By Frederick Dixon:
We’ve all seen that photo of the “white widow”, head tightly wrapped in a light blue/grey niqab which serves to emphasise her big blue eyes, eyes further enhanced by a light application of eye shadow as her mouth is improved by a little lipstick. I don’t know whether or not Islam approves of cosmetics, nor do I know whether or not Ms Lewthwaite had anything to do with the recent atrocity in Nairobi – although, if she did, she may now be lying dead in the ruins of the Westgate shopping mall.
What interests me about Samantha Lewthwaite is that she represents, in an extreme form, a modern version of something very ancient. It is one of those unhappy facts of life that women have always been a prize of conquest, the conqueror taking the womenfolk of the conquered. The women, of course, have in the past had no choice in the matter but there is no reason to suppose that they are always reluctant; it is much better for their children that they should be the children of a conqueror than the children of the conquered. But conquest can take more than one form and need not always be military, so that when power begins to pass from one community to another, a conquest is taking place, albeit a gradual one. When women sense that power is passing it is natural for them, or at least for some of them, to follow the power to where it now resides.
It is difficult for those who are aware of the changes in our society not to have an uneasy suspicion that power is passing in just that way. The traditional political, media and academic elites remain of course but they now buttressing their position by the recruitment of a new middle class, an ethnic minority middle class. This is done by the ongoing process of privileging immigrants and their descendants and silencing and disempowering the native British. The inevitable result of this disempowering is the appropriation of the womenfolk of the disempowered by the newly powerful – this can be seen at its crudest in the vile treatment of vulnerable young white girls by Moslem “grooming gangs”, but it can be seen too in accelerating levels of miscegenation and conversions of white women to Islam in order to marry Moslems.
There is, though, another factor at work in the case of those women who convert to Islam. That religion, however perverted and hateful it may seem to us, has the great advantage of an iron moral code within which women and their children can find certainty and security of a kind. Some prefer that certainty and security to the often frightening “freedom” of our atomised and debauched society in which, it sometimes seems, all values have been replaced by the Satanists’ injunction: “do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” (does it not sometimes seem as if everything which has happened in our society since the fifties has been in accord with that injunction?) .
To come back to Lewthwaite. She was one of our own but is now utterly lost; having embraced the ever growing power which is Islam and entered into a marriage with a Negro who was himself a convert to that religion, she and her husband, with all the fervour of converts, embarked on the career of atrocity which Islam seems to inspire in its most literal minded followers. In her inter-racial marriage and her embrace of an alien faith she perfectly epitomises the spirit of the times in this country, and that is why she might well serve (although not, we must hope, in the violent end to her career) as a role model for young white British women who know little of their own heritage, but have come to dislike the hedonism which is all that our society now seems to offer its young.
That is why she must also serve us, not as a role model, but as a dire warning. We must draw on our own national and racial traditions to develop a system of beliefs, and a code of personal and civic conduct, which will provide our own young with the moral security which Samantha Lewthwaite and others like her could find only by turning to an alien faith. In Western Spring there exists an instrument which has the will, and the intellectual strengths to carry through this crucial work.
By Frederick Dixon © 2013
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