While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within

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by Bruce Bawer
     
 

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The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to the challenge posed by radical Islam, or will they cave in once

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The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to the challenge posed by radical Islam, or will they cave in once again to the extremists?

As an American living in Europe since 1998, Bruce Bawer has seen this problem up close. Across the continent—in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm—he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were oppressed and abused, homosexuals persecuted and killed, “infidels” threatened and vilified, Jews demonized and attacked, barbaric traditions (such as honor killing and forced marriage) widely practiced, and freedom of speech and religion firmly repudiated.

The European political and media establishment turned a blind eye to all this, selling out women, Jews, gays, and democratic principles generally—even criminalizing free speech—in order to pacify the radical Islamists and preserve the illusion of multicultural harmony. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and speak up for true liberal values were systematically slandered as fascist bigots. Witnessing the disgraceful reaction of Europe’s elites to 9/11, to the terrorist attacks on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe was heading inexorably down a path to cultural suicide.

Europe's Muslim communities are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants’ deep antagonism toward an infidel society that rejects them and compounded by misguided immigration policies that enforce their segregation and empower the extremists in their midst. The mounting crisis produced by these deeply perverse and irresponsible policies finally burst onto our television screens in October 2005, as Paris and other European cities erupted in flames.

WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is the story of one American’s experience in Europe before and after 9/11, and of his many arguments with Europeans about the dangers of militant Islam and America’s role in combating it. This brave and invaluable book—with its riveting combination of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis—is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of Europe and what it portends for the United States.

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“Bruce Bawer reveals how self-acclaimed European morality proves abjectly amoral in its appeasement of radical Islamic anti-Semitism, homophobia, gender apartheid, and religious intolerance. A sensitive and sober portrait of an increasingly insensitive and reckless continent.”
—Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of Carnage and Culture and An Autumn of War

“An honest and engaging account of a problem which, if left unaddressed, could engulf Europe in conflict. Europeans would do well to heed Mr. Bawer's advice and open their eyes.”

—Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League; author, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism
 

“Bawer paints an alarming picture of a continent in deep trouble and deeper denial—but now, perhaps, on the verge of waking up. Some books are merely important. This one is necessary.”

—Jonathan Rauch, senior writer and columnist for National Journal magazine in Washington and a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly

“Bruce Bawer has produced a book that is at once riveting, disturbing, fascinating, chilling, and shocking. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how militant Islam has insinuated itself into the heart of the West.”
 
—Steven Emerson, Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us

“Bruce Bawer brings an American’s sensibilities and a writer’s insights to bear on the insistence by West Europeans that they really do not have a Muslim problem. Backed by deep research and wide personal experience, he argues that this blind denial is leading the continent to certain disaster. Bawer makes his case moderately but eloquently and powerfully. Will Europeans heed his warning?”

—Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

“Bawer punctures the moral pretensions of our ‘betters’ in the Old World. Their supine acceptance of the Muslim oppression of women, their flatulent anti-Americanism, their renewed anti-Semitism—all are fully documented. There is something memorable on every page. Bawer writes with intelligence and passion. A fascinating analysis of Europe’s death spiral.”

—Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and author of Useful Idiots

Publishers Weekly
Having recently published an indictment of Christian fundamentalist intolerance in the U.S. (Stealing Jesus), New York native Bawer relocated to Europe with his Norwegian partner in 1998 and found an even more dangerous strain of religious and cultural bigotry ensnaring Western Europe. A swarming menace called radical Islam, he writes, rings Europe's cities in smoldering Muslim ghettos, provoking everything from so-called honor killings and political assassinations to the Madrid subway bombings and the massacre of school children in Beslan. Worse, the Taliban-like theocracy Bawer sees looming inside backward immigrant populations resistant to integration flourishes under the protective wing of Western Europe's America-bashing, multicultural, liberal establishment. The latter correspond to the appeasers of Nazi Germany, in Bawer's view, since he believes that radical Islamism is every bit the threat to Western civilization that Nazism was. He scoffs at talk of "understanding" or "dialogue," indeed, at any but the most muscular response hitching Europe ever tighter to the U.S. war on terror. His clash-of-civilizations outlook means real issues often get washed away by sweeping statements designed to tar Europe's Muslims with one irredeemably hostile, welfare-sponging brush, while trading in well-worn stereotypes about virtuous American "realists" and corrupt European "idealists." (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767920056
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
170,533
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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I

