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Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too Paperback – January 23, 2007
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“Original, fascinating, and important. With deep knowledge and fresh insight, Berlinski shows how some of the problems swirling in Europe (such as nihilism and neo-Nazism) echo patterns from the distant past, while others (welfarism, childlessness, and Islamism) are novel. She warns non-Europeans: the region that nearly devastated the world in the twentieth century threatens again to inflict grievous damage in the twenty-first.” —Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum
“One of the wisest and most compulsively readable public intellectuals writing today, Berlinski presents a work of Orwellian foresight and Churchillian conviction that will tear a welcome hole in our complacency and teach us to rethink our political future.” —Norah Vincent, former Los Angeles Times op-ed columnist
“Serious, well researched—and riveting. More than a piercing alarm over Muslim radicalism in Europe, this thoughtful book takes us on a tour of the continent’s spiritual crisis. Berlinski weaves sociological insight and helpful historical analysis into accounts of everything from the sexual underside of immigration to the dynamics of assassination to Europe’s cities without children to its self-extinguishing tolerance.” —Stanley Kurtz, contributing editor at National Review Online
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Europe certainly has a major, gaping hole in its soul, with its outright repudiation of its Christian heritage. And into this void has rushed various challenges, such as militant Islam, resurgent nationalism (including a revived Third Reich), and rampant anti-Americanism.
Claire Berlinksi is an American academic and journalist who has lived and worked in Europe for many years, and she does not like what she is seeing there. She argues that Europe is in the midst of a major crisis, and it is a crisis that will impact America and the rest of the free world.
Europe's rejection of its Christian past is only one aspect of this crisis, but it is a significant part. Berlinksi is no religious extremist. She describes herself as a secular Jew. But she is well aware of the consequences of the secularisation of Europe.
Radical Islam's attempt to turn Europe into a Muslim stronghold is another major part of the crisis. Berlinski looks at a number of European nations in detail, including Germany, Italy, France, Holland, as well as Britain, and examines how they are coping with their unassimilated and resentful Muslim populations.
Consider the Netherlands for example. Berlinksi shows that just as the Dutch attempted to appease the Nazis sixty years ago, they are now capitulating to militant Islam.Read more ›
With reference to the French philosopher Chantal Delsol, Berlinski explains the root of Europe's political and spiritual crisis as the collapse of faith that has led Post-Christian Europe into destructive nihilism. The delusions of postmodernism, relativism and multiculturalism are paving the continent's path towards collapse. The mindset expresses itself in the self-loathing of European elites, the strange passivity of the people and Europe's willingness to bargain with depravity which she calls a "self-extinguishing tolerance." I highly recommend Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen Hicks to understand the mental dynamic at work.
The high European suicide rate reflects its cultural, spiritual and ideological emptiness. Anti-Americanism, coupled with antisemitism & antimodernism, is just another pseudo-religious substitute serving as the glue holding the sorry mess together in the absence of anything meaningful.Read more ›
I will single out two items which absolutely defy belief.
First, after the murder of Theo Van Gogh, someone painted a large mural in Holland proclaiming "Thou shalt not kill." A local Muslim, incredibly, objected to the mural on the grounds that it was "racist." Even more incredibly, the Dutch authorities capitulated to him and ordered the mural painted over. Even MORE incredibly, someone filming the destruction of the mural had his videotape confiscated and destroyed.
Are we in full surrender mode yet, or not??
Second: a top Dutch politician now spends every night in a high-security prison because his security guards cannot vouch for his safety otherwise! He is "allowed" weekly visits with his wife! On the other hand, a man who murdered a top Dutch politician was fined 34,000 Euros and will be out of prison within a few years -- he did not get life imprisonment!
So Dutch politicians are forced to spend their lives in prison, while their murderers are fined and released!!
Are we in full surrender mode yet, or not?!
Buy this book and read it.
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She knew.. She warned.. and here we are.. Putting up with Crazy! Being tolerant of INSANITY run amok!
Islam is not a peaceful faith.. It is a faith of oppression.. Read more
I found the first half of this book to fly by - full of relevant information that paints a disquieting but accurate picture. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by James
Already the book description is filled with false information. Europe has never been "the charming continent of windmills and gondolas". Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Zellshop
I read this book a few years ago and could not put it down, mainly because it was the first contemporary book to come and out and say that Europe is a dump. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Bob Rothman
I have made over 25 trips to Europe and also understood the anti-Americanism in many of the West European countries. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Kevin M Quigg
Many Americans look at Europe as a model for what America should become, without considering the continuing influence that Europe's troubled past still exerts on the continent... Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by Eric Mayforth
The title led me to expect a shrill, one-sided rant of low literary quality, with perhaps a few interesting facts supporting apocalyptic scenarios that might lend me fodder for... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by David Marshall