French President: France is in danger of losing its soul

President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking yesterday at a briefing that was supposed to be centered on farm subsidies launched into a defense of France’s historical and cultural core and said that because of multiculturalism’s support of radical Islam France was in danger of losing its soul.  Hat tip:  Jerry Gordon.

Ken Timmerman writing at Newsmax reports Sarkozy’s speech and gives us encouragement that the Sarkozy government is fighting back and hopefully so will we!  And to my friend in Australia, so can you!

Recalling the worst moments of the Nazi occupation during World War II, Sarkozy said the French discovered that they had a national soul only when they were about to lose it.


Sarkozy suggested that France could be on the verge of losing its soul because of a multiculturalism that tolerates radical Islamic fundamentalism.

Immigrants refuse to become French.

Sarkozy warned that many of his fellow citizens have lost touch with the values that gave rise to the republic through a blind embrace of secular culture. No one should confuse the separation of church and state as the denial of religion or religiosity, Sarkozy insisted.

“There is not a single free thinker, Freemason, or atheist who doesn’t feel the tug of a Christian heritage that has left so many deep furrows in the French mind-set,” he said.

At the heart of the identity crisis plaguing today’s France is a significant immigrant population that refuses to become French, and a multicultural left that has allowed them to live isolated in ghettoes for decades, where many have fallen prey to Muslim preachers of hate.

If only we had a Sarkozy!

“France does not demand that you give up your history or your culture,” Sarkozy said. “But France demands of those who would link their fates to hers to also share her history and her culture. France is not hodgepodge of communities or individuals. . . Becoming French means accepting a form of civilization, values, and customs.”

Sarkozy’s definition of those values left no ambiguity from which direction he felt the danger was coming: “France is a country where women are free. France is a country where church is separate from state, and where the beliefs of each person are respected.

“But France is also a country where there is no room for the burka, and where there is no room for the subjugation of women under any circumstance or pretext.”

Read on!

See my previous post on Sarkozy’s bravery here.

Australia: working all the angles to get in

Here is an informative piece from Australia a country which is going through some serious national soul searching about that ship being held at sea with 70 plus Sri Lankan (maybe Tamil Tigers) “refugees” on board, at least I think the standoff is continuing.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

On a trip to Pakistan earlier this year, I was amazed at how sophisticated the knowledge of Western migration rules was among the locals. One postgraduate student regaled me with the minute details of the Canadian points system, which he felt was more relaxed than Australia’s.

A taxi driver lamented the growing barriers to entering Britain, which was once seen as a relatively easy option. A considerable number asked about gaining entry by claiming political asylum. Australia was universally seen as highly desirable but difficult to enter. New Zealand was often seen as the gateway country.

It is a pattern is likely to be repeated throughout Asia and an indication of how desperate many people are to reach the developed world. It’s also an indication that as soon as there is a perception of a weak spot in the migration rules, you can bet knowledge of it spreads like wildfire.

The two biggest news stories relating to immigration this year relate to international students and asylum seekers.

Check out the many angles the desparate are using to get into a first world country, but place this scary prospect in the back of your mind as the Copenhagan global warming conference approaches.

If even modest predictions regarding climate change come to light, the debate over what constitutes an environmental refugee will also heat up, possibly further extending the category.

Environmental refugees!  Ahhhhhh!

Somali American jihad recruiter identified in the Netherlands

This is an update of the story I reported here two days ago.  It appears the FBI might have its man—-the alleged recruiter of the missing Somali youths (former refugees) we have been writing about for a year.

From AP:

AMSTERDAM — A Somali man suspected of recruiting youth in Minneapolis for Islamic terrorism in Somalia has a U.S. green card, Dutch media reported Friday.

Mohamud Said Omar, 43, was arrested last weekend at the request of U.S. authorities in an asylum seeker’s center in Dronten, Netherlands, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Amsterdam.

According to Dutch prosecutors, U.S. authorities suspect Omar of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and 2008. They have requested his extradition.

FBI officials in Minneapolis have confirmed that the arrest of the suspect detained in the Netherlands is related to an investigation into the departure of more than a dozen young men to Somalia, including one who carried out a suicide attack there in October 2008.

Omar’s Dutch attorney, Audrey Kessels, told the daily newspaper De Volkskrant that given Omar’s U.S. green card, he was ineligible for asylum in the Netherlands and his request was quickly rejected.

However, she had appealed the decision on the basis of illness. Omar had told her he couldn’t find work in America and “didn’t have any peace in his head.”

“He didn’t make a healthy impression,” she said.

I sure hope they aren’t setting this up as another Jihad insanity story!

Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies document available

Since there has evolved a big discussion at my most recent Comment Worth Noting about Bowling Green, KY refugee resettlement, a reader suggested I tell you about a US State Department document entitled, “Operational Guidance to Resettlement Agencies.”   The document most recently revised in 2006 lists the requirements that resettlement agencies must follow when resettling new refugees—it is specific right down to the silverware required!  And, by the way, it says NO BUGS in apartments.

If you would like a copy of the pdf file, e-mail me at   I don’t live at the computer so it might take a few hours before I see your e-mail, but I will get it right out to you as soon as I see your request!

This is an important document you should have if you have concerns about the quality of care refugees are receiving in your community.

Update!   Here is a link to the 2001 version of this document, the 2006 document isn’t much different.  If you do want the 2006 version as well, please let me know.

Immigrant food stamp scam guilty plea in NJ

Your tax dollars:

For new readers, this is one of my side interests—food stamp scams by immigrant store owners and employees.   This isn’t small potatos fraud but fraud that costs the US taxpayers millions each year. 

This is the first scam I’ve reported from NJ, and it may be the first for immigrants that appear to be from India.   Most of the scams I’ve reported previously have been those perpetrated by Muslim immigrants.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The owner and two employees of a Westville convenience store pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding the federal food stamp program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Mehal Mothon, 48, of Berlin, admitted illegally debiting more than $280,000 in cash at his Citgo Food Mart, 1010 Delsea Dr., using the electronic cards now employed to provide food assistance.

Mothon, who has owned the store since June 2006, is charged with conspiring to embezzle from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mothon taught employees Lakhwinder Singh, 42, of Cherry Hill, and Palwinder Singh, 30, of Buena Vista Township, Atlantic County, how to work the scam. The two, who are cousins, also pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to embezzle, which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. All three were arrested on April 1.

In the scheme, a customer would ask an employee to swipe his food stamp account card in return for cash. The employee would retain about half of the amount as a fee.

The crime is known as “trafficking” among USDA investigators. It is illegal to use the government-issued cards to collect cash. Investigators say they have uncovered similar illegal operations at two other South Jersey markets this year.


Employees at two Camden markets also were arrested this year for defrauding the USDA of a total of nearly $800,000 in similar food-stamp card operations.

Use our search function for “food stamp scams” and you will see the many posts I’ve written on the subject previously.  In my most recent post on the topic, prior to this one, you will find some additional background on this growing problem.