I have decided to start my political/cultural/current events commentary today. From now on , I will generally post one a week, usually by noon on Saturday. Here we go!
With the recent election of Sadiq Khan, London now has a non-British mayor. Khan is an Pakistani and practicing Muslim. He may be an English speaking subject and resident of London, but he is not truly English, British, or European.
If a Swedish couple became missionaries to China -and then gave birth to and raised there a six foor four, blond hair. blue eyed boy- would that boy be Chinese? Of course not. He would likely be able to speak Chinese (and his parents mother tongue), and he might be a Chinese citizen, but the definitely is not Chinese. Think about this obvious reality, a reality that we in the west -especially the U.S.A.- have not given much consideration for the past few decades.
The new mayor of London, 45 year old Sadiq Aman Khan, took office on May 7, 2016. Khan is a leftist, member of the Labor party, member of the Fabian Society, former Member of Parliament, and practicing Muslim. London is the first major western capital city to have a practicing Muslim as its mayor.
In a 9 May 2016 New York Times op-ed piece by Roger Cohen titled Sadiq Khan vs. Donald Trump, Khan is quoted as saying, “I’m a Londoner, I’m a European, I’m British, I’m English, I’m of Islamic faith, of Asian origin, of Pakistani heritage, a dad, a husband”.
Time for a philosophical reality check. Is Khan an ethnic Pakistani father and husband of Asian origin and the Islamic religion who (regrettably) lives in London? Yes. Is Khan a European, Brit, or Englishman? Absolutely not.
But, lest you think an Islamic Paki is really in charge, Sadiq Khan’s first official act as mayor of London was to visit a Holocaust memorial service, attended some of the millions of Holocaust survivors, chief rabbi Efraim Marvis, and the Israeli ambassador tot he UK, one Mark Regev. Khan also posted a tweet about his attendance, dutifully mentioning the holy number 6 million. (See the May 8th online Times of Israel article London’s new mayor makes Holocaust memorial his first official function).
Incidentally, Khan’s main challenger in the 2016 election for the office of mayor of London was Zac Goldsmith. The 41 year old Frank Zacharias Robin “Zac” Goldsmith is the son of billionaire James Goldsmith. Goldsmith is a “conservative”, and very interested in green/environmental issues. As his surname Goldsmith obviously indicates, Zac is of partial (1/4) Jewish ancestry (paternal grandfather who fled NS Germany). Zac and his first wife divorced in 2010, and in 2013 he married Alice Miranda Rothschild. To top this off, at one point, Zac’s brother Benjamin was married to Kate Rothschild, Alice’s sister. Seriously.
When a people elect an official to lead them who does not share their common blood, culture, national history and heritage, or core moral values (preferably derived from the same religion), then they have elected a man to lead them to political and cultural destruction.
In the end, I am not sure whether Khan or Goldsmith would have been the worst choice for London, the lesser of the two evils.
Anyway, London’s new mayor is not British.
Copyright (C) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.