by Robert Spencer Posted Sep 16, 2004
How quickly is Europe being Islamized? So quickly that even historian Bernard Lewis, who has continued throughout his honor-laden career to be strangely disingenuous about certain realities of Islamic radicalism and terrorism, told the German newspaper Die Welt forthrightly that "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century."
Or maybe sooner.The Economist reports:
No, the last thing European Muslims want is to see the war in Iraq spiral into a war with Islam. At least not yet. As the comedian said: Timing is everything.
No war in their name—but no jihad against the West either.
Most Muslims in west European countries are fiercely critical of the war. But not so fiercely, their leaders hope and urge, as to be out of step with other critics.
“THANK you, Germany,” said one banner as Berlin Muslims last weekend protested against the Iraq war. Like most Muslims in western Europe, they are appalled by it. But there is a hint of a silver lining: so are most Germans, not least Gerhard Schröder, and most west Europeans are against it; and that shared feeling may be bringing together the natives and the Muslim minority. Increasingly, says Shahid Malik, a member of the national executive of Britain's Labour Party from strongly Muslim Burnley, in northern England, “Muslims see the ‘war on terrorism' as drifting into a war on Islam.” Listen to sides' rhetoric, says the director of Islam and Citizenship in The Hague, and the idea becomes ever harder to rebut.
One thing about muslims, especially Arabs, you must never forget: they're lying sons-of-bitches. If I've offended you, too bad.