Before 9/11: Europe in Denial

ON THE MORNING OF November 2, 2004, I sat at my mother's kitchen table in Queens, New York, drinking instant coffee and thinking about George W. Bush and John Kerry. It was Election Day, and I was irked that since I was flying back home to Oslo that evening, I'd miss the vote count on TV.
The phone rang. "Hello? Oh, yes. Just a moment." My mother held out the phone. "It's Mark." I took it.

"Mark?"

"Hi, Bruce. Have you heard about Theo van Gogh?"

"No, what?"

"He was murdered this morning."

"You're kidding."

Mark, like me, is an American with a Norwegian partner. But though he moved back to New York years ago, he still starts the day by checking the news at the Web site of NRK, Norway's national radio and TV network. Switching into Norwegian, he read me the story. Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker and newspaper columnist, had been shot and killed in Amsterdam. Shortly afterward, police had arrested a twenty-six-year-old Dutch-Moroccan man.

Later, I'd learn more. Van Gogh had been bicycling to work along a street called Linnaeusstraat when Mohammed Bouyeri, the Dutch-born son of Moroccan parents and a member of a radical Muslim network, had shot him, knocking him off his bicycle. Bouyeri, wearing a long jellaba, pumped up to twenty additional bullets into van Gogh's body, stabbed him several times, and slit his throat. He then pinned to van Gogh's chest with a knife a five-page letter addressed to the filmmaker's collaborator, Parliament member Ayaan Hirsi Ali, quoting the Koran and promising her and several other Dutch leaders (whom he named) a similar end:

I know definitely that you, O America, will go down. I know definitely that you, O Europe, will go down. I know definitely that you, O Netherlands, will go down. I know definitely that you, O Hirsi Ali, will go down.

According to witnesses, van Gogh had said to his murderer (who at the time was living on welfare payments from the Dutch government): "Don't do it! Don't do it! Mercy! Mercy!" And: "Surely we can talk about this." The blunt, outspoken van Gogh had been an unsparing critic of European passivity in the face of fundamentalist Islam; unlike most Europeans, he'd understood the connection between the war on terror and the European integration crisis, and had called America "the last beacon of hope in a steadily darkening world." Together he and Hirsi Ali had made a short film, Submission—he'd directed, she'd written the script—about the mistreatment of women in Islamic cultures. Yet at the end, it seemed, even he had grasped at the Western European elite's most unshakable article of faith—the belief in peace and reconciliation through dialogue.

At first glance, Hirsi Ali might have seemed an unlikely ally for van Gogh: a vivacious Somali-born beauty who'd forsworn her native Islam, she was devoted to the preservation of Dutch democracy and the rescue of her country's Muslims—especially women—from the tyranny of their subculture. I'd read a good deal about her in the Dutch press and hoped to write about her myself; in fact, a friend of mine who worked for an Oslo think tank had arranged to meet her in The Hague the following Monday and had invited me to go along. I'd already booked the flight.

Van Gogh's murder came as a shock, even though I'd seen something like it coming for years. In 1998, I'd lived in a largely Muslim neighborhood of Amsterdam, only a block away from the radical mosque attended by Bouyeri. There I'd seen firsthand the division between the native Dutch and their country's rapidly growing Muslim minority. That division was stark: the Dutch had the world's most tolerant, open-minded society, with full sexual equality, same-sex marriage, and libertarian policies on soft drugs and prostitution. Yet many Dutch Muslims kept that society at arm's length, despising its freedoms and clinging to a range of undemocratic traditions and prejudices.

