Jihad warning

A review of Bat Ye’or’s landmark book Eurabia from the New York Post, with thanks to all who sent this in:

FOR over three decades, the historian Bat Ye’or has been a voice in the wilderness. Her warning that “jihad” had in the 1970s reemerged as a powerful force in much of Europe, fell on deaf ears.
Most Europeans denied what was confronting them. They were equally blind, according to Ye’or, to the fact that many European politicians were effectively in collusion with the jihadists, motivated by economic aims, a philosophy of appeasement or by the shared values of anti-Americanism, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

The 9/11 attacks, along with the revelation that several of the perpetrators had been educated at European mosques and universities, led to a greater awareness of the Muslim fundamentalist threat in Europe. And the Madrid train bombings, which killed 190 people last year, only reinforced that understanding. Yet willful ignorance remains.

Indeed, militant Islamists have been much better at understanding and exploiting Western cultural ideals and weaknesses than European and American intellectuals have been in understanding theirs.

Many Western liberals “” viewing the world through their own narrow prism “” still insist that Islamic terrorism is the product of ignorance and poverty, despite overwhelming evidence that most suicide bombers have been highly educated and relatively wealthy. Like Nazis, Communists and others before them who would destroy Western civilization, the jihadists in Europe, Iraq and al Qaeda know exactly what they are doing.

In “Eurabia,” Ye’or points out that, for over a millennium, the effect of Islamic “jihad” through its political, military, economic and cultural components has been to subjugate and in some case extinguish once-thriving Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist civilizations in Asia, Africa and Europe.

She argues that “jihad” has now reappeared in Europe, not by accident but as the result of a grand design by French and other European diplomats to forge a new political entity, “Eurabia.” It would fuse together the European and Arab worlds, dispose of Israel “” the irritant in their way “” and then challenge America for world hegemony.

The term “Eurabia,” notes Ye’or, was first used in the mid-1970s, as the title of a journal edited by the president of the Association for Franco-Arab Solidarity.

Relying on detailed documents, minutes and directives generated by government bodies, including a little known organization set up by France in the 1970s called the Euro-Arab Dialogue, Ye’or charts the cooperation that has brought European democracies, Arab dictatorships and Islamic terror groups closer together. (Only last week, a Dutch diplomat was caught on film embracing a member of the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad in Gaza.)

But as Ye’or notes, what started as a scheme for a greater “Eurabia” controlled by the French (who would in turn welcome the flow of Arab oil and Muslim immigration into Europe) has turned into an attempt by fundamentalist Muslims to take over Europe.

Within a single generation, a significant portion of the population of major cities in a dozen European countries have become Muslim.

Yet the crisis for Europe isn’t about numbers, but militancy. Of course, most European Muslims wish to integrate, while peacefully practicing their religion. But opinion polls indicate that an increasing minority do not.

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  1. says

    Of course, most European Muslims wish to integrate, while peacefully practicing their religion.

    Where did the reviewer get this News Flash?

    In other words, did the reviewer even read the book, or just the publisher’s gloss and the jacket blurb?

    And where does he get the chutzpah to make this sweeping bit of apologetics for the ‘peaceful majority’ of Islam?

    Based on what?

    Is that a book reviewer’s purview?

    Or just a back-handed swat at Bat Ye’or?

  2. says

    No disrespect to Bat Ye’or or the author of the article in the NY Post but I don’t believe that “most European Muslims wish to integrate, while peacefully practicing their religion”… they want us to become European Muslims as well, nothing less.

  3. says

    Forget about integration or assimilation: They really believe that we are wrong and they are right, and therefore we must all submit to Allah and everything will be just fine.

    The French actually started a good thing with banning headscarves in the Schools. They even exteded it to public buildings…

    We should follow suit!

    And the much vilified De Vilepin got the Muslim -council to back him on that. Try that in the US!

  4. says

    Call me a Bible basher – but Eurabia will be the Revived Roman Empire as in the book of Daniel and Revelation, that also said that the people wouldn’t stick together as one (iron mixed withh clay).

    But Daniel did describe it as,

    “A terrible beast”

    So I’m glad I’m not living there. Problem is though, Eurabia will effect the entire world, and the USA will be to weak to do anything about it.

  5. says

    A most surprising blunder on her part, to say the least. Even the Independent found that only 33% of muslims in the UK wish to ‘integrate’. It really is all about numbers, because there is no ‘militancy’, there is only the koran, the hadiths, and the pronouncements of ‘holy’ men like Sistani and Qaradawi. When their numbers get to a certain level, our number is up, and the Enlightenment is over.

  6. says

    European liberals believe once moslems are exposed to their egalitarian socialist intellectualism they will be compelled to ditch the islam and become leftists.

