THE COMING OF EURABIA
02 Jan 2008
According to Moorish legend, Boabdil,
the last Muslim (Moorish) king of what was left of Al Andalus (the great Moorish Empire in Spain), surrendered the keys to
his city Granada on January 2, 1492, and on one of its hills, paused for a final glance at his lost Empire. The place would
become known as El Ultimo Suspiro del Moro - "the Moor's Last Sigh." Over 500 years have passed since the end of the Moorish
Empire in Andalusia,
but for the Muslim world, the memory, the humiliation and the pain still linger. Bin Laden, in the wake of the March 11, 2004
Madrid rail attacks called for the restoration of the Muslims’
lost Islamic caliphate. D'himmis, whether Spaniards or Israelis, must never be allowed
to rule over Muslims in lands previously conquered by Islam. Once lands formed part of the Muslim umma ("community" - in its global sense), they remain part of the Muslim umma.
In a strange twist of irony, history may now be coming full circle. If Muslim population growth continues at it’s expected
pace, the Europe of today will become the Eurabia of tomorrow. What kind of European Islam
will evolve, however, remains to be seen.
The demographic Arab and Muslim weight in Europe
is combining with the flow of Arab capital, the globalization of markets and the huge European financial investments in Arab
lands to produce a gradual but inexorable movement toward the Islamification of Europe. The ascendancy of Islam in Europe
began in response to the booming European economy of the 1960s and the need for cheap foreign labor (mostly from North Africa)
and as a political consequence of the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s where Europeans became so afraid of losing their
oil supplies that they decided to pander to the requests of OPEC, discarding Israel and beginning an intense dialogue with
Arab countries. The political trappings of this change can be seen today in Islamic control over Middle Eastern Studies Departments
at European universities; the re-writing of European historical textbooks; allowing Euro-Arab bodies to screen cultural exchanges
and publications relating to Islam and the Arab Muslim world for “unwelcome” content; taboos imposed on issues
related to immigration and Islam; disinformation campaigns demonizing Israel and America, while fostering a comprehensive
and “brotherly” alliance between European Union (EU) and Arab League countries on the political, economic, cultural,
and social levels; and the servile obedience of the EU's mainstream media to all these initiatives. 1 The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) which
voted to adopt boycott of Israelis universities, professors and students followed by the British National Union of Journalists
voting for a boycott of Israeli products were two actions instituted by these increasingly powerful Euro-Arab League relationships.
But these are just the surface manifestations
of more ominous developments unfolding on the European continent. Over the past three decades, liberalization, secularization,
and the need for cheap labor brought about liberal immigration policies that resulted in millions of impoverished Arab Muslims
flocking to the continent for its wealth, it’s higher standard of living, its freedom and its ethnic and religious tolerance.
Europe opened its borders to them, while turning a blind eye to the hundreds of minarets
that began rising in the shadows of its basilicas and bell towers.
Islam vs. Christendom
For many Muslims, the cultural change from North Africa to Europe was invigorating, but for others, notably
second and third generation European Muslims, Europe has become a decadent, godless, secular
prison. As a consequence, they have refused to be assimilated into European society preferring instead to remain on its periphery
- aloof, devoutly religious, impoverished and increasingly radicalized. Islamic religious narcissism has become a cultural
force that is gradually overwhelming secular Europe. The threat is reflected both in Muslim
population growth and in Muslim religious observance - a religious observance far more intense than that within post-Christian
secular Europe where religion is seen as an irrational force stemming from the intellectual
repression of the Catholic Church.
The Islamic faith broadly divides civilization into two camps - Dar al-Islam, the land of the believers (where it is permissible to interact with society and to send children
to schools because they are subject to Shari’a or Islamic law), and Dar al-Kufr, the land of unbelievers (where assimilation is forbidden and devout Muslims are required to “keep
their distance from the infidels,” and even wage jihad
against their adopted country). 2 Since the Qur'an
comes after the Torah and the Bible (historically and chronologically), it is the final and therefore perfect manifesto of
God's will. By proclaiming a strict adherence to the Qur'an, the
Islamists aim to drive the cultures of Western freedom and the cultures of Muslim peoples into an irreversible conflict in
the certainty that Islam will prevail. While the methodology of Islamists may differ from the political insinuations of the
Muslim Brotherhood to the violent actions of Al Qaeda, the ultimate aim remains the same - the subjugation of non-Muslim cultures
It is the latter belief that is prevailing in the slums and tenements of Europe. This radicalized version of Islam has reflected itself in riots in France's
banlieues and the European uproar over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Radical Islamists see no contradiction between their demand for “respect” for Islam
and their demands that Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism or any other non-Islamic religion accept d’himmitude or legal second class status. They see no contradiction between demanding the supremacy of
Islam on the one hand, and trampling on the Danish flag (which has the Christian cross emblazoned on it), banning religions
other than Islam in Saudi Arabia, publishing viciously anti-Semitic canards in the Arab media and demanding that all other
religions must submit to “the will of Allah” on the other.
