Community of Fashion, Dan Greenfield, Islam, Nigerian Email Scam, Self Delusion, The Elect, The Elites, The Intelligentsia
Dan Greenfield (very amusingly) compares the Western elites determination to believe in “the Religion of Peace” with Nigerian email investment opportunities, and finds that the root of those elites’ delusion lies in their determination to pretend that the world we are all living in is the same as the world they desire.
Western elites, who fancy themselves more intelligent and more enlightened than the wise men and prophets of every religion, and who base their entire right to rule on that intelligence and enlightenment, are not in the habit of admitting that they have been played for fools. …
In 1993, Israel cut a land-for-peace deal with a greasy Egyptian bloke named Yasser Arafat. The Cairo-born Arafat would turn his gang of terrorists into a government and police force, and rule over an autonomous territory, in exchange for ending the violence. Clinton smiled beatifically as hands were shaken and a new era of peace was upon us.
The era, however, has yet to show up.
Over two decades of terrorism have not shaken the belief of the American or Israeli establishments in the â€œTwo-State Solutionâ€, which has solved absolutely nothing, except perhaps the problem of how to make the Middle East into an even worse place. As the violence increased and the pathways to peace decreased, American Presidents and Israeli Prime Ministers redoubled their concession offers and their faith in the Two-State Solutionâ€”now an article of faith in most circles. Denial isnâ€™t just a river in Egypt; it also laps at the shores of Tel Aviv, flows out to the English coast and floods cities across Europe.
Ask a Eurocrat for the time of day and heâ€™ll calculate how much to charge you for the subsidies to the artisanal clock farmers that it will take to answer that question. Ask him about Islamic integration and he will instantly tell you that everything is going smoothly and the problems only exist in the minds of a few bigots and the pages of a few sensationalized tabloids.
Muslim integration into Europe is going swimmingly, much like the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Arab Spring. Itâ€™s going like a house on fire, not to mention a bus, a lot of cars and two towers on fireâ€”on the other side of the Atlantic. Whatever problems there are, as with the peace process and the spring process, are undoubtedly the fault of someone who isnâ€™t a Muslim. …
Most people project their own desires and motivations on to others. Americans assumed that Muslims just wanted democracy, free enterprise and apple pie. Muslims assume that Americans are conspiring to destroy them through a byzantine series of plots and conspiracies, because that is what they would do in our placeâ€¦ and that is what they are trying to do.
Good article, read the whole thing.
Back in September of 2008, when the US stock market crashed and a number of very major US banks and corporations were becoming insolvent, I quoted and linked a particular humor post from BBSpot, which read:
Nigerian philanthropic billionaire Esenam Ayele said that he would make $80 billion dollars available to US banks from his accounts in Nigeria. All he needed to transfer the funds was a trusted associate at the bank.
It couldnâ€™t come at a better time for Wall Street as the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch and government bailout of AIG has left markets tumbling with no bottom in site. The guaranteed funds should bring some stability back to financial institutions.
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said Ayele could be trusted. â€œI know heâ€™s had problems in the past with people believing him, but I assured the folks over at Washington Mutual that he was for real.â€
Ayele, who has returned to wealth with the rise in oil prices, said from his palace in Lagos, â€œI just need someone to fax me a copy of the transfer codes on some bank stationery, and Iâ€™ll get the money right over.â€
He added that his widowed sister also had more funds she could transfer out of the country which she inherited from Prince Ugube of Tanzania. â€œShe just as helpful as I am, but sheâ€™s unable to come to the United States because of a visa issue. If somebody could just send her a cashierâ€™s check for $1000, sheâ€™ll be able to clear everything up and transfer the funds.â€
Well, this post was more than two years ago, but it finally attracted a response. I received this real email the day before yesterday:
Read your post from above website. I hope to contact this guy, i am in a business of developing my community which will also help youths and children education, i need some expansion to improve the business. Please do you have the contact of this guy? Kindly send me please.