The following positive review of Bat Yeo’s book Europe and the Coming Caliphate was published, amazingly enough, in the mainstream Austrian daily Die Presse. Our Austrian correspondent AMT, who recommended the review for translation, includes the following note:
Die Presse is to be commended for publishing this review of the German translation of Bat Ye’or’s latest book. Of course, the commenters later heavily criticized Bat Ye’or’s theories without having read her book. Standard Operating Procedure. Case closed.
Many thanks to JLH for translating this article:
The Prophet in Brussels
Europe and the Coming Caliphate: Historian Bat Ye’or, living in Switzerland, fears a creeping Islamization of Europe. She considers that the concept of multiculturalism has failed.
January 10, 2014
by Michael Ley
The Cassandra calls about the demise of Europe have become unmistakable. A least since Thilo Sarrazin’s bestseller Germany Abolishes Itself, even well-meaning people have been stalked by doubts about the future of Europe and its societies. To the demographic ruination of the inhabitants of Old Europe which threatens present generations because fewer and fewer people will have to finance an increasingly superannuated society, are added the problems of impending poverty in old age and unimaginable government debt.
Added to that is a thoroughly failed integration of Muslim immigrants and a foreseeable shift in the composition of society, which can soon lead to the native majority finding itself a minority among minorities. The prestigious doyen of Islamic scholars, Bernard Lewis, paints the future in gloomy colors: “According to present trends, Europe will have Muslim majority populations at the latest by the end of the 21st century.” Since Islam is not a very peace-loving or tolerant religion, fear of Islamization stalks more and more citizens. Proselytizing the world by any means is granted especially to Muslims through divine revelation.
One of the warning voices concerning the Islamization of Europe is the Jewish historian writing under the pseudonym Bar Ye’or (daughter of the Nile), who was born in Egypt and has been living in Switzerland for many years. Her books on the history of Jews and Christians living under the domination of Islam, and about the degradation of non-Muslim communities and their members to people of lesser value are among the standard works on Islam. Her proofs that these societies have never had egalitarian coexistence naturally does not fit into the cliché of multicultural ideology.
Her most recent publication, Europe and the Coming Caliphate — now available in German — is the starting point for her argument that there can be no lasting peace between Muslims and people of other beliefs. “In the Islamic view, the whole world is an endowment, a territory that belongs to Allah. The Muslim community is pledged to bring it under the dominion of Islamic order as once revealed to the Prophet. Jihad is the battle to win back the granted land which is illegally occupied by infidels, and must be returned it to the Muslims.” With this background, she takes up European policy in regard to the Islamic countries of the Mediterranean or the Near East and Israel. An apparently insignificant mosque in Munich plays a central role in this development (see also “The Fourth Mosque: Nazis, CIA and Islamic Fundamentalism” by Ian Johnson).
While official West Germany since Konrad Adenauer has pursued a policy of reconciliation with Israel, the old-boy network between the Nazis and Islamic Nazi collaborators, which placed its own SS units in the Balkans and the Soviet Union during WWII, has been maintained. Munich became the center of gravity for the cooperation of Muslim SS members and Muslim Brothers with the CIA and the Nazis in the battle against Communism.
The political elite after 1945 was saturated with Nazis who had risen to high government offices. Two authors of the Nuremberg race laws are representative: Walter Hallstein became the first president of the European Commission (1958-1967) and Hans Globke rose to grey eminence in the federal Chancellor’s office (1953-1963). So official Germany stood with the USA and Israel, the unofficial one stayed true to anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. At the end of the 1950s, a central figure was Said Ramadan, the son-in-law of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna. With the support of Nazis, he developed the Munich mosque into the global center of gravity of Islamism.
1973 marked the turning point in European policy toward Islam. The European Commission recognized the PLO and its leader, Yassir Arafat, even though they rejected the existence of Israel. The terrorism of the PLO and Hamas are, to be sure, always deplored from the European side, but it “should be blamed on more deep-seated causes.”
1974 saw the founding of the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation (PAEAC), whose goal is a common Arab-European civilization. Another partner for the European Union is the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), to which 56 Islamic or majority Islamic countries belong. Behind the empty phrases of its inter-religious dialogue, the goals of this organization can be identified: the global strengthening of Islam and the Islamization of Europe. That is why the OIC particularly emphasize the battle against “Islamophobia,” and is joyfully supported by the EU and beefed up by a sustainable Muslim immigration to Europe.
The most important contribution of the EU to a common civilization has for decades now been the implementation of the multiculturalism of diversity, for the purpose of weakening or overwhelming the nation states. This concept guarantees Muslim immigrants preservation of their cultural and religious identity, while Europe is intended to go into extensive decline. A good many foundations of the EU — such as the Anna Lindh Foundation or the Alliance of Civilizations — propagate the goals of the Euro-Arabian utopia. Bat Ye’or meticulously demonstrates these developments in Islamization of Europe, which we cannot cover in detail here.
The author accuses the EU and many European politicians of blindness and almost boundless naiveté. They have misread the political intentions of Islam and its institutions, organizations and associations. The goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, of the Salafists and the Wahhabis is a European caliphate.
PS: The grand opening of the King Abdullah Center for inter-religious and intercultural dialogue in Vienna in 2012 was another glistening success in the Islamization of Europe brought about by Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood…thanks to the Austrian Christian and Social Democrats.