is, infidels should have no rights or freedoms other than those bestowed upon them
in accordance with Shari’a (Islamic law). And therein lays the problem - the
view that Muslims cannot practice true Islam in a secular environment. This belief translates into decrees (fatwas) from European imams prohibiting the giving of greetings to infidels
on their religious holidays, encouraging Muslim parents to remove their children from secular European public schools and
prohibiting Muslim service in the armies and police of their newly adopted lands. Safety, security and survival can only be
found within the greater Muslim ummah. This religious imperative has led to widespread
Muslim alienation and poverty throughout Europe. It has also led to the growth of Islamic
The degree of religious observance between the two cultures is substantial. While seventy-five (75%) of
French Muslims observe the month-long Ramadan fast, and two thirds avoid the consumption
of alcoholic beverages, French (indeed European) post-Christian culture is strongly rooted in secularism. 3 In
the Netherlands, Britain, Sweden and Denmark, fewer than ten percent (10%) of the population attend church even once a month,
and while an estimated fifty-two percent (52%) of Norwegians and fifty-five (55%) of Swedes believe that God is unimportant
to them, European mosques are full. Thus, secularism, liberalism and religious tolerance have left European culture vulnerable
to the more aggressive Islamic advances. This higher degree of European Muslim religious observance is also reflected in its
successful proselytization efforts. 4
While secular European society is busying itself promoting religious tolerance, there are an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 converts
to Islam in France alone (mostly, though not exclusively from Afro-Caribbean countries).
The Demographic Challenge
The high degree of Islamic observance (reflecting itself in the cultural alienation
of European Muslim society) when combined with the massive influx of millions of Arab Muslims into Christian Europe, represent
the first significant challenge to European Christendom in centuries. Once marginal, Islam is now the fastest growing religion
across Europe. Muslims now outnumber practicing Christians in many European cities, and mosques,
schools, and other Islamic institutions have acquired power and influence to match. Immigration has accounted for some 70%
of Europe's general population growth over the past six years, and the majority of that immigration
has been Muslim. According to a 2002 report by the World Jewish Congress, the Muslim population in Europe now ranges anywhere
from twelve to twenty million persons (depending upon whether surveys include estimates on illegal immigration) or around
five percent (5%) of the population, but that
figure would soar closer to 17% if Muslim Turkey were to join the EU which remains an open question.
Thus, the debate about Turkey
(and its 71 million Muslims) joining the European Union is increasingly a Eurabian issue. Once
upon a time, the countries that comprise the European Union constituted fourteen percent (14%) of the world’s population.
Today, that figure is down to six percent (6%) and projections show that by 2050 (according to a UN forecast) it will be just
over four percent (4%) all brought about by a gradual lowering of the non-Muslim birthrate. There has not been such a sustained
population reduction in Europe since the Black Death ravaged the continent in the 14th century.
5 If non-Muslims decide to flee the coming Islamic order (which is a distinct possibility) the continent
could have a Muslim majority within decades. 6
The UN predicts that Europe’s non-Muslim
population will drop by an estimated 7.5 million over the next 45 years while its Muslim population will increase dramatically.
European Christians are having fewer children – an average of 1.5 children each, but to sustain a population, a birthrate
of 2.1 children per woman is required. Since workers are needed to pay taxes and maintain the economy, Europe
continues to bring in millions of immigrants – mostly Muslim. Approximately 1.6 million new immigrants are needed annually
to keep Europe’s working population stable. But if Europe
wants to maintain the current ratio of workers to retirees, with more of its aging population retiring all the time, it will
have to bring in a staggering 13.5 million immigrants every year. Millions of these are Muslims (and will probably continue
to be); especially if Turkey's Muslim
population is accepted into the European Union and is added to the equation. Muslims tend to have their children when young,
in contrast to the native Europeans. They also tend to have more of them. Estimates suggest that birthrates and immigration
will put the Muslim population of Europe at10% by 2020. 7 Already, the Muslim birthrate in Europe is three
times higher than the non-Muslim birthrate. In fact, for the past five years, the most common name for baby boys in Brussels, Belgium
has been "Mohammed," with "Osama" placing a close second.
