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April 2, 2007

The Third Islamic Invasion of Europe

Islam scholar Bernard Lewis gave the Irving Kristol lecture at the American Enterprise Institute March 7 (via Melaine Phillips). Among other things, Lewis talked about "a return among Muslims to what they perceive as the cosmic struggle for world domination between the two main faiths--Christianity and Islam. " He points out that among religions, Christianity and Islam claim to be universal, unlike Hinduism or Judaism. In other words, Christianity and Islam want to spread the word to all people. This perception, he says, led to the centuries long struggle between the two for world domination. He then points out that Christians no longer wish to conquer in the name of their faith, however, while Muslims do.

The Muslim attack on Christendom, he says, has gone through three phases.

The first took place immediately after the death of Muhammed in 632 A.D. when Islam spread throughout Northern Africa, into Spain, and for a brief time, modern France. It challenged Byzantium but was eventually stopped, whereby a stalemate ensued. Through the Crusades Christians managed to temporarily recapture the Holy Lands, but in the end this was reversed.

In phase 2 the Muslim world attacked in Asia and Eastern Europe. This was largely carried out by the Turks, and they defeated the Byzantine Empire and tried, with varying success, to expand their empire. The Europeans were able to eventually reverse much of the gains made by the Ottoman Turks.

This brings us to phase 3, which is ongoing.

Lewis spends some time on Islamic radicalism, but then comes to the issue of Muslims in Europe who have immigrated there

Let me turn to the question of assimilation, which is much discussed nowadays. How far is it possible for Muslim migrants who have settled in Europe, in North America, and elsewhere, to become part of those countries in which they settle, in the way that so many other waves of immigrants have done? I think there are several points which need to be made. ...

I mentioned earlier the important difference in what one means by religion. For Muslims, it covers a whole range of different things--marriage, divorce, and inheritance are the most obvious examples. Since antiquity in the Western world, the Christian world, these have been secular matters. The distinction of church and state, spiritual and temporal, lay and ecclesiastical is a Christian distinction which has no place in Islamic history and therefore is difficult to explain to Muslims, even in the present day. Until very recently they did not even have a vocabulary to express it. They have one now.

Lewis also points the differences between becoming an American citizen and a British or French one. If you get American citizenship you're an American. Gaining the same in Europe does not make you English or French.

But then we get to the heart of the matter

What are the European responses to this situation? In Europe, as in the United States, a frequent response is what is variously known as multiculturalism and political correctness. In the Muslim world there are no such inhibitions. They are very conscious of their identity. They know who they are and what they are and what they want, a quality which we seem to have lost to a very large extent. This is a source of strength in the one, of weakness in the other.


The Islamic radicals have even been able to find some allies in Europe… They have a left-wing appeal to the anti-U.S. elements in Europe, for whom they have so-to-speak replaced the Soviets. They have a right-wing appeal to the anti-Jewish elements in Europe, replacing the Axis. They have been able to win considerable support under both headings. For some in Europe, their hatreds apparently outweigh their loyalties.


Where do we stand now? Is it third time lucky? It is not impossible. They have certain clear advantages. They have fervor and conviction, which in most Western countries are either weak or lacking. They are self-assured of the rightness of their cause, whereas we spend most of our time in self-denigration and self-abasement. They have loyalty and discipline, and perhaps most important of all, they have demography, the combination of natural increase and migration producing major population changes, which could lead within the foreseeable future to significant majorities in at least some European cities or even countries. But we also have some advantages, the most important of which are knowledge and freedom.

Lewis isn't bombastic, and doesn't make his points in the same style as an editorial writer or TV pundit would do. But that doesn't lessen the impact of his words.

We'll see if our advantages overcome theirs. I'm not optimistic, given the plethora of stories like this one that was repoted in a London newspaper on Sunday

Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed.

It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.
...

It found some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class.

Who is assimilating whom?

Posted by Tom at April 2, 2007 9:15 PM

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You are engaging in racist hate speech. Muslims have a right to occupy and settle their ancestral lands in Europe.

Articles like this are worthy of jail time.

Posted by: Tony Blair at May 16, 2007 10:23 PM

Jail time? LoL. now you know why the western world fears Islamic domination (or domination by any fundamentalist religion).... free speech is something fundamentalists have never supported

Posted by: chris at June 28, 2008 10:59 PM

I disagree that this is "worthy of jail time", and I don't think it's hate speech. The spineless abandonment of one of modern history's greatest civilian/military tragedies isn't something that should happen to avoid offending students. The Holocaust isn't Christmas, and you shouldn't abandon a subject of historic interest to prevent students from expressing anti-Semitic expressions; jackasses are jackasses regardless of faith, and if their beliefs include anti-Semitism that certainly isn't something to be encouraged.

Posted by: scythepuppet at August 22, 2008 6:20 PM

This is a reply to "TonyBlair"

Did no one else notice this quote from Tom?
"Muslims have a right to occupy and settle their ancestral lands in Europe"

??Europe the ANCESTRAL lands of Muslims??!??
And "occupy" is a military term!

