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24.06.2006. The original sin is attributed to Charles de Gaulle. Disappointed by the loss of the French colonies in Africa and the Middle East, as well as with France's waning influence in the international arena, the president of France in the 1960's decided to create a strategic alliance with the Arab and Muslim world to compete with the dominance of the United States and the Soviet Union. This alliance became the position of the European Community (pre-European Union) during the course of the 1970s, when an extensive European-Arab dialogue developed. However, this alliance, in the context of which Europe allowed the immigration of millions of Muslims to its territories and adopted an anti-Israeli and anti-American policy, will ultimately - and in fact has already - transform Europe into a continent under the thumb of the Arab and Muslim world. Europe is dead, and in its stead "Eurabia" has arisen. Read the article in Haaretz.
24.06.2006. By Mark Steyn. Three years ago -December 2002 - I was asked to take part in a symposium on Europe and began with the observation: "I find it easier to be optimistic about the futures of Iraq and Pakistan than, say, Holland or Denmark." [...]
I love the way those naysayers predicting doom and gloom in Baghdad scoff that Iraq's a totally artificial entity and that, without some Saddamite strongman, Kurds, Sunnis and Shias can't co-exist in the same state. Oh, really? If Iraq's an entirely artificial entity, what do you call a state split between gay drugged-up red-light whatever's-your-bag Dutchmen and anti-gay anti-whoring anti-everything-you-dig Muslims? If Kurdistan doesn't belong in Iraq, does Pornostan belong in the Islamic Republic of Holland?
In a democratic age, you can't buck demography - except through civil war. [...] So Europe's present biculturalism makes disaster a certainty. Read the article (from November 2005) in The Telegraph.
19.06.2006. One of Britain’s most senior military strategists has warned that western civilisation faces a threat on a par with the barbarian invasions that destroyed the Roman empire.
In an apocalyptic vision of security dangers, Rear Admiral Chris Parry said future migrations would be comparable to the Goths and Vandals while north African "barbary" pirates could be attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years.
Europe, including Britain, could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a "reverse colonisation" as Parry described it. These groups would stay connected to their homelands by the internet and cheap flights. The idea of assimilation was becoming redundant, he said.
The warnings by Parry of what could threaten Britain over the next 30 years were delivered to senior officers and industry experts at a conference last week. Parry, head of the development, concepts and doctrine centre at the Ministry of Defence, is charged with identifying the greatest challenges that will frame national security policy in the future. Article in Times Online.
11.06.2006. UK: A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds, reports
The document, which has been seen by the Guardian, has caused outrage among ethnic minorities within the force, who have labelled it racist and proof that there is a gulf in understanding between the police force and the wider Muslim community. The document was written as an attempt to investigate why complaints of misconduct and corruption against Asian officers are 10 times higher than against their white colleagues.
The main conclusions of the study, commissioned by the Directorate of Professional Standards and written by an Asian detective chief inspector, stated: "Asian officers and in particular Pakistani Muslim officers are under greater pressure from the family, the extended family ... and their community against that of their white colleagues to engage in activity that might lead to misconduct or criminality."
[...] The report argued that British Pakistanis live in a cash culture in which "assisting your extended family is considered a duty" [...]
Superintendent Dal Babu, chairman of the Association of Muslim Officers, said the report had racist undertones. "We are gravely concerned about its contents and the message it sends to recruits and potential recruits," he said.
George Rhoden, chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association added. "We have made it clear that we disagreed totally with the conclusions ... the whole thing needs to be researched in a much more comprehensive way." Article in the Guardian.
08.06.2006. GLOBAL JIHAD: Gadhafi sees progress, and 'victory' within a few decades. Islam will take over Europe without violent force within a few decades, said Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi in a speech aired on the Arab satellite network Al Jazeera. Story on WorldNetDaily.
08.06.2006. International Islamic community worry about the behaviour of French Muslims:
Half of those being detained in French prisons are said to be Muslims. A Le Monde news article wrote that according to a poll run by “Religions World” magazine, although Muslims constitute 7-8 percent of the French population, 50 percent of all prisoners are Muslim immigrants. The percentage rises to 80 percent in suburbs mostly populated by immigrants, according to the Turkish paper Zaman Online.
That recent story from Zaman is in line with a report from IslamOnline.net last year: PARIS, June 19, 2005 – French prisons are teeming with Muslims, a phenomenon chaplains and sociologists blame on marginalization and towering poverty and unemployment rates among the Muslim minority.