In the Netherlands,
Muslims represent a majority among children under fourteen in the country’s four largest cities. Rotterdam,
a port city where over half the population is of foreign origin will soon unveil Europe’s largest mosque (although an
even larger one is planned for Germany), and official projections confirm
that Amsterdam and Rotterdam
will have 50% non-Western populations (mostly Muslim) by 2020. This has brought the Dutch to the realization that their nation,
the nation that spawned geniuses like Erasmus, Spinoza and Rembrandt is in danger of being overwhelmed by an alien culture
that knows no compromise and refuses to be assimilated into secular Dutch society.
For these and other reasons, several leading radical Islamic theologians including
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Muslim scholar and preacher (and the spiritual leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood) and
Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudais in Saudi Arabia speak of the Islamic conquest of Europe simply by allowing demographics and
Muslim conversions to take their course. 8 They see the adoption of
the Muslim faith and the submission of Christian Europe to Islamic rule as inevitable. “We will remodel this country
in an Islamic image,” Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad told an attentive London
audience less than two months after 9/11. “We will replace the Bible with the Qur’an.”
When Tolerance Ends
Many second and third generation European Muslims, however, are not prepared to wait.
They consider the Salafist understanding of Islam to be the only way to behave. More
and more young people are turning to European madrasses, online extremist literature, satellite TV and the powerful rhetoric
of groups that counsel belligerence and inveigh against assimilation and the countries that took them in. They want an Islamic
Europe, and they want it now, and that desire is facilitated by European tolerance. After all, it was in the Al Quds mosque of secular, liberal, tolerant Hamburg, Germany that Mohammed Atta developed his hatred for modernity, secularism, liberalism,
women and the "decadence" of Western and Arab societies. And it was in Al Quds mosque,
too, that a young "party boy" from a secular family in Lebanon underwent
the transformation that would take him from an elite Catholic prep school in Beirut to the
controls of a hijacked passenger airliner that crashed in the fields of Shanksville,
Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. 9
The religious culture that brings European Muslims to the mosques and restricts their interaction with European society
has also limited their opportunities in the economic marketplaces of Europe. Despite their
increasing numbers, most of Europe’s Arab Muslims continue to dwell in slums and have
four to five times the unemployment rate of native Europeans. This has produced a culturally alienated, socially marginalized,
and economically unemployed Muslim second and third generation whose pathologies have led to a surge of gang rapes, anti-Semitic
attacks and anti-American violence, not to speak of raging radical ideologies and terrorism. 10
Today, the call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe
and intelligence chiefs across the continent are struggling to contain the openly seditious sermons of Islamic extremists,
some of whom have been inciting young Muslim men to suicidal violence since the 1990’s. All this has led to a growing
public uproar in Europe that more strident measures are needed to integrate their unassimilated
immigrant Muslim communities into the secular European polity.
where the Muslim population exceeds 1.8 million people, this radicalization is reflected in the results of recent surveys
where a growing number of disaffected young Muslims responded that being a “martyr for Allah” meant a ticket out
of poverty and into paradise. Eighty percent were against the invasion of Iraq,
13% said that another 9/11 was justified, and 50% said they would consider becoming a suicide bomber "if forced to live like
Palestinians." Almost 200,000 Muslims sympathized with Osama bin Ladin. In England,
40% of Muslims live in London (or, what Melanie Phillips refers
to as "Londinistan"), where they make up 8.5% of the population. In the largest survey yet undertaken in Britain of Muslim
attitudes, a Times/Populus poll revealed that the Muslim insistence on the umma has led more than half to see the War on Terror as a war on Islam. And though only 16% believe the July
2005 London subway bombings were just, some 13% consider the
suicide bombers to be martyrs. That is not a statistically insignificant figure. It translates as 234,000 people. 11
Within European governments,
there is a growing sentiment that rogue mosques are bent on destroying the West and that a foreign policy based upon appeasement
of Arab regimes is simply not working. In response, police across the EU now monitor prayer meetings in mosques, and media
accounts of the anti-Western and anti-Semitic sermons from European Islamic imams are fuelling public anger. From Norway to Sicily, governments, politicians and the media are
laying aside their traditions of diversity and tolerance and are now insisting that Islamic extremism be recognized as incompatible
with Europe’s liberal values. But the Muslim community is pushing back. The French
are being intimidated for banning Muslim headscarves, the Dutch for films deemed offensive to Islamic practices, and the British
for supporting a "Crusader war" against Islam in Iraq.
