In 2004, Raspail surfaced in Le Figaro to accuse the French elite of treason. "La Patrie Trahie par la Republique," the title of his essay, translates, "The Fatherland Betrayed by the Republic."
By "the Republic," Raspail meant not just the Fifth Republic of Mitterand and Chirac, but France's ideology of inclusiveness rooted in the Revolution's ideology of "liberte, egalite, fraternite." Alluding to the waves of immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia, Raspail grimly asserted: "The deed is done. ... All of Europe marches to its death."
Raspail recalled the 1974 threat of Algerian President Houari Boumedienne: "No amount of atomic bombs will be able to dam up the tidal wave comprising human beings in their millions which one day will leave the southernmost and poor part of the world, to swamp the relatively open spaces of the wealthy northern hemisphere, in search of survival."
Europe denounced and dismissed both men as racists. Now we learn that 19 of those captured plotting to blow up 10 airliners over the Atlantic were British-born Pakistanis. The suicide bombers of the London subway were British-born Asians. Richard Reid's father was Jamaican. Alienated, he was drawn to an ultra-radical mosque, before attempting mass murder over the Atlantic.
Race riots have since plagued the industrial cities of Northern England. In France last summer, thousands of French citizens of North African descent rioted and pillaged in the banlieus of Paris and 300 other cities, until President Chirac, after 12 days, finally declared a national emergency. Zacarias Moussaoui, the "20th hijacker," was a French citizen. The Madrid bombers were immigrants or the children of immigrants, as was the daylight murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
The 9-11 terrorists plotted mass murders in Munich, Arizona and Delray Beach, Fla. President Bush says they hate democracy.
No, Mr. President, they hate us.
Powell and Raspail were ostracized for what they said and wrote. Their stories are related in my new book, "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America." Time to revisit the question: Were these men false prophets rightly reviled, or prophets without honor in their own countries?
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