September 2006
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The Coming Fury
by Joe Sobran

     As Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, 
cuddled with the ailing Fidel Castro on the occasion of 
the latter's eightieth birthday, I found myself thinking 
of a name from the past: Manuel Noriega. Remember him? He 
was the pocky-faced dictator of Panama toppled by the 
first President Bush in 1989, on the pretext that he was 
trafficking in drugs, with the usual Hitler analogies 
justifying the latest U.S war in Central America. After 
he finally surrendered, Noriega was somehow tried under 
U.S. law (though he hadn't set foot in this country) and 
of course convicted. The last I heard, he was in an 
American prison and had converted to Christianity.

     This remains the most recent of America's many 
little interventions in the region. We tend to forget 
them quickly, but those on the receiving end remember 
them. This is why rulers like Castro and Chavez are as 
popular as they are in Latin America: whatever their 
faults, at least they defy the bullying Yanqui.

     About all I remember about the Panama war is that it 
seemed quite unnecessary to me, while my conservative 
friends were all for it. I never understood their 
enthusiasm, except that the Cold War was coming to an end 
and they relished the chance to exercise American power 
abroad against an enemy, any enemy, and Noriega would 
serve. I thought it was shameful. Obviously Noriega was 
no threat at all to the United States; you might say he 
was the Saddam Hussein of the Eighties. And we wonder why 
there is so much anti-Americanism around the world.

     Lately I've been reading Pat Buchanan's latest book, 
STATE OF EMERGENCY, a warning that immigration by 
unassimilable aliens now threatens not only America but 
Europe. Given our history of absorbing newcomers 
peacefully, I was disposed to be skeptical. But after 
only a few chapters I found myself, against my will, 
shaken and convinced. The new influxes, chiefly Mexican 
here and Muslim in Europe, are totally different from 
early waves of immigrants -- and far more dangerous. At 
present rates, it won't be long until there are no 
majority white Christian countries on earth. And the new 
nonwhite majorities will be deeply hostile to the 

     In his brilliant, neglected book, THE MIGHT OF THE 
WEST (1964), Lawrence Brown observes that we remember the 
nineteenth century as a period of peace only because the 
white nations seldom made war on each other. The rest of 
the world experienced it differently. The white man's 
technology, chiefly gunpowder, enabled him to invade and 
conquer red, brown, yellow, and black men around the 
world, with enormous attendant slaughter and disruption. 
To these peoples it must have seemed as if a strange race 
of pale aliens, armed with malevolent magic, had arrived 
from another planet to destroy them. They were all but 
helpless against the enemy's guns, then a terrible 
novelty and mystery to them.

     We ruled the world, and it seemed we would go on 
ruling it forever. But now -- suddenly, in historical 
terms -- the tables are turned, and it is we who seem 
helpless against the colored races' explosive 
populations. They are driving us out of their world and 
moving into ours in huge numbers. And they are in no mood 
either to adopt our ways or to forgive us.


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