Re: Swiss declare war
- From: Just Me <jpdm45@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:27:37 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 29, 10:14 am, Melanie Sands <Melanie_Sa...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 29 Nov., 15:18, "Koolchi...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
On Nov 29, 9:12 am, "Koolchi...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
Well timed, yodelling, chocolate bombers are in the air as you read
Well, now you know how the Swiss feel about YOU.
And I'm sure they're really glad if you STAY AWAY.
These linked articles want to mischaracterize as "right-wing
extremism" this mainstream Swiss backlash against what is seen by the
majority of Swiss for a serious issue of cultural pollution--but there
can be nothing "extreme" about the mainstream, majority position, as
made manifest by victory at the polls. This relegates the opposition
position to that of the "extreme" which in this case happens to be on
The "right-wing" stigma stuck to this vote is nothing but the snot and
spit of left-wing journalistic slander. Your average Swiss citizen
likes the Zurich skyline the way it is; and they show by this vote
that they will not stand for seeing it invaded by forms they see as
clashing with, and destructive to its distinctively Swiss appearance;
they want Switzerland to look like Switzerland NOT Cairo.
If you think there's something "wrong" with that, there has got to be
something wrong with you--something pushy and totalitarian that would
foist upon others what they otherwise refuse to have. Only an
extremist of an extraordinarily terrible order would think to deny the
Swiss a right for Switzerland to look like Switzerland, for the
There's never been such an objection to the erection of Jewish
synagogues because Jews have always had respect for the traditions of
the nations in which they too are citizens, so their architects keep
that in view when it comes to the design of their sacred structures.
A Swiss synagogue looks Swiss, and a French one looks French. It
doesn't stand as an insult to the skyline of which it forms a part.
You may say that this Swiss vote constitutes disrespect for the
traditions of others--and you'd be dead right, but the disrespect
comes not from the Swiss but from the obstinate appearance of that
mosque, which all in itself constitutes an affront to the
architectural styles among which it would come to squat, like some
ugly gnome over some stink-hole out of Hell.
Even previous to this vote, it has not been permitted for these
minarets to be used to their structural purpose, being a high platform
for the five times daily broadcast of the muezzin's homely, tortured
moaning of the Muslim call to prayer. Nobody in Switzerland wants to
hear that racket clashing with a properly Swiss chiming of clocks and
cathedral bells and so it has not been permitted. Because those
minarets are to no other purpose than to produce such noise pollution,
they have no purpose to be built at all. Since nobody other than a
Muslim or a crack-brained multiculturalist geek wants to hear that
horrible noise, they are told to keep it among themselves.
Observe this photo of a Sephardic synagogue in New York, with its Neo-
Classical lines that would not look out of place next to any bank on
Wall Street or the Lincoln Monument in Washington . . .
No cultural invasion going on there, no stubborn stylistic affront to
the harmony of forms around it; no hulking implication of threat that
it has come not to fit in, but therefore to attack and supplant all
that for centuries had been there before it.
For the Swiss, a big resounding HURRAH! For all the world a sigh of
relief that when we visit Davos and Gstaad, it will be Davos and not
Damascus. It will be Gstaad and not Baghdad. Damn it!
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