In the Netherlands, in the aftermath
of 9/11, the weekly magazine Contrast took a poll showing that just under half of
Dutch Muslims were in “complete sympathy” with the attacks. Many expressed the desire to turn to terrorism. In
October 2004, Dutch newspaper readers were riveted by the story of a quiet married couple who had been harassed to leave their
predominantly Muslim Amsterdam neighborhood of Diamantbuurt
by gangs of Muslim youths. A month later, on November 2, 2004, it all came to a climax when Theo van Gogh (great grand-nephew
of Vincent), a well-known and controversial Dutch film director who had recently produced a brief 11-minute documentary on
the shameful abuse of Muslim women by Muslim men in Europe ("Submission") was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam, in broad
daylight, by a young Muslim man of Moroccan origin (Mohammed Bouyeri) carrying out a religious fatwa
(command) and committed to jihad. Reportedly, van Gogh was dragged from his
bicycle as he rode down a quiet Amsterdam street and shot
at least six times. As he attempted to escape, his assailant pursued him and despite pleading for his life, his assailant
proceeded to slit his throat with a butcher knife (almost severing van Gogh’s head) and then impaled a five-page letter
attacking the enemies of Islam on the chest of his dying victim. At his trial in July 2005, Bouyeri addressed van Gogh's mother directly, saying: "I don't feel your pain. I
have to admit that I don't have any sympathy for you. I can't feel for you because you're a non-believer." He told the court:
"I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion."
For the most tolerant of peoples (whose approach to past terrorist threats had simply
been to sentence “offenders” to 120 hours of community service), van Gogh’s murder was too much even for
the Dutch. Signs began appearing throughout the city - “If you don’t like it, leave.” In the wake of the
van Gogh murder, Pakistani, Kurdish, and Moroccan terrorist cells were discovered to be operating in the land of religious
tolerance. The Hague-based "Hofstadt Group" (out
of which van Gogh's killer came) was discovered to have had contact with terrorists involved in the 2003 Casablanca bombings. It was also discovered that Bouyeri’s mosque had received a massive
Euro loan from the Saudi Al Haramain Foundation - a Foundation that has been designated
as a funder of terrorism. Perhaps the most alarming revelation was that an Islamist mole had been working as a translator
in the AIVD, the Dutch national investigative service and tipping off local radicals to impending operations. 12 The
Dutch were shocked. Indeed, prior to the van Gogh murder, the government had actively encouraged immigrant children to speak
Turkish, Arabic or Berber in primary schools rather than insisting that they learn in Dutch. In the 1980s, the government
even encouraged the establishment of Muslim schools. It poured public money into the construction of mosques, and funding
was provided for “ethnic diversity projects” including seven hundred Islamic clubs. 13 But, the van
Gogh murder was a wake-up call, and even the Dutch realized that for tolerance to work, it had to be reciprocal and that to
intolerant jihadists, tolerance was just another word for an opportunity to exploit
European culture. As one editorialist noted in the aftermath of the van Gogh slaying - “Unilateral tolerance in a world
of intolerance is like unilateral disarmament in a world of armed camps: It regards hope as a better basis for policy than
As a result, Dutch MP Geert Wilders launched
a new political party demanding a halt to non-Western immigration into the Netherlands
for five years and a tougher line towards Islamic extremism. He has warned that many of the more than one million Muslims
who live in the Netherlands “have
already opted for radical Islam” and he urged closing extremist mosques. Wilders has since gone into hiding in response
to numerous threats on his life and he travels under armed guard when he travels at all. 15 Some Dutch national opinion polls already put his party in second place. Holland has
just become the first country in Europe (perhaps in the world) to declare a four-year moratorium
on any new immigration, including “asylum seekers.” In fact, the Dutch parliament recently voted to expel 26,000
such individuals - mostly from the Third World. It is also considering a new anti-terrorism
law that parallels the USA Patriot Act and, in recent months, the government has imposed
new laws requiring anyone over the age of fourteen to show identification to authorities if asked. In addition, the Dutch
have directed their attention to their marriage laws where it has become a custom for young, marriageable Muslims to return
to their homelands to find a bride or groom and bring them back to Holland.
