…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Who knows? Firstly, who knows what I mean when I write a “fifth column” ? Progies do their worst to change the meaning of even ordinary words, such as “gay” or “misogyny”, so what anything more complex ends up like in their virtual universe? They even hijack the rainbow. Please forgive me, therefore, for restating what, in a normal society, ought to be unnecessary.
There was a civil war in Spain, 1936 -1939 and despite the Leftist propaganda, then and now, it was not a fight of good versus evil. Sometime in September/October 1936 a Nationalist General Emilio Mola told a journalist in response to a question that he expected a “fifth column” of supporters in the city to assist his four columns then advancing on Madrid. Mola spoke too soon. The Republican government took him seriously and “proceeded to carry out the mass execution of as many as 4,000 suspected civilian and military supporters of the Nationalists. What was later known as the Paracuellos massacres crushed any potential fifth column.”
The phrase nevertheless caught on and now supposedly means “ any group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine.”
The expression was apparently used much earlier about Russian supporters inside the fortress of Ismail besieged by Suvorov in the Russo-Turkish war of 1789, but that seems to be forgotten. Obviously there then were no Western journalists and, if so, none able to speak any Slavonic language.
We jump from 1789 to 2015 when the leader of UK Independence Party, UKIP, Nigel Farage said, following the Paris Charlie Hebdo murders by French-born Muslims, that Europe had “a fifth column living within”. Not too accurate, but … the poor chap has to deal with journalists.
For if the Muslims within are the fifth column, where are the first four? I am afraid they are inside as well. They are, in no particular order: the media, the academia, politicians and the judiciary. Personae is interchangeable. In Australia, just about every failed Labor politician ends up as a university professor of something or other; journalists became politicians, and everybody knows from what milieu the judges are appointed by, guess, politicians.
All five work, mostly in concert, sometimes not, for the common goal – annihilation of the remaining values of the western societies. In their visions of the new world order thereafter is likely to be some divergence – some want the caliphate, some the socialism and others just want to rule.
Islam has no need for WMD, in fact even limited use could be counter-productive as its enablers, say like Obama, would have to react, or at least pretend. Its fighters don’t bother even shooting down US planes on their leisurely mission over Iraq. They wisely let their five columns to do the work.