“It really harms the image of Islam and Muslims in France that prisons are teeming with Muslims,” Mamdo Sango, a Muslim chaplain, told IslamOnline.net.
01.06.2006. By Daniel Pipes,
New York Sun. The illegal immigration of non-Western peoples, I predict, will become an all-consuming issue in every Western country.
31.05.2006. MONTFERMEIL, France, May 30, 2006 (AFP) - Around 100 youths armed with sticks and baseball bats clashed with police in a Paris suburb early Tuesday, in the worst such violence since the riots of last November, police said. Article in Expatica.
21.05.2006. Following last Thursday’s Antwerp massacre the Belgian authorities have announced zero tolerance for racism. Belgian journalists, lawyers and politicians (including Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt), say that I am responsible for creating the atmosphere of hatred that led to the massacre. Some people even demand that I be prosecuted, writes Paul Belien of The Brussels Journal.
Now, what if the 'hate speach' of the elite (who of course are the ones who have brought enormous problems upon Belgium and Europe in the first place) should lead to violence against one or more bloggers, who would then be to blame?
Land of the Naive Fools
19.05.2006. On December 16, 1992 the Pakistani cabaret artist Zoka F. was ordered to pay a sum of 2000 guilders. The Dutch judge ruled that it had been proven that his book, 'De ondergang van Nederland', published under the pseudonym 'Mohammed Rasoel' was a racist pamphlet written with the sole purpose of inciting hatred. This sentence was followed by a massive public display of political correctness with the book being taken from the shelves in most bookstores throughout the Netherlands, and quickly forgotten about. The book is now available online.
The author shows that the Dutch, if they don't adjust their policy regarding Muslims and set a drastically different course, will be repressed by the culture of Islam. In a worst-case scenario, they will have to admit they literally gave their already small country away. The author sheds light on the subject from different sides and clarifies with many examples that a seemingly far-fetched speculation is actually already materializing in the foreseeable future.
Excerpt: Afterwards the Muslims will steadily continue to overmaster and dominate the Dutch, who will have no choice but to participate in a game of tug of war where they will steadily lose ground. The Dutch on their own side won't know of a solution nor be capable of carrying out a possible solution. And revenge isn't their style. The Muslims, who will know all this, shall start to make the nation obey their will and more or less gain control. And with the help of supply lines from their own countries or through private immigration centers they will allow for a continuous flow of immigrants who will establish themselves in the Netherlands, and indirectly force the Dutch out. By 2050 there will be no Netherlands left, or at least, nothing worth calling it that. The second stage of the downfall is then completed.
19.05.2006. Expatica - Germans are growing increasingly negative over Islam and concern is rising over the country's Muslim minority, a recently released poll shows.
"If one looks at this from a pessimistic viewpoint it could be seen as the start of a downward spiral toward conflict," said the Allensbach polling agency who conducted the survey for the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.
Asked if they though Christianity and Islamic could co-exist peacefully, 61 per cent of those surveyed said they believed there would always be "major conflicts" between both faiths.
17.05.2006. Oriana Fallaci asks: Is Muslim immigration to Europe a conspiracy? In The Force of Reason, the controversial Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three decades? Read the article in LA Weekly (by Brendan Bernhard, March 15, 2006). Also available from hvk.org.
15.05.2006. Iran has legitimate security concerns that the United States must address if the crisis over Tehran's nuclear programme is to be resolved, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, according to Yahoo! News.
13.05.2006. Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, commentator and author, whose columns appear in the UK in the Daily Mail and who writes a blog at www.melaniephillips.com. She is the author of the new book Londonistan. Read the interview with her in FrontPageMagazine.
12.05.2006. By Patrick Poole,
One might be led to think that if international law enforcement authorities and Western intelligence agencies had discovered a twenty-year old document revealing a top-secret plan developed by the oldest Islamist organization with one of the most extensive terror networks in the world to launch a program of “cultural invasion” and eventual conquest of the West that virtually mirrors the tactics used by Islamists for more than two decades, that such news would scream from headlines published on the front pages and above the fold of the New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Le Monde, Bild, and La Repubblica.
If that’s what you might think, you would be wrong.
