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Time to Talk Turkey

Turkey is currently negotiating to join the European Union, with the full support of the British government and of U.S. President George W. Bush.  If she does join, it will be a disaster for Europe and for Britain.  Turkey has 70 million people, nearly all of whom are Muslims and, by European standards, poor.  She has a young population and a higher birthrate than any European country.  If admitted, Turkey will soon have a larger population than any other country in the European Union.

To put it bluntly, we do not want a Muslim country in Europe, one that cannot share in the common Christian history, traditions, and culture that created Europe and still, to some extent, distinguish her.  Muslim countries have not experienced the Enlightenment, that other shaping force of a distinctive European culture.  Currently, European countries tolerate the beliefs of individual Muslims who are their citizens.  Would such toleration survive a large new influx of several million Muslim Turks at a time of enhanced, aggressive bigotry on the part of Muslims?  The Danish-cartoons episode shows that Muslims already living in Europe are prepared to call in assistance from outside to undermine European freedom of speech.  Furthermore, fearful and politically correct European governments and courts are willing to suppress criticism of Islam and Muslim communities.  In Belgium, such criticism can lead...

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