By Eugène E.

Some people decided to welcome the advent of 2018 in style. For a crowd in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, that meant attacking two police officers who were responding to an emergency call, and filming it for subsequent uploading to the Internet. The video footage shows one of the officers, a policewoman, being pushed to the ground and viciously attacked by a group of men as she vainly tries to cover herself. The other police officer, the media has reported, was beaten so savagely he was forced to draw his weapon, though no shots were fired. The police car was also vandalized, for good measure.

According to the media, which is addicted to all sorts of thespian embellishments, the attack left France in a state of shock. Actually, the genuinely shocking thing about the attack is that it actually managed to shock anyone.

The suburbs of Paris, the so-called banlieues, have been cauldrons of violence and unrest for years. Populated by non-European immigrants, these festering urban abscesses serve as an illustration of the dangers of misguided immigration policy and multicivilizationalism run amok.

Why should the Western reader care? Because the banlieues offer a blueprint for the Europe of tomorrow – much of Europe, anyway. Originally built to house France’s burgeoning population from shores more disenfranchised and less privileged, the banlieues have evolved into quasi-autonomous areas studiously avoided by French whites who can afford to live elsewhere and by French law enforcement officials if they can at all help it. For all intents and purposes, these are no-go areas suffering from a breakdown of the rule of law, crime, economic neglect, joblessness, Islamization, and unbridled hostility towards the country of which these gangrenous districts are supposedly a part.

In the banlieues, vandalizing property is something of a Near Year tradition. According to the press, more than 1,000 automobiles were set ablaze as France ushered in 2018. In the fall of 2005, the banlieues were gripped by a series of full-blown riots following the deaths of two teenagers of North African origin, who were electrocuted while fleeing from police. Of course, one might want to ask what the youths were doing fleeing the police in the first place; but such questions are politically unacceptable from an ultraliberal standpoint, so the assumption was that the teenagers were sweet and innocent, and it was all the police’s fault.

One of the most horrifying events to have happened in the banlieues was the tragic case of Ilan Halimi. The young Frenchman was lured into the banlieues through a honey trap set by a gang of murderers. He was held captive and tortured for more than three weeks; when his family failed to come up with the required ransom, he was doused with acid and dumped near rail tracks. He was still alive when the paramedics arrived. Anti-Semitism is said to have been a factor in the grisly crime: Halimi was Jewish, while the murderers were mostly of North African origin (the leader of the gang was heard yelling out “Allah Akbar” during the trial).

The ensuing investigation revealed that the people who knew about Halimi’s whereabouts during his captivity were not limited to the gang; neighbours seemed to have enough information to prompt a dutiful citizen to contact the authorities. Why didn’t they? Complicity? Fear? Both? And what will they do if Muslim radicals – a hard minority in Europe – unleash a civil war and attack native Europeans? If the Halimi case is anything to go by, the answers are not reassuring. Is this not why the radicals always triumph in Islamic milieus – because the so-called moderates are always, for whatever reason, voiceless? Not many people want to dwell on this in France, though – it’s one of those inconvenient truths. How do you face the reality that you have a rapidly growing population that presents an existential threat to you?

It takes a courage and audacity that cannot be expected of “Jupiter”, as French President Emmanuel Macron has been christened. Along with the country’s minister of the interior, the president has huffed and puffed in the wake of the latest attack against the police, but it requires a special kind of naivety to take him at his word. The French political establishment has created a climate in which a police officer is afraid of using his gun even when he is attacked – not out of cowardice, but because of the politics of it. Every French police officer knows that using a firearm – even when the officer’s life is in danger – will result in accusations of police violence, racism, and widespread riots in the banlieues; and no one wants to run that risk. But there’s something abnormal about a country in which law enforcement officials are not given the authority to defend themselves properly. How can they possibly defend the society they’re supposed to protect if they can’t defend themselves? The graphic Champigny-sur-Marne footage shows how. Such is the price of ultraliberal complacency.

A change in the prevailing situation will require a change in the prevailing ideology. But Macron is not the man to bring that about. Nor is Angela Merkel, the other face of the Franco-German power duo. It was Angela Merkel who rolled out the welcome mat for more than a million migrants from the Middle East, without consulting either the German people or Europe, even though the decision was to have significant and irrevocable ramifications for both. Why would she have? Merkel understands that, given the falling birth rates among Germans as well as the concomitant increase in their life expectancy, more hands are needed. Deutschland Inc., too, needs new clients; and when Deutschland Inc. speaks, Merkel listens. The tantalizing Nobel Peace Prize probably beckons as well. Finally, with no children of her own, posterity must be a rather abstract notion for the German chancellor – as abstract as it must be for Macron, who is equally childless. Après moi, le déluge!

Fixing the system requires acknowledging that it is broken. Alas, there seems to be scant willingness among the current crop of leaders to admit that it is, and even less willingness to act decisively to address the situation. Until this mindset changes, things will only get worse.