Steyn on the demise of satire

Fortunately, there are still a few genuine satirists around – for example, the chaps who put together the EU report on rising anti-Semitism. “The largest group of the perpetrators of anti-Semitic activities appears to be young, disaffected white Europeans,” said the official summary, introducing us to the concept of Euromaths. If you troubled yourself to look inside, it turned out that some nine per cent of anti-Semitic attacks were by young white males. The remaining 91 per cent were by… well, let’s not get into that. In the EU, nine per cent is enough to make you the “largest group”. One day, there will be only one tattooed knuckle-dragging white skinhead left on the continent. But he’ll single-handedly be officially responsible for the majority of anti-Semitic attacks.

Ah, yes, those peaceful Religion of Peace folk. Fortunately, the exposure to ordered government they’ve experienced in Europe is obviously helping them find a sense of owning their individual destiny and take responsibility for their actions. Though how anyone could argue that blowing oneself up when the police are besieging one indicates a failure to take responsibility for one’s actions is beyond me.

Seriously, is anyone thinking anything through anymore? I’m not the least bit opposed to the concept of a free and peaceful Middle East. I’m just incredibly skeptical that it is anything but a propagandistic crack-smoking dream, especially given that the notion a) flies in the face of a centuries-old historical pattern and b) it’s going to be brought about by a government that is steadily reducing freedom at home in combination with that paragon of individual liberty, the United Nations.

War has been declared on America. If we must fight it, let us fight it. But if we’re only going to fight Schleswig-Holstein and ignore Bavaria, Thuringia, Hesse, Saxony, Saarland and the Rhineland-Palatinate, let’s not pretend that we’re going to make a serious long-term difference in ending the Nazi threat. This is still the Phony War phase. And the jury is far from in on whether George Bush is a competent wartime Commander-in-Chief or a short-sighted, feeble one.