Reaping the whirlwind of denial: the lesson of the Moriori

I?ve often used the fate of the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand as a salutary warning for the West today of the horrific cost of denial and virtue-signalling, but the lesson is worth ramming home once again. For generations, the Moriori had lived in isolated peace and, consequently, developed a culture of rigid pacifism. But while the Moriori weren?t interested in war, war was very interested in them. When a shipload of Maori arrived on their shores and proceeded to butcher and enslave their people, the Moriori were faced with a choice: fight, or stick to their pacifist beliefs.

They held a great council and chose the latter. They might almost have said, ?This is not us?. Today, they are not them either: the Moriori were brutally extinguished. The men slain, the women and children enslaved. It was a genocide as thorough as it was shocking.

Like the Moriori, political and cultural leaders in the West today are determinedly clinging to a denialist narrative that, if everyone just keeps being nice and pretends nothing is happening, everything will be okay.


Well over two hundred people are dead, and hundreds more injured, in jihadist massacres in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning, and now the usual denial and obfuscation are in full swing. I?m often asked, when I speak around the country, what it will take to wake people up to the nature and gravity of the jihad threat. For all too many people, the answer, as the Sri Lanka attacks abundantly show, is nothing. End of quote.

When the IRA?s bombing campaign peaked with the murder of a close relative of the Royal Family, and the shocking slaughter of a troupe of bandsmen and their horses in London, a revolted British public finally had enough. Even IRA sympathisers in the US were shocked.

Today, though, Islamic supremacists continually up the ante of atrocity, apparently deliberately testing the mettle of the West. Each time, they find, the West still has no stomach to finally say, ?Enough!? Not random murders on the streets of London, not the shredding of little girls at a pop concert, not even the planned murder of Prince George: nothing is enough to tear asunder the veil of the gutless ?religion of peace? narrative. Quote:

Horrifying scenes like this helped turn the tide of public opinion against the IRA. It appears that nothing is shocking enough to penetrate the cloud of willful denial about Islamic terrorism.

In a larger sense it is easy to see, despite escalating Muslim persecution of Christians worldwide, why [Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm] Ranjith ?never expected such a thing to happen,? and so had no guards at the churches for Easter Sunday: all those who have been for years calling attention to this threat have been branded as ?racist,? ?bigoted? and ?Islamophobic,? and dismissed as ?fearmongering.? Everyone in the Catholic Church knows that Islam is a religion of peace; dissenters are shunned and ostracized. Would it have been ?Islamophobic? to have Sri Lankan churches guarded for Easter?

The establishment media in the West seemed determined to keep people as much in the dark as Ranjith was?[CNN] even claimed that ?it?s not clear who?s behind the eight explosions that forced the country of 21 million people to go on lockdown.? Buzzfeed was completely mum about who might be behind the attacks. CBS noted a Sri Lankan official?s acknowledgment that ?religious extremists,? of unidentified affiliation, were responsible. The BBC insisted that ?it remains unclear who carried out the attacks.? End of quote.

As Mark Steyn once wrote, the legacy media carefully gloss over every Islamic terror attack: in contrast to how they fell over themselves to (falsely, as it appears) affirm their conviction that the Christchurch shooter was a ?right-wing white supremacist?. When the perpetrators are unambiguously Islamic the legacy media fall backwards trying to pretend they?re not. Waleed Aly is able to spend ten minutes waffling about Boko Haram and its motives without once uttering the words ?Islam? or ?Muslim?.

Politicians who clutched their shiny new hijabs and wept for the Muslim victims of Christchurch cannot even bring themselves to properly acknowledge the victims of Sri Lanka. Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton fudged about ?Easter worshippers? ? as if anyone other than Christians worshipped Easter. But the C-word is definitely out of fashion with their voting blocs. Clinton even, bizarrely, claimed that ?many faiths? were celebrating Holy Week. Quote:

Britain?s Prime Minister can?t name the victims ? Christians ? for fear of offending the Muslim communities in the UK whose votes she desperately needs. For the same reason, she most certainly cannot mention the fact that many of the victims were celebrating Easter, or name the attackers, or explain the basis upon which they chose their targets.

Theresa May epitomizes the cowardice and pusillanimity of modern Western leaders. And that is why her country, and other nations of the West, are in such a precarious state. But it isn?t her fault. The overall response to the Sri Lanka jihad massacre shows why the West?s response to the global jihad is so wholly and comprehensively inadequate. End of quote.