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The news from England is unexpected, but its cause was predicted decades ago. First, lets look at the newsmaker, then we’ll examine his little-noticed prophet. There is a lesson to be learned here…
British Prime Minister David Cameron recently stunned the politically-correct wing of punditry by stating plainly what could not be more obvious: England’s multi-cultural experiment is an abysmal failure. This comes on the heels of a similar pronouncement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in October. (Did they flip a coin to see who would go first?)
Cameron’s comments, while courageous, pale in comparison to Enoch Powell’s though, for one really important reason: Powell’s speech was over 40 years ago.
Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech was a brave appraisal of England’s future if its policy of allowing immigration without assimilation continued. Cameron’s words are a cautious reaction to what has become obvious: Immigrants live as foreigners on English Soil.
Who was Enoch Powell? He was scholar first, and patriot second. A full professor of Ancient Greek studies by the age of 25, his exceptional awards for profiency in Latin and Greek at Cambridge were almost without equal.
He studied Urdu to increase his chances of someday being appointed Viceroy of India, but cut short his professional goals and joined the military when it became clear to him that England would soon be at war with Germany. A line taken from a letter to his parent’s illustrates his regard for uber-appeaser Neville Chamberlain fairly succinctly:”The depths of infamy to which our accurst “love of peace” can lower us are unfathomable.”
So now we know Enoch Powell’s pedigree, let’s fast-forward to 1968-
Powell knew his speech on immigration would be incendiary, and he tried as best as he could to temper his courageous words by first talking about the difficult task a statesman has in warning of unseen dangers.
It helped little if at all. He knew that the press would excoriate him (and they did), but he was probably hoping that he could talk over them and speak directly to the people. He was wrong.
An excerpt from his infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech:
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’. That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century. Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now.”