A few months ago I wrote on Catallaxy Files: Fraser Anning’s ill-articulated concerns are a fight for Australia’s soul
I’ve not had time to go back to it but note that there are 105 comments on that article.
In the meantime, Fraser Anning has been censured by the Australian Senate.
I’m deeply concerned about this. I had a look at his Open Letter to the PM of Australia and I note some pretty legitimate concerns – similar to what he had expressed earlier. I’m going to re-publish his Open Letter below along with some annotations.
I am deeply concerned that if people like Anning are forced out of politics, out of the democratic process, this could lead to some hot-blooded youngsters, who take this as a signal that the political option has been ruled out for them, to directly take to arms against migrants.
Instead of censuring him, the Senate should have listed his Open Letter for debate.
====OPEN LETTER TO THE PM===
27 March 2019
AN OPEN LETTER TO
PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON
Senator Fraser Anning
Prime Minister Morrison,
You are threatening to censure me in the Australian Parliament for statements I made following the mass murder of New Zealand Muslims on Friday the 15th of March. Labor leader Bill Shorten agrees with your intentions.
You accuse me of blaming the victims in my initial response to the atrocity. This, despite the fact that my statement unequivocally condemned this heinous act of murderous violence.
One of the victims of this rampage was a toddler. All were innocent. The perpetrator is a monster and no sane person would think otherwise. [Sanjeev: Anning has never defended the crime – UNLIKE MODI WHO HAS DEFENDED MUCH A WORSE CRIME AGAINST MUSLIMS, but whom Australian politicians meet and greet as a long lost friend.]
There are no mitigating factors which could in any way excuse this evil act. The person responsible needs to feel the full force of the law.
After putting the immediate blame where it belongs, I looked for contributing causes. I said: “The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand”.
I was referring, obviously, to terrorists and the backlash they potentially incite. Nowhere in that statement did I imply that any of the victims were fanatics. They were hapless victims.
My brief comment was not an academic treatise seeking to identify all the causes. Instead I zeroed in on the New Zealand government’s indiscriminate immigration policies, which are very much in line with your own.
The censure motion is an attempt to deflect attention from your reckless policies, which are causing run-away diversity – a well-documented risk factor for communal conflict. Shame on you. [Sanjeev: Anning is right on this – he is being deliberately sidelined and his questions being deflected, he has a RIGHT to raise this issue as a parliamentarian.]
Your exploitation of the killing has helped open the door to the far left. Now, innocent conservatives and even the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation are being accused of guilt for mass murder on the flimsy basis that the killer’s manifesto opposed Islamic immigration to Europe.
This guilt by association has the same level of honesty as your own accusation against me. As Douglas Murray states, “Beliefs held by millions [are] not rendered invalid by [the] actions of a maniac.”
What distinguished the killer from others concerned about Islamic immigration is that he abandoned politics and took up terrorism. [Sanjeev: This is a key point to remember – and that MANY MORE such people are likely to emerge if this issue is not confronted clearly.] To blame conservatives for Christchurch, as is now happening, is as irrational as blaming democratic socialists for Communist mass murder. [Sanjeev: Of course in this I disagree – democratic socialist societies are the first step towards Communist mass murder. That, however, is entirely different to the “conservatives” driving such crimes.].
It is completely appropriate to consider contributing causes. This mass murder is clearly a form of inter-ethnic, inter-religious and inter-cultural violence. [Sanjeev: well said. This is a basic fact.]
It is a matter of fact that in recent times, these kinds of deadly attacks have proliferated in Western countries. Initially, these attacks were mostly committed by Muslims but more recently, have been committed against them.
It is a matter of causation, not moral blame, that until recently we were largely immune to this problem because until the 1970s Western populations were, for the most part, ethnically, culturally and religiously homogenous.
I believe that these changes were initiated by governments, not requested by the people, who generally wished to retain their way of life, as did others around the world.
