Readers: I have a series of posts on Europe today, this is the first.
A former refugee warns Europe (again) that the Islamists do not respect multiculturalism and are on the cusp of victory in Europe.
Cliff May writing about Bat Ye’or’s new book “Europe, Globalization and the Coming Universal Caliphate:”
For more than 30 years, Bat Ye’or, a refugee from Egypt, has been writing about dhimmis — Christians and Jews living under oppression in Muslim lands for over a millennium. Now, she has a new book, “Europe, Globalization and the Coming Universal Caliphate,” that looks at Muslims living in lands that once were Christian but today call themselves multicultural.
She predicts Europe will not remain multicultural for long. She is convinced that Europe, sooner rather than later, will be dominated by Islamic extremists and transformed into “Eurabia” — a term she has popularized but did not coin. It was first used in the mid-1970s by a French publication pressing for common European-Arab policies.
Immigrants can enrich a nation. But there is a difference between immigrants and colonists. The former are eager to learn the ways of their adopted home, to integrate and perhaps assimilate — which does not require relinquishing their heritage or forgetting their roots. Colonists, by contrast, bring their culture with them and live under their own laws. Their loyalties lie elsewhere.
Ye’or contends that a concerted effort is being made not only to ensure that Muslim immigrants in Europe remain squarely in the second category but also that they become the means to transform Europe politically, culturally and religiously. Leading this effort is the Organization of the Islamic Conference, established in 1969 and which, a few months ago, no doubt upon the advice of a highly compensated public relations professional, renamed itself the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
No multiculturalism when Islamists get power:
Ye’or offers this explanation [as to why Europeans don’t get it]: Committed to a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lateral ideology that rejects patriotism and even national identity and cultural pride, afflicted by guilt over their imperial and colonial past – and ignorant about more than a thousand years of Islamic imperialism and colonialism — Europeans have become dhimmis in their own countries: inferiors who accept their status and submit. The OIC, by contrast, rejects multi-culturalism, openly professing the superiority of the Islamic faith, civilization and laws.
Read it all.