By Bruce Bawer
The fight for the soul of Europe this day is each piece as dire and consequential because it was once within the Nineteen Thirties. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the guts didn't carry, and the sunshine of civilization approximately went out. this day, the continent has entered yet one more “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans upward thrust to the problem posed through radical Islam, or will they collapse once more to the extremists?
As an American residing in Europe for the reason that 1998, Bruce Bawer has noticeable this challenge up shut. around the continent—in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm—he encountered huge, speedily increasing Muslim enclaves during which ladies have been oppressed and abused, homosexuals persecuted and killed, “infidels” threatened and vilified, Jews demonized and attacked, barbaric traditions (such as honor killing and compelled marriage) largely practiced, and freedom of speech and faith firmly repudiated.
The eu political and media institution grew to become a blind eye to all this, promoting out girls, Jews, gays, and democratic ideas generally—even criminalizing loose speech—in order to pacify the unconventional Islamists and safeguard the appearance of multicultural concord. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and converse up for real liberal values have been systematically slandered as fascist bigots. Witnessing the disgraceful response of Europe’s elites to September 11, to the terrorist assaults on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe used to be heading inexorably down a route to cultural suicide.
Europe's Muslim groups are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants’ deep antagonism towards an infidel society that rejects them and compounded via inaccurate immigration guidelines that implement their segregation and empower the extremists of their midst. The mounting drawback produced via those deeply perverse and irresponsible guidelines ultimately burst onto our tv monitors in October 2005, as Paris and different eu towns erupted in flames.
WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the tale of 1 American’s event in Europe prior to and after Sept. 11, and of his many arguments with Europeans in regards to the risks of militant Islam and America’s function in struggling with it. This courageous and necessary book—with its riveting blend of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is crucial interpreting for someone focused on the destiny of Europe and what it portends for the USA.