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"An eloquent and eye-opening epitaph for a civilization as much as for a continent--all the more impressive for its depth of historical understanding as well as its illuminating transatlantic perspective. The preeminent historian of postwar Europe has become the prophet of its decline and fall."
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The 2004 Muslim terrorist bombings in Madrid, the 2005 Muslim terrorist bombings in London, and the 2005 Muslim riots in France soon put an end to these delusions. Europe now found itself wondering if it could survive the Muslim onslaught. Needless to say things have deteriorated since then. Britain finds itself increasingly dominated by Pakistanis, France by Algerians, Moroccans, and other African Muslims, and Germany by Turks and now Syrians.
Most of this has resulted from a culture of tolerance Europe has created since World War II. The original idea was to create a European union and end nationalist conflict by tolerating all European nationalities. Then this culture was extended to an extreme by tolerating the intolerant. It was applied to non-European immigrants like Muslims even if they were intolerant of all others including Europeans. The result is Muslim enclaves in major European cities which have become no-go zones for European authorities.
It is now evident that the European culture of moral superiority was a mask for the real culture of decline comprised of weakness, guilt-mongering, self-loathing, and defeatism. The result is a growing tendency towards bi-national states where Muslims are demanding autonomy and the increasing possibility of outright Muslim domination of certain states.
All this is reminiscent of the first decline of Europe when the Western Roman Empire fell in 476 AD. Germanic tribes had begun invading the Western Roman Empire in mass in the 5th Century and the response of the Roman authorities was to grant them citizenship or some similar status as an appeasement. This of course is reminiscent of the current situation today. The growing number of invaders resulted in the first sacking of Rome in 410 AD, the second sacking of Rome in 455 AD, and the eventual overthrow of the Roman Empire in 476 AD when the Germanic invaders deposed the last Roman Emperor.
But decline does not necessarily lead to collapse and the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) in Constantinople was able to last for another thousand years. But then it was conquered in 1453, appropriately enough, by Muslim Turks.
Walter Laqueur manages to give a sober, dispassionate and erudite account of the continent's very gloomy future. And with his track-record as a professor and author of numerous books, he cannot be suspected of right-wing sympathies.
The birthrate amongst native Europeans is desperately low and below reproduction rate; it has been low since 1900 but is now reaching pathetic levels. Europe is shrinking, Europe is dying.
Meanwhile, an alien population of Muslims, introduced to Europe from the 1960s without consulting its local population, is growing fast. In its majority, even amongst the second or third generation, it seems to be unable to integrate into Western European society and is even rejecting its values with increasing force. For years, focused on other issues, Europeans did not see how much of a problem these opposing demographic evolutions would cause.
Even now, politicians and the media are focusing on the problems that the aging population is bringing; who will pay for pensions and health care? Nobody seems to realize that at some point, in 20 to 30 years' time, when the baby-boom generation will have rejoined its ancestors, Muslims in Europe will most probably represent 25% if not more of Europe's population, an even bigger proportion of its younger age groups, those that represent the future, and a clear majority in a number of large cities and their surrounding regions.
That would happen even if immigration should stop today. But it is not stopping but accelerating, with all those poor and illiterate people attracted by the magnet of European prosperity, seeing the " hen with the golden eggs".
Muslims in Europe are optimistic. They know all they have to do is to wait, because Europeans are either not realizing what is happening, or refusing to admit it, and therefore are not reacting. Why? Because European civilization lost its vigor on the battlefields of WWI and WWII, lost its self-confidence and pride, does not believe in its own fundamental values enough to defend them, because the process of European integration (that has largely ground to a halt) cannot replace that emptiness.
There might be a radical yet acceptable approach and Laqueur does not speak of it. Europe should seal its borders as much as possible, introduce managed immigration, keep Muslims out, favor migrants from other parts of the world, and above all that, set up natalist policies that reverse the trend. But I repeat: all that is not compatible with the political correctness prevailing today and natalist policies remind Europe of fascism.
But who knows, if we try dreaming a bit, Europe's problems might also contain within themselves the welcome germs of change. Aging will cause the final collapse of the welfare state as we know it, reducing the attractiveness of Europe to fascinated outsiders, and it will no longer be affordable (sadly)to keep people alive beyond a certain age. There will also be less unemployment as this was largely created by the arrival of the baby-boomers on the job market. The renewed job opportunities as well as the capital left behind by these same baby-boomers will encourage their less numerous children to reproduce with more enthusiasm...
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If you want to see what Western Europe will look like, look at Kosovo and Metohija. In 1900 it was 10% Muslim, now it is 90% Muslim, after terror, rape, persecution, expulsion, revisionism and organ-harvesting.
