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Europe is on a journey, and the destination is clear. Just a few days ago it was reported that Kiwi, one of Norway’s largest grocery-store chains, has introduced a version of its employee uniform that comes equipped with a hijab. This summer in Marseilles, a city that some observers have long pointed to as cheering evidence that Islamic integration in Europe can work, a woman wearing a niqab, or full-face veil, in public – which, of course, violates French law – was confronted by a cop, who was, in turn, according to the Washington Post, confronted by a “youth” who informed him that the police “had no business patrolling the neighborhood and accosting its predominantly Muslim residents.” Next thing you know, this tête-à-tête-à-tête erupted into a full-scale riot, requiring “carloads of police reinforcements,” in which no fewer than three gendermes sustained injuries. The only surprises in the whole story are (a) that a French cop was actually on patrol in a “predominantly Muslim” neighborhood to begin with and (b) that he dared to confront a woman in niqab. This time, thankfully, the cops managed to get things under control: but how long will it be before the numbers have tilted to a point where control is impossible?
September 5 was Flag Day in Denmark. Outside Christianborg Place in Copenhagen, a formal ceremony was held paying tribute to members of the Danish military, living and dead; meanwhile, across the canal, a sizable mob of Muslims gathered, holding up signs reading “To hell with Danish soldiers” and “Islam will dominate the whole world” and howling out “Allah akbar” and various anti-Danish, anti-Christian, and anti-Western slogans in an effort to disrupt the commemoration. In an impromptu response, hundreds of the Danish soldiers in attendance formed a “human shield” along the canal and drowned out the Muslims with shouts and applause. “The soldiers’ exemplary behavior and good humor turned the episode into an inspiration,” wrote one commentator. But what happens when the howling Muslims outnumber the soldiers?
Who has the answers to these questions? Not, you can be sure, the officially credentialed “Europe experts,” whose heads, even now, remain firmly buried in the sand. On September 1, one of the most respected of those “experts,” Timothy Garton Ash – who bestrides the Western academy like a colossus, with faculty positions at both Oxford and Stanford, but who, for all his purported expertise, has long managed to either ignore or minimize the threat of Islam to the glorious European future he envisions – offered yet another of his ridiculous, self-deluding paeans to Europe. Although (for the hundredth time) turning discreetly away from Europe’s ongoing Islamization, he did admit the seriousness of the Euro crisis, yet still refused to give up on the EU, instead offering what he calls a “new case for European unification”: namely that every European country, in the coming century, will be puny alongside China, India, and the U.S., so that if Europeans wish “to preserve the remarkable combination of prosperity, peace, relative social security and quality of life that they have achieved over the last 60 years, they need the scale that only the European Union can provide.”
Great point. The only thing it overlooks is reality – indeed, a long list of realities, among them the fact that most Europeans never wanted to join the EU (which was forced upon them by elite types like Garton Ash himself); the fact that the EU, far from bringing Europeans prosperity, peace, and so on, has proven to be a formula for economic disaster; and – above all, putting all else in the shade – the grim and looming reality that Europe is undergoing a relentless process of Islamization. The evidence, as we have seen, is accumulating apace, and most Europeans have recognized the truth for quite a while; yet the big-time, institutionally legitimized “experts” – along with most of the politicians whose job it should be to try to reverse this process – continue to pretend it’s a racist lie.
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