No doubt about that. But at what cost? My latest in PJ Media:
Last Wednesday, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans hosted a roundtable with imams from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands. He had a message for them that they doubtlessy welcomed: “The Commission is strongly committed to promoting diversity in Europe. Islam is part of our history, Islam is part of our present and Islam will be part of our future.”
There is no doubt that Timmermans’ statement is true, but not quite in the way he meant.
Timmermans did hint that he was aware Europe might not travel a smooth and placid path to the glorious multicultural future: “The way we help our citizens — whatever their background may be — to embrace the diversity that is a reality in European societies is going to determine much of our collective future.”
In 2015, Timmermans noted: “[D]iversity is now in some parts of Europe seen as a threat. Diversity comes with challenges. But diversity is humanity’s destiny. There is not going to be, even in the remotest places of this planet, a nation that will not see diversity in its future.”
He didn’t note that many majority-Muslim countries have been growing less diverse, while Europe grows more so.
Timmermans added: “Europe will be diverse, like all other parts of the world will be diverse. The only question is, how do we deal with that diversity? And my answer to that is, by ensuring that our values determine how we deal with diversity and not giving up our values to refuse diversity. That will bring us down as a society.”
Timmermans concluded ominously: “If we don’t get this right, I truly believe Europe will not remain the Europe we built. Europe will not remain a place of peace and freedom, for very long.”
In reality, it is because of his diversity project that Europe might not remain a place of peace and freedom.
Timmermans is right: Islam is a part of European history, is certainly a part of its present, and most assuredly will be in its future. And its presence in Europe has, from its beginning, led to the end of peace and freedom for Europeans.
In my forthcoming book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (which you can preorder here), I detail how the Islamic jihadis first attacked Europe in the Seventh Century, as Islam itself was coming into being, and continued to harass and terrorize Europeans for centuries thereafter. If Timmermans and other European leaders knew the history of the jihad against Europe (and elsewhere) that I detail in the book, they might not be so sanguine about Islam’s presence on the continent.
To take just one notorious example: after over seven hundred years of trying, the warriors of jihad finally entered Constantinople on May 29, 1453. When they did, they made the streets run with rivers of blood. Muslims raided monasteries and convents, killing or enslaving their inhabitants, and plundered private houses. They entered the Hagia Sophia, which for nearly a thousand years had been the grandest church in Christendom.
The Muslims then killed the elderly and weak and led the rest off into slavery.
The Byzantine scholar Bessarion wrote to the Doge of Venice in July 1453, saying:
[Constantinople had been] sacked by the most inhuman barbarians and the most savage enemies of the Christian faith, by the fiercest of wild beasts. The public treasure has been consumed, private wealth has been destroyed, the temples have been stripped of gold, silver, jewels, the relics of the saints, and other most precious ornaments. Men have been butchered like cattle, women abducted, virgins ravished, and children snatched from the arms of their parents.
When the slaughter and pillage was finished, Mehmet II ordered an Islamic scholar to mount the high pulpit of the Hagia Sophia and declare that there was no God but Allah, and Muhammad was his prophet. The magnificent old church was turned into a mosque; hundreds of other churches in Constantinople and elsewhere suffered the same fate. Millions of Christians joined the ranks of the dhimmis; others were enslaved, and many were killed.
The Muslim advances in Europe generally followed this pattern. Even the vaunted proto-multicultural paradise of Muslim Spain was only remotely livable for Christians and Jews when they passively accepted the daily harassment and discrimination mandated for non-Muslims in Islamic law.
If Timmermans knew the history of Islam in Europe, would it make a difference?
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