I know that is an entirely overused question, but when I read this article by Patrick Buchanan a couple of days ago I couldn’t help wondering, no matter how many times we hear it, we don’t ever seem to learn from it.
Here is how Buchanan begins in this week after the ethnic flare-ups in the Balkans (again!):
According to a compelling lead article in the new Foreign Affairs, “Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism,” we may be witnessing in the Third World a re-enactment of the ethnic wars that tore Europe to pieces in the 20th century.
“Ethnonationalism,” writes history professor Jerry Z. Muller of Catholic University, “has played a more profound role in modern history than is commonly understood, and the processes that led to the dominance of the ethnonational state and the separation of ethnic groups in Europe are likely to recur elsewhere.”
Western Man has mis-taught himself his own history.
But, despite the fact that we know this is happening we are encouraging the very same thing to someday happen right here in America. Our government is actively encouraging, through the Department of State and Health and Human Services, and with the help of taxpayer funded non-profits, the creation of ethnic enclaves through the Refugee Resettlement program.
Earlier this month I reported on a federally funded conference in DC whose main purpose is to create separatist type of organizations called Ethnic Community Based Organizations. What are we thinking? Other than cursory little training sessions I have never seen a concerted effort by the government and volags to teach immigrants and refugees how to be Americans, instead there is an effort to honor and enhance separateness.
Right on cue last night I read yet another article where an ethnic group is separating itself, this time Burmese Karen are setting up their own separate Karen language church (it’s not always the Muslims doing this!).
Read the entire Buchanan article, it is just plain commonsense and we need to heed it. Here is how he wraps up:
And we should look to our own land. According to Pew Research, there will be 127 million Hispanics here by mid-century, tripling today’s 45 million — and almost 100 million new immigrants. No nation faces a graver threat from this resurgence of ethnonationalism than does our own.
Look homeward, America.