Monday, March 7, 2016

"But by far the greater part of his anger was directed at the "naive" political left, who in his view deliberately ignore the cultural gulf separating the Arab-Muslim world from Europe." The left is nothing if not willfully blind

Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud sparks Islamophobia row

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Image captionKamel Daoud has provoked strong feelings on both sides of the debate
If you want a reminder of how fractious life can feel in modern-day Europe, then take a look at the furious row in France over the writings of Kamel Daoud.
Kamel Daoud is the Algerian novelist who came within an ace of winning France's top book award - the Goncourt - last year for his Camus-inspired The Meursault Investigation.
He is also an independent-minded newspaper journalist, who has won as many enemies as friends over the years for his critical articles about the state of his country.
But Kamel Daoud has now announced to the world that he is giving up his newspaper work, and will focus on fiction. 
Why? Because of the frenzied reaction to a piece he wrote in Le Mondeconcerning New Year's Eve in Cologne.
The article in question - entitled "Cologne - City of Illusions" - was a two-pronged attack on the cliches triggered by the mass molestations of women.
On the one hand Daoud deplored the far-right "illusion" which treats all immigrants as potential rapists.
But by far the greater part of his anger was directed at the "naive" political left, who in his view deliberately ignore the cultural gulf separating the Arab-Muslim world from Europe.
Thus, according to Daoud, Europe welcomes immigrants with visas and material sustenance - but without addressing what really counts, which is the world of values.
What Cologne showed, says Daoud, is how sex is "the greatest misery in the world of Allah". 
"So is the refugee 'savage'? No. But he is different. And giving him papers and a place in a hostel is not enough. It is not just the physical body that needs asylum. It is also the soul that needs to be persuaded to change.
"This Other (the immigrant) comes from a vast, appalling, painful universe - an Arab-Muslim world full of sexual misery, with its sick relationship towards woman, the human body, desire. Merely taking him in is not a cure."

Feeding fantasies

These were strong words, and the reaction came fast.
In an opinion piece also in Le Monde, a collective of intellectuals and academics delivered an excoriating attack on Daoud, whom they accused of "feeding the Islamophobic fantasies of a growing part of the European population."
Women, seen in silhouette, stand near Hauptbahnhof main railway station, in Cologne, GermanyImage copyrightGetty Images
Image captionNearly 500 women have made allegations of sexual assault following the mass attacks outside the main railway station in Cologne
Daoud, the authors said, had based his argument on a discredited "culturist" analysis. In other words, he made Arab-Muslim culture the determining agent in the behaviour of individuals - turning them into little more than "zombies".
Worse, his call for immigrants to be taught western values was a form of "re-education".
"The whole project is scandalous, and not only because of the same old claptrap about the West's mission to civilise and its superior values.
"More than just the usual colonial paternalism… (Daoud) is effectively saying that the deviant culture of this mass of Muslims is a danger for Europe."
But worse was to come for Daoud: the row then spread to the US.
Last year Adam Shatz, a leading liberal journalist and editor, wrote a long and favourable profile of Daoud for the New York Times. 
But now - regretfully but firmly - he turned against him.
"It is very hard for me to imagine that you truly believe what you have written. This is not the Kamel Daoud that I know," Shatz wrote in an open letter.
What worried Shatz - like the intellectuals (though he hated their "Soviet"-style public denunciation) - was the link Daoud drew between the events in Cologne and Islam.
"A few years ago we saw similar events at the Puerto Rico Day parade in New York. There too women were molested. But the molesters were not under the influence of Islam, but of alcohol," he wrote.
Shatz disputed the idea that sexuality in the Arab-Muslim world is universally a "misery". 
And he was appalled by the implication that immigrant attitudes to sex and women were a "sickness" to be "cured". The same language, he said, was once applied to Jews.

Enough with using Jews as justification for the absurd policies of the left. The slander against Jews during the 30' 40's was strictly propaganda not based on reality. The Cologne riots are not propaganda they occurred. The left is devoid of values so seeing differing values is impossible.

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