Powerline compares Steyn’s take on future Europe with that of Ralph Peters:
Have the Europeans become too soft for that sort of thing? Has narcotic socialism destroyed their ability to hate? Is their atheism a prelude to total surrender to faith-intoxicated Muslim jihadis?
The answer to all of the above questions is a booming “No!” The Europeans have enjoyed a comfy ride for the last 60 years – but the very fact that they don’t want it to stop increases their rage and sense of being besieged by Muslim minorities they’ve long refused to assimilate (and which no longer want to assimilate).
Far from enjoying the prospect of taking over Europe by having babies, Europe’s Muslims are living on borrowed time. When a third of French voters have demonstrated their willingness to vote for Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front – a party that makes the Ku Klux Klan seem like Human Rights Watch – all predictions of Europe going gently into that good night are surreal.
I have no difficulty imagining a scenario in which U.S. Navy ships are at anchor and U.S. Marines have gone ashore at Brest, Bremerhaven or Bari to guarantee the safe evacuation of Europe’s Muslims. After all, we were the only ones to do anything about the slaughter of Muslims in the Balkans.
There is a real sense of something nasty looming in London as in the Netherlands and France. The number of non-Europeans there is amazing, one heard less English in some areas around London than one usually does in Zurich. Spacebunny even had a Coke one evening with an English sticker slapped over the Arabic one on the bottle. And it probably won’t make Drudge, but just yesterday a Tunisian immigrant beat to death a sixty year-old Indian man and injured seven others who were parked in traffic, just the latest incident of immigrants behaving murderously in England.
But it’s important to remember that although there are still far fewer Muslims in Europe than non-American Hispanics in the USA, the conversation about whether to permit multiculturalism to continue has already begun. Muslims aren’t going to react well to the strictures already being put in place such as the veil bans, and should their social benefits be cut, as I expect to see happen in the next five years, the conflict will increase dramatically.
In fact, although it hasn’t been widely covered in the international press, expulsions and refusals to renew residence visas are already taking place in Holland. Once one European country elects a government hostile to non-European immigrants and people see that it is possible to reclaim their nations from the multicultural mire – remember, a nation is a people, not an idea, to Europeans – I expect others will quickly and enthusiastically follow suit.
What it boils down to is this: if Europeans truly intended to accept Islam, Turkey would already be in the EU.