By Bruce Bawer

The fight for the soul of Europe at the present time is each piece as dire and consequential because it was once within the Thirties. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the heart didn't carry, and the sunshine of civilization approximately went out. this day, the continent has entered one more “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans upward push to the problem posed through radical Islam, or will they collapse once more to the extremists?

As an American dwelling in Europe considering 1998, Bruce Bawer has obvious this challenge up shut. around the continent—in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm—he encountered huge, swiftly increasing Muslim enclaves during which ladies have been oppressed and abused, homosexuals persecuted and killed, “infidels” threatened and vilified, Jews demonized and attacked, barbaric traditions (such as honor killing and compelled marriage) greatly practiced, and freedom of speech and faith firmly repudiated.

The ecu political and media institution became a blind eye to all this, promoting out girls, Jews, gays, and democratic rules generally—even criminalizing unfastened speech—in order to pacify the novel Islamists and safeguard the semblance of multicultural concord. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and communicate up for actual liberal values have been systematically slandered as fascist bigots. Witnessing the disgraceful response of Europe’s elites to Sept. 11, to the terrorist assaults on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe used to be heading inexorably down a route to cultural suicide.

Europe's Muslim groups are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants’ deep antagonism towards an infidel society that rejects them and compounded by means of faulty immigration rules that implement their segregation and empower the extremists of their midst. The mounting difficulty produced through those deeply perverse and irresponsible regulations eventually burst onto our tv monitors in October 2005, as Paris and different ecu towns erupted in flames.

WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the tale of 1 American’s event in Europe sooner than and after September 11, and of his many arguments with Europeans in regards to the hazards of militant Islam and America’s position in battling it. This courageous and useful book—with its riveting mix of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is crucial studying for someone eager about the destiny of Europe and what it portends for the U.S..

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Mikkelsen (who'd written forthrightly approximately them), major different reporters to boycott the development, yet those who attended published debts of it on-line. They made uneasy analyzing. “The atmosphere,” one lady said, had grown “more and extra competitive” because the assembly wore on. the extent of rage at democracy were during the roof. particularly being concerned was once the variety of younger Danish converts: a number of ethnic Danish women were in attendance, all in black hijab. Over one thousand supporters had proven up that night. “A thousand fascists with Oswald Mosley,” Hedegaard acknowledged to me (referring to the British fascist chief of the 1930s), “would be a problem—but twelve hundred at a totalitarian rally for Hizb ut-Tahrir is not obvious as an issue! ” Why? simply because “it's undesirable shape to be preoccupied with that! ” within the view of the media elite, “we are giving freely our low breeding and shortage of tradition after we discuss such issues. ” there is one other issue at play right here: '68-er nostalgia. Later, i might learn an apologia for Hizb ut-Tahrir via Danish journalist Jacob Holdt, who had attended the rally at Nørrebrohallen and claimed to work out within the radicals there “the comparable bewildered, fanatical, idealistic, justice-seeking, sympathetic, indignant, and, specifically, dreaming teenagers we ourselves as soon as have been. ” Holdt “felt instantly at domestic at HuT's assembly in Nørrebrohallen,” he stated, since it reminded him of previous lefty gatherings approximately Vietnam and colonialism. certainly, Hizb ut-Tahrir's “analyses and criticisms of capitalism and Western democracy” have been exactly the comparable ones Marxists had made again within the solid outdated days, and the younger Muslims' cries of “Allah Akbar! ” have been completely corresponding to the previous cries of “Red entrance! ” Hedegaard was once of the view, notwithstanding, that the Danish establishment's benign forget of Islamic extremism should have deeper reasons than snobbism or hippie nostalgia. in spite of everything, he acknowledged, the Islamicization of the Nordic nations used to be “the such a lot basic transformation” they would skilled in a millennium. whatever so huge, in his opinion, couldn't be defined just by a couple of people's foolishness or category snobbery. “Heavy consequences,” he insisted, “must have heavy factors. ” The hand over of Denmark to Muslims needed to be the results of a few deep-seated compulsion. Brix interjected that Danes, traditionally, “bargain with the enemy. ” They did it with the Nazis, and in previous centuries they would performed it with one conquering military after one other. Hedegaard agreed: “You try and accommodate an enemy that's loads improved than you. ” yet for him this Denmark-specific rationalization, too, used to be inadequate. His concept was once that Western Europe's ongoing give up to radical Islam had its roots within the psychic devastation of the 1st international warfare. For whereas that clash marked America's ascent to the rank of significant energy, Europeans took it as devastating evidence, Hedegaard acknowledged, “that our tradition used to be valueless. It was once primarily destroyed. And that ready the best way for 2 forms of totalitarianism”—Nazism and Communism—and for “atrocities of a value that's difficult to visualize.

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