The search for a solution to conflict after the appalling destruction of two world wars led the West into a fatal error – the mistaken assumption that conflict was due to the failure of people of different races, nations, cultures and religions to recognise each others common humanity, and that the way to get them to recognise that common humanity was to force them to mix. So borders come down, populations move across frontiers, familiar places become unfamiliar, the locals find that they can no longer get the jobs/hospital beds/school places which they thought were theirs; if they object they are insulted or punished by ruling elites which they can’t remove because democracy is a sham. This error has a name – internationalism.
Since 9/11 the dangerous nature of the error has been obvious for it has fostered the establishment in our countries of a hideous and rapidly growing malignancy which – unless it is swiftly cut out – will do to western civilization what hideous malignancies do to the human body. Our masters are still wedded to the error and are still in denial – no doubt David Cameron is repolishing his “this has nothing to do with Islam” speech. But such denial becomes more and more difficult as the atrocities accumulate – and now Paris. There are signs aplenty that the post war consensus is beginning to come apart under the combined stress and strain of mass immigration and the Islamist terror which it brings with it; nationalist forces are rising on the continent and they may well destroy the EU, itself one of the more gross and destructive manifestations of internationalism.
The appalling destruction of two world wars led the West into a fatal error, but the communist East avoided the error and applied the correct formula for the avoidance of conflict – the separation of populations. Areas of Germany allocated for resettlement by Poles and Czechs were cleared of their German populations by a brutal process defended in the House of Commons by the Foreign Secretary, Sir Anthony Eden, as “necessary to achieve racial purity”. Thus it was that a Poland which, before the War, was only 60 % Polish and racked by ethnic dissension – Poles against Ukrainians, Poles against Lithuanians, Germans against Poles, everyone against Jews – is now 98% Polish and very obviously determined to remain so.
It is indeed in separation that conflict is to be avoided because populations which live apart in their own communities cannot threaten the identity or the interests of others. So, as someone once said, “strong fences make good neighbours”. And as someone else said, long before, “blessed are the peacemakers”.