Foreign spouses marrying Dutch citizens must now be twenty-one and speak Dutch, and their eligibility for welfare is not immediate.
Education in foreign languages has also been phased out, so the Dutch can concentrate on teaching their own endangered language.
A similar scenario is unfolding in France in the wake of the French government's ban on Muslim headscarves. Just days
before a 23-year old Tunisian-born Frenchwoman (Ghofrane Haddaoui) was to be married, she was stoned to death near her home
for refusing the advances of a teenage Muslim boy in Marseilles. She paid with her life. 17 Even so-called "honor killings" of Muslim women are on the rise in Britain
as well as France. For a while, traditional
French appeasement seemed to be working. The French adopted the 1980 Venice Declaration that made clear that the European
Community (under French leadership) had adopted pan-Arab conditions regarding Israel without qualification, including the
1949 armistice as Israel’s legitimate borders; Arab sovereignty over East Jerusalem; an Arab Palestinian state; the
recognition of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinians, as well as its participation in all negotiations, the
obligation of Israel to negotiate with Arafat exclusively; and the refusal to recognize a separate peace between Israel and
any Arab country for the resolution of the "Palestinian problem." 18
Later, it called for a revision of a century-old law on the separation of church and state, allowed government bodies to subsidize
mosques, parroted the pan-Arab refrain that no reforms can be achieved in any Muslim country before the settlement of the
Arab-Israeli conflict and accorded state honors to Yasser Arafat after his demise in a French military hospital.
for all that, France’s six million
mostly North African Muslims who represent 10% of its population and the second largest religion in the country, have refused
to be patronized. Today, Islam reaches out to the Muslim poor and disillusioned in France's working-class neighborhoods and suburbs. Fully fifty percent (50%) of
the French unemployed are Muslims. Most Muslim quarters are plagued with all the social problems that beset poverty-stricken
areas, including a high crime rate, drugs and prostitution. 19 And to add insult to injury, not one Muslim sits
in France's 577-seat Chamber of Deputies
20. Perhaps that's the reason that Muslims account for over half
the population of French prisons, while penitentiaries close to these districts have up to 80% Muslim inmates. Not surprisingly
these neighborhoods have become the most fertile recruitment grounds for those preaching the message of Islamic terrorism.
the average Frenchman, it is becoming clear that France's
“republican” approach to integration (whereby immigrants were supposed to blend harmoniously into society and
not exist in separate communities) has failed as dismally as has Dutch tolerance. One indication of that failure arose in
2002 when the French government tried to create a representative council for French Islam. French Muslim organizations were
set to choose their representatives, but the government canceled the election as pre-vote polls showed that the majority would
have gone to the Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF), a federation representing the majority of France's 1,500 mosques. The UOIF is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood - the most
powerful and dangerous opposition force in Egyptian politics - which supports the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves
in public schools, something France simply
won't allow. The organization also relies on the Persian Gulf states for its financial survival
and on the guidance of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the radical sheik referred to above who has preached a clash of Christian and Islamic
civilizations on al-Jazeera.
The French believe that their country can no longer
tolerate the excesses of an alien culture in their midst and only recently abandoned political correctness to halt the inroads
of Islam by deporting foreign imams who support wife beatings and similar Islamic practices. 21 It is a telling
commentary on French society's feelings toward its Islamic population that a National Commission on Human Rights poll revealed
that 63% of French society think there are “too many Arabs” in France; 43% say that there are too many blacks;
21% too many Asians and only 19% too many Jews. 22 In December 2004, the government banned Al Manar (Hezbollah’s Lebanon-based
television channel) for anti-Semitic broadcasting and as the year came to an end, former French Foreign Minister Dominique
de Villepin announced the creation of a state-supervised "Foundation for Islam in France" that will manage financial contributions from Muslims abroad.
French government has finally made the connection between Islamic mosques and Islamic terrorism. It has recognized that part
of the problem is a shortage of domestically trained Islamic clerics to lead congregations of European-born Muslims. This
shortage has led European mosques to rely on imported imams or self-proclaimed clerics who espouse radical Islamic beliefs
that grate against Europe's more tolerant societies. Only about 10% of the imams preaching
in France's mosques are citizens and half
do not speak French, according to the Interior Ministry.