11.05.2006. During the last 20 years, the number of Muslims in the world has been increasing steadily. Statistics for the year 1973 indicate that the world population of Muslims was 500 million; now, it has reached 1.5 billion. Today, every fourth person is a Muslim. It is probable that the Muslim population will continue to increase and that Islam will become the world's largest religion. The reason for this steady rise is not only the increasing population in Muslim countries, but also the growing numbers of people who are turning to Islam, [...]
The rise of Islam being experienced in the world today, as well as Turkey's role in the new era are important signs that the period announced in the Qur'an and in our Prophet's sayings is very close. It is our heartfelt desire that God will let us witness this blessed time. Article by HARUN YAHYA.
11.05.2006. On the heels of my last blog--which detailed Dutch MP Geert Wilders' courageous but lonely stand against radical Islam in the Netherlands and greater Europe--I thought readers would be interested in this sobering assessment from Elizabeth Wright, black conservative editor of the Issues & Views blog, writes Stakelbeck on Terror.
10.05.2006. If we're lucky, the clash of civilizations will not end with a bang but a whimper, not with a mushroom cloud but the cry of the baby that brings a Muslim majority to Western Europe. Demographers say that shift could happen as early as 2050. It might take longer. But unless something really frightening happens, it appears inevitable. The U.S. population is also changing due to Hispanic and other immigrants. But where America's evolution is interesting, Europe's is alarming. Read the story in The News & Observer.
08.05.2006. Cardinal George Pell,
Archbishop of Sydney, earlier this year made a speach at the Legatus Summit, Naples, Florida, USA, where he stated, among other things, the following:
If religion rarely influences personal behaviour in a significant way then the religious identity of migrants is irrelevant. I suspect that some anti-Christians, for example, the Spanish Socialists, might have seen Muslims as a useful counterweight to Catholicism, another factor to bring religion into public disrepute. Probably too they had been very confident that Western advertising forces would be too strong for such a primitive religious viewpoint, which would melt down like much of European Christianity. This could prove to be a spectacular misjudgement.
Pell's speach contains a scholarly analysis of a number of issues pertaining to Islam, and his highly recommended. In particular, this should be mandatory reading for church leaders of all denominations, most of whom appear to be somewhere between gullible and downright dishonest.
08.05.2006. Moscow: Russia, formerly part of the dissolved superpower Soviet Union, has drawn international attention by hosting a dialog on "Strategic Vision, Russia - The Islamic World" here on March 27-28, 2006, according to ANTARA News.
05.05.2006. A majority of people back the British National Party's policies, according to a new poll. Read more in The Guardian.
See also related story: British National Party Support Jumps in Opinion Poll (Bloomberg.com).
02.05.2006. Tariq Ramadan is considered by many as the supreme ideologist of a new brand of Islam supplied with the well-ringing label Euro-Islam. Euro-Islam is conceived as a reformist kind of Islam which is harmonized with pluralism and the division of state and religion. In a Norwegian context Nazneen Khan, Kadafi Zaman, Petter Normann Waage, and Jacob Høigilt, among others, have expressed optimism about the role of Ramadan. But what, really, is new with Ramadan’s interpretation of Islam?
02.05.2006. One of Norway’s most influential Muslim leaders, Basim Ghozlan, Director of Det Islamske Forbundet (DIF), was the object of some attention in 2004 after having publicly supported suicide attacks on civilian Jews in Palestine. The home page of the organization he is leading features articles of Ghozlan justifying the suicide operations of Palestinian terror organizations such as Hamas. Ghozlan maintains that he is against any form of violence directed towards innocent civilians, but supports armed resistance against adult settlers. However, Ghozlan’s employment of the term “settler” is evidently such that it refers to all Jews living in Palestine, i.e., including those living in the State of Israel.
Ghozlan’s position on suicide bombers is in agreement with that of a majority of Sunni-Muslim leaders world wide. The position is a result of theological-political deliberations, not just emotions and rage, and it is well worth having a closer look at its ideological foundation.
02.05.2006. A review of Mark A. Gabriel’s book, Islam and the Jews – The Unfinished Battle. By Jens Tomas Anfindsen, editor, HonestThinking.
27.04.2006. WHITES will soon become a minority in Birmingham and other major British cities, posing a “critical” challenge to social stability, Britain’s race relations watchdog has warned, according to The Sunday Times.
