Geert Wilders: the elite Left is guilty of practicing cultural relativism

I told you earlier today about Geert Wilders election success in Dutch local elections.  Today he spoke at the House of Lords in London.  Here is one portion of that speech that resonates with me.    

Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake: The left is facilitating islamization. Leftists, liberals, are cheering for every new shariah bank being created, for every new shariah mortgage, for every new islamic school, for every new shariah court. Leftists consider Islam as being equal to our own culture. Shariah law or democracy? Islam or freedom? It doesn’t really matter to them. But it does matter to us. The entire leftist elite is guilty of practising cultural relativism. Universities, churches, trade unions, the media, politicians. They are all betraying our hard-won liberties.

Why I ask myself, why have the Leftists and liberals stopped to fight for them? Once the Leftists stood on the barricades for women’s rights. But where are they today? Where are they in 2010? They are looking the other way. Because they are addicted to cultural relativism and dependent on the Muslim vote. They are dependent on mass-immigration.

Please read the whole speech, here, at Atlas Shrugs.

Iraqi refugees to vote in upcoming elections. Will they return?

It’s been hard to get information on the Iraqi refugees who fled to surrounding countries during the sectarian violence. Since George W. Bush left office, the media don’t seem to care about them. Now there’s a helpful and interesting report in Slate, of all places, titled Will the Exiles Return to Iraq? It is written by Deborah Amos and the subhead is “Sunday’s election is a test of the permanence of the division between Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites.” It begins:

As Iraqis prepare for parliamentary elections on March 7, election fever has been rising in a seemingly unlikely place: Damascus, Syria. Syria is a haven for the largest community of Iraqi exiles, and many of them say they will cast their ballots far from home.

“Yes, I will vote,” Omar Fadhil insisted when I met him in his shabby apartment in Damascus. A Sunni Arab, he fled to Syria last year after closing his music shop in Baghdad when militants threatened to blow it up. “Those in Iraq don’t represent the real Iraqis, the artists and the scholars,” he maintained. The overwhelming majority of exiles in Syria, more than 70 percent, are professionals and technocrats from Baghdad.

Under a new election law, the externally displaced have voting power, because their vote counts as if they were living in their home province. Voter registration began this week; an Iraqi passport counts as proof of citizenship, but so does a U.N. refugee registration card. Iraq’s electoral commission expects as many as 180,000 exiles to cast ballots in 23 voting centers across Syria, and Iraq’s Sunni politicians are courting the exile vote.

According to the article, about 60 percent of the refugees are Sunnis and 15 percent Christian.  They fled when the majority Shiites took vengeance after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Saddam’s Baath Party was Sunni, though this sect is a minority in Iraq.  America’s military surge and accompanying pacification policy was aimed at ending the sectarian violence. So the issue for the Sunni refugees in the election is whether they will be welcomed back as fellow Iraqis, or face the prospect of continued terrorizing if they return. According to the article, the prospect doesn’t look all that good.

A year ago, in the provincial elections, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition won a majority on a nationalist agenda, campaigning on the themes of Iraqi unity, good governance, and improved services. At the time, Maliki courted Sunni politicians as well as Sunni votes, and his success seemed to indicate that the sectarian divide was closing, if not healing. Iraqi exiles, especially in the Sunni community, noted the change and, as a result, the exiles became more transient: One member of the family would be sent back to Baghdad to collect pensions, back pay, or to work for a few months to support the extended family exiled in Syria. These were the scouts for a larger movement home. But sectarian tensions are on the rise again as Shiite politicians stir populist fears of the return of the outlawed Baath Party that ruled the country in Saddam’s day.

 Whether the Iraqis overcome their sectarian hostility is really the key question for Iraq’s future. So we will wait for the results of the elections, and hope they will vote as Iraqis rather than Sunnis and Shiites.

The tone of this report is remarkably different from the pieces that used to appear. It’s taken a long time for media opinion to come around to the fact that the Iraqi refugees need to go home, rather than settle by the millions in western countries, or whatever cockamamie idea they were pushing. This piece pretty much takes it for granted, and concludes that Iraq will not be stabilized until the refugees do go back. They were previously integral to the society and are needed; if they can’t go back it will be because sectarian tensions are still a destructive force there.

