Thursday, April 24, 2008

Alternate realities offer strong ANZAC message

As many of us mark Anzac Day, no doubt we will hear talk of needing to avoid the horrors of war.

Now, there are two ways to do this.
Either you stand up for what you believe in, or you succumb and roll-over and let the aggressor have their way. A bit like the old 20th century saying 'better Red than dead.'

But because we stood our ground during the Cold War against the former Soviet Union, we are neither.

Now, we might want to reflect where the threats to peace are coming from in the 21st Century.

Well, there is our new 'best' friends the Chinese, who are building up a huge army as it becomes a military superpower in the Asia-Pacific.

Now, the Chinese say they have no global ambitions, which is so unlike the other threat of today: Islamism and Global Jihad.

But rather than treat you to one of my usual anti-Islamist tirades I thought I would leave the message to come from novelists.

Just as the 1980s led a few books and movies to feature Soviet invasions of the US, Britain or Europe, or radical marxists raising the red flag over Whitehall, we have a new development, what I might call 'Islamofacist-fiction.'

This month, I have been noting ads on Little Green Footballs for a novel called Caliphate by Tom Kratman, noting the logic of Mark Steyn's America Alone and set in 22nd Century Europe.

Demography is destiny. In the 22nd century European deathbed demographics have turned the continent over to the more fertile Moslems. Atheism in Europe has been exterminated. Homosexuals are hanged, stoned or crucified. Such Christians as remain are relegated to dhimmitude, a form of second class citizenship. They are denied arms, denied civil rights, denied a voice, and specially taxed via the Koranic yizya. Their sons are taken as conscripted soldiers while their daughters are subject to the depredations of the continent's new masters.

There are other recent examples: Robert Ferrigno's A Prayer for the Assassin, set in an Islamofacist 2040s America divided between the Islamic States of Amercia and a Christian Bible Belt. A second book Sins of the Assassin has just been released, with the trilogy due for completion next year. As well as a Wikipedia entry, the marketing for the book also featured a fictional news website for the fictional Islamic States of America: Republic World News.

Just as disturbing was Glenn Reinsford's Age of Tolerance: A Novel of Alternate History from Al to Allah. The novel charts the evolution of the USA, as Al Gore becomes president in the late 90s and following 9-11, the USA takes a PC leftist line and in its multiculturalism, eventually becomes Islamified and 'defeated by its own tolerance.'.

The books form part of a wider genre of Islamic Alternative Histories and Islam in Science Fiction Literature.

They have a long history, with one book GK Chesterton's The Flying Inn written in 1914 and set in the near future of the time, featuring a Britain taken over by muslims, that has banned alcohol and implemented Shriah Law.

The main characters smuggle alcohol and try and sell it in a new multicultural PC Britain.
A lot of the details of this enlightened "tolerance" ring disturbingly true when juxtaposed against the excesses of the present day.
Like "Gulliver's Travels", "The Flying Inn" is both a serious social comment and a lot of fun. There's a reason it's still in print after all these years," said one reviewer.

Indeed, what have our forefathers made their sacrifices for? Why did they go to Gallipoli, the Somme, the Pacific, Vietnam, or wherever they served?

They did it for freedom, to protect their way of life, our way of life. Things to be defended, things worth fighting for, not things to be given away. They did not die to let us let that happen.

So as we remember the fallen this Anzac Day. Let us honour and remember the sacificies made and how we owe it to them to continue to protect and preserve the freedoms, the culture and values that they so valianty fought for.


Clunking Fist said...

Fascism in Europe WASN'T dfeated afterall. Don't just look at islam, look at the EU and the European Parliament.

I guess some battles were won in the years between the invasion of Poland and the fall of the USSR, but the war continues...

Tom Kratman said...

I'm a little surprised you could even _get_ a copy down in New Zealand. Hope you enjoy it, for some certain values of "enjoy."


Thanks Tom
No I haven't read the book.
I just saw it advertised on LGF a few times and I linked to Amazon and read the reviews.
But I will watch out for the book over here.
Unless I decide to buy a copy online when I get my new credit card.

Tom Kratman said...

Warning! Warning!

It's very grim. Children's cancer ward levels of grim. Maybe even David Drake levels of grim.

I understand there's a copy in a public library in Tasmania. ;)

(Yes, yes, I know Tasmania isn't close.)


Indeed Tom, I fear for the future of Europe.
I was born in England and on my last visit there over Christmas I noted how much muslims wflexing their muscles and at 2 million, this is just over 3 % of the UK population.
Lefties and PC types were already bending over backwards in their appeasement, such as downplaying the Christian aspect of Christmas, sometimes even befoe the muslims had said anything.
The left were more tolerant of others than they were to their own kind.

The muslims were also violent towards other immigrant newcomers, such as Poles and other East Europeans, even claiming they wre taking 'their' jobs- an argument whites used to use against Afro-Caribbeans and Indians.

Political leaders are also showing such dhimmitude with the Brown government now saying terrorism is somehow 'anti-Islamic' even if the perpretrators cry Alu Akhbar (God is Great)when they do it!

Now, this is happeneing when the Muslim population of Britain is below 5%, but what will it be like when Muslims make up 10%, 15%, 20% ?

Now, ordinary people I spoke to were unhappy with the muslim invasion. Many are retresting t the countryside, like members of my family who would never dream of living in Leeds or Bradford.
Might there be civil war one day, especially if there is some major terrorist attack committed by the Islamists?
I could see it happning, otherwise Europe sits back and lets muslims take over simply by their increasing mass of numbers as you outline, Tom.

Tom Kratman said...

Oh, I know. And it isn't just Europe.

Outside of the Anglosphere and Germany the only other country that matters to me is Panama, where I served in the Army for a number of years. Last time I visited there, about 15 months ago, with the wife, every town of size along the PanAmerican highway seemed to have a mosque. Sometimes more than one.

balboa said...

Of course Tom, you realise that the previous occupiers of major portions of Panama were the Yanks, which is why you were there. As Senator Hiyakawa said during the Panama Canal debates in the late 1970s, "we stole it from them fair and square!"

Having said that, the prospect of mosques in Central America is alarming. Perhaps the US should send Noriega back to clean things up.

tom kratman said...

I am probably as aware as anyone of why I was there, Balboa. Even if, in the jungle, I didn't always know quite where I was.

Quick history lesson. We didn't exactly steal it. There was a Frenchman named Phillipe Bunau Varilla who had been involved in the failed French attempt to build a Canal. Having one built, and in Panama, was his life's ambition. We weren't interested in investing all that money unless we were going to have control. It was even more a national defense issue than it was a mercantile one.

Nicaragua was a strong contender. To entice us to build in Panama, Bunau Varilla drafted the most unbelievably and unnecessarily unfair treaty, to Panama, one can imagine. It was so bad our own senate was inclined to turn it down. But, since no one actually came up with a more fair treaty, we went with it.

Panama went with it too, primarily because they needed us to defend them from Colombia, from which they were effectively in rebellion.

So if quid pro quo is theft then you and the good senator are clearly right; we stole it. Ahem.

As for the mosques, I tend to see them as staging areas for a possible eventual attack on the canal, in which we still have a major interest as, indeed, we should, since there are only 13 ships in the navy that can't negotiate it (important ships, mind you) and not that many merchies. With the new locks being cut, everything should be able to make it through.

Perhaps if moslems didn't have a penchant for using religious structures as arms depots I would be less concerned.

Anonymous said...

Note: It seems that the Kapiti Coast District Library has two copies. Have at it.

Herr Oberst said...

Interesting enough, the Library in Auckland seems to be carrying all my books now.