The myth of a pre-Muslim European utopia is nothing but the delusion of bigots

The loud wailing of racist bigots in Europe and their friends in North America (e.g. the failed disc-jockey Mark Steyn) would have you believe that before the Muslim hoard stepped foot inside their own hallowed lands, the native inhabitants were living in an egalitarian, just and harmonious utopia. Utter nonsense. Gary Younge explains:

It has become a Europe-wide habit to refer to Muslims in particular and migrants in general as though they are barbarians who must either be civilised or banished, before they pollute the egalitarian societies in which they were either born or now live. Lacking all sense of humility, self-awareness and historical literacy, Europe’s political class acts as though these communities not only manifest homophobia, sexism, antisemitism, political violence and social unrest, but also as though they invented them and introduced them to an otherwise utopian continent.

Take France. Following the recent riots there, Jacques Myard, a nationalist deputy, explained the disturbances thus. “The problem is not economic. The reality is not economic. The reality is that an anti-French ethno-cultural bias from a foreign society has taken root on French soil and it is feeding on basic anti-French racism even if the rioters have French nationality.”

The French may need to import many things – from trashy popular films to fast food – but the one thing they have long produced themselves is a culture of riotous assembly. I have seen farmers hurl livestock at police, and ducked as students converted street furniture into missiles. There is nothing foreign about rioting in France.

In Britain, the emergence of “home-grown bombers” is mentioned as though this is a new development, when in fact we have been growing our own bombers for years. We have a whole evening dedicated to burning one – it’s called Guy Fawkes night.


Interestingly, these people Younge criticises are similar to some Muslims who would have you believe there were no murderers, rapists, thugs or tyrants in Muslim societies before the advent of Western colonialism.


4 Responses to “The myth of a pre-Muslim European utopia is nothing but the delusion of bigots”

  1. 1 Salahudin al-Rawandi December 12, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    nice post. what’s the source of the comment?

  2. 2 thabet December 12, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    I have added a link to Younge’s piece.

  3. 3 parallelsidewalk December 14, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Word. It’s like when people blame Mexican immigrants here in the Southwest for low wages. Oh, right, the bosses were always open handed and generous, and never tried to screw us over, til those damn Mexicans took all our jobs. I love the last sentence too, both points that need to be made.

  1. 1 On the look out for an “intifada” in Europe « pixelisation Trackback on December 15, 2007 at 6:12 pm

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