Explains exactly HOW Europe is a Muslim ANCESTRAL land!? This is a LIE and you cannot prove your claim. The only part of Europe that muslims ever set foot on in the past was through WAR, INVASION and CONQUEST. It is HISTORY that Europe had to fight for their lives and lands agains Muslim onslaught for CENTURIES. You may hate the truth of history, but the hate is on YOUR part, not the Europeans who have not forgotten their history.
Your words sound like the hateful lies of a would-be conquerer.
"Tony", no matter what your race or background - YOU are the RACIST and BIGOT (and maybe insane).

Posted by: ChrisTepesh Author Profile Page at January 3, 2009 8:36 PM

The demographics are clear and they tell the future. The first Western European country that will fall to Islam will be Sweden. Soon after that the Netherlands. By that time large parts of Southern England will be controlled by Islam. Germany and France will likewise have extensive Muslim only areas. All this in about fifty years.

Currently, in 2009, the Ethnic Europeans are hand-cuffed by their own self-imposed political correctness. Even using the term "Ethnic European" will get you in trouble in many European countries. Any hint of displeasure over the rise of Islam in Europe will get you charged with a "Hate Crime." It is a time of deceit and institutionalized self loathing. However, as Western European governments begin to "fall" to the new Muslim majorities it would be a surprise if the ghost of Charles Martel does not appear in some form. European have a long and bloody history. Their current modern veneer of decency and tolerance will likely fall away and ancient spirit of the Norsemen will manifest. I pity the Muslims

Posted by: yahasiff at March 27, 2009 3:13 PM

Lol, you totally missed the point of "tony blair's" sarcasm. Argue all the logical points you want, the masses of Islam don't care. The Prophet taught that it was alright to kill your enemies if they do not yield and convert. So you want to talk reason with them? How dumb are you?

The Prophet taught that it is alright to deceive your enemy (see the story of the assassins the Prophet sent out and their instructions.) No Muslim would ever question a leader talking peace with an enemy while holding a ready knife behind his back. It is tradition. They understand.

No Muslim has taken Obama to task for converting to Christianity (a sin punishable by death) because they don't believe it is real. Half his life he was raised a Muslim, he converted to Christianity to get elected. All Muslims understand his position (wink wink). Better start studying the Quran, it doesn't look good for your side...

Posted by: SparkyVA at May 10, 2009 2:37 PM

The "decline", of Western Civilization, began, when, in the 70's the "White Male", was mentally "castraited", by the "feminist", movement.Then came the concepts, of " racial equality", & "multiculturalism",,,which destroyed the, inborn instinct, of any, self respecting male, to protect, both his living space,..& his women,..The result, of all of this has lead Western Civilization to the brink of the abiss,..To reverse this slide, into the bottomless pit,..Western "MAN", needs to "Grow a pair", & sharpen his sword,..& begin the process, of driving his enemies, from his sacred lands,..

Posted by: Nordicelt at July 31, 2009 10:21 PM

the 3rd world war will be a religious war between islam and christianity. most of the soldiers in the countries of the west are christians. this conviction is nessesary to join a military corps that has such hardships that only people with strong moral and religious values can overcome. as for the muslims they will be defeated by the edvancement of the weaponry this christian soldiers now have in their power. Europe will go back to its christian roots and expell islam from the ocuppied lands that are washed over by the mediterranean sea all christian kingdoms will be returned back to their original status as christian domains.

Posted by: Anthony at November 16, 2009 2:16 AM

The, "deceit and institutionalized self loathing" as well as the super-liberal, leftist, multicultural mentality were all inflicted on European society by the Allied victors after WWII. Unless this vital truth is recognized (mostly by Europeans in general but by the Germans in particular) there is no way that the self-loathing and self guilt can truly come to end and this present Islamic invasion can be totally repelled. The connection between the present situation and the Allied victory in WWII is simply undeniable. The present Islamic invasion for example, got it's biggest head-start in Germany in the 1950's where Muslims took advantage of Germany's new, tolerant immigration laws to move in as "guest workers" and start taking over. One of the first things we can do is stop bashing the Germans over the head for the holocaust. The recent success though, of a number of right wing parties in the recent elections certainly may be a sign that many Europeans may be starting to take on this task themselves to stop feeling ashamed of their pasts and save their countries from Islam.

Posted by: Mike at December 6, 2010 3:27 AM

The "decline", of Western Civilization, began, when, in the 70's the "White Male", was mentally "castraited", by the "feminist", movement.Then came the concepts, of " racial equality", & "multiculturalism",,,which destroyed the, inborn instinct, of any, self respecting male, to protect, both his living space,..& his women,..The result, of all of this has lead Western Civilization to the brink of the abiss,..To reverse this slide, into the bottomless pit,..Western "MAN", needs to "Grow a pair", & sharpen his sword,..& begin the process, of driving his enemies, from his sacred lands,.."

Again, I think these are accurate reasons for the present decline of western civilization. However, I will stick to my contention that they did not start in the 1970's but with the Allied victory in WWII which was, as Pat Buchanan has accurately described it, a war which simply should have been avoided.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 6, 2010 3:34 AM

There is good and bad in Islam as other religions. But the intent is to dominate Europe. I am not afraid such imperialist Muslims will not win.

Posted by: Paul at April 27, 2011 4:39 AM

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