    Moslems are convinced that the Euro liberals are the perfect dhimmis, who will easily fall prey to jihad and either convert to islam or be killed.

    They both see Jews and conservative Christians as insufferable, dhimmi-proof, capitalist pigs, who must be destroyed in order for islam and humanism to compete for world domination. Once the American/Israeli right wing westernism is out of the way, the euros and arabs will battle it out for the right to inherit the earth.

    At least in their minds. The truth is, both islam and secular humanism are bastards which will never succeed in their mission. The euros and their zero birth rate will be over-run by moslems in another 50 years, and the internal squabbling of the alliance will never allow for a truly unified front.

    On the other hand, the success of America and Israel will come in the form of a strong base of traditional Jewish and Christian values, which will ultimately dominate the depraved decadence of the misguided secular leftists and their sadistic, evil moslem partners.

    -MZ

  7. says

    “…but I don’t believe that ‘most European Muslims wish to integrate, while peacefully practicing their religion’… they want us to become European Muslims as well, nothing less.”
    Posted by: disillusionised_german

    You are absolutely right! Islam is a political system with a very clear political agenda – to make the host country islamic.

    We should stop them while they are still in the minority.

  8. says

    “On the other hand, the success of America and Israel will come in the form of a strong base of traditional Jewish and Christian values, which will ultimately dominate the depraved decadence of the misguided secular leftists and their sadistic, evil moslem partners.”

    Presidents who hold hands with the financiers and orchestrators of global jihad notwithstanding? And politically, things will get worse in the US, not better, as the next administration will undoubtedly be Democrat. The best hope for America (in the medium- to long-term) is that the fall of Europe will provide a final, definitive wake-up call – the one which 9/11 turned out not to be.

    As for the Israelis, every single one I’ve met so far has tried to convince me that islam has been ‘hi-jacked by extremists’, and that everything will be just fine eventually, when some unspecified set of conditions magically fall into place. I’m not optimistic about their future.

  9. says

    “…Problem is though, Eurabia will effect the entire world, and the USA will be too weak to do anything about it.”
    Posted by: 3rdtimelucky

    You may want to read this article. The sense is that if Europe becomes islamic it won’t be much of a global player. It will become an islamic wasteland. The culture will seep it of its life. Islam is anti-development, anti-women (half the human resources), anti-human. You can’t rise in a sea of islam. You can only sink.

    Islamic Europe?

    “Current trends allow only one conclusion,” Bolkestein said. “The USA will remain the only superpower. China is becoming an economic giant. Europe is being Islamicized.”

    But Europe’s own Islamic future came up only incidentally. Asked whether the E.U. could serve as a global counterweight to the United States, the historian Bernard Lewis replied simply: “No.” He saw only three countries as potential “global” players: definitely China and India, and possibly a revivified Russia. “Europe,” he said, “will be part of the Arabic west, of the Maghreb.” What seems to have infuriated European listeners is that Lewis did not assert this as a risqué or contrarian proposition. He just said it, as if it were something that every politically neutral and intellectually honest person takes for granted.

  10. says

    “Presidents who hold hands with the financiers and orchestrators of global jihad notwithstanding?”

    Agreed. In fact, the saudis should have been the first ones taken out after 9/11. Bush is clearly not being tough enough on islam, though he is still tougher on islam than any other world leader. Sad, actually.

    “And politically, things will get worse in the US, not better, as the next administration will undoubtedly be Democrat.”

    You have absolutely no idea what will happen in the next election. That said, I hope you’re wrong.

    “The best hope for America (in the medium- to long-term) is that the fall of Europe will provide a final, definitive wake-up call – the one which 9/11 turned out not to be.”

    Hope you’re wrong because that will be at least 50 years down the road. Europe will die inch by inch to the moslem population boom, and inch by inch doesn’t inspire big responses. I believe the next level in the war with islam will only come from another significant moslem attack on US soil.

    “As for the Israelis, every single one I’ve met so far has tried to convince me that islam has been ‘hi-jacked by extremists’, and that everything will be just fine eventually, when some unspecified set of conditions magically fall into place.”

    Stop listening to delusional Israeli leftist intellectuals. They are completely out of touch with reality, and are simply self-loathing Eurabian wannabes. The Jews who haven’t sold out to secular liberalism never fall for that crap, and there is a lot more of them in Israel than you think.

    -MZ

  11. says

    this from lgf:

    #13 Lizard by the Bay

    “Why do the words ‘population transfer’ sound like a good idea all of a sudden?

    You know, I just don’t get Europe. The Jews lived quiet peaceful lives and contributed to the wealth of the countries they lived in… and the Europeans tried to wipe them out.

    The Muslims come in droves, contribute nothing but violence and fear, destroy the cultures and economies of where they settle, and they’re coddled.