Similar fears of Islamic extremism have surfaced in traditionally
tolerant Scandinavia - and no longer just from the populist rightwing party (Pia Kjaersgaard’s People’s Party)
in Denmark. The center-right government
of Anders Rasmussen has equipped Denmark with Europe’s
toughest curbs on Muslim immigration.
the new Terrorism
Act 2006 has introduced penalties for glorifying terrorism (ie: placards or
web sites supporting "martyrdom" or killing those who insult Mohammed; inciting jihad
through mosque sermons, etc.), engaging in terrorism training, preparation or planning of terrorist acts and disseminating
terrorist publications. Suspects can now be held without charge for up to 28 days.
In Sweden, where anti-Muslim feeling is running high and mosques have been burnt,
schools have been authorized to ban pupils who wear full Islamic headscarves (although the measure comes nowhere near France’s
ban on the hijab in all state schools). Yet, despite these actions and sentiments,
Hamas anti-Semitic material continues to be distributed
in Stockholm's Great Mosque and during the international debate
on the Mohammed cartoons in February 2006, no Swedish paper published them except for the website of a small extreme-Right
party, SD-Kuriren. The Foreign Ministry, however, instructed the Internet provider to close that site. Sweden even sent two Muslim envoys to Muslim countries in order to apologize and,
in so doing became the first European d'himmi state.
In Germany, Islam is the third-largest
religion (after the Protestant and Roman Catholic faiths) and its three million mainly Turkish Muslims represent 3.2% of the
population. Several years ago, Turks in Germany
approached the German government to ask for religious education. The German constitution permits such religious instruction
for those who voluntarily wish to take it. But when the German government turned down Turkey's
offer to provide textbooks and teachers, the government unwittingly opened the educational door to instruction from Islamic
extremists who brought in Wahhabi textbooks from Saudi Arabia.
It all came to the surface with the van Gogh murder. The murder resulted in pressure for sermons to be preached in German
(rather than Turkish or Arabic) in an attempt to halt extremist Islamic diatribes. Hidden TV cameras recently broadcast a
sermon from an imam in a Berlin mosque telling worshippers
that “Germans can …..expect to rot in the fires of hell because they are kuffaars
(nonbelievers).” 23 And as if to throw more fuel on the fire, German
television viewers were aghast when local young Muslims (asked to comment on the murder of van Gogh) approved saying “If
you insult Islam, you have to pay" - a threat played out in the subsequent European cartoon jihad.
As a result, the German Interior Ministry and other government departments are developing legislation that would include the
compulsory use of German in Islamic schools, more training for Islamic theologians at German universities, and more pressure
on foreign-born social welfare beneficiaries to attend German-language classes.
In December 2004, the government also
instituted an anti-terror command headquarters at a secret location in Berlin,
and on January 1, 2005 a new law went into effect requiring detailed background checks for every immigrant applying for residency
and permitting the deportation of "Islamic hate-preachers." Local German councils have started to question permission for
new mosques to be built especially since there are already more than seven hundred in the country. As of December 1st, 2006,
under the new rules, immigrants seeking to come to Germany
will now have to show knowledge of German and be under 45 years old. They will not be eligible for social aid.
even Italy’s traditional tolerance
towards immigrants has been eroded by fear of Islamic domination. An Ipsos poll conducted in September 2004 showed that 48%
of Italians believed that a “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West is already under way and that
Islam is “a religion more fanatical than any other.” 24
Some Final Thoughts
Bat Ye'or once commented that "Europe is now in the early stages of a Kulturkampf, a cultural
confrontation between unreformed Islam and the modern nation-state." That is, it has internalized the clash of civilizations.
Throughout history, adherents to Islamic culture have devoted themselves to making their religion and way of life the dominant
culture in every land they entered. And it is becoming so in Europe. When a Swedish company
withdraws a textbook on religion because it contains illustrations of Mohammed, or when a British judge bars Jews and Hindus
from the jury at the trial of a Muslim, or when a medieval Christian Spanish King (Ferdinand III) who was responsible for
the defeat of Islamic Spain six hundred years ago is removed as the patron saint of an annual Spanish fiesta, or when the
Dutch Language Union decrees that the word "Christ" must now be spelled with a lowercase "c", or when crucifixes begin to
disappear from some European hospitals, or when discussions commence on whether statues of Dante should be removed because
the poet's "Divine Comedy" happened to placed Mohammad in hell, or when a British government office bans Winnie the Pooh piggy
banks and other images of pigs because they are offensive to Muslims.....a significant freedom is being lost not because of
"sensitivity to certain cultures" and not because of "the responsibilities of the press" (as are claimed) but because of pure
fear and intimidation - the first solid step towards d'himmitude. The issue becomes
the point at which a free, tolerant and primarily secular society is prepared to find the courage to stand up to those determined
to tear it down.
