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HOW EMPIRES END
Patrick J. Buchanan
Submitted by Charleston Voice
Nov. 7, 2005
The Romans conquered the barbarians-and the barbarians conquered Rome.
So it goes with empires. And comes now the penultimate chapter in the history
of the empires of the West.
This is the larger meaning of the ritual murder of Theo Van Gogh in Holland, the
subway bombings in London, the train bombings in Madrid, the Paris riots
spreading across France. The perpetrators of these crimes in the capitals of
Europe are the children of immigrants who were once the colonial subjects of the
At this writing, the riots are entering their 12th night and have spread to
Rouen, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Dijon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Cannes, Nice.
Thousands of cars and buses have been torched and several nursery schools
fire-bombed. One fleeing and terrified woman was doused with gasoline and set
The rioters are of Arab and African descent, and Muslim. While almost all are
French citizens, they are not part of the French people. For never have they
been assimilated into French culture or society. And some wish to remain who
and what they are. They live in France but are not French. The rampage began
October 27 when two Arab youths, fleeing what they mistakenly thought was a
police pursuit, leapt onto power lines and were electrocuted. The two deaths
ignited the riots.
Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, a candidate to succeed President Chirac, is
said to have infuriated and inflamed the rioters. Before the rampage began, he
promised "war without mercy" on crime in the teeming suburbs where unemployment
runs at 20% and income is 40% below the national average. He has denounced the
rioters as "scum" and "rabble."
Like the urban riots in America in the 1960s, which the Kerner Commission blamed
on "white racism," Paris's riots are being blamed on France's failure to bring
Islamic immigrants into the social and economic mainstream of the nation.
Solutions being offered range from voting rights for non-citizens to affirmative
action in hiring for the children of Third World immigrants.
To understand why this is unlikely to solve France's crisis, consider how
America succeeded, and often failed, in solving her own racial crisis. While, as
late as the 1950s, black Americans were not integrated fully into our economy or
society, they had been assimilated into American culture.
They worshipped the same God, spoke the same language, had endured the same
Depression and war, listened to the same music and radio, watched the same TV
shows, laughed at the same comedians, went to the same movies, ate the same
foods, read the same books, magazines and newspapers, and went to schools where,
even when they were segregated, they learned the same history.
We were divided, but we were also one nation and one people. Black folks were
as American as apple pie, having lived in our common land longer than almost
every other ethnic group save Native Americans. And America had a history of
having assimilated immigrants in the tens of millions from Europe.
But no European nation has ever assimilated a large body of immigrant peoples,
let alone people of color. Moreover, the African and Islamic peoples pouring
into Europe-there are 20 million there now-are, unlike black Americans,
strangers in a new land, and millions wish to remain proud Algerians, Muslims,
These newcomers worship a different God and practice a faith historically
hostile to Christianity, a traditionalist faith that is rising again and recoils
violently from a secular culture saturated in sex.
Severed from the civilization and cultures of their parents, these Arab and
Muslim youth may hold French citizenship and carry French passports, but they
are no more French than Americans who live in Paris are French. Searching for a
community to which they can truly belong, they gravitate to mosques where the
imams, many themselves immigrants, teach and preach that the West is not their
true home, but a civilization alien to their values and historically hostile to
their nations and Islam.
The soaring Muslim population is a Fifth Column inside Europe.
Nevertheless, their numbers must grow. For not only do they have a higher birth
rate than the native-born Europeans, no European nation, save Moslem Albania,
has a birth rate (2.1 births per woman) that will enable it to endure for many
more generations. The West is aging, shrinking, and dying.
Yet, to keep Europe's economy growing and taxes coming in to fund the health and
pension programs of Europe's rising numbers of retired and elderly, Europe needs
scores of millions of new workers. And Europe can only find them in the Third
Nor should Americans take comfort in France's distress. By 2050, there will be
100 million Hispanics in the United States, half of them of Mexican ancestry,
heavily concentrated in a Southwest most Mexicans still believe by right belongs
Colonization of the mother countries by subject peoples is the last chapter in
the history of empires-and the next chapter in the history of the West-that is
now coming to a close.
Patrick J. Buchanan is co-founder and editor of The American Conservative. He is also the author of seven books, including Where the Right Went Wrong, and A Republic Not An Empire.