Europe’s Fate and Turkey’s Progress

The Swiss journalist Alain Jean-Mairet responds to an article by Daniel Pipes entitled “Europe or Eurabia.” Pipes lists three possible outcomes to the current crisis in which millions of Muslims are slowly but surely exerting more and more influence over the European countries they have migrated to: 1) domination of Europe by Islam 2) rejection of Islam by Europeans who finally emerge from their coma and rise up against the enemy 3) peaceful and harmonious co-existence between Muslims and Europeans.

In the end, Islam's inability to accept European culture forces Pipes to reject the notion of a peaceful integration. This leaves two prospects: Europe will become an appendage of North Africa, or civil war will erupt. But Alain Jean-Mairet foresees only chaos:

If the practice of the Islamic religion is not categorically rejected in Europe, the future of the continent, contrary to Daniel Pipes' prediction in Europe or Eurabia, is clearly mapped out. In a word, it will be decline.

Europe is too satiated and refined, too old, too neurotic and weary, and probably could find within itself the sense of abandonment or sacrifice necessary to yield to a culture it had been forced to believe was superior. But the soul of Eurabia is that of a medieval beast, barbaric, proud and without real culture, except for the culture of lies. The union of the two could never generate a society that looks to the future.

This is because the culture of Islam itself is non-existent. At its base it is hardly more that the thick, salted and putrid sap of the desert, the tribal customs cultivated when the need to survive as a group is the dominant preoccupation. The culture attributed to it comes from conquests, pillaging, or sudden bursts of energy that impose themselves not thanks to Islam, but in spite of this spiritual black hole that the message of the prophet Mohammed really is. And so a cultural encounter between Europe and Eurabia will produce only aborted efforts. The culture of hatred and of limiting fatalism that will be spread by the mosques will prevent any new creativity from blossoming.

Furthermore, the Muslims who are settling en masse in Europe are not a united or fraternal community. It is extremely improbable that Muslims from Turkey will be willing to share harmoniously an Islamic European power with Muslims ruled by Saudi Arabia or with those arriving from India. For the moment, they all still have a lot of space, but the first disputes are already apparent, notably in Germany between Turks and Kurds. There is no reason to suppose that the various opposing Muslim communities will get along better in the context of Europe.

Jean-Mairet goes on to explain that for Europeans to rediscover their Christian roots and start having larger families they need to be informed, and this information has to reach them before the point of no return is reached. However Europe does not allow information to circulate. He points to the flood of censorious activity that greeted Fitna by Geert Wilders. Unfortunately, individuals such as Wilders, willing to risk everything, are always (wrongly) associated with violent right-wing political elements. Jean-Mairet suggests that left-wing rather than right-wing violence is more likely to surpass that of the Muslims. (For the record, in his article Pipes acknowledges, rather reluctantly one feels, that Muslims are more apt to commit violence than Europeans.)

So the Islamic domination of Europe will not be a strong and successful enterprise because of inherent internal differences within Islam itself. Likewise, uninformed, propaganda-saturated Europeans are too mixed up and too afraid of war to fight back.

What is left is a degraded unlivable situation where hatreds harden, violence becomes a daily occurrence, and the brightest people emigrate. [...] For the moment all indications are that things are getting worse, and if Europe does not succeed, in the near future, in eliminating the near totality of the practice of the Islamic religion on its territory, that is, the driving force and crucial element behind the hatred and political ascension of Islamists, it will lose the means to govern itself.

One way or another, Islam will be the future of Europe. [...] If Europeans seriously ponder this problem and its foundations, and then act with courage and determination, there is a chance they can resolve it. If they prefer to believe in their lucky star, they will soon be lying under it.

At least Alain Jean-Mairet has taken a firm stand on the need to eliminate Islam from Europe. Something Daniel Pipes has never come close to doing, to the best of my knowledge. Note too that he has specified "the practice of the Islamic religion" as the cause of the problem, aligning himself thus with Geert Wilders who stresses that the problem is the religion, the Koran.

Turkey’s Progress

Meanwhile, the Frenchman Joachim Véliocras reports at his website Islamisation that there was a parade in the city of Mantes-la-Jolie in honor of the Turkish national holiday on Sunday April 27.

Deputy Pierre Bédier of the UMP [France’s governing party] authorized a Turkish Islamist parade in Mantes-la-Jolie [in the western suburbs of Paris] […] In Turkey, you can imagine the fate that would befall the organizers of a parade for the Armenian or Greek or Kurdish national holiday... […] In the photo [from the newspaper Le Parisien], note the official flag of Milli Gorus: the crescent on a green background. Milli Gorus, a Turkish Islamist movement, fights for the establishment of a world Caliphate. The marchers, furthermore, are wearing the military uniforms of the Sublime Porte, with the ostentatious sabre.
About the Milli Gorus: It is the largest Turkish organization in Europe. Created in 1971 in Braunschweig, Germany as the Turkish Union of Germany, […] German intelligence in 2000 classified the organization as "Islamist fundamentalist". Here are a few statements [...] from the organization leaders, that leave little doubt as to their Islamist orientation:
"Milli Gorus is a shield that protects our compatriots from European barbarism."
"Democracy is a Western error."
"[Jews] are vampires and blood suckers."
"[Western countries are] instruments of the world-wide secret Jewish conspiracy."
"Our community is a means to an end – the end being to Islamize society."

Turkey is making progress in its quest for membership in the European Union. Le Figaro dated April 21 outlines the prospects for reforms within Turkey that would accelerate the process:

Turkey could be part of the European Union within "10 to 15 years," provided it continues the policy of reform that has begun, in the view of Olli Rehn, European commissioner on expansion, [...] Questioned about the possible ban by the Turkish Constitutional Court of the AKP party in power, Mr. Rehn felt that such a measure "would harm the reform process."

This is in reference to the attempt by Turkish secularists to ban the Islamist AKP party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In March they brought a lawsuit against the party which they accused of having become a "hotbed of activities contrary to the principle of 'laïcité'". The outcome of the suit is pending.

Gaëlle Mann discloses at her website that a referendum in France on Turkey's membership is no longer a requirement, thanks to... Nicolas Sarkozy.

The French are no longer in a position to block new memberships in the European Union. A bill to reform the Constitution was adopted on Wednesday (April 23) by the Council of Ministers. The bill abolishes the requirement to hold a referendum to ratify new member States in the European Union. "We feel that this obstacle really is meaningless. It establishes a general rule, when in fact we should consider things on a case by case basis, as with Turkey." On the topic of Turkey, President Nicolas Sarkozy continues to believe that it "does not belong in the European Union," explained government spokesman, Luc Chatel.

The requirement, implemented at the insistence of Jacques Chirac in 2005 when the Constitution was being reformed, aimed at calming the fears that the possible entry of Turkey into the EU had aroused in France. The paradox is that the referendum is being abolished by Nicolas Sarkozy, who is himself opposed to Turkey in the EU. Now, any new membership will be ratified EITHER by a referendum OR by a vote of both houses of Parliament. This was the system in place before Chirac's amendment was introduced.

The secretary of State for European Affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet says that abolishing the referendum requirement solved Sarkozy's "credibility problem" with his European partners. "How can you negotiate, if at the end of negotiations you say, 'I have negotiated with you for two years, but there's nothing I can do. I'm not the one who will make the decision, I must leave it up to a referendum?' You are no longer credible within the framework of European negotiations."

From what I have read it comes as no surprise to insiders that Sarkozy is betraying the French people again on the issue of Turkey. It was suggested long ago, before he became president, that he would work secretly to help Turkey's cause.