Yet none of the French presidential candidates, save Le Pen, are willing to discuss the fact that France, and to that matter the West, demand nothing of their new immigrants. Restriction and assimilation are four letter words to the political class, their religion states that all cultures are equal no matter how high the body count.
Mohammed Merah is capturing a moment in history, a time when there is economic hardship and new emerging immigrant population refuses to assimilate to their new culture and customs. Merah was not assimilated into the beliefs of Western civilization; Christianity being the national and historic faith, a common language, common heroes, and national mythology. Merah’s idols were Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Abu Ayyub al-Masri; he had not been found pride in Charles Martel, St. Joan of Arc or Charles de Gaulle. Merah as is true with millions of Muslims in France today was more concerned with conquest over conforming.
This, however, is not completely the fault of the third world migrants. Westerners do not demand conformity because they do not understand what it means to be Western. They scuff at the faith that was the foundation to which their civilization and replaced it with the political religion of egalitarianism. They have been indoctrinated to believe that the West is evil, to overwhelm ourselves with the sins of our fathers: slavery, the Holocaust, imperialism… Westerners understand that the actions of Toulouse were savage and something went wrong leading up to the massacre but most can not understand the solution of assimilation because they describe what it means to be Western.
The identity crisis of the West will be front and center in the upcoming French Presidential elections, as it will be in all future elections amongst Western nations because the tragedies of Toulouse are not exceptional to France. We are all suffering from the loss of identity and values, every Western city has the possibility of repeating the tragedies of Toulouse. We are all French now.