powerful defensive formation upon which could be broken many times it’s number, composed of free brothers.

      The muslims of Europe will NOT stop pushing and White Europe is on the verge of pushing back.

      The treacherous elite who are really responsible for this will tremble and fall as well.

      • Three Stars

        The name’s already taken. By Spanish sort-of-fascists of the 1930’s, I believe.

      • ricpic

        I sadly disagree. The European ruling class, or ruling elite if you prefer, is fiercely wedded to the idea of Eurabia. If Europe is to survive the first war will have to be the ordinary European against the connected elite European. And that will be touch and go.

    • Realist

      “Do these protestors believe that French muslims will develop a conscience en masse, or that by not changing their suicidal immigration laws that things will improve?”
      These are the stupid whites I have mentioned on this blog. There are plenty here in America.

  • MekongDelta69

    The MSM would be so happy if ALL White Western Nations and our very Civilization disappeared entirely, until… those idiots realized that included themselves.

    • Nonhumans

      Even if the MSM and the libtards didn’t disappear, they would, shortly thereafter, wish that they had. Once the diversity that they so zealously promote reached their doorsteps, they would utterly lose the ability to deny reality.

  • bubo

    The left must be destroyed if we are to save western civilization. Of that I’m positive.

    • Spot on! The source of ALL of this lunacy is the Left!

      • Realist

        Not true, there are plenty on the right looking for cheap labor and their sycophants

        • Julius Caesar

          Realist, the “Right” IS left. They are one in the same.

  • guest

    “Our rulers want Europeans to abolish their own identities.”

    The last thing they are is our rulers. They are nothing but traitors, sellouts, and our enemies.

    “They are going to have to choose whether to embrace their Identity and confront Islam or submit. Opting out is no longer an option.”

    The problems we’re having with islam are only getting worse everyday. And they’re never going to get better is we just ignore them. The time has come for France, Europe, and all Westernized nations to fight for their identity. Our so-called “leaders” have proven to side with our enemies by allowing them into our countries and making it illegal to speak out against it. The only ones who can really fight for Europe and the West are the real Europeans and Westernized people. A civilization run by islam will lead to the end of civilization.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Our rulers want Europeans to abolish their own identities.”

    Europeans want their rulers to be abolished. Perhaps in more than one way.

    • Realist

      And so it should be.

  • TruthBeTold

    This is our time to seize the moment. However, we must be aware of the obstacles.

    There are at least three behemoths lurking in the background. The EU, the UN, and The Hague.

    Because of, let’s say, past events these three groups dominate and dictate what nations can and cannot do.

    Each of these groups is dedicated to protecting minorities from persecution. Any effort to deal with Muslims will be seen as persecuting a minority.

    It’s a big roadblock. Is it surmountable? I’m not sure. But it must be recognized and planned for.

    • Realist

      You forgot the U. S.

  • JohnEngelman

    polls show that Muslims in Europe radically disagree with the cultural norms that Europeans take for granted.

    – James Kirkpatrick, VDARE, January 7, 2015

    They escape the dysfunctions of their countries and want to bring those dysfunctions to our countries.

    • Alexandra1973

      That can also be said for Mexicans.

    • LHathaway

      Are you talking about Yankees or Muslims?

    • See The Future

      If you allow the weed to infest the lawn, soon there will be no lawn.

  • Daniel McGrath

    I had a dream that a million Poilu’s awoke and smote the Algerians.

  • Daniel McGrath

    Identitaire ou soumission.

  • Pro-Apartheid

    France could use some Protestant nationalists from the Huguenot diaspora. Eugène Terre’Blanche used to speak fondly of his French ancestors.

  • Truthseeker

    The rise of Identity needs to continue. If you can’t answer the question of who, or what you are, you’re putty in the hands of those who would exploit you. Look to your heritage, French. It belongs to you, and no one else.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    France and every other White country is in the grips of the White-hating Cultural Marxists. Nothing will change unless they are removed.

    What is Cultural Marxism?

    *Homosexuality as a preferred lifestyle; heterosexuality as abnormal and aberrant
    *Black Worship and empowerment over Whites.
    *Destruction of White nuclear family through worship and encouragement of single motherhood; White father as “authoritarian” destructive force harmful to children.
    *Massive flooding of White nations with hostile, violence prone blacks and browns from the 3rd world.
    *Ridicule of White history, heritage, traditions and culture.
    *Promoting interracial sex, marriage and adoption as desirable.
    *Hiding black and brown criminal behavior.
    *Never ending Hollywood productions of anti-White movies.
    *Promoting White guilt and hatred against Whites.

    It is Cultural Marxism that must be smashed and destroyed, along with those who shove it down our throats. The way things are going now, it WILL be us or them.

    And I want us to triumph, not them.

    • phillyguy

      When will our LEADER emerge.

      • See The Future

        It will be guerilla warfare.

    • Garrett Brown

      I want that first photo as a bumper sticker so indescribably bad.

    • Johnny Harper

      Good statement.

      This slogan might get some traction. We need to push these types of messages.

      It stays away from the Nazi stuff. Won’t be helpful among middle class Whites.

    • Nancy

      Hey Bon…my kid is “learning” about Mary McLeod Bethune in 3rd grade social (cultural Marxism) studies. I’ve done some digging, but can’t find anything that suggests her accomplishments (basically, she was a black female who became an early educator) were exaggerated. When they delve into topics like LBJ, Jimmy Carter, the slave trade, etc, I can counter her lessons with REAL facts that they like to leave out.

      Do you know anything about her that I’m missing?

