As Europe Decays, Islam Rises
Book Reviews on the Decline of Europe and the Rise of Islam from FrontPageMag.com
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
By Bruce Bawer
(Doubleday, $23.95, 247 pp.)
Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis is America ‘s, Too
By Claire Berlinski
(Crown Forum, $25.95, 271 pp.)
In some of the most decadent liberal areas of
Such trends are at least a decade old. But for the European media and political elites, the symbol of dangerous cultural changes is not a crescent but Golden Arches. That’s right — McDonald’s, although anything else that’s quintessentially American will do.
Muslim immigration. Some countries, including the
Interestingly, two writers from vastly different backgrounds – Bruce Bawer, a conservative homosexual who moved to Europe to escape what he considered the stifling influence of fundamentalist Christianity in America, and Claire Berlinski, a secular Jewish female academic – come to the same conclusion in their strikingly similar books about Europe’s decadence and failure to stand up for its historical culture.
In the introduction to The Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis is America’s, Too, Berlinski baldly asserts that even though she is “a secular Jew who is delighted never to have faced The Inquisition,” she believes the primary reason for Europe’s “hopelessness and the void” is “the death of Christianity” on the western half of the continent.
This, she states, is why
That Bawer comes to essentially the same conclusion is even more startling, and his path to writing While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, is nearly as interesting as his reporting.
Bawer had spent a decade decrying what he saw as the dominance of Christian fundamentalism in public discourse and wrote two books on the subject. He eventually moved to
Soon, however, Bawer found out that the famed Dutch “tolerance” (which Berlinski cleverly labels “Self-Extinguishing Tolerance”) really means they tolerate anything — including radical Islamism — except Americans and capitalism. In fact, Dutch toleration includes the funding of radical mosques, forcing citizens to accept Islamic customs and condemning anyone who objects to the huge numbers of immigrants or dares to mention the Muslims’ own intolerances.
As Bawer points out dryly, there is no comparison between Jerry Falwell “not wanting me to marry” and the fastest-growing – though increasingly politically favored – part of the population of a continent that thinks he should suffer death by stoning.
Berlinski travels the continent and writes in almost free form about things that interest her, Bawer takes a systematic look at Old Europe and radical Islam, breaking his book into three main sections: 1, “Before 9-11:
Bawer’s subtitle may summarize what readers can expect from the book, but his thesis actually goes deeper. In many ways, Old Europe is already culturally destroyed. After the trauma of two world wars,
The ways in which family unification rights are exploited in much of the European Union to bring whole clans of people from Muslim countries are detailed by Bawer, who also points out that the authorities, by allowing such a rule even in case of forced marriage, are in the name of “toleration” participating in the enslavement of another generation of Muslim women.
Berlinsky does a remarkable job of getting young people to open up to her about the secret negative reaction among white European youth to overwhelming Muslim immigration, and a music culture, particularly in Germany, that contains an all too familiar mix of nationalism and socialism.
There are certainly warnings for
After painting a dark picture of inexorable cultural change and decay, and surrender in the face of the Madrid bombings – not to mention the assassination andextreme marginalization of public figures who dare to speak out such as Pim Fortuyn, Theo Van Gogh, and Oriana Fallici – both authors plead with Americans not to say, as Berlinsky puts it, “To Hell with Europe.”
The authors point to small indications that there may be a silent majority in
In the end, both authors say the stakes are too high for Americans to say that