Note the assumption that any and all violence will come from the Right. It's like screaming about hornets while neglecting to mention that you've been throwing rocks at their nest. Finkielkraut recognizes that the National Front was once the only political entity in France that was willing to speak about the Muslim problem, and that the Left won't come to the Jews' defense the way they "expected to be defended." Muslims have more "Other" cred than French-speaking Jews, so that shouldn't have been surprising.Finkielkraut sees himself as an alienated man of the left. He says he loathes both radical Islamism and its most ferocious French critic, Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s extreme right-wing—and once openly anti-Semitic—National Front party. But he has lately come to find radical Islamism to be a more immediate, even existential, threat to France than the National Front. “I don’t trust Le Pen. I think there is real violence in her,” he told me. “But she is so successful because there actually is a problem of Islam in France, and until now she has been the only one to dare say it.”Suddenly, there was news: a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, in eastern Paris, had come under attack. “Of course,” Finkielkraut said. “The Jews.” Even before anti-Semitic riots broke out in France last summer, Finkielkraut had become preoccupied with the well-being of France’s Jews.We knew nothing about this new attack—except that we already knew everything. “People don’t defend the Jews as we expected to be defended,” he said. “It would be easier for the left to defend the Jews if the attackers were white and rightists.”I asked him a very old Jewish question: Do you have a bag packed?“We should not leave,” he said, “but maybe for our children or grandchildren there will be no choice.”
Multiculturalism, diversity, and all of the other Social Justice buzzwords are manifest failures in practice. Only the mendacious or the willfully blind buy into them anymore. Either the minority is so thoroughly assimilated (either peacefully or through force) into the majority that it's barely recognizable, or the host nation breaks apart along ethnic or religious fault lines. I challenge any of my 4 loyal readers to provide a counterexample from recorded history.
Does France need Jews? No more than Japan needs Finns. The Jews won and they've preserved their homeland through force of arms. The Israelis know that multiculturalism doesn't work which is why their sizable Arab minority is made up of second class citizens. Even then, if present trends continue, the Jews will be a minority in their own country within this century.
Complaining about tribalism in human affairs is like complaining about our need to breathe oxygen: that's just the way we are, man. The whole world is going to relearn that truth about human nature through what should have been completely avoidable warfare for the rest of this century. The US will begin breaking apart in the 2030s. I expect the shooting to start in Europe even earlier.