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Optimism or Carelessness?
One of the claims presented against Islam-critical writers is that they suffer from paranoia about a secret Islamic conspiracy to Islamize Europe and the Western world. This is of course not true. Nobody ever sad that it was secret, at least not entirely so. The long-term goal of Islamic theology is for Islam to be triumphant across the entire world, including Europe and the Western world. This is simply mainstream Islam, as it has existed for centuries; it is not a recent innovation by a few radicals.
Besides, the truth is that far from exaggerating, even critics of Islam can be taken by surprise at the sheer speed of events, and by how quickly many Western leaders are caving in to Islamic pressures.
In Denmark, the writers Helle Merete Brix, Torben Hansen and Lars Hedegaard in 2003 published the book I krigens hus: Islams kolonisering af Vesten (“In the House of War: Islam’s Colonization of the West”). According to them, we are now experiencing a third great wave of Jihad, yet another attempt to conquer, colonize and Islamize Europe after Arabs and Turks spent centuries trying to do so before. Predictably, these courageous authors were ridiculed for their warnings, most aggressively by individuals from the political Left.
For instance, Michael Jarlner in the left-wing newspaper Politiken in his review from 2003 dismissed the book as “spiteful.” He claimed that the “ravings” of those sounding the alarm against an ongoing Islamization of Europe were “delusions” and “prejudiced paranoia of the worst order.”
The conservative columnist Mikael Jalving some years later admitted that he didn’t take such allegations about Islamization entirely seriously at first, either. However, he later came to realize that these warnings might be on to something real after all. Many of the problems related to political violence, the burning of schools, kindergartens or cars and rising Islamic threats against free speech were problems that only a brave few warned against some years ago. These problems have now become a daily reality in a number of cities.
In fact, even some allegedly delusional pessimists have underestimated how bad things truly are. Lars Hedegaard, one of the co-authors of I krigens hus, was attacked and nearly killed in his own home in 2013. Moreover, in 2003 these authors did not foresee that because of Islam, Denmark would merely a couple of years later be involved in one if its greatest foreign policy crises since the Second World War.
The Mohammed Cartoons Crisis took place after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published some relatively innocent cartoons of Islam’s founder Mohammed on September 30, 2005. I was one of the first people outside of Denmark to write about this case in English. Already in October 2005, I was campaigning in support of the paper and free speech on my old blog.
Did I understand at this point in time that this was a significant story? Yes. Did I foresee that it would become a big international incident that would cause many deaths, planned terror attacks, assassination attempts and the burning of embassies a few months later? No. What this means is that even a notorious so-called Islamophobe like myself actually underestimated the scale of events.
Between 2013 and 2014, Ahmed Akkari, one of the imams who had been heavily involved in whipping up international Islamic hatred against Denmark during the cartoons crisis, decided to switch sides and apologize for his previous actions. In a book published in 2014, Akkari revealed that a Danish delegation of imams had secretly met with the Islamic terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah in the Middle East in the autumn of 2005, in order to draw attention to the Mohammed cartoons and utilize them for their own purposes.
Akkari further admitted that he and many other Muslims were very happy over the mass-murdering Jihadist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was living in Egypt and that time and had myself seen celebrations among local Muslims there. However, Ahmed Akkari talks about 9/11 celebrations that he witnessed first-hand — among Muslims living in Scandinavia and the Western world, not in Saudi Arabia, Iran or Pakistan.
Overall, Ahmed Akkari confirms virtually everything that so-called Islamophobes have been saying for years: That some Muslims speak with two tongues, that many Muslim leaders seek to infiltrate our institutions and Islamize our nations and that far too many Muslims quietly despise the non-Muslim countries in which they have freely chosen to settle. They also seek to silence critics of Islam, one way or another.
The author, editor and free speech activist Lars Hedegaard was assaulted in his own home in Copenhagen on February 5 2013. He survived because his assassin missed with the first shot against his head, fired from the range of one meter, and because the 70-year-old Hedegaard fought back against his much younger would be-murderer. The gun jammed during this life-and-death struggle, preventing further shots, before the assailant fled on foot. “It comes as a surprise that I should be shot at, but apparently I should be,” Hedegaard stated at the time.
