Foreign Policy Magazine - Denying Eurabia

Via Snaphanen: Two very different takes on the ongoing Islamization of Europe. Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs paints a picture that overlaps with the views expressed in Bat Ye'or's book Eurabia and my own book Defeating Eurabia. The clueless French writer Justin Vaïsse from the magazine Foreign Policy pretends that the entire problem simply doesn't exist.

Europe's looming demise (Geller):

"The Europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents or friends is on the verge of collapsing," Geert Wilders said in a speech in the United States last year. The leader of the Netherlands' populist Party for Freedom added: "We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe's destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan called 'a thousand years of darkness.'" And not just Europe, but America as well. Come Jan. 1, 2010, a disastrous and suicidal pact called the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Europe/Mediterranean) goes into effect with little fanfare or examination. It boggles the mind that such a consequential and seismic cultural shift could be mandated and put into play without so much as a murmur from the mainstream media.

Eurabian Follies (Vaïsse):

Islam is neither an exclusive identity nor a marching order. Recent poll data from Gallup show that most European Muslims happily combine their national and religious identities, and a 2009 Harvard University working paper by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris demonstrates that in the long term, the basic cultural values of Muslim migrants evolve to conform to the predominant culture of the European society in which they live. More generally, average European Muslims worry first and foremost about bread-and-butter issues, and to the extent that they are religious, they want to be able to practice religion freely and in decent conditions, not to impose the caliphate. As a 2006 pan-European Pew Research Center study makes clear, "Muslims in Europe worry about their future, but their concern is more economic than religious or cultural," and though there are tensions, these are mostly due to racism, not some grandiose clash of cultures. The most likely scenario for the next few decades – increasing integration of Muslims accompanied by continued cultural tensions, occasional terrorist bombings, and differentiated outcomes in various countries – is a conceptual impossibility for most Eurabia authors because for them Muslims can't really become Europeans. It is, however, already the reality. Maybe it is time they take notice.



Their evidence

Their evidence consists, aside from the Gallop poll, of nothing but studies that for all we know will be discredited tomorrow.

As for the claim that "for most Eurabia authors ... Muslims can't really become Europeans," I am perfectly willing to believe that Muslims can become Europeans. But there needs to be societal pressure for it to happen, and when the pressure is all on the native Europeans to respect their new neighbors and not at all on the Muslims to respect native Europeans, I just don't see it happening.

Refusing to Know

It is sad how unremarkable this is becoming. One is reminded of John Galt's observation that "By refusing to know, they condemn themselves to the perpetual horror of the unknown".
TBJ readers may recall an article posted here by Tiberge featuring a televised panel of "experts" discussing the state of crime in France. There, the orthodoxy of denial might easily be mistaken for parody.