Did Dutch officials address this problem? No. Like their politically correct counterparts across Western Europe, they responded to it mostly by churning out empty rhetoric about multicultural diversity and mutual respect—and then changing the subject. I knew that by tolerating intolerance in this way, the country was setting itself on a path to cataclysmic social confrontation; yet whenever I tried—delicately—to broach the topic, Dutch acquaintances made clear that it was off limits. They seemed not to grasp that their society, and Western Europe generally, was a house divided against itself, and that eventually things would reach the breaking point.

Then came 9/11. Most Americans were quick to understand that they were at war and recognized the need for a firm response (though there was, and continues to be, much disagreement as to whether the response decided upon was the right one). Yet while most Western European countries participated in the invasion of Afghanistan and several helped topple Saddam, America's forceful approach alienated opinion makers across the continent and opened up a philosophical gulf that sometimes seemed as wide as the Atlantic itself.

Why was there such a striking difference in perspectives between the two halves of the democratic West? One reason was that the Western European establishment—the political, media, and academic elite that articulates what we think of as "European opinion"—tended to regard all international disputes as susceptible to peaceful resolution. It was therefore ill equipped to respond usefully to sustained violence by a fierce, uncompromising adversary. Another reason was Western Europe's large immigrant communities, many of them led by fundamentalist Muslims who looked forward to the establishment in Europe of a caliphate governed according to sharia law—the law of the Koran—and who viewed Islamist terrorists as allies in a global jihad, or holy war, dedicated to that goal. A fear of inflaming minorities who took their lead from such extremists was one more reason to tread gently. Few European politicians had challenged this passivity. The Dutchman Pim Fortuyn had done so, and been murdered for it. Not even the March 2004 bombings in Madrid—"Europe's 9/11"—had fully awakened Europe's sleeping elite.

True, not all European Muslims shared the terrorists' goals and loyalties. Many, one gathered, were grateful to be living in democracies. Yet even they seemed hamstrung by the belief that loyalty to the umma (the worldwide Islamic community) overrode any civic obligations to their kaffir (infidel) neighbors. Hence most European Muslims responded passively to van Gogh's murder. Few spoke up against the extremists in their midst. The pressure—from without and within—to stick by their own was, it appeared, simply too overwhelming. And the potential price for betrayal was an end not unlike that dealt out to Theo van Gogh.

That evening I flew back to Oslo. At one point, over the Atlantic, the pilot got on the loudspeaker with an update on the U.S. presidential race, telling us how many electoral votes each candidate had secured so far. Bush was ahead. But not until I was standing at the baggage carousel in Oslo—barely awake after a sleepless night over the Atlantic—did I learn how the vote had turned out. On an electronic news crawl above the carousel I read the words bush gjenvalgt—Bush reelected.

I had mixed feelings about the victory: while the president seemed to have a far greater understanding than his opponent of what we were fighting against in the war on terror, some of his domestic actions made me wonder which of the candidates had a stronger sense of what we were fighting for. But in New York City and the Western European capitals, I knew, there was little ambiguity. Bush's win was bad news—period.

Two days later I was in Amsterdam, where van Gogh's murder was being called the Netherlands' 9/11. Understandably, Hirsi Ali had canceled all appointments; but since I'd already booked a flight and a hotel room—and was curious to see people's reactions firsthand—I went anyway.

It was easy to be lulled by the illusion that things were as they always had been. At the Amstel Taveerne, one of Amsterdam's trademark "brown cafes," there was tub-thumping music, easy laughter, even a rousing chorus of "Lang zal je leven" ("Long may you live") to mark a patron's birthday—in short, that feeling of communal coziness and camaraderie, known as gezelligheid, that the Dutch treasure above all. Yet this impression was misleading. The Netherlands, I knew, was undergoing a sea change. By the time I'd arrived in Amsterdam, there'd been several arrests; legislators had been placed under round-the-clock protection; government buildings in The Hague looked like an armed camp. Vice Premier Gerrit Zalm, who'd called Fortuyn dangerous because of his blunt rhetoric about Islam, now declared war on radical Islamism. Politically correct attitudes about immigration and integration, until a week earlier ubiquitous in the Dutch media, were hardly to be found. "Jihad has reached the Netherlands," one commentator wrote. Another asked: "Has the Netherlands become a country in which you can no longer say what you want, or does the taboo apply only to [comments about] Islam?" (This was a nation, after all, to which philosophers and poets from all corners of Europe had fled centuries ago to be able to speak and write freely.)

