What would be missing?
Discussions and reports about Islamization in the West tend to focus on violence between Muslims and non-Muslims and on the clash between civil liberties and sharia law. We rightly fear what Orwell feared, but do we even consider what ultimate cultural defeat would really mean? What would life be like if the Turks had taken Vienna, Charles Martel had lost at Tours, the Moors had never left Spain? Outside of elegant calligraphy, and marvelous architecture, what would inform our lives?
No one would rejoice with Rossini and Mozart, waltz with Strauss, rap with Offenbach, groove out with Vivaldi, triumph with Tchaikovsky, reverberate with Grieg.
Rembrandt and Breughel, Manet and Dürer would be replaced by Koranic calligraphy, and Raphael by domes and arches.
No one would chuckle with Rabelais and Chaucer, ponder with Faulkner and Dostoevsky, soar with Tennyson and Schiller, smile with Burns and Cervantes.
And none of us would ever leave a movie theater filled with the pathos, joy, sympathy and humor of Bergman, Capra, Ustinov, Wilder, Fellini, Eastwood.
Talk about a cultural wasteland!