Two More Winners
While I'm in the mood for award-winning photographs, here are two more. According to France-Echos, the top photo appeared on the cover of Le Monde 2, a supplement to the newspaper, on September 7, 2006. The article inside was a forum for Muslim women to express their views on the wearing of the veil. But for France-Echos, the real reason for the report was to turn attention away from the commemoration of September 11.
The second egregious photograph (I presume it's not a "fauxtograph"), first appeared (to my eyes anyway) at Novopress, back in early August. I was going to publish it right away, but I couldn't think of anything to say about it. It seems to defy explanation. While it's comical, it has a strange science-fiction quality about it also. I know it has appeared at other websites, including Lawrence Auster's VFR.
At the risk of sounding very intolerant, both photos put me off. These sights will be commonplace one day in the Western nations. They are probably already common in parts of France. In the United States, we see many Muslims, and a certain number of women draped in burkas but they are still a small minority, though I've heard that more and more are being allowed in.
These people would be so much more interesting if they were in their own lands and we were tourists taking in the strange sights and the exotism of a culture completely different from our own. But to bring them into the West as wards of the State, so to speak, undermines our own identity as Western peoples, and makes them hideous in our eyes. And all the while we must cater to their needs, pander to their wishes, and censor from our thoughts any negative judgments.
Walls, fences, boundaries and borders all have a purpose: self-preservation, preservation of diverse cultures, containment of violence, and preservation of a certain natural order in which people can live in the comfort of a culture congenial to their nature.