I found my way to the scene of the crime. I foolishly assumed I'd have trouble locating the exact spot. In fact, an area of about seventy-five by ten feet along one side of Linnaeusstraat had been cordoned off. It was piled high with floral tributes, and about fifty people crowded around it, most of them deep in thought. I circled the site slowly, reading notes that had been left there. "This far and no further," read one. Another read: "Long live the Netherlands; long live freedom of speech!"

From there I took a long tram ride to the Muslim neighborhood called the Oud West, where a policewoman told me flat-out not to venture into such areas. "The mood in all of the Netherlands is very tense right now," she explained in a slow, deliberate, distinctively Dutch way. Earlier that day, a journalist's car had been smashed. Later, I learned that Rotterdam police had destroyed a street mural—featuring the words "Thou shalt not kill," a picture of an angel, and the date of van Gogh's murder—because the head of a nearby mosque had called it racist. Wim Nottroth, a cameraman who tried to protect the mural, had been arrested, and a camerawoman who filmed its destruction had been forced to erase part of her videotape.

I left the Oud West in a cab. Talking with the driver, I mentioned Theo van Gogh. Like many Dutchmen, he seemed reluctant to speak about such things to a foreigner. But then he said simply, "I am leaving the country. And I am not alone."

That Wednesday, police officers and marines carried out a daylong siege on an apartment in an immigrant quarter of The Hague. During the week, there were attacks on mosques and Muslim schools. I'd long been concerned that if liberals didn't address the problem of fundamentalist Muslim intolerance responsibly, it would be answered with the intolerance of the far right. In the 1930s, Europeans had faced a struggle—and, many thought, a need to choose—between two competing totalitarianisms. Was this the Continent's future as well? Was this another Weimar moment?

A great deal of water had flowed over the dike since I'd lived in Amsterdam. There'd been 9/11, then Fortuyn's murder, then Madrid. After each atrocity, I'd expected Western Europe—part of it, anyway—to wake up and smell the coffee. In the Netherlands, to be sure, 9/11 had opened some people's eyes to the truth of Fortuyn's arguments about fundamentalism, and his murder had ushered in a frank public debate about immigration and integration. But in elite circles—in the press clubs, faculty lounges, and offices of government bureaucracies—denial and appeasement had continued to reign supreme, leading to few, if any, meaningful reforms.

That night, walking along the familiar old canals of Amsterdam and watching the warm yellow light from house windows twinkling on the surface of the water, I wondered: would the anger blow over again? Or would the Dutch, this time, act decisively to protect their democracy? Might this, in turn, initiate a wave of reform across Western Europe?

It was impossible to know. For the time being, however, most Dutchmen appeared to agree strongly with Paul Scheffer, who wrote: "We cannot hand over our country. . . . Words such as diversity, respect and dialogue fade against the dark context of this ritual assassination." Diversity, respect, dialogue: this, of course, was the mantra of political correctness, a habit of thought that in America is an annoyance but in Europe is a veritable religion—its tenets instilled by teachers and professors, preached by politicians and journalists, and put into practice by armies of government paper-pushers. It was political correctness that had gotten Europe into its current mess, and only by repudiating political correctness did Europe stand a chance of averting what seemed, increasingly, to be its fate.

I thought back to my first visit to Amsterdam. It seemed a lifetime ago—but it was only 1997.

I'D BEEN A lifelong New Yorker. If you'd asked me in, say, 1996, I'd doubtless have told you that I'd spend the rest of my days there. Then, suddenly, everything changed. A long-term relationship ended, and I found myself wanting to go.

