If you are a Turk living in Europe, who should you listen to? Should you listen to Macron who condemns the Islamic terrorism, or should you listen to Erdogan who condemns Macron for condemning Islam? Are you loyal to your origin country and religion, or to the country where you live? Moreover, how should the European governments deal with these Turkish, and Islamic, minorities? That is a question that is gaining in relevance as tensions rise between France and Erdogan. That is the Turkish question.
The rise of political islam
In the debate surrounding immigration, integration, religious fanaticism and radicalism, all too often the debate is about the migrants, but not involving migrants. Today, Dr Sid Lukkassen discusses these topics withManel Mselmi: a young woman of Tunisian origin who is active for Mouvement Réformateur in Belgium. She is currently a PhD candidate in environmental humanities, a talk show host and a blogger. Sid published several books on topics such as geopolitics, humanism, media analysis and the culture wars and, from 2010 – 2018, he was active as a city councillor (VVD)
Underage girls sold in an ISIS sex slave auction
Any child growing up in the Netherlands in the 90’s would learn about loverboys. As early as primary school, girls were warned against the dangers of these so called loverboys. They were, in general, Moroccan and Turkish guys that would charm young girls with all the wrong intentions. After an initial period of showering the girl with gifts, and distancing her from friends and family, the loverboy would start with his requests. The requests, always, were sexual. The girls were made to fall in love with these guys, and were then tricked into working as a prostitute.
Everyone knew it happened, and it was an openly discussed topic. What wasn’t so openly discussed, was who the perpetrators were. They were, and have always been, primarily those with ‘migrant backgrounds’.
Demographics are changing, so what?
We can show you that demographics in Europe are changing due to the influx of migrants from Asia and Africa. Possibly, we will even convince you that this is taking place. Some of you will conclude that it is a problem that must be stopped. Others of you will shrug. You will ask yourself, so what? What does it matter that Europe’s demographic make up is changing? Why should you care? After all, you are not a racist and you have no issues with people from other backgrounds. Without racism, what other reasons could you have to want to prevent this demographic change?
Mother and child, a rare sight in Germany
Germany came into existence when the Prussians unified the provinces previously belonging to the Holy Roman Empire. That only happened in 1871, making Germany a relatively young country. As a new dominant player in Europe, the balance of power was disturbed. World War One started, and was followed by the racialist National-Socialists. The Nazi’s pushed the Germans into the second World War. And lost.
Germany’s post-war revival was an economic miracle, but the guilt from the war is carried within the Germans to this day. They had to become the opposite of the evil nationalists, and so they opened their borders. Germany was no longer only for Germans.
The Forgotten European Slaves of North Africa and the Ottomans
Slavery. Images of Africans chained together and pushed into European vessels come to mind. They are boarding the ships on the west coast of Africa, at the start of a long journey across the Atlantic. Many starve to death, die of disease, or perish due to other reasons. It is a horrific episode in human history. To this day, Europeans and Americans alike bear the guilt of our ancestor’s actions.
Approximately 15 million Africans became slaves due to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Every child learns about this in school, everyone knows about this suffering of the Africans. Yet, today, I’d like to highlight a less known episode of slavery. The slavery of the Europeans in North-Africa.
The Holocaust being of greater horror and death toll than the Armenian genocide, does not mean the Armenian genocide is not worth talking about. Similarly, even though the European slaves amounted to a ‘mere’ one million, it does not mean that therefore it is not worth discussing. Did you know already that there were approximately 1.000.000 European slaves taken to North-Africa?
The Revolution in France
The Beginning of France
While the Western Roman Empire collapsed, tribes began moving into its territory from across the Rhine. Many Germanic tribes now lived in the province of Gaul. One of these tribes, were the Franks.
Under their King Clovis, the Franks united the peoples living in Gaul. They conquered an area roughly matching modern-day France, and they did so over 1500 years ago. That was the start of France, making it the oldest state in Europe.
Clovis initially converted from Germanic paganism to Arian Christianity. The Arians, named after the priest Arius, differed from the Catholics in their idea of the nature of Christ. Although today this appears to be a rather minor detail, it triggered a major schism in the Church back then. Most Goths and Germanics converted to Arian Christianity, for example the Visigoths that ruled Spain. However, Clovis converted to the Catholic faith, embracing the papacy. Moreover, Clovis based the laws for this newly founded state on the Roman law. In effect, Clovis confirmed his legitimacy by embracing the legacy of Rome. And so, France’s Catholic faith and foundation of its state are closely linked together.
Ali-Ben Hamet, Caliph of Constantinople. By Theodore Chasseriau
Bombs Crush ‘ISIS’
Those that have been following the news recently will have read that the last major strongholds of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, have been liberated. Endless artillery fire reduced the cities to rubble. Yet, it leaves the Jihadis with little more than a few villages and swathes of desert to rule. Their dream of recreating the caliphate has proven to be unattainable. The defeat of ISIS is a reason to celebrate, but we must also remain cautious.
”First, Islam never had an enlightenment where religion and state were separated. The idea of secularism is strange to Islam. Second, at no point did Muhammed say anything about leaving to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar. The acknowledgement of a government separated from the religion is unknown to Islam.” – Clovis Institute