The Japanese people have no wish to bring in millions of Vietnamese and grant them citizenship. The Chinese don’t want to be swamped with Indians. [Sanjeev: It is important that no derogatively says that Japan has a “Yellow Japan policy”, while the “whites” of course had the contemptible “White Australia” policy. Double standards, clearly – Anning is merely raising the issues]
No people wish for this. We didn’t vote for it and we weren’t asked. Yet every Prime Minister since Whitlam has embraced the policy of indiscriminate immigration. The only choice has been in how quickly we would become a minority.
“We the people,” were given no democratic option to oppose this madness. Every major party supported it.
For example, you recently critisised Bill Shorten’s refugee policy. You said it was reckless as it would double the number of refugees at a cost of six billion dollars every year.
You implied that your own policy was somehow responsible because you would import only half that number at a cost of three billion dollars per year.
Are Australians supposed to thank you for driving us over the fiscal cliff at half the speed?
As Prime Minister, you must accept the greatest share of the blame. Sadly, you are not alone. Every other mainstream political party subscribes to the ridiculous trope that diversity is a strength. It is not, and the people know it.
You have pursued these policies against the will of the people. Along with the deep state, you have viciously attacked anyone who opposed this madness. [Sanjeev: While not always true, recent polls do suggest that the majority of the people of Australia are no longer supportive of more migration]
People have been destroyed by accusations of racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, white supremacy and an ever-growing number of slurs.
In order to lock-in permanent mass immigration, you multicultural elitists have annihilated the bedrock principle of Free Speech from our society. [Sanjeev: This is ABSOLUTELY TRUE. Why not engage with Anning in debate? Why censure him?]
This is the foundational principle on which our system of democracy is built.
This deliberate subversion of democratic rights has been ruthlessly efficient in silencing legitimate criticism.
The dogma of multiculturalism has been imposed under cover of threats and intimidation. Had people not been bullied into silence by political correctness and the threat of Government sanction, they would have figured out the truth much earlier.
The fact is, that multiculturalism is simply minority tribalism turbocharged by the Left. [Sanjeev: Anning has a very powerful discussion about the tribalism involved in multi-culturalism. I fully support him on this.]
This is part of a wider trend for Western governments to import the “Clash of Civilisations” into once peaceful societies. If this continues the result will be the dissolution of the nation state.
Your policy of multiculturalism encourages all minorities to remain culturally separate. It encourages them to remain loyal to their tribal, religious, ethnic or cultural identities instead of to the Australian nation.
Unless of course it is white Australians who express loyalty to their group, in which case it is referred to the so-called Human Rights Commission under the hated Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Thus, you espouse tribalism from one side of your mouth while decrying it from the other.
The problem is, that minority groups vote for their own interests.
Politicians know this from experience. You are constantly pandering to them. The level of largesse which you offer, is in direct proportion to the numbers of each group in marginal electorates or donations to party coffers.
The key demand of these minority groups is always the same. More migrants from their own “tribe” to bolster the power of their own voting bloc.
Mr. Morrison, you enable this minority supremacism, as did your predecessors. You promote it. And you profit from it. This tribalism is not shared by the majority, who do not yet understand the need to vote for their own ethnic interests.
They are told to think of themselves as individuals, not as parts of a cohesive nation. Unless the majority realise the benefits of voting for their ethnic group interests – democracy will be finished. In its place we will have intractable sectarianism and Australia will be just another failed state.
The horror in New Zealand is so newsworthy because it is not yet a failed state. In the three weeks before the shooting in Christchurch, 120 Christians in Nigeria were shot or hacked to death by Muslims.
This tragedy was not reported in a single Australian news outlet that I am aware of. In January, much closer to home in the Philippines, a cathedral was bombed by Muslims and twenty innocents were killed.