During the Golden
Age of Islamic Spain a thousand years ago (tolerant and creative though the culture was), the Moors demanded d'himmitude that saw Islamic rulers require tens of millions of non-Muslim peoples (primarily Christians and
Jews) being treated as second-class citizens in accordance with the Qur'an. Jews and Christians were "tolerated" under Islam
provided that they paid a jizya (or head tax) and accepted Islamic dominance. Church
steeples were prohibited from overshadowing mosques. Non-Muslims had no right whatsoever to an independent existence and they
could live under Islamic rule only so long as they kept to the rules that Islam had promulgated for them. Islam was and is
more than a religious system. Then as now, it is a way of life with no separation of politics from religion or the spiritual
from the temporal.
Should the Muslim population continue to grow in Western Europe
at its current rate and should it remain a fundamentally alien culture within European society, it is conceivable that, well
before the end of this century, Islam will become the dominant religious and political force on the continent. That is, the
Europe of tomorrow will look and feel very different from the Europe of today. As Bernard
Lewis of Princeton, a leading scholar of Islam told the German paper Die Welt during
the summer of 2004, by the end of the century “at the very latest,” the European continent would be “part
of the Arabic west, the Maghreb.” Or as Bassam Tibi, an Islamic scholar in Germany put it: “Either Islam will become Europeanized, or Europe
will become Islamic.”
When British intelligence agents arrest a group of Muslim men in London experimenting with
ricin (a toxin used in assassinations); when British Muslims are told by Sheikh Omar Bakir Muhammed (the former judge of the
Sharia court in Britain and leader of the now officially disbanded Islamic militant
group Al Muhajiroun) that British Muslims face two choices - either leave Britain
or join jihad against the British; when British police break-up an al Qaeda plot to
bomb Heathrow Airport; when on April 30, 2007, five British
Muslim men receive life sentences for plotting terror attacks against various British targets using ammonium nitrate fertilizer
as an explosive; when Britain's MI5 Homeland Intelligence Service Director discloses that there are at least 200 cells, 2,000
potential British terrorist plotters and 400,000 extremist sympathizers in Britain, and that an increasing number of school-age
young people were being recruited by al Qaeda; when the Financial Times of London
quotes a British Muslim mother urging other Muslim mothers to take their children out of kuffaar
(unbeliever) schools and to use "martyrs" as their role models; when David Bell, the chief inspector of schools in London
accuses Islamic schools of undermining the coherence of British society; when an October 2007 report ("The Hijacking of British Islam: How extremist literature is subverting mosques in the UK") issued by the British Policy Exchange think-tank finds extremist
literature in a quarter of the British mosques studied - much of which is of Saudi origin; when
an Islamic jihad group narrowly fails in an attempt to bomb a busy marketplace in
France; when the French security and intelligence services smash a cell that was recruiting terrorists to join the insurgency
in Iraq; when Germany arrests a Syrian embassy staffer and charges him with espionage and issuing threats against the Syrian
opposition in Europe; when Italian investigators acknowledge that several recruits from Italy have carried out bombing attacks
in Baghdad; when nine men are convicted on September 5, 2007 in Odense, Denmark with conspiracy to bomb the Jyllands-Posten
newspaper, City Hall Square in Copenhagen and the Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen; when a 19-year old Copenhagen woman
is physically confined, beaten, stabbed, burned and mutilated for nine days for "being Christian"; when Swiss officials express concern that several radical Islamic clerics have openly urged Italian men to become terrorists;
when the German authorities arrest twenty supporters of Ansar al-Islam (an Iraqi terrorist
organization with links to al Qaeda) including dozens of forged passports and boxes
of militant propaganda, and estimate that there are another hundred supporters remaining in Germany and five hundred to a
thousand in Europe fomenting jihad; when an increasingly poor, disenfranchised, alien
and radicalized Muslim population and culture continue to grow in the heart of Europe; and when rising Muslim violence culminates
in the murder of Theo van Gogh, the torching of cars in French riots and the burning of embassies and consulates across Europe
because of the Mohammed cartoons….. it’s time for Europeans to stop pandering to Arab goodwill in the name of
political correctness and religious tolerance, and focus attention on the Islamic threat to European society. As French Arabist
scholar Gilles Kepel stated in a recent interview: “Either we Europeans will train our Muslims to become modern global
citizens who live in a democratic, pluralistic society, or the Islamists will win..... Then, we’re in serious trouble.”
