AND NOW THERE ARE THREE – AT 11:29 A.M. ET: It is just remarkable. Two major Western leaders – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, have recently declared that multiculturalism within their nations has not worked. Now they are joined by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who articulates the problem.
PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
"My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure," he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.
"Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side.
"If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France," the right-wing president said.
"The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women... freedom for little girls to go to school," he said.
"We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him," Sarkozy said in the TFI channel show.
Wonderful quote. Absolutely wonderful.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
Howard and Aznar were, when in power, great friends of the United States.
Merkel in October said efforts towards multiculturalism in Germany had "failed, totally."
COMMENT: Incredible, isn't it? We used to think we were the tough guys, and the Europeans were just soft old lefties...and indeed there are plenty of European "intellectuals" who fit that description. But the saner heads of Europe are now well ahead of us, and warning of the danger that multiculturalism brings.
One man not heard, of course, is Barack Hussein Obama Jr. Why, he thinks multiculturalism is just fine. He even wanted to ban the word "terror," and his own director of national intelligence this week called the Muslim Brotherhood a secular organization. (As one pundit said, strange name for a secular organization.)
We are a weakening nation under the leftist Obama. At least some other nations are stiffening their resolve.
February 12, 2011