by: the Common Constitutionalist
For many moons, we on the right have been pushing for English as not just the national language of the United States, but the official language.
A common language is the tie that binds a nation together. Without it, we are left with little more than tiny foreign enclaves within a larger nation. And this has been a problem for decades both here and in Europe, as liberals have catered to and coddled non-English speaking immigrants.
It’s human nature to wish to live with those of like culture and there’s nothing wrong with it. But when the host nation does not require or even encourage the learning of a common language and culture, the eventuality can be damaging.
Lack of a common language is damaging not only to a country’s culture, with growing numbers unwilling to assimilate, but also to its national security – which we see playing out in Belgium right now.
Belgium, home of the Molenbeek district (terror central) in Brussels is a perfect example of this dysfunction. The country has no common language. It actually has three languages – Dutch, French and German – two being official, Dutch and French. About 60% speak Dutch (Flemish), 33% speak French and about 1% German. There’s also a smattering of Spanish, Italian, Greek and of course Arabic. Gee – I wonder where the greatest concentrations of Arabic speakers are.
The New York Times writes that, “the failure to stop two brothers clearly flagged as extremists before the Paris carnage highlighted the tribal squabbles of a country that holds the unenviable distinction of going without a functioning government for 541 days.”
Flagged? What do they mean flagged? Well, a full month before the Paris attacks, Mayor Françoise Schepmans of Molenbeek “received a list with the names and addresses of more than 80 people suspected as Islamic militants living in her area.” Among those names were the two terrorist brothers, Brahim and Salah Abdeslam and the mastermind of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. The two brothers lived in subsidized housing not 100 yards from the Mayors office. If she looked out her second floor office window, she could see their apartment.
In her own defense, Ms. Schepmans said in an interview: “What was I supposed to do about them? It is not my job to track possible terrorists.” That, she added, “is the responsibility of the federal police.” It’s not my yob main! And that too is a problem.
The city of Brussels alone has six local police forces and a federal police service, as well as a civilian and military intelligence service. The several forces are locked in constant turf wars and like the general population, are separated culturally and linguistically. In makes it near impossible to get anything done – like catching terrorists. Some of these forces literally can not speak to each other due to the language barrier.
This invariably leads to political infighting with Dutch ministers’ insinuating that the French alone “are to blame for the growth of Islamic militancy in Belgium.” There was no insinuation whatsoever. Karl Vanlouwe, a Flemish member of the Belgian Senate, wrote that “20 years of laxity” by the French-speaking Socialist Party had turned Brussels into a “rear base of Islamic barbarity.” I’d say that’s pretty clear, with a little added dig toward the “French-speakers.”
The district of Molenbeek has been a cesspool of liberal socialist multicultural policy for more than a decade, allowing the growth of militant Islam right under their collective noses. A Dutch writer who lived in Molenbeek said that, “nobody wanted to know because this did not fit their political agenda.”
But that’s just Europe. That could never happen here – right. Really? We don’t think it can’t or isn’t already happening here, in every city in America? The FBI isn’t conducting over 1000 terrorist investigations in all 50 states for fun. And I’ll guarantee the investigations aren’t concentrating on the Ozarks. Assuming the FBI isn’t as politically correct as the rest of government, they are looking at the same type of segregated, entirely non-assimilated, non-English speaking militant enclaves that grew roots in Molenbeek because “nobody wanted to know because this did not fit their political agenda.”