I want to mention a U.S. government report on Iraqi refugees from January that I came across as I was writing this post.  It’s a report to Congress from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, too long for me to read right now, but I don’t want to lose the link so I’m putting it here.

I also want to point out that Ann has written somewhere close to a million posts on Iraqi refugees in the United States. Almost uniformly they report on difficulties, mistreatment, dissatisfaction, misbehavior, and other negative things. That’s one more reason it is essential that as many Iraqi refugees go home as possible — those in Syria, Jordan, and other surrounding countries, and with them perhaps many who are now in the United States as well.

Update 3/6/10: A report in the Christian Science Monitor says on the first day of voting more Iraqis in Syria voted than expected, though many “disillusioned” refugees declared their intention not to vote.

Catholic Church, labor unions and Open Borders groups organizing March for America

Update March 22nd:  SEIU thugs run the show—shame on organizers, here.

Update March 20th:  Far Left who’s who list for march organizers tomorrow, here.

Update March 19th:  Confirmed! It is a twofer—demonstrators are participating in the radical anti-war march Saturday and the open-borders march Sunday, here.

Update March 11th:  What a coincidence, another of the federal contractors, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, will be in DC for the marches too (here)!

And, can you believe it!  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops which got over $40 million in your tax dollars last year is bringing its gang to Washington the whole weekend beginning March 19th as well (here)!  All those folks will be around to march with the Marxists and Muslims on the 20th.  How convenient is that!

Update:  Another of the refugee contractors, Church World Service will be joining the parade, here.   They say they will be lobbying too.  I sure hope they aren’t using any taxpayer money or government supplied office space for their lobbying project.



Later this month there will be two Far Left rallies in Washington, DC.  The first on March 20th is being organized by the experienced protesters at International ANSWER (Communists, Muslim groups, labor unions and immigrant groups).  The very next day March 21st will be the open borders March for America.   What do you think?  Have we got a twofer here?  Do you think any mainstream media outlet will make a connection when it’s the same cast of characters both days, Nah! 

Some enterprising Tea Partier ought to go to DC both days with a camera and I’ll bet you a buck, the same people in the same goofy costumes and carrying the same signs are marching both days, but the numbers will be counted separately!

From New America Media:

Amidst lofty rhetoric and ambitious logistics, immigration reform activists are planning a mass demonstration next month at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The major forces behind the “March for America” are labor groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, and the Catholic Church.

[The Catholic Church!  I wonder do all the conservative Catholics know the Catholic Church is an organizer?-ed]

The march will be a test of immigrant advocates’ organizing capacity and their increasing use of technology to stoke a popular groundswell on immigration.

In a recent Spanish-language op-ed penned for America’s Voice the organization’s Hispanic media outreach director Rafael Prieto Zartha traced a kind of family tree for the origins of the planned march. These include the farm workers’ movement, the mass immigration demonstrations of 2006, and the world’s most famous civil rights speech, also delivered at the National Mall.


The “March for America” sponsors all agree on a path to earned citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, speedier family reunification, humane enforcement and workplace protections.

The March 21 action aims to pressure Capitol Hill and the White House, which have shown an unwillingness to take on immigration legislation.

Obama probably put out the word that he needed some “grassroots” cover to get ready for a new Amnesty push, here.

A final thought:  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is probably the largest of the federal refugee resettlement contractors responsible for finding work for thousands of legal refugees every year, so how can they justify promoting the legalization of 11 million people who have come here by breaking the law and who are in direct competition (and will be even more so if they become legal overnight) with refugees who are presently not finding work, and are desperate to do so.  I don’t get it.

Senators Schumer and Graham visit White House for chat on reviving Amnesty legislation

But where is the other RINO McCain?   Oh geez, here we go again.  Obama and the Democrats are being destroyed over Healthcare reform and he is making noises about pushing Comprehensive Immigration Reform (aka Amnesty) this year?  Honestly, I don’t get his ‘death-wish’ political strategy.

