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“Eurabia” is hate speech

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

One of the pet projects of the Islamophobe industry is to issue dire warnings about how the tide of muslims in Europe is rising and threatening to wipe out European culture. There have been numerous factual rebuttals to this propaganda, but few have gotten wide exposure beyond the blogsphere. That is why i am glad to see this piece in Newsweek, which points out the hypocrisy of Eurabia being a call to defend “western values” when the idea itself is hostile to everything the West nominally stands for:

[T]he rise of a Eurabia is predicated on limited and dubious evidence. A much-cited 2004 study from the U.S. National Intelligence Council outlines a number of possible scenarios. Its most aggressive is that the number of Muslims in Europe could increase from roughly 20 million today-about 5 percent of the population-to 38 million by 2025. But that projection turns out to be attributed to “diplomatic and media reporting as well as government, academic, and other sources.” In other words, it’s all speculation based on speculation-and even if it’s accurate, it would still mean the number of Muslims will represent just 8 percent of the European population, estimated by the EU to be 470 million in 2025. Indeed, if there is a surge ahead, its scale looks overstated. “There is a quite deliberate exaggeration, as has often been pointed out-but the figures are still being cited,” says Jytte Klausen, an authority on Islam in Europe at Boston’s Brandeis University.

Coming up with a reasonable estimate for the percentage of Muslims now living in Europe, let alone making projections for the future, is a virtually impossible task. The number of illegal immigrants is unknown and, in a sign of the sensitivity of the issue, many countries including France and Germany do not even tally census data on the religion of legal residents. It is true that the Muslim minority is destined to grow steadily in Europe, especially given the youthful profile of today’s immigrants. Fertility rates remain higher among Muslim immigrants than among other Europeans, and Muslims may continue to arrive in Europe in large numbers. But the alarmists assume that past patterns are sure to hold. “The worst of the scaremongering is based on the assumption that current behavior will continue,” says Grace Davie, an expert on Europe and Islam at the University of Exeter in Britain.

For the number of Muslims to outnumber non-Muslims by midcentury, it would require either breeding on a scale rarely seen in history or for immigration to continue at a pace that’s now politically unacceptable. More likely, new controls will slow Muslim immigration. The birthrate for Muslim immigrants is also likely to continue to decline, as it has tended to do, with greater affluence and better health care. There is no Europewide data available, but one study says fertility rates among Turkish-born women in the Netherlands fell from 3.2 in 1990 to 1.9 in 2005, barely above the figure for native-born Dutch. Over the same period, the equivalent figure for Moroccan-born women in the Netherlands dropped from 4.9 to 2.9. Also, fertility rates are edging upward in some Northern European countries, which would offset some of the Muslim growth. Bottom line: given the number of variables, demographers are loath to make predictions about the number of Muslims in Europe in the years to come. “You would almost have to make it up,” says Carl Haub, the senior demographer at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. And the idea of a Muslim majority any time soon? “Absolutely absurd.”

The terrible thing about Eurabia however is not that it’s simply wrong, but that it’s as insidious as the blood libel against the Jews, in that it fosters and amplifies ethnic and religious hatred against all muslims by lumping them together with single, diabolical intent. Eurabia shares much with the hoary old canard about “Jew York City”, in that it hinges on a fundamental racism at its core:

Racism is, then, a critical element–perhaps a dominant concept–relative to these concepts. If European Muslims or New York City Jews are inherently subversive, undermining legitimate decisionmaking processes in political and social life, how can anyone who belongs to either category be allowed to participate at all? Eurabia and Jew York City are, at their roots, concepts which demand the ghettoization of the groups from which they take their names, their exclusion from any non-subordinate role. These terms’ use is a good marker for some sort of highly exclusionary racism.

No one denies that there are extremist muslims in Europe, but the vast majority of muslims (that is, a tiny minority of Europeans overall) are not out to impose Shari’a on their neighbours’ daughter. And just as anti-Semitism drives violence against synagogues and Jews themselves, the wages of Eurabia are violence against mosques and muslims:

A BRAVE caretaker was hurt as he risked his life to save a mosque torched by arsonists in the second petrol bomb attack in a week.

Mohamed Koheeallee, 62, raced to tackle 7ft flames at the Greenwich Islamic Centre in Plumstead Road at 12.15am on Tuesday.

Grabbing a bucket of water, he extinguished the fire as it spread inside but when he opened a fire exit, he was engulfed by flames burning his arm and his face.

Choking with smoke inhalation and despite his injuries, he carried on dousing the fire until the mosque was safe but when he tried to tackle the source of the blaze he was pushed back by its intensity.

Cause and effect, just as with the Obsession DVD and subsequent attack on the mosque in Ohio. Increasingly, muslims are the new Jews, in Europe. Given that anti-semitism in the muslim world is largely a European export, this makes for some interesting ironies.

Related: Muslims are Orcs. Also see Randy MacDonald’s definitive, data-driven debunking of Eurabia along with Scott Martens’ followup. Also I’ve written numerous times on Eurabia myself at the previous site.



