Arthur van Amerongen has reassured me – Joop

31-10-2022

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The Islamization of Europe is not that bad.

If you want to belong to the extreme right side of the political spectrum, you must develop a hatred for Sigrid Kaag and Frans Timmermans. Equally important is a sacred belief in the Islamization of Europe. The media – all on the left – cover up the facts. You must find your own resources on the Internet. Then scales fall from your eyes. Then you know our continent is under siege by a horde of young men, all of whom are allowed in, and the great undermining begins.

You have your heroes. In politics, it’s people like Geert Wilders, Joost Eerdmans, Annabel Nanninga and still Thierry Baudet, but it doesn’t stop there. You follow Syp Wynia on the Internet, although you often find him very moderate. You admire Sam de Rooy, an old Flamingo with a son who is a member of parliament for Vlaams Belang. You follow the Daily Standard. You can manifest yourself as a responder on GeenStijl. You think that Joost Niemöller, despite his vbeer kische trends regularly have a point.

And you talk about “Tuur” and “Tuurtje”. Or about Don Arturito. These are all nicknames for the publicist Arthur van Amerongen, which can be found in his own work.

Arthur van Amerongen is indeed a highly skilled fellow who, unlike a large number of his right-wing supporters, has actually read a lot of books cover to cover. He studied at the University of Amsterdam with great success, first Hebrew and then Arabic. He has had an extensive career as a correspondent in the Middle East. Van Amerongen then spent some time in Paraguay and Rio de Janeiro. Because of his talent for languages, communication in those parts of the world is not a problem. He has lived in the Algarve for about five years now.

Good examples of Amerongens are Egon Erwin Kisch, the rages 1920s and 1930s reporter – a disciplined Communist by the way – and Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist, who, under the influence of drink and a wide range of drugs, defeated the US presidential elections in the 1960s and 1970s. Van Amerongen also knows his stuff in this area. The resources are part of his image.

Arthur van Amerongen belongs to a genre that seemed extinct after the Second World War: the right-wing bohemian. Right-wing bohemians were well-known phenomena in the night tents and avant-garde culture until Hitler and Mussolini inflicted fatal reputational damage on their faith. But they themselves have been dead for more than three quarters of a century. Theo van Gogh was the first known right-wing bohemian in post-war Holland. Arthur van Amerongen is a worthy successor. He got his fan base right through his book Brussels Eurabia, where he portrayed Molenbeek as a grim bastion of Islamic fundamentalism and a hotbed of terror.

Van Amerongen likes to lean on that popularity. At the same time, he shares with his admirers his disgust with the left, which he considers naive and hypocritical. To be bete noire is Frans Timmermans, consistently referred to as “Frenske” or “our French”. This dislike is so sincere and deep that he has little or no time left to harm Sigrid Kaag.

Now this Arthur van Amerongen has brought to light a new book, Safari Eurabia, in search of the new caliphate. In it, he reports on an eight-month journey through Europe, which he undertook on behalf of No style. Were a hundred new Molenbeeks added to our old continent? The first copies were presented in style to Professor Paul Cliteur and PVV Member of Parliament Martin Bosma. It happened at Bullebal in Zaandam, organized by the author himself together with Rob Muntz. This is how the enthusiasts knew their “Tuurtje” again.

The fact is: that Van Amerongen writes one continuous sentence after the second, up to and including the last page of his book. In addition, he possesses a quality that is indispensable for any writer of non-fiction. He can see and listen well. Unlike his admirers, he usually knows how to address people in their native language. He has tremendous overall development. He knows a lot and is very good at distinguishing babysitters from facts. At Van Amerongen, for example, you will not read stupid, uninformed suspicions about Frankfurt School. With this intellectual baggage, he visited a large number of European cities where many Muslims live.

Van Amerongen started in his own Portugal, traveled on to Spain, visited France, England, Germany and Sweden. Finally, he traveled to the Balkans, the only European region where Islam is not a relatively new phenomenon, not the product of “guest workers” or migrants from former colonies. He meets many old friends along the way. He sometimes visits the prophets of Islamization, such as the aforementioned Sam van Rooy, who heralds the downfall of the West with a great display of intellectualism.

However, Arthur van Amerongen is not so bad on the streets. What he sees is recognizable to me because I myself live in a city with many Muslims. The distillery where my grandfather made whiskey for a quarter of a century is now a Dyanet mosque. The gentlemen enter this house of God pontifically through the grand entrance where Herman Jansen’s cars used to collect spirits. The ladies are directed to a door in the alley to the side of the building. In the city, many women wear scarves, the younger ones often elaborately folded and pleated. Every now and then I come across one Muslim woman who has dressed entirely in black from head to toe. There is only one slit open to the eyes. It’s the poser.

Since around the 1960s, the world of Islam has been ravaged by some reform movements that claim to return to the original faith of the Prophet. We know them by their common name fundamentalists. Do they really practice the Islam of Muhammad and his immediate successors, the so-called Rightly Guided Caliphs? There is no trace of evidence for this. What they do, however, is to derive as many prohibitions and prohibitions as possible from the Qur’an and the traditions concerning the Prophet, which they then forcefully impose upon themselves. It is more modern than a return to the original way of believing. Christianity also went through such an austerity phase during the Industrial Revolution.

The various reform movements have one thing in common: a culture of caution and the separation of men and women in public space as much as possible. scarfs. An obsession with chastity and virginity. Fanatical application of rules related to daily life and nutrition.

Everyone has the right to live their lives according to their own preferences, but these reform movements have not made the world of Islam any happier. It is like a pole above the water. However, it is not the case for followers of such movements to be connoisseurs of true Islam. Nor to declare them sympathizers of the terrorist groups, no matter how hard they appeal to a very doctrinal explanation of their religion. It is important to reiterate that the vast majority of victims of Islamic terror are Muslims who were found too easily educated by their killers.

Arthur van Amerongen once told me that he had to study Arabic at the time Fernweh to the ancient colorful civilization of the Levant, largely wiped out by fundamentalism in a few decades. On his journey through Europe, he still finds parts of it in Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia, where Islam still goes well with drinks and beautiful women, as it once did in Beirut, the Paris of the Middle East, in Cairo, Istanbul or Izmir. If you want a taste of that, just read the new Pamuk, Nights of the Vermin. It perfectly describes the old, decadent civilization.

On his journey through Europe, Arthur van Amerongen saw everywhere how fundamentalism was fading, so to speak, from the Islamic bubble. But there was no sign of a new caliphate, but according to him it must be the only place in Molenbeek where you can still get beer and Wittekes, which is the police’s local pub opposite the police station.

Our friends on the right will join us Safari Eurabia especially thanks to the side pieces and formulations find much balm for their souls. But no confirmation of the claim that Europe is on the brink of falling to the rising caliphate. It’s not that bad, and in general, fundamentalist Muslims in Europe mainly pollute their own lives and not others. I learned that from the praiseworthy book Safari Eurabia, in search of the new caliphate.

Arthur van Amerongen has completely reassured me.

In the opening act of the presentation of Safari Eurabia, I gave a short presentation from the pulpit on dealing with fear. Listen here (from 0.58 minute).

Arthur van Amerongen, Safari Eurabia. In search of the new caliphate. Saint Pancras 2022. Ezo Wolf. ISBN 9789083248301.

For the rest, I am of the opinion that the subsidy scandal should not disappear from the public’s attention, and neither should the matter surrounding Groningen’s natural gas.

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