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How the West Was Lost
The American Conservative ^ | June18, '07 | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 10/16/2007 4:21:51 AM PDT by T.L.Sink

It's Europe's doom that Walter Lacqueur explores in this clearly written book. He doesn't say anything others have not said but he says it better. There are three threats to Europe's future. The first comes from demographic decline. Europeans are not reproducing. The second threat comes from the presence of a growing immigrant population, a large part of which is not interested in integration. As the population ages, the need for immigrant labor increases, and the sources of such labor are North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Bangladesh. When I recently drove to Antwerp from the South of France, I thought I had arrived in Casablanca. There are parts of Brussels where the police are enjoined not to be seen eating or drinking during Ramadan. Similar accomodations are occuring all over Europe. The third threat comes from the existence of the welfare state and the welfare state mentality. The right of French train drivers to retire on full pension at age 50 is probably more important to them than the right of free speech. Laqueur sees Europe declining into a kind of genteel theme park - if it's lucky. There might be a real struggle for power as the immigrants and their descendants become numerically strong enough to take on the native population. One important question is why Europeans have abjectly surrendered to the dishonest nostrums of multiculturalism. Why, for example, can a couple of Dutch children be told by their teacher to remove the Dutch flag from their schoolbags because it might offend children of Moroccan descent? Why do German courts rule that beating women is a religious right for Turks?See signs for passport holders written in Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, and Hindu scripts - presumably for the benefit of British citizens who can't read the Latin alphabet?

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To: ladtx

I think you’re right about that. To the Islamists that art represents the degeneracy and “idolatry” of Western Judeo-Christian civilization. It’s interesting to me from an historical perspective that the Greek, or Byzantine, branch of Christianity experienced the Iconoclastic controversy. This raged for over a century and wasn’t resolved until 843 A.D. The iconoclasts were Christians who were opposed to religious images (”icons”) or portraits of Christ, the apostles, saints or other such images. There was considerable destruction of Christian art during this controversy. There were many reasons for this heresy but one was the desire of the Byzantine emperors to secure the loyalty, or at least reduce the hostility, of their Muslim subjects. St. John of Damascus and others and the Seventh Ecumenical Council decided that such wanton destruction was imimical to Christian faith. Remember the infamous “cartoon” response of the Islamists? This rage still exists within Islam. And, I think it’s even more exacrebated because such is PART OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN doctrine. So the Muslimns are not only defending their own religious views but waging jihad against their heretical enemies - Christians.


21 posted on 10/17/2007 4:03:56 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: Andrew Byler

I think you make some good points. Dalrymple mentions guilt in Europe over Nazism and fascism. In regard to having more children, what you say is INTELLECTUALLY and logically correct. But, existentially and in reality, such an abstract fact can’t induce people to have children. It has to be the natural consequence of an environment that encourages and teaches certain values. And that no longer exists in Europe. This is just one facet of post-Christian life there.


22 posted on 10/17/2007 5:28:44 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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