  • allow

    I’m not sure why this apprehension of Islamization isn’t seen as blowback from the examples of Muhammad and the first caliphs, who set Islam’s course toward imperialist expansion. This, of course, had consequences.
    Eventually, some of the conquered peoples came to identify with the conquerors–so far, so good for Islam. But around the edges of the Islamic empire(s), there remained people who held on to non-Islamic identities, and who inevitably retained memories of an aggressive Islam that was interested not in their well-being but in its own aggrandizement. This memory muslims now seem to want to call “Islamophobia.” This seems unfair to me.
    Europe generally retains the historical memory of being attacked; much of the Balkans has more intimately nasty memories: devshirme and janissaries, for example, as well as a general sense of oppression at the hands of haughty muslims driven by a sense of divine entitlement.
    This is Fazlur Rahman’s explanation of the attitude animating Muslim aggression:
    “The real explanation lies in the very structure of Islam as a religious and political complex. Whereas the Muslims did not spread their faith through the sword, it is, nevertheless, true that Islam insisted on the assumption of political power since it regarded itself as the repository of the Will of God which had to be worked on earth through a political order. From this point of view, Islam resembles the Communist structure which, even if it does not oblige people to accept its creed, nevertheless insists on the assumption of the political order. To deny this fact would be both to violate history and to deny justice to Islam itself.” _Islam_, p. 2
    To those who want both a political say for themselves and their descendants and the retention of a non muslim identity, it would seem there is good cause for concern. Turkey is a good example of what Islamization can mean. It was once entirely Christian; over the last 900 years (since Manzikert in 1071), it has become more than 99% muslim, and the Christians that are left are subject to random violence. The seeds of Western culture that Byzantium preserved (Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, St. Matthew, for example) have no influence whatever now on the culture of Asia minor–the example of Greek democracy counts for little or nothing. Founding texts are in Persian, Arabic and Turkish–and none of them, as far as I know, provide much support for the democratic ideals that European and American culture take as guides.
    The same is true of the Maghreb, but even more so. And it seems a pretty sorry place. It’s probably true that such a fate is unlikely in Europe itself, but a warning now and then seems to me far from inappropriate.

  • Your Name

    Islam is a supremacist political ideology. It can be defined as intense hatred of kafirs (non-Muslims) for the sake of Allah. Every Muslim indoctrinates his children with this hatred. Arabs say that “children are fed hatred through their mother’s milk.” The children are shown pictures of mutilated corpses of Muslims and they are encouraged to laugh when Muslims kill or maim kafirs. The Arabs, especially the Quraish tribe, are, according to Islam, the master race of the universe. According to the sharia law, Arab women cannot marry non-Arab men because Allah has chosen the Arabs above others. The word kafir is as pejorative as the word nigger; it means a non-Muslim beast in a human form. Muslims who treat the kafirs as human beings are apostates, so they must be killed, preferably by their own families. (According to the hadith, a special reward in paradise is reserved for the killers of apostates.)
    Muslims broke world records of genocide (270 million victims), slavery, religiously sanctioned rape, abuse of human rights, and prohibition of scientific inquiry. Two years after Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor, the Haavara Agreement permitted emigration of German Jews to Palestine. Haj Amin El-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, persuaded Adolf Eichmann and Adolf Hitler that Jews should be killed before they flee Germany.
    Islam forbids Muslim emigration to the lands of the infidels because a Muslim minority cannot enslave the infidel majority. Despite this prohibition Muslims emigrate to the West, not as migrants, but as conquerors. They live in sharia mini-states and expand these mini-states by terrorizing infidel neighbors and driving them out. Any society not willing to subjugate itself to Islamic authority is, according to Islam, in a state of war, or Dar al-Harb, with Islam. Arabic proverb says “first comes Saturday, then Sunday.” It means that Arabs are going to exterminate Jews before they exterminate Christians. It also means that Israel is the first line of defense against Islam. Another Arabic proverb (al-fikr kafir) says that the very act of thinking (fikr) makes one an infidel (kafir).
    Islam, like cancer, has the sole purpose of making more of itself. It will kill our civilization unless it is cut, poisoned, and radiated into remission.

  • Sally

    YOU NEED TO VISIT THE EUMED SITE…. ACTUALLY STATS ARE ALL LIES-THERE WAS ONE MILLION MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN IN 1998! Muslims in Europe The Presence “With customs, culture and religion that differ sharply from those of host countries, the Muslim immigrants – like all immigrants – have faced misunderstandings…” Written by John Lawton Photographed by Tor Eigeland Islam, today, is the second largest religion in Europe; and Muslims – more than five million in 1978 – now make up 40 percent of the Common Market’s foreign work force. Arabs, Asians, Africans and Turks, their labor has helped build a prosperous Europe and, through wages sent home, has contributed to prosperity in the countries from which they have come. Some countries, certainly, have already taken steps to alleviate problems. Belgium and Austria, for example, now officially recognize Islam as a religion. But the bulk of Europe’s Muslims do not live in Belgium and Austria. Of a total of 5.4 million, 1.9 million live in France, 1.5 million in West Germany, 1 million in Britain, 500,000 in Italy, 350,000 in the Benelux countries, 40,000 in Scandinavia, 25,000 in Spain and some 5,000 each in Austria, Portugal and Switzerland. http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/197901/muslims.in.europe-the.presence.htm 2010 The start of swamping Europe and the UK under the EUMED!! UK Fabian GOV say our population is 61 million- when infact it’s in excess of 80 million!!

  • Old Violet Eyes

    “Islamophobia” is bullshit. Religion is indisputably a choice and choices are open to criticism, unlike innate characteristics like race, gender, etc.
    So shove it up your self-righteous ass.

  • Frank

    A religion that straps bombs to its children? One who teaches hate from the time their children are toddlers? One who has NOT ONE of its people publicly reject the violence and hate they spread? One who’s primary tenet is to lie to anyone who is infidel? How could ANYONE group all of those people together and say that they are all alike?? Curious

  • LotusBlossom

    Aziz, when I can freely build a church, and actively seek converts to my church in the heart of Saudi Arabia, we’ll talk.

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