Why did you and your Government not issue statements denouncing the killers? Perhaps because murderous attacks are so common in these countries. [Sanjeev: Yes, double standards indeed]
Since September 2001, there have been more than 34,000 terrorist attacks conducted in the name of Islam. This is a staggering number. Most have been committed in countries with large Islamic populations.
As you and your predecessors have increased the Muslim population in our country, we have suffered a growing series of attacks on our soil.
Fortunately, our security forces have thwarted most of them. The Islamic community is expanding rapidly, however. Soon we will not have the resources to control the situation.
The likelihood of a backlash from other groups increases with every attack. As our society splits along racial, religious and ethnic lines, the possibility of escalating conflict increases.
Australia is not the world’s most successful multicultural society. We were once united and peaceful with a secure national identity.
Our children had bright futures. Now cohesion and trust are falling. The data shows it. There is no net benefit to traditional Australians from your multicultural dogma.
Your policies will lead to white Australians – the heart of our nation – becoming a minority within a few decades. Your own figures confirm this.
You, Mr. Morrison, are part of the problem. How dare you judge me. How dare you hold your head up in the light. [Sanjeev: One can’t agree more. Anyone who tries to SILENCE DEBATE is a serious part of the problem]
You and your cabinet have no real analysis of the national question. Instead you offer vacuous slogans fed to you by equally vacuous senior public servants – “diversity”, “vibrancy”, “inclusion”, “religion of peace”.
You have no vision for Australia situated in our region. No analysis of how to manage diversity and identity in a sustainable, peaceful way. All we get is politics; saying anything to stay in power.
This lack of principle and positive direction indicates that you and your Labor clones are puppets of powerful vested interests. These interests give a damn only for profits, not diversity, identity or belonging.
The present election campaign in New South Wales offers a horrible example of multicultural politics at work. In September of last year, the Labor leader, Michael Daley, gave a speech to a predominantly Anglo audience in the Blue Mountains.
He warned that young Australians were being pushed out of jobs and the Sydney housing market by highly educated Asian (mainly Chinese) immigrants. His predecessor, Luke Foley, was also concerned with ethnic pressures in Sydney.
He spoke about “white flight” in which “Anglo-Saxons” were being pushed out of the Western Suburbs by mass immigration.
These gentlemen know, or at least feel, that their nation is being replaced, that mass migration is causing serious problems. They know however, that they will be pilloried if they speak up. Yet still, they want the immigrant vote!
The Liberals are well aware of the situation. Their friends waited for the final week of the NSW election campaign before releasing a video of Mr Daley’s speech, hoping it would lose him the Chinese vote.
That is tawdry, low politics, with the mainstream media fully engaged. The same racial tactics were used to mobilise Chinese votes against John Howard in the 2007 federal election.
Those votes cost Mr Howard, the Prime Minister, his seat. That is the reality of multicultural politics as practised since the 1970s by the likes of Al Grassby, Malcolm Fraser, and Bob Hawke. It was practised long before that by the Communists who saw the revolutionary potential of ethnic diversity.
But the racial politics of the 2019 NSW election then sank even lower, becoming grotesque and outright dangerous. NSW Labor changed tactics to place election ads in Chinese language newspapers.
On Wednesday 20th March Michael Daley began grovelling to recover Chinese votes. He publicly apologised to Asian voters. He promised to speak with Chinese community leaders and the Chinese consul-general when Premier. A Chinese government official!
This is the reality of multiculturalism and diverse immigration – political leaders in thrall to minority tribalism and even to foreign governments.
This is the diversity you praise and nourish, Mr Morrison. In reality you have no problem with tribalism, except for Anglo Australians.
There is more. We need a public discussion of fifth columns. For years the intelligence community has warned you and your colleagues of the security risks posed by Beijing’s soft power.
They fear that universities and political parties have been penetrated and suborned to some extent by Chinese agents of influence.
But the risk does not come solely from China. It also comes from Australian citizens living in Australia who think of themselves as Chinese.
