Our Danish correspondent TB sends his translation of a prescient piece written by the man who is now the Danish Foreign Minister, and includes this explanatory note:
Kim Møller from Uriasposten has dug up this very interesting comment from an old printed edition of Berlingske Tidende. He posted the highlights of it a week ago. Of course, you and I and the rest of GoV readers already know about the things mentioned in the article, so that is not really the point of interest here.
Two other things are worth noting. First: The author of it is the present Foreign Minister of Denmark, Per Stig Møller [PSM], an educated historian and highly respected person in Danish society. Second: The scenarios for the future that Mr. Møller describes in the article were written 15 years ago.
TB’s translation was made directly from Uriasposten’s blog post:
Per Stig Møller about the coming hell the Quran asks its believers to prepare for us.
Long comment made by PSM and printed in Berlingske Tidende on March 12, 1995. From “The Future With Islam” which starts out by describing the expected scenario. The article is not online.
At the elections in 1999 the fundamentalist party won the election in Turkey. The very same year Mubarak’s government in Egypt and King Hassan in Morocco fell victim to fundamentalist coups. As the fundamentalist rebels, FISA, had already taken over in Algeria in 1997 the east and south coast of the Mediterranean were now in the hands of the fundamentalists. After that the Muslim countries joined a common defense union which had as its first task the removal of Israel. At the same time the countries around the Mediterranean created a free trade area to be able to compete with the EU. Besides the Mediterranean countries, it was comprised of the whole Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan while Malaysia and Indonesia became associated countries. The worlds 1.5 billion Muslims had now joined in the biggest defense and economic alliance in the world.
Not since the peace in Karlowitz 1699, when the Ottomans were forced to leave Hungary and Austria, had the Islamic world been as comprehensive and strong. And the expansion looked to continue. In the former Soviet Islamic-dominated republics, Russia started to bleed in an attempt to quell the fundamentalists by military means. In the cities of Western European, Muslim minorities no longer allowed themselves to integrate. Confident in the word of the Quran that “The East and The West belongs to Allah. Wherever you turn — you will find the face of Allah” (Quran, 1:46. 1967) they were waiting on the fall of the West. The core test for the Western World became the threat against Israel. Either the West would interfere massively to secure the existence of Israel and show the fundamentalists exactly where the line was drawn. Or it could negotiate to find a solution that would dissolve Israel but at the same time secure the religious freedom of the Jews and minority protection in the new Palestinian state. If the latter happened, the Western leadership would be condemned for once again sacrificing the Jews and entering a disgraceful Munich-type deal. If the former happened a great new war would be unleashed, whose consequences could be the fall of the West and an Islam spreading even further into Europe than it had done during its greatest period in 732, when it reached all the way up into France and in 1683 was knocking at the Gates of Vienna.
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A war between Eastern and Western Europe on the one side and the Muslim world on the other would mean a total breakdown in the high-tech European infrastructure and bear with it a relatively larger privation for the Europeans than for the Muslims who were fighting for their place in the sun at last, and to get out of the misery for which they blamed the West. To them the war will be “a holy war” based on the words of the Quran: “Oh, those who believe, fight the infidels around you.” (Hourani: “The History of The Arab People, p. 173. 1994)
Western Civilization cannot give in to this kind of fundamentalism, which denies all the ideals that we take for granted and which stands for a view on women which we find directly inhuman. One of the leaders of FISA, Ali Benhadj, has said it like this: “The woman is a human producer, she does not produce material goods, she produces this essential thing which the Muslim is” (le nouvel Observateur, 22.9.1994). Western Civilization cannot give in to this kind of fundamentalism which denies all the ideals of which we base our society. This notion of the woman is built on the following incitement from Muhammad: “Have intercourse and multiply yourselves, on judgment day my honor will resemble your number” — and this number the women have been tasked to increase…
The scenario in the beginning of this article shows that the 21st century can become the hell the Quran asks its believers to prepare for us: “Say to them who do not believe: You will be defeated and assembled in hell. And evil is the place of rest.” (1,II4)…