      • Sick of it

        They do dig up some obscure characters do they not? I’m sure the kids in Illinois do not learn about my ancestor, though his educational achievements, particularly in said state, should matter more to the people there. It’s all non-whites all the time these days and that has more to do with ignorance than education.

        • Nancy

          No kidding.

          As an “aside”: the social studies teacher is black. Her teacher for all other subjects is white.

          We like the black teacher very much, actually, and have never had any issues relating to black teachers obviously-skewed teaching…probably because this is third grade, not middle or high school where the teacher’s politics is more overt. (My middle child had one such teacher for 8th grade social studies, and he and I went around and around about stuff all year.)

          But I wanted to check with the AmRenners who might be familiar with that person, since unlike Rosa Parks, this Bethune person isn’t exactly “high profile”.

          • Sick of it

            She was apparently some sort of diversity advisor for FDR before the term was coined.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        No. She is such a minor figure in American history. What frosts me is that minor, insignificant characters like Bethune are replacing White American heroes.

        Like most other blacks the anti-White educational system are trying to promote, their accomplishments are trifling. That’s because there are so few blacks that have accomplished anything, as compared to Whites.

        Notice that two American presidents, Washington and Lincoln have had their holidays morphed into one – the newly generic “President’s Day” – while King has his OWN named holiday.

        This is why I keep saying that Cultural Marxism – and those who created and push it – must be smashed.

  • Lygeia

    What kind of a nation allows unarmed police to “protect” people against Islamic violence?

    • See The Future

      A nation that is getting ready to surrender to its enemies.

  • The emptiness of Je suis Charlie is fathomless. What angers a man says a lot about the man. Contemporary Europeans hold vigils and sanctify free speech when a bunch of professional defecaters (to coin a term) are killed by terrorists, but these same people say nothing, do nothing, or actually approve of incarcerating any of their own countrymen who question the body count of certain historical events, or who make unpolitical comments about gays, Muslims or certain other religious groups, or hold patriotic ideas that the state deems dangerously populist fascism. What free speech are they talking about, exactly? If a Frenchman states that a Muslim woman with four children does not belong in France, he can be fined or even imprisoned; when one of those children grows up and kills some sleazy cartoonists for mocking a religious icon, then it’s all about free speech. Free speech for trash; censorship for serious thought.

    Nevertheless, the European right must use this event for worthwhile political ends.

    • Tim

      They light bombs while we light candles…

    • David Ashton

      A wise analysis.

    • PB

      Charlie Hebdo was a good example of “managed” free speech.

  • notyranny

    There are no “Winged Hussars” to ride to the rescue of France, No “Charge of the Rhohirim” to Ride for Ruin and the Worlds Ending with screams of Death! So who will arise to meet this enemy? Is France to end with a Whimper?

    • Ron Cheaters

      It wouldn’t be the first time..
      Napoleon left the building ages ago.

  • Yancy Derringer

    Outstanding article. Well done, James Kirkpatrick.

    As for Slate and its idiotic alarm about “right-wing dystopias,” one need only ask, “Is that what these European nations were before the mass importation of Muslims?” Of course they weren’t.

  • pcmustgo

    Funny, these 2 muslim/arab terrorists look like Blacks. They are North African? Heavy emphasis on the African. They look like sub-saharan blacks with lighter skin. Like a light-skinned Black.

    • Anna Tree

      I think they are Yemenite and you’re correct, Yemenite are a mix of the two. More Arab than black while the Somalis are more black than Arab.

  • Realist

    “Our rulers want Europeans to abolish their own identities.”
    Who are those rulers???

  • See The Future

    We in America are impotent. A good example of this is Ft Hood.

    Nidal Hasan continues to breath. As a member of the US Military he was allowed to kill 13 people. He showed the first judge who is boss. He showed the second judge who is boss.

    Our failure to properly dispose of this vermin and to make the US Military muslim free speaks to the impotence of all of our leadership.

    • 1G25

      No muslim should be allowed in the US military.

  • See The Future

    Hollande is speaking to France and the world. “Assassins” “Terrorists” “Fanatics have nothing to do with the muslim religion”. There you have it folks………nothing to do with muslims!

    I must say that the silent majority moderate muslims are the smart ones. They are much aware that they will inherit France without firing a single bullet. They will continue to outbreed the native French over the next few generations and will form the majority and through the democratic process vote to create a new nation of islam under sharia.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Well stated.

  • Vanessa Perry

    Multiculturalism is the equivalent of second-degree murder on western nations.

    First-degree, second-degree… murder is murder, not suicide.

    If there should be a big civil war in Europe the death toll of whites will push multiculturalism into first-degree murder, considering their already low birthrates. It will be simply impossible to remain existent in the future.

    What does it mean to subject a “low fertility” people to civil war when their numbers are already below replacement level?

    Liberals and ‘progressives’ are held countable for the very real possibility of civil, and the subsequent genocide to follow.

    They’ve unleashed the most vicious aggressor they could have on the some of the most civil, vulnerable and humane people on earth, who do not have the genetic predisposition to be violent and murderous. It is putting cats in the mice cage.

    Liberals and ‘progressives’, it is time to elevate yourselves to a higher comprehension. In that you must understand you are EVIL.

  • Three Stars

    Great article! Very well written, very poignant.

  • ricpic

    Keeping the peoples of the West ignorant of the reality of Islam is the deliberate strategy of the statists. All this idiocy about muslims being kept from being German by the Germans or French by the French. The reality is that a muslim thinks of himself as a member of the ummah, which is borderless and ever expanding and in its final state will encompass the whole world. To think otherwise and certainly to express otherwise would invite his own beheading.