In late April 2014, a 26-year-old Muslim man with Danish citizenship was arrested in Turkey, suspected of having carried out the assassination attempt on Hedegaard. The suspect has studied engineering in Denmark and was described as a moderate Muslim. However, according to press reports, he was also connected to extremist Islamic circles in Denmark and Sweden and has probably taken part in the fighting in Syria. It should be pointed out that this man has not yet been convicted of anything. However, his life’s story is nevertheless interesting. This is an educated man described as well integrated, who nevertheless developed ties to radical Islamic groups.
It is sometimes suggested in the media that Islamic radicalism is caused by ignorance and poverty, and can be cured by more education. The problem with this Marxist-inspired theory is that it is not based in facts. A number of different studies clearly demonstrate that militant Muslims often have at least average income and above average education.
Mohamed Atta was a Jihadist terrorist who crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11 2001. He was the university-educated son of a lawyer who also lived and studied for several years in Hamburg, Germany. Yet his Western-style education taught him how to use Western technology to kill Western non-Muslims more efficiently.
I once attended a lecture and debate with Morten Storm from Denmark, who had converted to Islam and then some years later left the religion behind. He currently lives with credible death threats because of this. However, during those years when he was a genuine Muslim, he became a hard-line militant Muslim who enjoyed friendly relations with Jihadists and terrorist groups.
When explaining how he went from being just a regular Muslim to a radical and militant Muslim, Morten Storm gave a simple answer: He studied the Koran and took it seriously. He became more and more militant and hateful because he honestly adopted militant and hateful texts as his guide. His view was that Islamic texts and teachings are hateful and violent at their core. Storm therefore argued that you could become more hateful and violent if you study Islam and take it seriously, not less.
What we are dealing with in the West is unfounded optimism. Supposedly smart people say that we should be optimistic, and that the problems we are currently seeing will somehow “work themselves out.” Optimism can be good in certain ways, but it can also be dangerous when it is totally misplaced. In that case, it prevents you from dealing properly with real problems. For example, a striking number of people in positions of power in the Western world today seem to assume that the many Muslims we keep importing will adjust to our culture and become “less Islamic” over time. Yet available evidence currently indicates the exact opposite.
There are plenty of examples where young immigrants of the second or third generation are more Islamic and more aggressively hostile to native Europeans and their culture than were the immigrants who first arrived here. Some of them go abroad to fight Jihad in places such as Syria.
Occasionally, they will be joined there by white converts to Islam. Young Europeans have been taught to be at best indifferent towards their nation and their cultural heritage, at worst to actively despise it. It should hardly be surprising that some of them then choose to be proud of somebody else’s culture, when they are systematically prevented from being proud of their own. For the same reason, it is unclear why young immigrants should want to assimilate into our culture. After all, large parts of our media and academia keep telling them that our culture us evil, racist, oppressive and spiritually empty. Who wants to be a part of something like that?
Besides, the sheer number of immigrants, also non-Muslim immigrants, is now far too large to be assimilated in any meaningful way. What we are witnessing is a de facto fragmentation of our societies along religious, ethnic, racial and cultural lines.
The first Muslim immigrants who came here had to keep a lower profile because they were few. Now there are so many of them that they can establish parallel Islamic communities in the West, in effect colonizing our countries. That is precisely what is happening. Modern communications technology has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with their ancestral homeland, by email or satellite TV, as if they never left home. It is perfectly possible to use intercontinental flights to pick up a bride from Pakistan and bring her to Berlin or London.
More women in European cities wear the veil now than twenty years ago. I have even seen face-veils or full-blown burkas. This was unheard of just a few years ago, but not anymore. Once more, we can see that reality is worse than what many pessimists predicted a generation or two ago. A few foresighted observes did warn against this, but they were either vilified, ridiculed or just plain ignored.
At the Gatestone Institute, the writer Soeren Kern carefully tracks the ongoing Islamic infiltration of Western nations, from Spain and Italy to France and Belgium. A complex plan by hard-line Muslims in Britain to infiltrate and Islamize public schools has been uncovered. Militant Muslims who promote sharia laws are trying to do the same in other countries, for instance in Germany. Again, this is something that is taking place now, not in some dark and distant future.
In the early hours of May 19 2014, a hand grenade exploded in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, destroying many cars and smashing windows in nearby buildings. This was the fifth case involving hand grenades in Malmö alone in the first five months of 2014. Raza Arnaut stated to the local newspaper that she fell out of her bed due to the powerful explosion outside of her flat. She is now scared and wants to move. The situation has been deteriorating steadily for years, she warns. With the latest rounds of explosive attacks, “This was just like during the war in Bosnia” in the 1990s, which she once fled from. Apparently, an armed conflict of sorts is brewing in parts of Sweden, too. This is Scandinavia, today.
