The Anchoress discusses Mark Steyn's book America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It which sits next to me as I type this and can be found through linkage at right on my "bookshelf". (This was one of the books I was supposed to receive before my cruising, but I digress.) The inside front flap blurb says in part, "The future, as Steyn shows, belongs to the fecund and the confident."
Anyway, The Anchoress points to this Human Events interview with Steyn about the "Threat of Islam". He says humorously:
Well, the publicist is a genius because that is the kind of endorsement you can’t get. I don’t know how he got a copy to President Ahmadinejad but I’m glad that the president of Iran has digested the main lesson, which is, if you don’t have people, you can’t have any influence in the world.His idea is that population, reproduction determines destiny. Civilizations rise and fall on numbers. The Anchoress notes further:
I have been giving these ideas some thought. In a world where one nut-job with nuclear rocket launcher (does such a beast exist?) can level a town, why do population numbers matter? Look at what Saddam and his minority minions did in Iraq. The oppressed the majority, easily, I might add.
The Brussels Journal piece ends thusly: “If faith collapses, civilization goes with it,” says [Tom] Bethell. That is the real cause of the closing of civilization in Europe. Islamization is simply the consequence. The very word Islam means “submission” and the secularists have submitted already. Many Europeans have already become Muslims, though they do not realize it or do not want to admit it.
People, particularly the hardline secularists, do not want to admit it but America is going to be forced to play things out on both a secular and supernatural stage, if she is going to stay alive, and not just alive but comprehensively American. Those, like Rosie O’ Donnell, who would lump the Taliban and American Christians into the same boat do not realize that in doing so they are consigning themselves to Europe’s fate. And Europe is dying. Europe will not fight.
Editor's Note: Half-way through the post the Tigers game came on, then an Texas storm washed through and all important electronics got turned off (the beloved iMac is included in the "important electronics" category), so I'm just finishing this post today, this afternoon.
Back to the topic at hand. While the aforementioned storm raged, I read about 3/4's of Steyn's book. It's a fast read. I'll finish it tonight, if all goes as planned. Anyway, he has more to say about the fact that Europeans are converting to Islam. Europeans are pretending to be Islamic to be safe (women wearing hijabs--they do solve clothes choosing dilemmas). Europeans are old and philosophically fat and simply haven't got the energy to fight the young, angry masses, says Steyn.
But here is, the most important quote of the book (the first half anyway):
"In a democratic age, you can't buck demography--except through civil war. The Serbs figured that out--as other Continentals will in the years ahead: if you can't out breed the enemy, cull them."That, friends, will be Europe's choice. I'm not convinced that Steyn is right about which way Europe will go. The one thing about Europeans, is they are entitled and tend to externalize the blame. And why not? The government is usually the one screwing them because the government is the one controlling so many aspects of their lives. In the past, though, the government while causing the misery, wasn't blamed. Remember who was?
Ah, yes. Europe knows how to get her groove back. She has done it before. The one thing Europeans agree on is this: they are superior in every way to every one. Their secularism, multi-culturalism makes them the smartest people on the globe. While Steyn believes that might be the death of 'em, I think that it will be their rallying cry, ultimately.
Anti-Semitism grows among the discontented youth--and not just the Muslim youths. Far-right parties are making themselves known again. The elites might be fiddling, but should the plebes become frustrated enough and they find a leader who represents them............
So will the barren wombs of "Eutopia" be suicidal? Time will tell. If Europe decides to stay a "Eutopia", most definitely. Culling, though, has been used before. Will it be used to again?