Shamelessly Exploiting Another Atrocity
(12th June 2016)
Upwards of 50 gay men have been murdered by a Muslim claiming allegiance to ISIS in Orlando. I am getting sick and tired of responding to these atrocities, and my reaction is no longer one of shock, but I do so on principle; I maintain that there is nothing crude or improper in making a political point out of these occurrences. However, the problem is that I have made the same political points twice at length now. The Paris Atrocity and the Brussels Atrocity have roughly the same causes as the Orlando Atrocity, and following earlier atrocities I elaborated on these causes in two essays, Paris: A Few Political Points to Make (14th November 2015) and Brussels: Déjà vu (22nd March 2016).
To summarise the main causes on which I touch in the aforementioned essays:
- For too long now, the US and its satellites have been both indirectly funding and arming ISIS and also conducting airstrikes in Syria which I do not for a moment believe have done any serious damage to ISIS. Indeed, in Autumn 2013, the purpose of British intervention in the Syrian Civil War was to be to remove President Assad by supporting the “rebels”, from whom ISIS have grown. Further to this, when Russia began bombing ISIS, the US was quick to denounce her. Western intervention in the Middle East has fuelled the rise of Islamist scumbags.
- At the same time, Paris, Belgium, and the United States, do not have sensible immigration policies. The kind of immigration policy that allows someone entry into your country who is capable of killing 50 homosexuals in a nightclub is perhaps overdue a tightening. Or are we going to carry on with the tired mantra “Oh, but America is a nation of immigrants!”? An Open Border is not a requirement of libertarian theory, see the work of Hans-Hermann Hoppe on this thorny question for more detail. For those who do believe in Open Borders on principle, surely it is a luxury ill-suited to a 2016 when the United States and its allies are not exactly popular with the citizens of Iraq, Syria, Libya, ad infinitum.
- Not only has the West been invading the world and then inviting the world, but it has been disarming its citizens. This has progressed further in Europe than in the United States, but the US is catching us up. As citizens become progressively disarmed, they will become progressively defenceless against lunatic Islamist mercenaries who have just returned from their little holiday in Syria or from “home-grown” Islamists who have seen their homeland bombed out of existence on Russia Today or Al-Jazeera.
I will therefore repeat my policy recommendations of a few months ago as I made them to the French and Belgian Governments:
- Get the hell out of the Middle East.
- Shut the borders.
- Arm your citizens, or rather stop disarming them.
This is, in my view, a rather minimalist manifesto. If the American Government was to follow it, I suspect we would see fewer such atrocities as we saw in Orlando today. Yet, I have had a very good record at predicting whether governments will follow these plans in the past; I predicted that France and Belgium would instead do nothing and I was right. It would be sad to see the American Government do the same.