    Sick sick sick. Europe deserves its fate. I really hope we don’t help them in their next Great War. Let’s just wait until the European nations are all Muslim and then bomb the fuck out of them when they get out of line.

    Works for me.”

    Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century

  12. says

    “Presidents who hold hands with the financiers and orchestrators of global jihad notwithstanding?”

    Agreed. In fact, the saudis should have been the first ones taken out after 9/11. Bush is clearly not being tough enough on islam, though he is still tougher on islam than any other world leader. Sad, actually.

    “And politically, things will get worse in the US, not better, as the next administration will undoubtedly be Democrat.”

    You have absolutely no idea what will happen in the next election. That said, I hope you’re wrong.

    “The best hope for America (in the medium- to long-term) is that the fall of Europe will provide a final, definitive wake-up call – the one which 9/11 turned out not to be.”

    Hope you’re wrong because that will be at least 50 years down the road. Europe will die inch by inch to the moslem population boom, and inch by inch doesn’t inspire big responses. I believe the next level in the war with islam will only come from another significant moslem attack on US soil.

    “As for the Israelis, every single one I’ve met so far has tried to convince me that islam has been ‘hi-jacked by extremists’, and that everything will be just fine eventually, when some unspecified set of conditions magically fall into place.”

    Stop listening to delusional Israeli leftist intellectuals. They are completely out of touch with reality, and are simply self-loathing Eurabian wannabes. The Jews who haven’t sold out to secular liberalism never fall for that, and there is a lot more of them in Israel than you think.

    -MZ

  13. says

    From above: “You know, I just don’t get Europe. The Jews lived quiet peaceful lives and contributed to the wealth of the countries they lived in… and the Europeans tried to wipe them out.

    The Muslims come in droves, contribute nothing but violence and fear, destroy the cultures and economies of where they settle, and they’re coddled.”

    As someone once said, ‘We’ve now got the Semites we deserve.’

  14. says

    Jawdropper of the Day
    I think I can beat that:

    Berlin Outrage: Checkpoint Charlie Monument to be Bulldozed July 4th

    According to Deutsche Welle:
    “The Berlin Senate for Urban Planning, one of the project’s main detractors, fears that the capital is fast becoming a “Disneyland” version of its former self and insists the wall monument is too reminiscent of the Holocaust project at the Brandenburg Gate. The authority stresses that the East German dictatorship cannot be equated with the atrocities of the Third Reich.”
    In other words, the Communists in Berlin’s city government don’t want to be constantly reminded of the murders that the SED dictatorship committed during the Cold War. How unpleasant that would be for them! So they would rather bulldoze the entire thing on July 4th and associate the monument with Disneyland, a place that many Germans see as a symbol of trivial American commercialization.

  15. says

    Jawdropper of the Day
    I think I can beat that:

    Berlin Outrage: Checkpoint Charlie Monument to be Bulldozed July 4th

    According to Deutsche Welle:
    “The Berlin Senate for Urban Planning, one of the project’s main detractors, fears that the capital is fast becoming a “Disneyland” version of its former self and insists the wall monument is too reminiscent of the Holocaust project at the Brandenburg Gate. The authority stresses that the East German dictatorship cannot be equated with the atrocities of the Third Reich.”
    In other words, the Communists in Berlin’s city government don’t want to be constantly reminded of the murders that the SED dictatorship committed during the Cold War. How unpleasant that would be for them! So they would rather bulldoze the entire thing on July 4th and associate the monument with Disneyland, a place that many Germans see as a symbol of trivial American commercialization.

    Animal Farm! The swine are now in charge!

  16. says

    Dr. Phibes:

    Most Ashkenazic Jews know little of Islam. Not having much contact with the Sephardic/Yemenite/Iranian Jewish community, I cannot say as to what they know or understand about Islam. Generally, Israelis, being fairly liberal-minded, have a hard time grasping the illiberal, irrational mind of the Islamist and still believe in the early Zionist ideals of making friends with the Arabs through community building. This has probably been true with a large, silent minority, who recognize what the Jewish State has brought to the region, but the sizable minority who want a Juden-frei Middle EAst (if not the world), are prepared to go to any length to acheive their goal.

    I recommend that you read David Meir-Levi’s June 24/05 post on FrontPageMag.com on the myth and reality of “the occupation”.

  17. says

    waterdragon52: Most Ashkenazic Jews know little of Islam.

    If you really believe that, I have a bridge linking Brooklyn to Manhattan I am certain you would be interested in buying.

    3rdtimelucky: Call me a Bible basher – but Eurabia will be the Revived Roman Empire as in the book of Daniel and Revelation, that also said that the people wouldn’t stick together as one (iron mixed withh clay).

    You seem to be into Anglo-Israelitism (Herbert W. Armstrong and all that crap).