It’s been almost two years since the dawn of the “Arab Spring,” and since then
then we’ve seen hardline Islamists coming to power, increased movement toward
fundamentalist government and pan-Arab riots in response to a YouTube
Given this trend and the anti-Western vitriol spewed daily by
Muslim clerics the world over, it is hard to believe how many Europeans continue
to live in a state of denial with regard to the growing Islamic population
around them. Yes, it is no secret that there is a population shift taking place.
And yes, most people are aware that there is unrest among immigrant populations
and a pronounced desire to change their host environment to suit their cultural
But the notion of fascist Islamist forces taking over
Europe has routinely been dismissed as fanatical and extreme. Various riots and
violence, like the French Muslim youth riots in 2005 and 2010, seemed contained
to specific neighborhoods and suburbs, and appeared to have little affect on the
centers of power. The cases of murder or mayhem in response to an art exhibit or
cartoon seemed limited and containable. This is no longer the case.
the threat of Islamist violence is felt in the houses of parliament and
government. Europe has changed, and in as little as five years it could look
very different. Yet, most Europeans seem unable to recognize the severity of
this phenomenon objectively.
As a writer and academic, I have observed
and written about these changes over the past number of years, and feel no
satisfaction in seeing many of my ominous predictions come true. The European
approach to human rights and democracy is falling apart as an ideology of
intolerance, conquest, religious law and coercion takes root.
two types of conquest that can destroy sovereign states: the first, military
conquest, is comprised of armed conflict from beyond a state’s borders. This is
the traditional form of war. The second, internal conquest, is comprised of a
certain segment of society taking over that society, drastically altering its
lifestyle and guiding worldview. Today, Europe is under threat of both types of
Islamists are attempting to conquer non-Muslim countries
through war. This is complemented by immigrant populations, some of whom
are fourth-generation immigrants, who advance an ideology of intolerance and
coercion upon their host societies.
Islamic migration to Europe was
previously considered innocuous, a small-scale process that would not affect the
general demography of European states. Today, a very different picture has
emerged. According to the German Central Institute of Islamic Archives, the
total number of Muslims in Europe (including Russia) in 2007 was about 53
million, and the numbers have only grown since then.
number of Muslims in large European cities presents an even more dramatic
picture. In Stockholm, for example, 20 percent of the population is Muslim; in
Amsterdam, 24%; in Brussels 25%; in Marseille, 25%. What will these statistics
look like in 10 years? 15 years? The Times of London claims that the Muslim
population in Great Britain is growing at a rate 10% higher than any other
minority. From 2004-2008, the number of Muslims in Great Britain grew from
500,000 to 2.4 million. And while Britain’s Christian population is aging, its
Muslim population is young and certain to impact the demography even more
dramatically in the next decade.
Indeed, this concept of parallel
conquest – from within and from without – appears to be the strategy of Islamic
radicalism today. Initially, the public viewed Islamic migration as stemming
from the desire for greater opportunity and quality of life. While this may have
been true for the first generation of immigrants, the third and fourth
generations of immigrants show little interest in adapting to their host
countries, but rather insist their host countries adapt to their Shari’a
The introduction of Islamic law in Great Britain is already being
felt. Posters have been hung
in various areas warning people against entering Islamic neighborhoods wearing
“immodest” clothing. Islamic religious leaders preach to the public to convert
to Islam and some have even pronounced that the UK ought adopt Islam as its
Sound crazy? Various interest groups are attempting to
advance this very goal by increasing their influence in the parliament and
exploiting the very tools of democracy they wish to abolish.
changes are occurring quickly, leaving policy makers unable to strategize in an
effective manner. As Europe approaches the iceberg, there is a need to change
course, before it commits ideological suicide. Nothing less than a public outcry
will provide decision makers with the support necessary to put an end to the
exploitation of the free and open society Europe currently enjoys. If it
continues to be exploited as it has been, it will literally change the face of
Western society as we know it, and all too soon.
The writer is senior
vice president of Netanya Academic College and author of the book Six Years
Later, a novel about an attempted Islamic take over in Great Britain, available