I’ve been reviewing Barry Horner’s timely book, Future Israel (get it HERE). It has been a refreshing read so far. The following musings spring out of his fifth chapter, where he spends part of the chapter on the books I will mention below.
It is frightening to be among the first people to see something coming in the future. If you see it too soon with too little evidence, you will be branded a conspiracy theorist. I will try to avoid drawing that label and I will restrain myself from describing fully what I think is happening in our world. I will keep to a reasonable and smaller hypothesis: the Islamization of Europe.
I had heard a little about (and now plan to read) a book by Bat Ye’or, written in 2005, called Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis (get it HERE). Ye’or is the pen-name of Gisele Littman, describe by wikipedia.com as “an Egypt-born British scholar and writer specializing in the history of non-Muslims in the Middle East, and in particular the history of Christian and Jewish dhimmis living under Islamic governments.” She was born in Egypt and is a historian of non-Muslim peoples living in Muslim lands. See for example her 1985 book The Dhimmi: Jews & Christians Under Islam.
Bat Ye’or exposes the EAD (Euro-Arab Dialogue) as far more than simply a dialogue about oil and politics, but in reality being a vehicle to promote Islam in Europe. Ye’or notes that cultural and economic jihad are just as effective as their more militant and violent counterpart. The EAD has been a primary instrument of cultural jihad in Europe since its formation in 1973. Even a website friendly to this endeavor seems to illustrate this tendency as it defines the EAD:
The Euro-Arab Dialogue as a forum shared by the European Community and the League of Arab States arose out of a French initiative and was launched at the European Council in Copenhagen in December 1973, shortly after the “October War“ and the oil embargo. As the Europeans saw it, it was to be a forum to discuss economic affairs, whereas the Arab side saw it rather as one to discuss political affairs. (http://www.medea.be/?page=2&lang=en&doc=55).
Europe is well on the way to becoming Eurabia, says Ye’or. The very term Eurabia was coined not by Ye’or, but by an early participant in the EAD. Ye’or’s warning to America, the last bastion of Western Culture not under the thumbs of Islam is frightening:
Eurabia’s destiny was sealed when it decided, willingly, to become a covert partner with the Arab global jihad against America and Israel. Americans must discuss the tragic development of Eurabia, and its profound implications for the United States…Americans should consider the despair and confusion of many Europeans, prisoners of a Eurabian totalitarianism that foments a culture of deadly lies about Western civilization. Americans should know that this self-destructive calamity did not just happen, rather it was the result of deliberate policies, executed and monitored by ostensibly responsible people. Finally, Americans should understand that Eurabia’s contemporary anti-Zionism and anti-Americanism are the spiritual heirs of 1930s Nazism and anti-Semitism, triumphally resurgent.
Now, if any of this sounds alarmist and conspiratorial, consider that Ye’or has thoroughly documented the decline of Eastern Christianity under the thumb of Islam. And if you know anything about church history, you know that prior to Islam, Christianity had a strong hold in the Near East. The remnants of that once-powerful block of religious faith are sad to behold in our time. And Europe is well on its way to being in the same boat.
Now if Ye’or’s book were not enough, there is a more recent book with equally frightening portents, Londonistan, by British journalist Melanie Phillips (get it HERE). Phillips argues that Britain is well on its way to being a Muslim controlled state. She documents a self-loathing in Britain for British history and culture in favor of protecting and encouraging minority cultures. In an interview in The National Review, Phillips said of the British government and the Anglican church:
The government is very much to blame because it denied the significance of what was going on and allowed it to grow under its nose. Amazingly, even since the London bombings last July the government and the security establishment still refuse to acknowledge the religious nature of Islamist terrorism. The thinking goes: Al Qaeda bad, Muslim Brotherhood not so bad; indeed, we can use the Brotherhood to divert young Muslims away from terrorism! This is called British sophistication.
The Church of England, in line with its principled position over the past several decades in supinely going along with moral and cultural collapse, is on its knees before terror. It regularly demonises Israel for defending itself, while uttering not so much as a peep of protest at the persecution of Christians by Muslims that is going on across the world. This all encourages the morally inverted thinking which holds that “Islamophobia” is the real problem rather than Islamist extremism, and turns the roles of victim and victimizer on their heads.
These world events are not merely matters of government and war and economy. They are also matters with religious significance to Christians and Jews (and Muslims, of course).
People in America, often rightly, criticize the Religious Right for threatening freedom. We haven’t seen the Religious Right just yet. Wait and see.