At first I considered only American cities. The idea of living abroad didn't occur to me: I was American, through and through. I loved my country—which, then as now, I regarded as the world's greatest, not because of its wealth or power, but because of its culture and values. Americans' patriotism springs not from a common ethnicity but from a shared belief in individual liberty. The United States is not yet a perfect union (I've made a career largely out of lamenting its imperfections), but over the generations it's gradually become better, fairer, more just—and it's done so by constantly struggling to be truer to its founding principles.

It was precisely this love of America that made my gaze turn toward Europe. Like many American writers, I'd lost track of the number of times I'd made sweeping generalizations about my country. "We Americans are . . ." "Americans believe . . ." "To be an American is to be . . ." But how do you really know what it means to be an American if you've never lived anywhere else? Eventually you want to test your generalizations—to find out if you know what you're talking about.

There were other factors. Like every American who'd ever paid attention in school, I felt a sympathetic connection to Europe. Europe was Mozart and Beethoven, Matisse and Rembrandt, Dante and Cervantes. Europe was the continent from which my ancestors had migrated—Englishmen, Scotsmen, and Welshmen in search of economic opportunity in the new colonies and (later) the fledgling Republic; Anglo-Irish Quakers longing for freedom of worship; French Huguenots escaping brutal persecution by the House of Bourbon; Polish Catholic subjects of Austrian emperor Franz Josef fleeing the ravages of World War I.

Meet the Author

BRUCE BAWER is the author of A Place at the Table, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Stealing Jesus, and Diminishing Fictions. He served as a board member of the National Book Critics Circle and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and other periodicals.

