Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author who has published this fascinating article for The Gatestone Institute.
The article refers to “increasingly permanent chain of ‘suspended communities’ nesting within nations throughout the West”, as described by the American historian Andrew Michta. “The emergence of these enclaves, reinforced by elite policies of multiculturalism, group identity politics, and the deconstruction of Western heritage, has contributed to the fracturing of Western European nations”.
Giulio Meotti goes on to give an example of this by referring to the suburbs of Gennevilliers in France, where the Charlie Hebdo attackers came from, and the Birmingham suburb of Sparkbrook that has ‘produced one tenth of England’s jihadists’ and continues:
‘There, Burqas and beards mean something. Dressing has always symbolized loyalty to a lifestyle, a civilization. When Mustafa Kemal Atatürk abolished the Caliphate in Turkey, he forbade beards for men and veils for women. The proliferation of Islamic symbols in Europe’s ghettos now demarcates the separation of these suburbs. The new leader of England’s UK Independence Party (UKIP), Henry Bolton, recently said that the Britain is “buried” by Islam and “swamped” by multiculturalism.’
An interesting phenomenon has been the upsurge in support of political figures like Geert Wilders in The Netherlands and the AfD party – Alternative for Germany. Meotti makes specific reference to the huge unpopularity of Angela Merkel’s fatal decision to open the doors to over a million refugees and migrants:
‘Beatrix von Storch, an AfD leader, said to the BBC that “Islam does not belong in Germany”. She explained that it is one thing to allow Muslims privately to preach their Islamic faith, but another to appease political Islam, which is trying to change German democracy and society.
The article can be viewed in full here: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11118/multiculturalism-separation-secession