Monday, 12 March 2012
Multiculturalism in Europe Leading to Civil War?
In a northern district of Paris, a brave shopkeeper called Marie-Neige guards her news stand like a military fort. As a non-Muslim woman, she is a minority in the mostly Arab-speaking Islamic area.
She has been the victim of dozens of crimes - raped, robbed, and having acid thrown at her, as the Muslim residents try to force her to leave.
Still, Marie-Neige, who is the daughter of a French soldier, calls her little shop "a piece of French soil inside occupied territory," and says she will not leave and is determined to stay.
"I can't bear to tell my future grandchildren that I have done nothing to preserve our French values. So, staying here is marking our territory," she explained.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently admitted that multiculturalism has failed. British Prime Minister David Cameron also agreed. They were talking specifically about immigrants from the Muslim world.
The left's multicultural dream was to give Islam a special place in society, with no requirement to assimilate. But rather than bring social harmony, multiculturalism has encouraged radicalism and the spread of sharia law.
And it's creating a new tribalism with groups organising along religious and ethnic lines.
In cities across Europe, only a massive police presence prevents open street warfare between groups. Paris police must keep a constant vigil like their counterparts in Sweden, Denmark and Britain.
France has some 751 "No Go" zones and counting. The French government has labelled these areas "sensitive urban zones" that are dangerous for the authorities and non-Muslims to enter.
It's the part of the country where the police don't go, The firemen don't go and even doctors and ambulance don't go, except if they have no other choice.
It's like that because these parts of the country are in the hands of drug traffickers, gangs and imams.
That has led to the formation of groups who want to oppose Islam and protect the native French. In Nice, Philippe Vardon leads one of those groups called Bloc Identitaire. He told CBN News members are being trained in hand-to-hand combat.
"Our government, our politics are leading us to war," he said.
Vardon said the government treats the majority in France like a minority. They have been marginalized politically and victimised by immigrant crime.
"There is on one end, the political speech which says, 'Oh, everything is okay. It feels so good to feel the difference, to live together, everything is great. We live in harmony. It's communion. It's perfect,'" Vardon explained.
"And on the other hand, you got the truth of what people are feeling. They are feeling like foreigners in their own country," he continued.
'Anti-Islamization' Only for Show?
The French government has made high profile moves against Islamization, such as outlawing the veil. But in Marseille, CBN News witnessed Muslim women wearing full burqas in front of French police officers who did not respond to them.
CBN News team also saw Muslims blocking the streets illegally for Friday prayers.
Marseille is France's second largest city and today, is about one quarter Muslim. But there are parts of Marseille that are completely Muslim. In reality, some of the "No Go" zones function like micro states that are governed by or under the influence of Islamic sharia law.
French journalist and author Alexandre del Valle says society is slowly dividing and faces a dark future.
"We see that our society is dividing between those who are Muslim and those who are black and those who are white," he said. "Instead of the state bringing people together, people are dividing."
"It's civil war. It will not be a civil war like in Spain under Franco. It will be a kind of local civil war," del Valle added. "In fact, I think one day it will be so unbearable that the state will be obliged to send in the army."
Today in Europe, there are many victims of multiculturalism like Marie-Neige, people without political voices who are afraid to leave their homes. But she vows not to surrender.
"Do we want our daughters to wear veils in the future? Do we want them to live under sharia law? Do we want stoning to be practiced? No, it is not possible," she said.
"I want to be the symbol of 'No.'" she added. "The symbol of Stop."