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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'While Europe Slept' makes a compelling, albeit frightening, argument that radical Islam will take over much of western Europe in the first half of this century. Country by country, the ruling social democrats and European media have turned a blind eye to the persistant erosion of their cultures and their legal systems by radical Islam. Recovering from the devastation of the two great wars of the last century, Europeans have focused on multi-culturalism and appeasement. That many Europeans dislike the U.S. is understandable, given its present status as the lone superpower. But while disliking the U.S., a large and vocal segment of western Europe applauds the very people who would do them in. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland, Norway, and Sweden-----all----have large and rapidly growing Muslim minorities which have little regard for the laws of those countries. In the eyes of these people, Sharia law trumps the laws of the countries in which they reside. Consequently, women are considered as property, are raped and beaten, and have little recourse to justice. Jews and Christians are attacked, both verbally and physically, by gangs of Muslim youths. While these outrages are attributed by leftist politicians and the European media to poverty and the hopelessness that follows it, the author makes a compelling case against radical Islam and the so-called Islamic 'moderates' who do nothing about it. This book should be read by all of the 537 elected members of our Federal government as well as their counterparts in state and local governments. The clock is ticking here, too!!!!!!!
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
And that is why Western culture in Europe is fading like an old photograph. Bawer paints a sad and astounding picture of modern Europe, a place where Western culture is so derided and birth rates among Christian, or more often post-Christian, Europeans are so low that the Europe of Mozart and Da Vinci and Copernicus is in danger of disapperaring. Bawer shows how France, with the largest proportion of Muslims in Europe, may be the first Western country since Spain to live under Muslim sharia law. (Some Muslim youths even wear T-shirts saying, "In 20 years when we take over...") He shows how the Netherlands was too politically correct to address religious tensions after Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. He also points out that Europe's media gives traditional, Western leaders no support because they all make the New York Times look right wing. If you love Europe, and even more important, if you are concerned about liberalism's effect on the decline of Western vitality, Bawer's book will shock you.
BronxBhoy67 More than 1 year ago
A truly eye-opening, yet honestly unsurprising piece of hard reality. Nowhere on Earth (besides the Middle East for obvious reasons) other than Europe can one see the hand of Islamic influence spreading its ways. From the United Kingdom to Eastern Europe the lifestlye and traditions of hardcore Islam are taking deep root. Holland "traditionally" speaking a liberal country of sorts...taking action to curb the influences of its present Islamic population...whould've thought??? If Holland's "tolerance" for anti-tolerance is waning then there IS a problem! In thorough detail Bruce Bawer describes what he sees happening not only in Holland but throughout Europe and Western civilization. No one needs to be reminded of the numerous terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent years in Europe...those actions speak for themselves. Europe must wake up, America MUST wake up if there is to be any remnant of thousands of years of Greco-Roman culture and tradition left standing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was only half way through the book it had already become one of my top 5 favorite books. I had this book recommened to me by an employee of Barnes and Noble, and I have to admitt that the title left me a little disappointed. However, I found myself not able to put the book down (a first in quite a long time). It was absolultely fascinating and I believe its a must read for anyone that likes to keep up with current events. Though at sometimes it seems extremely pro-American, I truly believe that more books should be written about this topic. If reading this you know of other books like this please use my e-mail and let me know of other titles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job of illustrating the unintended consequences in Europe of multiculturalism, ultraliberal immigration policy, welfare systems and loss of national identity. It describes how self-segregating and radicalizing Islamic enclaves have taken root throughout Europe's cities where Imams preach jihad, as the PC citizens' ambivalence about assimilation has compounded the alienation and cultural divide between for example, the Dutch and Muslims in their midst, who continue to speak Arabic or other non-native languages for multiple generations. One interesting aspect of this book is the author's own gay and ultraliberal orientation through which he initially embraced the openness of his adopted European home, only be become disillusioned by the reality of Muslim-on-westerner hate speech, muggings, and of course murder of high-profile authors, producers and politicians such as Theo Van Gogh who raise questions about Islam. He is also baffled by complacency and a Western self-loathing that leaves Europe without a compass in the face of a gathering storm. Interestingly, the author devotes one-third of the book to anti-American attitudes prevalent in Europe, but fails to clarify his intent here...although one must infer that Europe's anti-Americanism reflects losing sight of its western cultural ideals and an unwillingness to take a stand against radical ideologies and ruthless behavior. Finally, the author provides alarming statistics and examples of demographic changes - Norwegians fleeing to Australia, EU politicians playing the racism card, and Orwellian policies that seem to encourage self-destruction and thwart expression of demands for action by indigenous citizens. A billboard memorializing Theo Van Gogh and his date of death, for example, was removed by Dutch police out of fear that Muslims might be offended. One unanswered question is the matter of degree to which Islamists are changing the fabric of Europe, their radical versus moderate intent and inability or unwillingness to assimilate. However, his examples and well-publiciced recent events, such as the Isalmist riots across France, indicate that the scope of the debate and problem is truly global and societal versus merely an alarmist extrapolation from isolated incidents. I highly recommend this well-balanced, factual and enlightening book that is not shrill and is written by someone with no particular axe to grind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer¿s While Europe Slept is an incredibly powerful book. Having recently read two authors whom I consider to be the authority on Islam, Daniel Pipes and Bat Ye¿or, I must say that I will be adding Bawer to my list of favorites. His writing style is unique because he isn¿t just writing about his observations, but rather his own