America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn wrote that much of the
Western world "will not survive the twenty-first century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes,
including many if not most European countries." But he was not the first to predict this eventuality. In 1974, former Algerian
President Houari Boumedienne warned Europe in a speech at the U.N.: "One day, millions of
men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. They will
go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory."
Boabdil’s revenge for the loss of Al Andalus
may have been long in coming, but for European Muslims, time and patience may prove Boumedienne and the Islamic theologians
1. Bat Ye'or, "How Europe Became Eurabia,"
FrontPageMagazine.com, July 27, 2004; see also: Jamie Glazov’s interview with Bat Ye’or in FrontPage Magazine,
“The Palestinianization of Europe”, March/April 2007.
2. Lawrence Wright, “The Terror Web - Were
the Madrid bombings part of a new, far-reaching jihad being
plotted on the Internet?” The New Yorker, August 2, 2004.
3. “Radical Islam in Europe:
A united continent faces a burgeoning threat to its stability,” World Jewish Congress Publications, No. 83 September
4. Craig S. Smith, “Europe’s Muslims May be headed where the Marxists Went Before,” New York Times, December 26, 2004; see also: Aminul Haque, “Islamic Pride and Prejudice,”
The Independent (London), April 14, 2004.
Ferguson, “Eurabia?” Hoover Digest, April 4, 2004, #3; Lorenzo Vidino, “Forceful Reason: Fallaci issues
a wake-up call to Europe,” National Review Online, May 4, 2004.
6. Niall Ferguson,
7. Daniel Pipes, “Europe en route to Islamic takeover,” Chicago Sun-times, May 12, 2004.
8. Anthony Browne, The Triumph of the East,”
The Spectator (U.K.), July 25, 2004.
Fouad Ajami, “The Moor's Last Laugh: Radical Islam finds a haven in Europe,”
Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2004.
10. Daniel Pipes, “Europe’s Threat
to the West,” FrontPageMagazine Sun, May 18, 2004; see also: Michael P. Germano, “Islamic Europe: The Rise of
Eurabia,” Perspectives, July-September 2003, Volume 6.
11. Arnaud de Borchgrave, “Islamist Fifth Columns,”
Washington Times, April 8, 2004; for a detailed analysis of Islamic terrorism in Britain, see: Rachel Ehrenfeld, “London’s
Jihadists: The U.K. Must Crackdown on Resident Islamists,” National Review, May 10, 2004 and " Islam in Britain: A year
after 7/7, Muslims cannot be complacent about extremism", Times of London, July 4, 2006.
12. Christopher Caldwell,
“Holland Daze: The Dutch rethink multiculturalism,” The Weekly Standard, December 27, 2004, 12/27/2004, Volume
010, Issue 15.
13. Alexis Amory, “Europe Resisting Islam’s Dark Ages,” FrontPageMagazine, January
14. Theodore Dalrymple, “Why Theo Van Gogh Was Murdered,” City Journal, November 17, 2004.
Christopher Caldwell, op. cit.
16. Christopher Caldwell, op. cit.
17. Charles Bremner, “Stoned to death...why
Europe is starting to lose faith in Islam,” London Times,
December 4, 2004.
18. Bat Ye'or, op. cit.
19. “Radical Islam in Europe,”
20. “Islam gaining ground in French prisons,” Associated Press; Jamie Glazov, "Menace in Europe," FrontPageMagazine, April 7, 2006.
21. Elaine Ganley, “France Targets Imams to
Rein in Terrorism,” Associated Press, May 3, 2004; see also: Glen Feder, “Fight or Flight: Will France Stand up
to Terrorism this time?” National Review Online, April 26, 2004.
22. “Radical Islam in Europe,”
23. Roger Boyes, “Germans fear Islamic Unrest,” The Times of London, November 17, 2004.
Lawrence Wright, op. cit.