Breitbart London editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam’s new book marking the anniversary of the late Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech is rocketing up the Amazon charts.
Enoch Was Right, which is Kassam’s assessment of the former soldier, statesman, academic, and published poet’s infamous 1968 speech on mass migration, has claimed the number one spot in both the Ideologies and Nationalism categories for the online retail giant.
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Powell, a gifted intellectual who was a Classics professor by the age of 25 and learned 14 languages over the course of his lifetime, entered politics after serving in the Second World War, during which he made an incredible rise from private soldier to Brigadier, and helped to plan the campaign against Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in North Africa.
His speech, which cost him his position within the Shadow Cabinet of arch-europhile Edward ‘Ted’ Heath, was prompted by frank discussions and correspondence with his Wolverhampton constituents, who expressed their concerns about mass migration in terms which made many observers uncomfortable.
“Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation, to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population,” he warned.
“It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.”
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The speech acquired the sobriquet ‘Rivers of Blood’ after its most famous line, a classical allusion to the Aeneid, an epic poem by the ancient Roman poet Virgil.
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding,” he said. “Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood’.”
Mainstream liberal commentators believe that history has proved Powell’s prediction that mass migration and multiculturalism would plunge Britain into the same sort of inter-community violence which plagued India after the end of the British Raj wrong.
But Kassam, British-born but of Indian extraction himself, argues that the rise of identity politics, growing civil unrest, presence of tens of thousands of Islamic radicals, and prevalence of ethnic minority grooming gangs targeting vulnerable white girls in Britain all point to one conclusion: “Enoch was right.”