The Western Front

The Ugly Muslims

Russell Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor of Humanities at Stanford, has published a book, Anti-Americanism in Europe, that focuses on European dislike for the United States.  Berman explains that “anti-Americanism has emerged as an ideology available to form a postnational European identity.”

In place of the nationalist, anti-immigration mood of the 1990s, anti-Americanism permits a generalized European hostility toward the paradigmatic nation of immigrants.  Europeans can therefore indulge in xenophobia without nationalism.

Although there is much in these statements that I would dispute, Berman does call attention to a truly bizarre situation.

While France, Germany, Sweden, and the Lowlands are denouncing America as an imperialist threat, these countries are doing everything humanly possible to accommodate a growing and indigestible Muslim presence.  In France alone, over five million residents (nine percent of the population) are Turkish and African Muslims.  If current immigration patterns persist, that figure will soar to 10 million, or about 15 percent of the population, by 2030.  By then, Third World Muslims who have moved to France will account for over 40 percent of the annual birthrate.  An E.U. estimate, perhaps intended to quell anxiety, claims that another 300,000 Muslims have clandestinely arrived in France since 1981. ...

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