Your government, Mr Morrison, continues to allow mass Chinese immigration at a time when China is flexing its muscles It has annexed the South China Sea, is swamping Tibet and the Turkic western provinces with loyal Han Chinese migrants, and is seeking to push Australia’s indispensable ally, the United States, out of our region.
At such a time your government has not applied any brake to Chinese immigration. You haven’t even raised the subject for discussion. Are you delusional or do you hate Australia? It must be one or the other, or both.
I say this because I respect the Chinese people. In my maiden speech I took up Sir Henry Parkes’s vision of the “crimson thread of kinship” that unites the core Anglo-Celtic Australian nation.
Well, there are hundreds of crimson threads around the world – ethnic and cultural bonds – that tie nations together.
They are positive ties, but they have been imported into Australia over the last several decades by a political elite that turned its back on our nation.
This is another harsh reality of the multiculturalism that you, Mr Morrison, praise and try to win votes from.
This is the tragedy of your beloved diversity, that it weaponises positive human bonds. It turns good people against one another.
Your immigration policies have turned Australia into a squabbling Tower of Babel. Those policies really should be criminalised. They should be made unconstitutional.
The Australian nation is dying in the big cities. Congested, progressively foreign, replaced, colonised, self-segregated, hurt by falling trust and loss of belonging. Why are you doing this to us? Where is your soul? Where is your decency?
Stop thinking about your parliamentary pension and media reputation and start thinking about your people, our people. Isn’t it obvious that the nation is in crisis? Why can you not stand tall and actually lead our people?
Our children and grandchildren will curse you if you are remembered at all. You have no right to transform their society without the people’s permission. You have no right to inflict this legacy on them, to become a minority in their own country.
Let me be doubly clear that I condemn you and Mr. Shorten in the strongest terms imaginable – as traitors to truth and traitors to social cohesion.
You have even turned your back on your Christian faith and values. Multiculturalism means “fewer Christians.” Is that really your intention? [Sanjeev: I disagree with any policy that discriminates on the basis of religion. Instead, Anning should be looking for a commitment to liberty and tolerance from migrants.]
Without mass immigration and multiculturalism, neither the Islamic attacks in Australia or this appalling reaction to them would have occurred.
Without your reckless policies, the Australian people would still be living in a peaceful, stable and secure nation state as the Japanese do today.
The New Zealand government is using this hideous attack to further its cynical agenda. Instead of offering their people a vote on ruinous immigration policies, they are further strangling free speech and suppressing opposition.
Censorship of the media was hardly mentioned after terror attacks on Australian soil. Now however, after an attack by an opponent of multiculturalism, The State is demanding censorship of the internet.
Any website which does not embrace your extreme multicultural agenda is coming under scrutiny.
This foreshadows darkness and tyranny which were once unimaginable to Australians. You and your cohorts are driving us there at full speed.
Australia is on the path to a police state, fomented and legitimised by multiculturalist ideology.
Again, Mr Morrison, your government leads the charge, by allowing people to be persecuted under ill-defined accusations of hate speech, when most just hate oppression.
I implore all politicians to step back and think again about what you are doing to this nation.
Do not oppress us in a knee-jerk reaction to this tragedy born of fanaticism.
Any response must be measured and sane. It must not be at the price of this nation’s cohesion and unity.
Free Speech is always the first target of ham-fisted tyranny. The Christchurch killer’s intent was to topple our traditions by his evil scheme. Do not become pawns in his game.
Australia once trusted its citizens to discuss the most extreme ideas peacefully. We have a long history of rejecting radical ideas.
It is clear that our elites cannot be trusted with controlling our borders. I don’t just mean the few thousand illegals coming in boats but the millions coming legally by jet. [Sanjeev: Anning is a powerful communicator and his message can’t be shut down by censure. DEBATE HIM!!]
We as a nation need to take a breather. We need time to assimilate those already here. We need a plebiscite on immigration!
We the people, not you the elites, have a right to decide who comes here.