Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis
The historian Bat Ye’or (from a 1991 French interview, published in English
translation in 1994) echoed intuitive concerns about Europe’s
re-Islamization, and warned more broadly,
"I do not see serious signs of
a Europeanization of Islam anywhere, a move that would be
expressed in a
relativization of religion, a self-critical view of the history of Islamic
imperialism…we are light years away from such a development…On the contrary,
I think that we are participating in the Islamization of Europe, reflected both
in daily occurrences and in our way of thinking…All the racist fanaticism that
permeates the Arab countries and Iran has been manifested in Europe in recent
Jeff Tobin on Eurabia:
How did an Islamic world that was prostrate only a generation ago come to
threaten the citadels of European culture?
Bat Ye’or starts her answer by
pointing to the massive immigration from Asia and Africa that has created new
demographic facts on the ground in Europe where, outside of the rapidly growing
Muslim population, birth rates have declined precipitately.
But the crisis
for Europe isn’t just about the number of Muslim babies born there. For the
historian, the trouble also lies in the way European elites have acquiesced to
their nations’ adoption of anti-American and anti-Israeli foreign policies.
"The intensity of Judeophobia in Europe reflects Islamic influence," she
says, an accusation that is backed up by evidence she compiles about the massive
influx of anti-Jewish hate literature into the West along with the immigrants.
In her view, this has led to a process that is bringing about nothing less
than the creation of a "new civilization" she calls Eurabia, a new entity built
upon a platform of advocacy for the Palestinians, anti-Americanism and
anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism, where the values of democracy and individual rights
are under threat.
The creation of Eurabia is the coming together of a number
of diverse factors. Combine the persistence of hatred for Jews on the far right,
the animus of the left for Israel and America, and a general refusal to see the
rise of Islamism as a threat — and what you get is a political and cultural
snowball that is overwhelming the ability of the West to defend itself. NOT
The key point is that anti-Israel and anti-American
strategies are not an accidental byproduct of the coming together of European
and Arab elites.
Since the 1960s, the sacrifice of Israel has been a key to
understanding the European Union’s attitude toward the Arab world. Add to the
mix traditional European resentment of the United States, and you have a recipe
for appeasement of Arab demands not only on Israel, but on the fight against
"The Arab-Israeli conflict itself has been kept
alive by a European strategy as a tool against America and to advance their
influence in the Arab world," asserts the author.
Bat Ye’or is the most informed and insightful contemporary
scholar of those unique Islamic institutions which regulate the relations
between Muslims and non-Muslims: jihad, and its corollary institution,
dhimmitude, the repressive and humiliating system of governance imposed upon
those non-Muslims (i.e., dhimmis) subjugated by jihad. Although she coined the
term dhimmitude, Bat Ye’or’s characterization of the salient features of this
institution is entirely consistent with the views of seminal scholars from the
early and mid 20th century, such as Sir Jadunath Sarkar, and Antoine Fattal. Bat
Ye’or’s seminal contribution to the study of jihad and dhimmitude has been her
unparalleled ability to accomplish two related tasks: (I) methodically and
compulsively pooling a vast, rich array of primary source data; (II) providing a
brilliant synthetic analysis of these data to demonstrate convincingly the
transformative power of jihad and dhimmitude, operating as designed, within
formerly Christian societies of the Near East and Asia Minor.
America is the last frontier, and the American people should take it as their
duty to avoid Europe’s fate.
Read the book
More from Swede Expat:
A new comment has been submitted to your weblog “Atlas Shrugs,” on the post “No Schadenfreude for Paris.”
Has anyone of you heard about the Scandinavian terror cell that was planning a homicide bomber attack on the US Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia? Well, here’s the story. An 18-year-old Swedish citizen, a muslim born in Bosnia, hooked up with a young Turkish man and a group of Bosnians living in Denmark. The Bosnian Swede moved to Sarajevo and started piling explosives, machine guns and hand grenades in his apartment. He frequenty met with the others at a run down hotel in the city. Allegedly, one of the other people involved had “Mid-East connections”, which means that there is a possible link to al Qaeda and their financing network.
Swedish police knew absolutely nothing about this (they are tragically incompetent – crime in Sweden is out of contol) but their Danish colleagues had kept tabs on the Bosnians under their jurisdiction. They formed an anti-terror intelligence unit after 9/11/01 and apparently it was their work that put them on the trails of this terror cell. So they contacted their colleagues in Sarajevo, who immediately began surveillance work on the terror cell. Within days of the planned attack on the US Embassy (and possibly also the British) they arrested them all and the plans unfolded.
Why is this interesting in the context of the Eurabianization of France? It is yet more eveidence that there is a lot more of islamo-fascist activity in Europe than meets the American media eye
Bat Ye’or’s "Eurabia" clearly transcends attempts to analyze the same
contemporary phenomena by other pundits. This remarkable book is the product of
her serendipitously apposite prior expertise, painstaking new research,
brilliant insight, and intellectual courage. Bat Ye’or’s analyses have profound
implications for Western Europe which may be incapable of altering its Eurabian
trajectory; her research may be even more important for the United States if it
wishes to avoid Europe’s fate:
"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,
After the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent raising of oil prices, France
threw itself into the arms of the oil-producers and influenced the European
bureaucracy to follow suit, by means of the EAD (Euro Arab Dialogue) and the
Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Co-operation (PAEAC).
Shamelessly abusing the western value of tolerance and leftist fads like
relativist multiculturalism, the enemy has been gaining ground whilst giving
nothing in return. Thus Israel has been turned into an international scapegoat
while atrocities and genocide in places like Sudan, Chechnya and Rwanda plus
human rights abuses in Islamic countries have been ignored.
The various strands of this European policy of dhimmitude encompass
appeasement, bribery, and the encouragement of Anti-Americanism and
Anti-Semitism in the guise of Anti-Zionism. Thus decades of Leftist undermining
of Western values and multiculturalist indoctrination in academia are bearing
their poisonous fruit. It is of the utmost importance for those who cherish the
West to understand that the war against Israel is a war against all of us.
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