The following piece has landed in my mailbox*:
Europe Died in Auschwitz
“I was walking along Raval (in Barcelona) when all of a sudden I understood that Europe died with Auschwitz. We assassinated 6 million Jews in order to end up bringing in 20 million Muslims!
We burnt in Auschwitz the culture, intelligence and power to create.
We burnt the people of the world, the one who is proclaimed the chosen people of God.
Because it is the people who gave to humanity the epic figures who were capable of changing history (Christ, Marx, Einstein, Freud…) and who represent the origin of progress and wellbeing.
We must admit that Europe, by relaxing its borders and giving in under the pretext of tolerance to the values of a fallacious cultural relativism, opened its doors to 20 million Muslims, often illiterates and fanatics that we could meet, at best, in places such as Raval, the poorest of the nations and of the ghettos, and who are preparing the worst, such as the 9/11 and the Madrid bombing and who are lodged in apartment blocs provided by the social welfare.
We also have exchanged culture with fanaticism, the capacity to create with the will to destroy, the wisdom with the superstition. We have exchanged the transcendental instinct of the Jews, who even under the worst possible conditions have always looked for a better, peaceful world, for the suicide bomber.
We have exchanged the pride of life for the fanatic obsession of death. Our death and that of our children.
What a grave mistake we made!”
—By Sebastian Villar Rodriguez September 23, 2005
I am not sure current Israeli politics can stand proud in the transcendental light of looking for a peaceful world, and it makes me ponder the inherent human capacity to turn shades of gray to black and white banality. Admittedly, there is an authentic reflection in this article which is touching – and long due. Alas, even though the fault line in the reasoning is human, it is nevertheless tragic. Mostly, people don’t ‘exchange’ consciously – they do not choose with foresight. If we did, maybe things would have looked different. I find it disturbing to think that the author does not see the danger in lamping 20 million people into one fanatical and unforgiving mass. The same small-mindedness that allowed Europe to descend into the moral abyss 60 years ago, drives the Madrasas and hate-mongering preachers in the mosques today. One could argue that Islam is at the crucial crossroad of proselytizing mono-culture and aspiring diversity (proselytizing aside, a passage through which indeed Judaism is undergoing too, even on the pages of sites such as this one); one could – indeed should – further ask whether the Islamic world is undergoing this necessary transition fast enough to facilitate a more human and peaceful century then the last one. But it would be dull in the least, if not daft, to conclude that all Muslims live by the ‘will to destroy’ – even if such muse it is driven by a prick of the conscience with regards to guilts of the past, there is no relief in perpetuating a myth of cultural inferiority. People are people, and they choose as wisely as their resources afford them a broader view. “If you think education is expensive, you should try ignorance” said one of the Jews this journo laments about (Einstein). Europe has proven itself a resurrection success story to a remarkable degree considering civilized history of ongoing tribal animosity culminating n two world wars. It would be pity to see lessons learned disappear under a new wave of fear driven dichotomy.
*I tried to locate the origins of the article but found myself looping through cross posting ad nauseum, so ardent purveyors of cyber decorum forgive me.