I was stunned by Melanie Phillips’ piece entitled “A marriage made in hell.”
One might think that the hard French right-wing would be hostile towards the Islamic threat within their midst. What in heaven's name might white racists have in common with radical Islamists? Well, it appears that some of us have been quite naive. Phillips quotes Michael Gurfinkiel:
“The National Front is surprisingly popular among Muslim immigrants or second-generation Muslim citizens. For all its campaigning about immigration, Mr. Le Pen's party has always extended support to Arab and Islamic causes abroad, from Saddam's Iraq to Arafat's or Hamas Palestine, and from Al Qaeda to Iran. And it is as firmly anti-American and anti-Jewish as the Muslim community itself tends to be.”
“Neofascists think Jews and Americans are the chief enemy, rather than Arabs and Muslims. In a way, they even tend to celebrate Arabs and Muslims as fellow fascists. As for Christian right-wingers, they see Arabs and Muslims as the chief enemy. For years, Mr. Le Pen has been pretending he is a Christian right-winger rather than a neofascist and that resistance to Muslim immigration is his major concern. Now he has emerged on the side of the neofascist branch and is ready to drop the anti-Muslim issue.”
I cannot see how France can survive. Does this once great nation even have five years left? One can only hope that Michael Gurfinkiel is exaggerating. If not, the situation is worse than even I suspected. It turns out that I may have been too optimistic!