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The underlying discontent

Reader comment on item: "The rebellion against Islam and Islamism is growing in Europe"

Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 19, 2016 at 11:12

Hello, Daniel

I agree with you, Daniel, that a "rebellion" is afoot, and that it is vaguely pointed at Islamism and Islam. It's hard to pinpoint when the floodgates opened on the matter, because it is couched among many, many voter grievances on both sides of the Atlantic. They are directed not just against Islam, but also against an attempt by the rich and powerful to replace democratic, sovereign states with a powerful, supra-national bureaucracy. Recent examples:

-- The vote in the Netherlands, 6 April 2016, in a referendum, against admitting Ukraine into the EU. All the leaders of Europe (including the Dutch leader) were pushing for an "admit" vote, and the people rejected them. Among those rejecting was Geert Wilders, a pro-Israel Dutch legislator, who remarked:

"[This] is a vote of no confidence by the people against the elite from Brussels and The Hague"

-- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/06/dutch-voters-reject-closer-eu-links-to-ukraine-in-referendum

This vote (which the Dutch government and the EU elite are trying to ignore) was preceded and followed by some of the votes across Europe that you alluded to, in favor of anti-Muslim-immigration and, I will add, anti-EU-, candidates. The most important vote is coming up this Thursday, 23 June 2016, on whether Britain should pull out of the European Union.

There is a clear line-up here, between pro-establishment stalwarts and the "rebels" you referenced; and this same line-up is manifesting in the US Presidential election. President Obama, who is opposed to the British exit, or "Brexit", has meddled greatly in European internal affairs. He is even credited by an ex- Reagan State Department official as having pressured Britain's PM David Cameron into changing and originally pro-Brexit stance into anti-Brexit.

Also opposing Brexit was US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whom Obama publicly endorsed during the same time he publicly opposed the Brexit. Her opponent, Donald Trump, tacitly opposes Brexit and intends to be in the UK the day the voting returns come in.

The press has made great efforts to connect the pro-Brexit voters with anti-Immigrant and anti-Islamic sentiment, especially since the horrific Paris bombing and the European Migrant Crisis; but the roots of the rebellion precede these events.

Concerning the Trump campaign, I must post against a lie that has gone forth, that Donald Trump did not pray for the victims of the Islamic attack this past week in Orlando, using the moment, instead, to brag. Here is the actual sequence of events:

"Really bad shooting in Orlando," he wrote at 8:07 a.m. "Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded."

Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Later Trump updated his response, calling for renewed vigilance against
terrorism.

"Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families,"
he wrote. "When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?"

Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Later, Trump reacted to fans congratulating him for being among the first to identify the attack as a product of radical Islamic terrorism.

"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism," he wrote. "I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton also reacted to the news on Twitter at 9:20 a.m.

"Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL," she wrote. "As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act."

-- http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/12/possible-terrorism-donald-trump-reacts-florida-nightclub-shooting/

Donald J. Trump Verified account
‏@realDonaldTrump

Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?

Retweets 31,011 Likes 78,546

-- https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/742019961946791939
8:45 AM - 12 Jun 2016

Notice that Trump said he was "praying" for the victims at 8:45 AM. Hillary Clinton didn't broach the subject until 35 minutes later, saying she was merely "waiting for more information". In subsequent blogs, Trump was lambasted for not being concerned with the victims, just as he has been lambasted in the past as not being one who prays. An outcome of this anti-Trump hypocricy has been:

"Orlando massacre prompts some in LGBT community to come out -- for Trump
Published June 18, 2016 FoxNews.com"

-- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/18/orlando-massacre-prompts-some-in-lgbt-community-to-come-out-for-trump.html

This year has witnessed many outlandish, violent and deadly attacks, centered on rejection of globalist bureaucracy (viz in the EU and also in the US); and around the mainstream media's efforts to characterize the underlying discontent as "anti-Immigrant" and "Islamophobic". The voters on both sides of the ocean seem to be ignoring the media, the establishment, and the betting odds.

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