In 1973 the prize-winning French novelist Jean
Raspail published The
Camp of the
An English language edition appeared in 1975 to
general acclaim. Publishers`
declared the book to be "remarkable . . .
riveting." The Wall Street Journal`s Edmond Fuller said, "sensational."
Linell Smith in The Baltimore
Sun said, "no reader will remain unaffected
by the questions it raises." The Library
Journal said, "This book will succeed in
shocking and challenging the complacent contemporary
Raspail`s story is about the arrival on the ritzy Mediterranean coast of France of an armada of 100 decrepit ships carrying 800,000 Indians. By the time the fleet arrives, the French government, which has tracked the voyage hour by hour, has collapsed in a paroxysm of white guilt. The Indians come ashore unopposed. Others follow. France disappears and, also, all of Europe.
Francisco Chronicle called Raspail`s tale
"audacious and imaginative fiction." A
quarter century later Raspail`s fiction is hard
Early last Saturday morning,
February 17, a decrepit ship, the Cambodian-registered
"East Sea," loaded with 1000 Iraqi Kurds
packed shoulder to shoulder, was intentionally beached
in a sandbank about 20 yards off Boulouris Beach near
the resort of Nice.
The French seem ecstatic over the
arrival. "It`s a miracle that these people are
here," declared Jean-Jacques Raymond. "We
are going to feed them, give them water and let them
Feed stray cats and you will have a menagerie. Provide welfare and you will attract clients. How many ships laden with human cargo will follow the "East Sea"? Will real life now follow The Camp of the Saints?
To reach France, Third World
invaders must cross seas. To reach the U.S. Mexicans
only have to walk across the border. Hordes of them
do. Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington author of The
says, "Mexican immigration is a unique,
disturbing, and looming challenge to our cultural
integrity, our national identity, and potentially to
our future as a country."
"If over one million Mexican
soldiers crossed the border," Huntington says,
"Americans would treat it as a major threat to
their national security and react accordingly."
Why then do we not react as vigorously to the invasion
of one million Mexican civilians?
The answer, Professor Huntington
says, is that Americans are brainwashed by two
half-truths. One half-truth is that we are a nation of
immigrants. The other is that our commonality is
credal, that is, our national identity is defined by
political beliefs, not by religion, race or culture.
Professor Huntington notes that there is a basic distinction and fundamental difference between settlers and immigrants. The U.S. originated as a settler nation. It was Anglo-Protestant settlers who cast the die and created the United States. Immigrants came later. Immigrants came for personal reasons—to take advantage of the opportunity an open society offered a person to get ahead.
Until 1965 immigration worked, because it was European, and immigrants assimilated to the settlers` culture. Now the question is, "What do immigrants assimilate to?"
Harvard Law School Professor Alan
Dershowitz thinks Huntington is asking the wrong
question. He looks at it the other way round and seems
to say that the settlers must assimilate to the
immigrants` cultures; otherwise we are violating
civil rights laws and discriminating against foreign
races and creeds.
In the Los
Angeles Time,s Dershowitz takes umbrage that
"the very first act of the new Bush
administration was to have a Protestant minister
dedicate the inauguration, invoking `the Father, the
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy
Sprit.`" Dereshowitz says this is
"particularistic and parochial language" and
excludes "the tens of millions of Americans who
are Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Shintoists, agnostics
After 35 years of non-white,
non-European immigration, the American settlers`
culture is no longer the basis for assimilation. It is
a particularistic culture and no longer provides a
basis for national unity. To require immigrants to
assimilate to this culture would, Dershowitz says,
coerce them into violating their own creeds.
The multicultural approach to
civil rights does not support assimilation. To make
immigrants assimilate is to deny their authenticity
and constitutes a form of harassment.
Multicultural intellectuals and Democratic politicians
have turned immigration into cultural invasion that
uses civil rights laws to attack the settlers`
As he so often does, Dershowitz
has put the matter clearly. Because of the massive
Third World immigration that Ted Kennedy and the
Democratic Party deceived the country into accepting,
our culture has become divisive and can no longer be
practiced, at least not in public by the President.
Unity is out the window. The settlers` culture is
just another interest group that must lobby in
Washington for its share of the spoils.
COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
February 20, 2001