By Bruce BawerThe fight for the soul of Europe at the present time 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 another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans upward thrust to the problem posed via 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, swiftly 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 ecu political and media institution grew to become a blind eye to all this, promoting out girls, Jews, gays, and democratic rules generally—even criminalizing loose speech—in order to pacify the novel Islamists and look after the semblance 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 Sep 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 by way of faulty immigration guidelines that implement their segregation and empower the extremists of their midst. The mounting quandary produced via those deeply perverse and irresponsible regulations ultimately burst onto our tv monitors in October 2005, as Paris and different ecu towns erupted in flames.
WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the tale of 1 American’s adventure in Europe ahead of and after Sep 11, and of his many arguments with Europeans concerning the hazards of militant Islam and America’s position in struggling with it. This courageous and priceless book—with its riveting mix of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is crucial analyzing for someone focused on the destiny of Europe and what it portends for the us.