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January 29, 2007

Bernard Lewis: 'Muslims 'about to take over Europe'

According to Prof. Bernard Lewis, one of the most widely read scholars of the Middle East, whose advice is frequently sought by policymakers, Islam could soon be the dominant force in a Europe which, in the name of political correctness, has abdicated the battle for cultural and religious control.

The Muslims "seem to be about to take over Europe," Lewis said at a special briefing with the editorial staff of The Jerusalem Post. Asked what this meant for the continent's Jews, he responded, "The outlook for the Jewish communities of Europe is dim." Soon, he warned, the only pertinent question regarding Europe's future would be, "Will it be an Islamized Europe or Europeanized Islam?" The growing sway of Islam in Europe was of particular concern given the rising support within the Islamic world for extremist and terrorist movements, said Lewis.

Lewis, whose numerous books include the recent What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, and The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror, would set no timetable for this drastic shift in Europe, instead focusing on the process, which he said would be assisted by "immigration and democracy." Instead of fighting the threat, he elaborated, Europeans had given up.

"Europeans are losing their own loyalties and their own self-confidence," he said. "They have no respect for their own culture." Europeans had "surrendered" on every issue with regard to Islam in a mood of "self-abasement," "political correctness" and "multi-culturalism," said Lewis, who was born in London to middle-class Jewish parents but has long lived in the United States.

As much as I hate to say so, Prof. Lewis' gloomy prediction for Europe is well deserved by them. He's right about Europeans surrendering on every issue with regard to Islam, they are indeed self-abasing, have been losing their loyalties for some time, appear to have no respect or regard for their own culture, and even worse - have turned their back on their own faith. If Europe does become Islamacized, then it's there own doing and they deserve to have to live under sharia law.

Is America also on it's way to the same fate?

Posted by Richard at January 29, 2007 3:35 PM

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