This article first appeared in Eagle Rising
It is too soon to proclaim the Paris attacks as the event that reversed the course of Europe's downward plunge into Islamic darkness, but we can hope. It does seem that the Europeans, after decades of liberal blindness and sticking their heads in the sand, have awoken. They are fed up with the results of unbridled Islamic immigration that is tearing the fabric of their society apart. They are tired of the unassimilated masses, the no-go zones of their own cities, the riots, the crime, the rejection of their own traditions and culture, to say nothing of the terror. They are finally waking up to the inexcusable anti-Semitism that the immigrants have brought, the rekindling of the 1930s, if you will.
They are saying, "Enough is enough."
The trouble is that their own political leaders including the technocrats of the EU in Brussels are not listening. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has branded PEGIDA as some sort of racist organization, and she took to the airwaves to warn her citizens not to join PEGIDA's marches. France's Francois Hollande, who can shine one day and the next say something stupid ("This has nothing to do with Islam.") is anything but consistent when his country needs firm leadership. David Cameron, who is supposed to be a conservative, is a linguin in the UK's own pot of boiling water.
And of course, the last place Europe can look for inspiration and leadership is the United States of America led by Barack Obama and John Kerry.
But here is where hope might be on the way. The so-called "right-wing" parties and political leaders are in ascendancy in Europe. In France, it is Marine Le Pen and the Front National. In the Netherlands, it is Geert Wilders, probably the most courageous man in Europe, and his Party for Freedom. In the UK it is UKIP led by Nigel Farage, who is currently the "skunk at the garden party" in the European Parliament. In Sweden, it is Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats. It is time that the people exercise their votes to put these leaders in office. If they don't, who knows what kind of parties and other leaders may come to the fore ten years from now. I believe that the above leaders and parties will act to stop the Islamic wave pouring across their borders and throw out the bad actors while protecting the rights of decent and law abiding Muslims and other immigrants. If the situation is allowed to fester and continue, the solution down the road can only be more drastic and less respectful of the rights of the innocent.
Let's hope that Paris really represents a sea change in saving Europe.