2003 January 03 Friday
Muslim Immigration Moving Europe Rightward

John O'Sullivan and Christopher Hitchens see Muslim immigration as a cause of a rightward political reaction in Europe.

"Muslim immigration of a very considerable size has meant that the liberal traditions and liberal political values of some of these countries have come under attack," says O'Sullivan. As a result, many voters "have switched to the right because they're worried that Muslim immigration is transforming their societies in illiberal ways as well as in more obvious cultural ones." Hitchens saw this illiberal spirit during mass demonstrations in Britain by young Pakistanis who not only wanted to burn The Satanic Verses, but who "wanted to burn the author, Salman Rushdie, too."

This rightward swing may also translate into less power for Brussels and more power for the national governments if the rightwing parties are less supportive of the whole EU enterprise.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 January 03 03:09 PM  Immigration Border Control


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ARTUR DELAMARE said at February 23, 2004 6:01 PM:

The main problem is not the Muslim illiberal spirit only. To me, the great problem in the world is the overpopulation that generates thousands of insoluble social problems all over the planet. These people, born without nothing to live, beside being a constant focus of all kind of problems themselves, try to move to other countries where life is well organized and they will get food, medicine, education, job, security, in one word, life. They are not Muslims, communists, anarchists or even criminals; they are millions of lacking-everything-free and producing-zero, people who were born because they have no culture and resources to make birth-control and the government of their countries, being much more interested in quantity that votes than in quality that improves, do not endorse any national birth-control action. So,the problem is increasing quickly and sooner will engulf every organized country, for it is not possible to live in security in an insecure world. This is my evaluation and my proposal is that the rich countries should demand birth-control policy from every country that wanted to get any money help from the international financial organizations. It is that now or the worse soon.
Artur Delamare

noush said at February 28, 2004 9:41 AM:

i am 32 and single, i have studied english translation

john s bolton said at April 23, 2004 4:54 PM:

There does seem to be a move towards growth in the nationalistic right in Europe as a consequence of Moslem immigration, and especially crime and terrorism. Their enthusiasm for censorship, as in the case of Rushdie, shows a serious mismatch with modern society, which the left is unable to be strict on. If the left wants freedom for aggression, and this explains their sympathy for terrorist-breeding populations, criminal elements and public subsidy engorged immigrants, the voters have no alternative but the right. Why the left cannot be in sympathy with their own people, ahead of the foreigner, as they used to very commonly be, is mysterious. If it is called anti-foreigner or anti-immigrant to speak this way, then there is nothing wrong with these. The previous post says we must push birth-control on countries by restricting aid appropriately. Such a policy is inadequate to the task. What would work, perhaps, is to forbid trade with countries that use child-labor slavery, and related conditions of enforced female conditions of servitude. This would have to include also drugs and vaccines, so that the penalty is high for non-compliance. Modern medicine should be denied to slave societies of this type; the entire population is complicit in the offending customs. Visas also should be denied, so that their is no circumvention of the strictures needed to force the necessary change. Remove the forced labor, and the birth rates decline immediately; embargo their economies and the death rates which are appropriate to fiercely backward societies take effect.

Md. Tawhidul Islam said at August 15, 2004 3:45 AM:

I am Complete bachelor degree. now i am working in American International University-Bangladesh. I Want live in europe. What can i do?

Martha Hoeber said at November 19, 2004 12:53 PM:

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders put it succinctly: "We have too long been tolerant of the intolerant." In other words: It's the religion, stupid. There has to be a radical change (radical meaning "at the root") in Islamic societies for the rest of the world to be able to put up with them in any way. They are already the international pariahs, and deservedly so. They even, though fully supporting terrorist islamists, find no contradiction in crying that "Islam means peace."

The contributor who said that if terror continues Europe has no option but to turn to the right, and by implication to the extreme right, was correct. Europe's tolerance is only a veneer, and very fragile. The continent of pogroms and expulsions is now faced with its most grave challenge ever. If it wants to maintain its own culture, it has no choice but to send the muslims back home if they refuse to Europeanize. I think that is what you will see happening within the next five years.

As for the muslims, they are insane. They are insane to think that bombing buildings and trains will do anything but create hatred and hostility towards them. They are insane to follow a religion that preaches world domination at any cost. They are insane to think that they will not be crushed if they attempt to do so.

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