Is Europe awakening to the threat?


Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some European nations are awakening to what this could mean for their countries and are responding, hoping it’s not too late.

Sebastian Kurz, the far-right chancellor of Austria, has plans, according to the Daily Mail, to “expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and … shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on ‘political Islam.'” These mosques, Austria says, are being subsidized by the Turkish government, which is becoming more radical after the recent election, which granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers as he seeks to create a more “pious generation” in order to change to country and make it more Islamic.

Justification for Kurz’s move comes from a 2015 law banning foreign funding of religious groups. The chancellor told a recent news conference: “Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalization have no place in our country. … This is just the beginning.”

President Erdogan reacted by warning of a “war between the cross and the crescent.” That war started centuries ago and manifests itself today in ways not limited to terrorist acts.

Czech Republic President Milos Zeman has said it is “practically impossible” for Muslims to integrate into modern Europe. Zeman, a political liberal, also “blamed the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne, Germany, on ‘Muslim culture.'”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a virtual open-door policy, particularly for Muslims from Syria. Recent opinion polls show a majority of Germans now oppose the policy as the burden on social programs increases in direct proportion to the overwhelming majority of immigrants unable to find jobs.

Hungary doesn’t have a problem with Muslim immigrants. A government spokesman told me on a visit last summer it is because Hungary has no “welfare” programs and so immigrants migrate to countries with benefits.

While parts of Europe appear to be awakening from their slumber, Canada and the United States, President Trump excepted, have had a record of denial to what some believe is an ongoing invasion.



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