J. Peder Zane, in the Charlotte NC News & Observer, says, “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.”
It could happen by mid-century. It “appears inevitable.” We have our immigrants, always have had them, and have a formula for handling and absorbing them. It’s called assimilation. Europe has no comparable experience and no formula.
Zane points to Bruce Bawer’s “indispensable” new book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (Doubleday, $23.95, 247 pages), which I happen to be reading. Bawer moved to Amsterdam to get away from a spoiled love affair — with his male partner. It looked great to him, until he ran into immigrant Muslims. His story starts with gay-bashing on the street with onlookers doing nothing.
It continues with a devastating account of politically correct blindness to Europe’s enemy within, not just of gays like himself but of all Western values. Women are 4th-class citizens in Muslim enclaves. The enclaves are often left to themselves by government and become laws unto themselves.
It’s a tough book, full of warning. It also offers stark contrast between a relatively open society, ours, and a relatively closed one, European. Europe’s media are often subsidized by government or government-owned. People much more reflexively approve what authorities do. Public sentiments, however, are contradicted regularly in private conversation.