26.04.2006. By Bruce Bawer. I grew up in New York, the world’s most multicultural city, and for some time lived only a few blocks from the imposing Islamic Center on Third Avenue between 96th and 97th Streets. But it wasn’t until I moved to western Europe in 1998–living first in Amsterdam, then in Oslo–that fundamentalist Islam became a daily reality for me. This article from Partisan Review 3/2002 is still worth reading.
09.04.2006. The African students did not even see the man raise the swastika-emblazoned shotgun as they emerged from the Apollo nightclub in St Petersburg. When he opened fire from the shadows behind them, some of the group thought it was a firecracker going off. Then they saw Samba Lampsar Sall, a 28-year-old student from Senegal, lying dead on the pavement with his throat blown apart. Within hours, a sinister message had appeared on the website of a group called the Party of Freedom. “The clean-up of the city continues,” it said. Swastika vigilantes kill foreign students to keep their city 'clean', reports Times Online.
09.04.2006. Hosni Mubarak has warned that civil war had started in
Iraq, where three consecutive days of bombings killed about 100 people, inflaming sectarian tensions. Read more at Yahoo news.
06.04.2006. About fifty students in Ytterby College are thought to sympathise with the extreme right, according to Brandberg. She told the parents of ten youths that their children will not be allowed to participate in the exams because they had been caught using words such as “nigger,” “faggot” and “whore” and making statements in favour of sending immigrants back to their home countries. If the students are not allowed to take exams they cannot obtain their grades and get a degree.
06.04.2006. Violence at a Berlin school dominated by Arab and Turkish youths and the nearby slaying of police officer, shot in the head while trying to arrest muggers, has fuelled alarm that troubled parts of the German capital are lurching out of control. Read the entire article at expatica.com.
06.04.2006. Police have stepped in at a Berlin school to help control violence that teachers say is out of control. Berlin’s education senator is coming under heavy criticism for refusing to close the secondary school down. See the article No Solution Other Than Police Presence for Unruly Berlin School, in Deutsche Welle.
06.04.2006. German immigration policies and liberal multiculturalism are only one side of the problem. The other side is the active refusal of many in the Muslim community to integrate. Read the entire article in International Herald Tribune.
06.04.2006. By Paul Belien. The teachers of a German college, the Rütli-Hauptschule in the Berlin borough of Neukölln, have asked the authorities to close down their school. Last Thursday the school called in the police to protect the few native German students remaining in the predominantly immigrant school, where over 80% of the students are not of German origin. The German students and the teachers say that they are being terrorised by armed and violent thugs, who call them “racists” and treat Western girls and women as if they are “whores” and “sluts.” Last week, after several serious incidents, the teachers wrote an open letter asking the Berlin authorities to close down the college and distribute the students among other schools. Read the entire article in The Brussels Journal.
06.04.2006. By Fjordman. Last year I wrote an article about how Swedish society is disintegrating and is in danger of collapsing, at least in certain areas and regions. The country that gave us Bergman, ABBA and Volvo could become known as the Bosnia of northern Europe. The “Swedish model” would no longer refer to a stable and peaceful state with an advanced economy, but to a Eurabian horror story of utopian multiculturalism, socialist mismanagement and uncontrolled immigration. Some thought I was exaggerating, and that talk of the possibility of a future civil war in Sweden was pure paranoia. Was it? [...] This is urgent. When enough people feel that the system is no longer working and that the social contract has been breached, the entire fabric of democratic society could unravel. What happens when the welfare state system breaks down, and there is no longer enough money to “grease” the increasing tensions between immigrants and native Europeans? And what happens when people discover that their own leaders, through the EU networks and the Euro-Arab Dialogue described by Bat Ye’or in her book “Eurabia,” have been encouraging all these Muslims to settle here in the first place? There will be massive unemployment, and tens of millions of people will feel angry, scared and humiliated, betrayed by the system, by society and by their own democratic leaders. Read the entire article in The Brussels Journal.
01.04.2006. Despite the arrests - and, in some cases, the convictions - of members of the well-known group codenamed 'Hofstad', there's little ground for optimism about the terrorist threat in the Netherlands. That's according to a new report from the Dutch AIVD intelligence service report entitled "Violent Jihad in the Netherlands."
The radicalisation of young Muslims, most of them from a Moroccan background, continues unabated; terrorist networks are growing more diffuse and hence more difficult to keep tabs on. The AIVD also warns that, in the worst-case scenario, Dutch society could risk falling apart along ethnic and religious lines. Read the article at Radio Netherlands.