"Last Days of Europe" is a lot more detailed than the other two, and whilst it heaps scorn on the European welfare state, it's critique is much more detailed and refined than the other two. Similarly, it hesitates to describe street crime by Muslims as being motivated by radical Islamist contempt for their victims, and instead views it simply as street crime divorced from any political or religious agenda. Throughout the author seems to dismiss the notion of a future sharia Europe, although he predicts Muslims would become more politically assertive with possible controlling shares in left wing social democrat parties.
The book also looks at the European Union in more detail than the other two books, and the author's disappointment with the way it functions and treats it's people very apparent. He scoffs at the notion it is a super power in making, and argues that the EU will spend the next few decades struggling to survive, never mind strutting the global stage as a light unto the nations. The author's analysis of Russia in the C21st is the best I have read on the subject so far, and most other authors tend to ignore Russia and instead focus on Western Europe.
The book does have one or two weakness. There is one fairly big factual error (he says Greece joined the EU in 2000, when it had been a member for some time before that) and the author seems to confuse the statistical concepts of birth rate and percentage of births. The author also writes in a gloomy, resigned tone that Europe is on its way down, and offers no solutions at all concerning how to deal with it. Given his knowledge, some opinions on how to deal with this "Apocalypse Europe" would have been very interesting.
All in all, a very strong offering that will be best read and enjoyed alongside "While Europe Slept" by Bruce Bawer and "America Alone" by Mark Steyn, and the reader will find the contrast between the three books on the same topic very enlightening. Highly recommended.
In a sense, Laqueur covers the same ground as Mark Steyn in America Alone, but without the jokes. This book is not as funny as Steyn but, possibly for that reason, more chilling. It is a very easy read and the analysis is very well organised. He looks at the history of European decline from further back than we might assume. He also examines the present situation in some fine detail that contributed to a more nuanced understanding of the situation regarding the EU and contemporary Islamic influence in Europe. There is a sense of amazement as to how Europe's post war leadership made such incredible assumptions as to allow the present devastating situation to arise with no discussion and certainly no vote.
Then, Laqueur goes on to making predictions. Although he clearly appreciates that a partial Western accommodation with true Islamic practice is impossible, he proposes that, in the end, this is what will happen in Europe in the middle part of the 21st century. The accommodation will happen between a native population that will have no choice and a `Westernised' Islam...perhaps even a secularised immigrant population.
I have my very grave doubts but understand the wishful thinking. This might be a recipe for a peaceful solution but I think it will be a lot more bloody (all round) than that.
An absolutely essential read. One of the best on this subject.
Walter Laqueur is one of Europe's pre-eminent historians. In this book he offers a sober, and sobering, analysis of post WW2 trends in European history and their implications for Europe's future over the next 20-50 years.
His analysis is based on solid historical evidence. Well worth reading.
The author demonstrates his Jewish perspective by seeing only Muslim immigration as a threat to Europe's future. Although he correctly identifies most conflict as being of an ethnic rather than theological nature, he has next to nothing to say about immigration from the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, indeed, he has a positive view of Latin American immigration even though immigration from all of these non-Muslim sources is leading to exactly the same kind of social welfare abuse, unemployment, street violence and ghetto formation as immigration to Europe from the Muslim world.
The author makes many assumptions he expects us to take on trust. He seems to see increasing European integration under the corrupt, globalist and anti-democratic European Union as a strength for Europe, therefore growing opposition to the European Union as a weakness. Yet all those amongst the native people of Europe fighting their civilisational decline oppose the European Union. The author supposes that the native people of Europe, will continue to appease the aggressive, antagonistic newcomers, yet even at the time of writing, clear signs of growing anger amongst the native people of Europe were becoming obvious. This makes the author's predicted outcome of a slow decline and gradual consensual synthesis of the native and foreign questionable. Is Yugoslavia's break-up a more instructive model? The author doesn't consider the possibility. He also assumes that population ageing makes the necessity of immigration unquestionable. How improving technology will effect the economics of caring for an ageing population isn't considered, neither how gradual population decline could lower the cost of living for example by making accommodation cheaper.
Yet another serious failing of the book is that although it contains a bibliography, it contains no references. This makes the few facts and statistics offered unverifiable and therefore worthless.
Overall, I was disappointed. It's a light, easy read but there's plenty of common sense but very little analysis, very little substantiation of arguments, very little in the way of hard information. There's nothing that's not said better by Pat Buchanan, Sam Huntington and a host of writers specialising in Muslim immigration to Europe. Most of all, the book is hopelessly defeatist.