Hot off Drudge this morning is this from the LA Times:

Reporting from Washington – Despite steep odds, the White House has discussed prospects for reviving a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, a commitment that President Obama has postponed once already.

Obama took up the issue privately with his staff Monday in a bid to advance a bill through Congress before lawmakers become too distracted by approaching midterm elections.

In the session, Obama and members of his Domestic Policy Council outlined ways to resuscitate the effort in a White House meeting with two senators — Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — who have spent months trying to craft a bill.

According to a person familiar with the meeting, the White House may ask Schumer and Graham to at least produce a blueprint that could be turned into legislative language.

The basis of a bill would include a path toward citizenship for the 10.8 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Citizenship would not be granted lightly, the White House said. Undocumented workers would need to register, pay taxes and pay a penalty for violating the law. Failure to comply might [might?-ed] result in deportation.

Then the following line reminded me that I wanted to post on this demonstration the other day and didn’t.  I will shortly.  What is so stunning to me about this planned DC rally for open borders is that it is being organized by the Catholic Church (among others) and follows by one day the Communist/Muslim anti-war demonstration.  Are they just going to recycle the protestors from one day to the next?  You betcha!

Participants in the White House gathering also pointed to an immigration rally set for March 21 in Washington as a way to spotlight the issue and build needed momentum.

Comments worth noting: It’s clear that you are anti-immigrant

Yesterday I posted on the ‘rumor’ that a new volag was being created by the US State Department—Kurdish Human Rights Watch.

We received two comments about this that were posted on a differant post (this one).  So that readers don’t overlook them, here they are below:

From reader “Handren:”

It’s clear that you are anti-immigrant, but my question is where did you come from, who are your ancestors? Are you a Native American? Since they are the only natural inhabitants of this land before immigrants came.

Now aside from that, in this country as you are aware, people need organizations such as the Kurdish Human Rights Watch to provide them with assistance to provide the American system.* They need to understand where to go to look for a job, where to go to find safe housing and where does one go to get additional education, where do you go for culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. That is where the wonderful and helpful staff of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch, come in, wherever they may be, in Virginia, California, Michigan, Tennessee, Washington state and I happen to know of their additional offices in Texas and Portland that due to the bad economy had to be closed down.

Many people including non-immigrants or non-refugees recieve services from KHRW, they do it gladly because they are compassionate and caring people. They have housed American families and their children in their housing program, helped companies working in Iraq (free of charge) provided assistance to the military and other government entities in Iraq and in the US.

I can’t say enough about them, I can’t emphasize how important their work is, you may hate immigrants and refugees but organizations like the Kurdish Human Rights Watch saves lives. Enough with the hatred, enough with the immigrant and refugee bashing. Get a life, love someone!

* To teach them how to get all their welfare benefits and become politically active?   And, we the taxpayer should pay for that?

Reader “Angello Costa” said this:

Mustafa Al-Karadaghi was the founder of KHRW. No name was changed. This is a great organization that has provided assistance to all kinds of individuals and families in 7 different states. This is also an organization that cares. Many of their clients are non-Kurds, non-refugees and non-immigrants, but low-income individuals (including African American and Caucasians) who live in Fairfax County, California, Texas, Seattle, Michigan, Portland, Maryland, and Tennessee [See Kurdish gangs in Nashville, here-ed]. They have done so with little funding and bidding on contracts, and winning fair and square contracts to provide these services. Nothing was given to them. They won like any other non-profit who bids on an open announcement.

Angelo, it is still not clear, if no name has been changed who is Dr. Pary Karadaghi?  A relative of Mustafa?

Let me be clear.  I have nothing against a group of Kurdish immigrants organizing themselves.  But, from the standpoint of fiscally conservative government policy my objection is to ANY NON-PROFIT GROUP THAT LIVES OFF TAXPAYERS (OTHER PEOPLE’S) MONEY!   LOL! Judy would say I’m shouting, using all capital letters, yes, I am!