13.03.2006. By Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha, Middle East Quarterly, March 8, 2006. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), headquartered in Washington, is perhaps the best-known and most controversial Muslim organization in North America. CAIR presents itself as an advocate for Muslims’ civil rights and the spokesman for American Muslims. “We are similar to a Muslim NAACP,” says its communications director, Ibrahim Hooper. Its official mission—“to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutualu nderstanding”—suggests nothing problematic. [...] But there is another side to CAIR that has alarmed many people in positions to know. Read more at FrontPage Magazine.com.
A Swedish victim of immigrant abuse.
08.03.2008 (updated 18.02.2014). A Muslim rape epidemic in sweeping over Europe -- and over many other nations host to immigrants from the Islamic world. The direct connection between the rapes and Islam is irrefutable, as Muslims are significantly overrepresented among convicted rapists and rape suspects. The Muslim perpetrators themselves boast that there crime is justified since their victims were, among other things, not properly veiled.
What is the psychology here? What is the significance of this epidemic? And how do we face it when our own feminists, with a few exceptions, are deafingly silent about it? By Jamie Glazov,
FrontPageMagazine.com, March 7, 2006. Read more in FrontPage Magazine.com.
07.03.2006. By Phillip Longman, Foreign Policy,
March/April issue. Across the globe, people are choosing to have fewer children or none at all. Governments are desperate to halt the trend, but their influence seems to stop at the bedroom door. Are some societies destined to become extinct? Hardly. It’s more likely that conservatives will inherit the Earth. Like it or not, a growing proportion of the next generation will be born into families who believe that father knows best. Read more in Foreign Policy.
27.02.2006. By Jamie Glazov, November 14, 2005. Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Lorenzo Vidino, the European expert at The Investigative Project on Terrorism—a Washington, D.C.-based counterterrorism institute and America’s largest private data-gathering center on militant Islamic activities. (...) The attacks in Madrid and London speak for themselves, but to what extent is al Qaeda present in Europe today? - I think those two events are just the tip of the iceberg.
Read more in FrontPageMagazine.com >>>
26.02.2006. By Anthony Browne,
The Guardian, January 27, 2005.
Islam really does want to conquer the world. That’s because Muslims, unlike many Christians, actually believe they are right, and that their religion is the path to salvation for all Available through FrontPageMagazine.com >>>
26.02.2006. The Muslim birth rate in Europe is three times higher than that of non-Muslim Europeans, which is declining, writes Omer Taspinar, the co-director of The Brookings Institution's project on Turkey. The Muslim population has doubled in the last 10 years to 4 percent of the European Union's population. About 1 million new Islamic immigrants arrive in Western Europe every year, and by 2050, one in five Europeans will likely be Muslim. Read more on Council on Foreign Relations >>>
26.02.2006. According to Moorish legend, Boabdil, the last Muslim (Moorish) king of what was left of Al Andalus (the great Moorish Empire in Spain), surrendered the keys to his city Granada on January 2, 1492, and on one of its hills, paused for a final glance at his lost Empire. The place would become known as El Ultimo Suspiro del Moro - "the Moor's Last Sigh." Boabdil's mother is said to have taunted him: “Weep like a woman for the land you could not defend as a man." Over 500 years have passed since the end of the Moorish Empire, but for the Muslim world, the memory and the pain linger. In a strange twist of irony, history may be coming full circle. If Muslim population growth continues at it’s expected pace, the Europe of today will become the Eurabia of tomorrow. What kind of European Islam will evolve, however, remains to be seen. Read more at jfednepa.org >>>
By Daniel Pipes,
New York Sun,
January 10, 2006. Thanks to the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a new word has entered the political vocabulary: mahdaviat. Read the article at danielpipes.org >>>
The real reason the West is in danger of extinction
BY MARK STEYN,
Wednesday, January 4, 2006: Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West. Read the entire article in OpinionJournal (from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page) >>>
02.01.2006: The Egyptian-born Yusuf Qaradawi, an al Azhar University-educated member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who resides in Qatar, calls on Muslims to conquer Europe, saying: “Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and a victor after being expelled from it twice – once from the south, from Andalusia, and a second time, from the east, when it knocked several times on the doors of Athens.” Qaradawi ruled that Muslims should re-conquer “'former Islamic colonies' in Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Mediterranean islands." Read the entire article By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld in FrontPage Magazine >>>
See also HonestThinking's English material from 2005.