At the same time in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, a man was shot dead in the 20th shooting incident in the city so far this year. In the capital city of Stockholm, people fear that the massive immigrant riots of May 2013 could return at any moment. The underlying problems have not been resolved.
Several other Western European cities such as Paris and London have experienced large-scale riots. In Marseille, France, the level of street crime and gang fighting has become so bad that Socialist politicians with an immigrant background want the army to be sent in, to reestablish some semblance of law and order. The authorities lost effective control over hundreds of areas in France years ago. In May 2014, it was announced that Chinese police would help patrol tourist destinations in Paris after a rise in muggings and attacks on Chinese tourists.
Meanwhile, the waves of illegal immigration into Europe from the south and east, especially from Africa and the Islamic world, keep increasing on a nearly monthly basis in 2014. It is worse than the year before, and the year before that. These huge migration waves show no sign of slowing down. On the contrary, the unsustainable population of many African and Muslim countries continues to grow, at the same time as European countries have nearly abandoned effective border controls because of the EU. Thanks to a myriad of human rights conventions and pressure groups, immigrants who have managed to get here illegally can often not be deported.
People smuggling has grown into a major global industry. The author Torben Snarup Hansen warns that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa and the Middle East are currently waiting to enter, by any means necessary. This number shows no sign of declining. On the contrary, it keeps increasing as the population of Africa and the Islamic world keeps rising. The influx of migrants across Mediterranean has reached “Biblical proportions,” Italy’s navy chief warned. Hansen fears that Europe’s future existence could be on the line.
Europe’s share of the world’s population has never been lower in historical times, and still it keeps shrinking. Europe has already been demographically eclipsed by Africa, and is in the process of being economically eclipsed by Asia. Native Europeans are rapidly losing their homelands and the ability to shape their own destinies. To continue mass immigration and open border-policies as before in such a situation is sheer madness. It constitutes a massive betrayal of future generations of Europeans to dump future social and ethnic conflicts on them. We have an obligation to do whatever damage limitation we can, if nothing else.
Sometimes we can experience surprising or shocking events, as Breivik’s attacks in Norway in 2011 reminded us. However, this event probably did not have much effect on the long lines of history.
Looking back on the past decade, I see one positive major trend and one negative major trend. The good news is that opposition to the dissolution of Western nations is growing. Ten years after Theo van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam for mocking Islam, the Islam-critic Geert Wilders is heading one of the largest political parties in the Netherlands. Opposition to the totalitarian and repressive aspects of the EU is mounting among regular voters. A rising number of native Europeans are rebelling against the cultural elites. Many young Europeans are fed-up with facing harassment from aggressive criminal gangs in the streets, and afterwards being called “racists” by the Establishment if they do not want more hostile immigrants let into the country. This offers a glimmer of hope for the future.
On the negative side, however, mass immigration and Islamization continues as before. Ideological censorship is by some standards getting worse. So is the ongoing social decay of what was once called Western civilization.
Apart from a few brave souls, Hardly anybody publicly predicted in the 1970s or 1980s that a significant number of Western intellectuals and artists would soon have to live with daily police protection. This is now a reality. Even in Scandinavia, several artists live as virtual prisoners in their own homes, simply because they made some drawings of a man who may or may not have lived in the seventh century. In the worst-hit Scandinavian cities, attacks in public areas with hand grenades have become an established fact. This rivals or exceeds what many so-called racists predicted several decades ago, yet this is now happening.
If we look back at the past two generations, many of the warnings that were sounded years ago have turned out to be accurate. Some were even understated. I was naïve myself about some of these issues as late as in the 1990s. I simply did not realize the full scale of the demographic and cultural transformation that was underway. I’m not proud of it, but I was stupid. I believed what I had been taught in school and by the mass media.
However, there is a limit to how stupid you are allowed to be. The problems are now so big that they are impossible for anybody to ignore. They are all around us to see, for anybody with eyes. Time is running out. It is no longer credible or acceptable for people in positions of power to claim that they “didn’t know.”
It is deeply irresponsible, and a massive betrayal of future generations of Europeans, to continue failed policies of mass immigration and open borders in the hope that they will “turn out well in the end.” This constitutes a gigantic social experiment on an entire continent and an entire civilization. It needs to end.
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