Official explanations of “cultural misunderstandings” between the West and the East which are even more insane, more insulting, than the initial act themselves, used to happen only from time to time.
An old favourite of mine was when a Middle East strongman or theocrat would threaten to wipe out Israel or bring death to America, academics would fall over themselves to explain that they did not genuinely mean it, it was not a reflection of actual policy, but was merely an appeal to the “Arab Street.” I never could get a straight answer when I queried; “Doesn’t that mean that large segments, even majorities, of the Arab and/or Muslim world, actually want their leaders to wipe out Israel and the West?”
These types of explanations seem to occur on a daily basis these days, usually relating to the problem that Arab and Muslim migrants to the West do not understand the concept that if a woman or young boy appears to be protesting and saying no to sex, it constitutes rape.
We witnessed another hideous example of this phenomenon today; apparently, observing a minute of silence in memory of Australian women murdered by their co-religionists isn’t a part of Saudi culture.
This explanation is laughable:
“The FFA was further advised by Saudi team officials that this tradition was not in keeping with Saudi culture and they would move to their side of the field and respect our custom while taking their own positions on the field.”
Seriously, Saudi Arabia, screw your culture.
This reveals an even more hideous truth than the act itself: The Saudis think they are better than us.
Westerners have had the customs of other cultures forced down our throats for decades. Not only are we expected to tolerate it, we are expected to embrace and participate in it. And then when we participate a little too much, we are told that we are engaging in “cultural appropriation” which is racist, and we are expected to meekly ignore the civilisation gaslighting which this contradiction entails.
Of course, this only goes one way.
The Saudi Arabian footballers demonstrated that they do not respect us, our culture, our history, our customs, and they do not even care about our fallen. This isn’t the first time this has happened:
Funny how Turkish footballers observe a minute of silence, but not Saudis. I guess I just don’t get the nuances of the Muslim world..
The Saudi team’s actions were actually reminiscent of this:
In the preamble to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, the South Africans got up close to the New Zealand haka, almost as though they were advancing on it. They won 15-12.
We beat the Saudis 3-2 last night, but they knew exactly what they were doing. Symbolic acts matter. It was a display of cultural superiority, and a desecration toward our war dead.
There is only one way to respond to this. We must realise we are at war with the Islamic world, and we must demand that every single Muslim leaves the West.