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Words are not enough: Farage urges European leaders to act


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Speaking in a European Parliament debate on the Paris attack, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, said, "The political class have a lot to answer for" and that, "We must be more courageous in standing up for our Judeo-Christian culture".

In his speech he acknowledged the underlying causes for the dreadful attacks in Paris last week and said that the rate of mass immigration had led to communities not integrating properly, leading to tensions within our society. He also explained how a flawed foreign policy has led to a culture of resentment within some of the Muslim community.

He went on to say, "The result of all this, is that we do have, I'm afraid, I'm sad to say, a fifth column that is living within our own countries that is utterly opposed to our values and we how we deal with that problem is vital for the future".

Adding, "We must embrace the vast majority of Muslims who themselves are horrified at the civil war that is going on within Islam". Before concluding by saying, "I would suggest this though for the future, we are going to have to be a lot braver, and a lot more courageous in standing up for our Judeo-Christian culture". 

You can read his speech in full below:

"Well Mr President, I share with you and others in utterly condemning what has happened, and in sympathising with the family and friends of those who have been affected, and it was quite something to see millions of people on the streets of Paris and elsewhere . Sincere, worried and in some cases very frightened people.

"But also there were forty, significant, important political leaders and they too were using the language of unity, solidarity, but I'm afraid for them "je suis charlie" is simply not enough, because we need now to have a honest admission that actually our political decisions have led to much of what has happened. Just think about foreign policy from Afghanistan through Iraq through Libya and even the attempt to want to arm the rebels in Syria. All of this was done, we were told, to make our streets safer, and in fact what we have done is to stir up very deep resentments within much of the Muslim community and it's had the very opposite effect.

"We have pursued policies of mass immigration at a rate that has made it frankly impossible for many new communities to integrate and for that I think we have to hold our hands up, and perhaps worst of all we have been guilty of weakness, of lack of courage, of lack of assertion in who we are as people, and we have turned a blind eye within many of our minority communities to practices that would not be tolerated in the rest of the population and indeed we've allowed preachers of hate to go around saying things that are totally unacceptable. The result of all this is that we do have, I'm afraid, I'm sad to say, a fifth column that is living within our own countries that is utterly opposed to our values and we how we deal with that problem is vital for the future.

"We must embrace the vast majority of Muslims who themselves are horrified at the civil war that is going on within Islam. But unless we are prepared to admit our own culpability in much of what has happened we are not going to be able to find solutions. I would suggest this though for the future, we are going to have to be a lot braver, and a lot more courageous in standing up for our Judeo-Christian culture."

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