experiences dealing with Islamists in Europe. Bawer also introduces us to contemporary European writers and political figures that are not willing to submit to dhimmitude without a fight. The sad part of the story is that a once great continent is being engulfed radical Islam and is letting the balance of power tilt further away from moderation and Western values. I highly suggest Bawer¿s book to anyone who wants to know why we in the United States are fighting back. Finally, his gripping conclusion summons the European people to a Churchillian defense of their culture and way of life like nothing I have read before. You have to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"While Europe Slept" should read by Europeans and Americans who are concerned about the future of personal liberty, democracy, and human rights on planet earth. Bawer argues that Europe is dying and that "Eurabia" is being born (a term borrowed from Bat Ye'or, an Islamic scholar). This is because Muslims are flooding into Europe at an alarming rate and are having more kids than the native Europeans. Within fifty years, Muslims will be the majority in some European countries. Will this fact be a threat to personal liberty, democracy, and human rights? It appears so. Already, Muslims in Europe have set up societies within their host societies (e.g., Germany, France, Sweden, etc) and are causing social unrest among the native populations (murdering those who "insult" Islam, beating up gays, practicing honor killings and female genital mutilation, not letting women out of the house without an escort, calling for a ban on alcohol and entertainment, lighting cars on fire and smashing shop windows, etc). The police in these countries often feel overwhelmed by the Muslim gangs roaming the streets and are often afraid to go into Muslim ghettos for fear of being attacked; the only time the police will go into such neighborhoods is if they have lots of backup. One lingering thought I had while reading "While Europe Slept" was whether or not there will be civil war in Europe. Will the radical Muslims try to take power away from the natives, overthrow the liberal democracies, and set up Islamic states? Will the radical Muslims then set their sights on other countries, too, like America? The future of Europe looks bleak indeed, especially with Europe's lax immigration policy and a political/media establishment that's doing everything it can to appease the radical Muslims and give in to their demands. Is America are paying attention? Hopefully so. Otherwise, radical Islam may destroy America from within, too, just as it's currently doing to Europe. Will Europe, the Old Continent, survive? Read this fascinating book and decide for yourself. Readers would also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and how the West can save it.
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SparkyNV More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer is not a right-wing conservative with a reactionary tale of caution. His liberal background lends credence to his well-documented warning that both Europe and the United States need to take the radical Muslim agenda seriously. Being politically correct and bending over backwards to protect the religious rights of immigrants from Muslim countries will take a heavy toll on the legal rights of all of us and will lead to democracies that bear no resemblance to what we've known in the past. Thought-provoking, well-written and documented, it's an important read for anyone who wants to see the bigger picture.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be a must read for ALL high school students and others who have not yet read it. Is actually rather scary to learn how Europe is doing it self in with it liberal thinking. America learn from their mistakes and do what you can to save Europe for Europeans
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Bawer's style of writing made this book very easy to read. His topic could not be more timely either. As someone who actually travelled throughout Europe during this unsettling period of history, his take on the processes that are occurring there in the battle for Europe's soul should be a must-read for anyone concerned about what the future may bring. He is a solid thinker and writer who builds a story that lays out the unpleasant truths about Europe's uphill struggle to preserve its identity while dealing with, or more often, not dealing with the issue of radical Islam. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking to better understand the forces at work in today's world that sees a rise in terrorism and an acceptance or tolerance of it by far too many people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stayed up till 2:00 am to finish this book-it is riveting....Bawer's writing style makes this book very easy to read even tho it is filled with historical data and political jargon....I mean to say that this book is a 'must read' for everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Bawer this book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Bieng a immagrant myself I can appriciate this country and all the great things that it has offered me and my family. Please translate this book to Spanish because my father is dying to read it. Thank you very much for this great eye opening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This impressive book is a good read with a perspective on European attitudes toward Islam which is not readily presented in the media. The depiction of current events is set forth in a sweeping historical context of American-European policies through the Twentieth Century. The text is well-documented and avoids partisan ideologies which thus reinforces the underlying thesis without losing objectivity. The book,while alarming, is also very informative and thoughtful. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You only have to read this book, then read 'At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor,' ISBN: 0140157344 to see plainly that history does, indeed, repeat itself. We in the West - Britain, the USA, etc. - would do well to wake up from our deep sleep, pay attention to what's really going on around us, read these books, and the handwriting on the wall, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book that should be a warning to the PC crowd.
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The decades long agreement among the Eurocrats and Arab/Muslim immigrant groups is covered once again here, this time with a multitude of anecdotes extrapolated to support the author's generalizations. As far as the author's talent for bringing out the Ugly European, I am mystified. Rarely ever have I come across the caricatures described in the authors ancecdotes that supposedly have a love/hate relationship with America. Outside of a few students, the 'West Europeans' that I have talked to love America, though they might disagree with SOME of her foreign policy. The author harps continually about a lack of balance portrayed by the 'West European' media, but in my view doesn't follow the same practice in this book of anecdotes. You are better off going to the books listed below. Better yet, visit Europe and talk to the man on the street and don't bother talking to anyone from 'The Establishment.'