Is Islam Too Dangerous For Europe?

Holland’s latest insult to Ayaan Hirsi Ali,” by Christopher Hitchens, Slate, 22 May 2006,

Europe’s Politics of Victimology,” by Fleming Rose, Blueprint Magazine, 27 May 2006,

I’ve criticized Europe’s attitude toward immigrants before, but it is clear that the gathering nightmare of Muslims non-assimilation in Europe isn’t only Europe’s fault. Europe appears to be incapable of melting those who do not wish to be melted into her cultures. Here are two excerpts, both courtesy National Review’s The Corner, of the Islamic Distopia in Europe:

From Christopher Hitchens:

In the two weeks since I wrote about the increasing isolation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian, her isolation has markedly increased. Dutch courts have already required her to vacate her home as a result of her neighbors’ petition to have her evicted, and she was on the verge of resigning her seat in the Dutch parliament and of requesting the right of residence in the United States. But this was not enough to satisfy her critics. A leftist news team in the Netherlands has broadcast an item about the way in which she had initially entered the country, and now the immigration minister has proposed stripping her of citizenship (and thus of her seat in parliament) as a result of the irregularities involved.

It will be delightful to have Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Washington. But the American Enterprise Institute, which has offered her a perch, is not the place where she is most needed. In Holland, every day, extremist imams preach intolerance and cruelty, and, when they are criticized, invoke the help of foreign embassies to bring pressure on the Dutch authorities. They face no risk of expulsion. In my youth, the action of lighting one person’s cigarette with another was called—don’t ask me why—a “Dutch f***.” I once heard a young lady, offered a light in those terms, respond loftily by saying, “Doesn’t say much for the Low Countries, does it?” No, it didn’t, and neither does this mean and petty harassment of a woman who has also redefined that old expression “Dutch courage.”

From Flemming Rose:

And yet the unbalanced reactions to the not-so-provocative caricatures — loud denunciations and even death threats toward us, but very little outrage toward the people who attacked two Danish Embassies — unmasked unpleasant realities about Europe’s failed experiment with multiculturalism. It’s time for the Old Continent to face facts and make some profound changes in its outlook on immigration, integration, and the coming Muslim demographic surge. After decades of appeasement and political correctness, combined with growing fear of a radical minority prepared to commit serious violence, Europe’s moment of truth is here.

Europe today finds itself trapped in a posture of moral relativism that is undermining its liberal values. An unholy three-cornered alliance between Middle East dictators, radical imams who live in Europe, and Europe’s traditional left wing is enabling a politics of victimology. This politics drives a culture that resists integration and adaptation, perpetuates national and religious differences, and aggravates such debilitating social ills as high immigrant crime rates and entrenched unemployment.

This has wider implications, as well. It may be unwise to admit Turkey to the EU, and anti-liberal Muslim violence is already changing the face of Europe.

3 thoughts on “Is Islam Too Dangerous For Europe?”

  1. I think the EU must not admit Turkey. The resultant migration of muslims (regardless of PNM Theory) will overwelm the Europe in a generation.

    I don't know what to do about Europe. Does Europe want to survive as Europe? Do they want to become Eurabia?

    If Europe wants to remain Europe, it can't admit Turkey to the EU until it decides on and starts to execute a cultural survival program.

    Islamofascist might be moving to fast in Europe and getting ahead of the Europeans themselves. Maybe a backlash produced by overreaching muslims will cause Europe to wake up.

  2. Purpleslog,

    I agree with you more and more. If we put it in terms of PNM Theory, developed countries have to increase the “good” flow of people from the gap to the core, while minimizing the “bad” flow of terrorism from the gap to the core. Admitting Turkey may increase both.

    I also agree with you that the question is mostly cultural. Europe could reap most of the same economic benefits, with far greater geographical and geostrategic rationality, by admitting Ukraine in place of Turkey.

    Much of Europe has already waken up — Holland, Denmark, possibly Germany under Angelina Merkel, and potentially even France if Sarkozy continues his good luck. [1] Yet the Left's hold on Europe is extremely strong. Too bad.


  3. For me, the only problem is the violence. I could care less whether country X has X% of Catholics, X% Protestants or X% Muslims. And compared to the ways Europe has worked out its issues with religious minorities in the past, a semiannual Jihadist attack by disaffected youth seems like a pretty acceptable level of violence. Some level is a given when you have immigrants and racists living side-by-side.

  4. Adam,

    Agreed — but having immigratns and racists living side-by-side isn't a national goal — an increasing in strength/wealth is. If importing Ukrainians instead of Muslims has the same economic benefits while creating less social friction, why not do that?

    I'm not a fan of Europe's closed society, but an intractable problem becomes a “fact” that must be dealth with.

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