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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone interested in radical Islam in Europe
Before you buy this book, you should ask yourself a simple question: am I interested in radical Islam in Europe and do I doubt the PC "elites" ability to deal with it? If the answer is yes, then you will enjoy this book. This book is not written by a neo-con, nor is it written by an apologist for terrorism. It is written by an openly gay man, who has lost faith in the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book.
The book is quite well-written and indeed a page-turner. The main problem is that the writer comes accross as being quite biased to islamic immigrants due to bad personal experiences. If the reader is quite knowledgable on the subject of immigration and islam, then he/she can read between the lines and concentrate on the hard facts (the book is abundant of them) without...
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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone interested in radical Islam in Europe, 25 May 2007
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Before you buy this book, you should ask yourself a simple question: am I interested in radical Islam in Europe and do I doubt the PC "elites" ability to deal with it? If the answer is yes, then you will enjoy this book. This book is not written by a neo-con, nor is it written by an apologist for terrorism. It is written by an openly gay man, who has lost faith in the political left that was supposed to champion his rights. Written from this extremely novel perspective, the author describes his initial fascination with pro-gay, secular Europe contrasting with what is in his opinion at least, the highly religious homophobic USA. However, as he witnessed the excesses of Muslim radicals in Europe, and the spinelessness of the European "elites" to deal with them, he became disenchanted, and as a consequence came to appreciate the more strident stance of Americans. Indeed, a recurrent theme is his disbelief that EU elites can be so obsessed with "dialogue" with terrorists dedicated to their destruction, and he is amazed that the EU can be so contemptuous of the USA when America is the only Western nation with the resolve to deal with radical Islam, and which is actually Europe's protector.

The book also covers a number of harrowing accounts, such as honour killings, the authors own assault at the hands of radicalised youths and descriptions of various Al-Qaeda attacks in Europe, such as the Madrid and London bombings, and the assassination of Theo Van Gogh. He also show cases some of the increasingly bizarre PC platitudes of Europe's political and media "elite" in the face of terrorism, and laments the passive nature of European populations. The author also uses numerous examples from his personal life, from dinner party arguments to surviving attempted muggings to illustrate his frustration further, and add an extremely interesting personal "feel" to the book.

The book does have some weaknesses though. Firstly, the author's referencing system is rather odd, in that rather than use neat footnotes and a reference section, he relies on long verbatim quotes from sources that can be a little long and clumsy. Secondly, the chapters are rather long, and don't seem to follow a logical pattern: indeed, in the chapter "Before 9/11" there are some references to post 9/11 events. One welcome difference this book has from others on the subject is he actually suggests some measures to combat radical Islam and anti-Americanism, as opposed to many other books which are simply long rants that are long on diagnosis but short on "cure" for the problem of terrorism.

This book is an ideal companion to Mark Steyn's "America Alone", Nick Cohen's "What's Left?" and Ian Buruma's "Murder in Amsterdam". The book is highly recommended, but won't win any prizes for political correctness!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very thought provoking book and a reveling insight into how complacent we are in Europe., 2 Jan. 2014
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A very interesting and thought provoking read. The author is a gay American - living in Europe - and the book is a critique of the European policy of multiculturalism and immigration and compares this to the American model. It outlines the way in which Islam, in tandem with a left of centre political, media and cultural elite, has been detrimental to freedom of speech in Europe and has failed to integrate very many Muslims into European society (and how very many Muslims have failed to integrate themselves).

I have long thought that freedom of speech in Europe and the UK is repeatedly curtailed by the media (in particular by the BBC) who shoot down any critics of Islam and those who question the current policy on immigration and multiculturalism as "far right" "racist" and " fascist" . Game shows, comedy programmes, news broadcasts, political analysis and virtually all other BBC output is written, produced, directed and hosted by those who toe the BBC party line.

Hence the current zeitgeist in the UK is a culture of aversion and self censorship, with people either reluctant to air alternate views in social situations (either public or private) for fear of being perceived a racist or "right wing" (it's also viewed as a somewhat unsavoury and impolite topic for discussion) or - for he most part - people simply believe the line they are constantly fed (i.e. critics of Islam are right wing bigots with all views based on racism) - without actually listening to the arguments put forward by the dissenters (some of whom are indeed unsavoury).

Therefore this book - which in some cases made me cringe with it's generalised description of Muslims - was, over all, a very refreshing anecdote to the constant tide of PC, left of centre commentary which we are subjected to. Even if you disagree with every singe statement in this book with regard to the impact of Islam and of Muslims in Europe, what is undeniable is how far freedom of speech in Europe has been degraded, inch by inch, by a self serving, uncritical, frightened political, media, cultural elite who ceaselessly promote a one sided view and actively discourage open, honest and robust debate on this issue.
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87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 23 July 2006
As a non-European, Bawer can be free from our European achilles heels (political correctness to the point of absurdity/cruelty, tolerance of everything including intolerance, balanced view to the point of no view at all) and can tell us what we refuse to see for ourselves. Bawer specifically addresses the issue: if new/recent arrivals to the West refuse to assimilate western lifestyles/values, why did they choose the West as their place of refuge at all and what objective do they have? As stated, this book is essential reading for anybody who has asked themselves that particular question.

On the downside, towards the centre of the book Bawer for no clear reason diverges and falls into the trap of persecuted evangelist for "American" values at length, failing to recognise that such values are often the traditional values of original European nation cultures anyway, now under threat (which is what the book sets out to address at the start, and does in fact return to at the end). This is a major weakness assuming the people Bawer is aiming to influence is the "loony left" of the intelligentsia within Europe (which group is the justified target of much of his criticism for Western inaction). This group could well reject his other findings because of this single failing.

If Western readers are prepared to see beyond this single weakness, however, this book tells us in factual evidential terms what we have long needed telling. Read it in conjunction with Ayaan Hirsi Ali's 'The Caged Virgin'. Borrow it, beg it, buy it, but read it.
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228 of 256 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civilizational suicide, 5 Mar. 2006
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In this absorbing work, Bawer examines the psychological, moral and political aspects of Europe's current predicament and its reaction to the threat posed by large unassimilated minorities in its midst. One of the most fascinating revelations concerns the monolithic multiculturalism of the continent's academic, media and political establishment. Political journalists are part of this ideological club so they consider mainstream politicians as colleagues. One consequence is that the ideological range of the European media is quite narrow. Rigid adherence to multiculturalism renders the integration of immigrants impossible with the result that members of these communities turn to Islamism for inspiration.

Beneath the surface tolerance and welfarism, there lurks something sinister in Europe today, something that the sanctimonious political correctness, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism of the elites cannot cover up. Bawer exposes Europeans' nativism and intense awareness of ethnicity as manifested through subtle discrimination and the bigotry revealed in private discourse. Reared as bureaucrats, European politicians aspire to lucrative positions at the EU and the United Nations. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not result in gratitude towards the USA but increased resentment.

The first manifestations of the clash of civilization have been the murders of Van Gogh and Fortuyn, the Madrid bombing & London bombings, the 2005/6 riots in France and the uproar about the Danish cartoons. These are just the beginning of an ominous cultural conflict. The denial evident amongst the political and intellectual elites shows disturbing similarities to the 1930s. The elites employ the potent stigmatic "populist" indiscriminately against all those who challenge the consensus, maligning the leaders and mocking the members of such parties. Some of these movements are suspect but there are also parties firmly rooted in classical liberalism.

The consensus obsessed Eurocrat elites have a hostile view of classical liberalism which they consider Americanism. The welfare state is soft Leftism based on multiculturalism and moral relativism. What is most disgraceful about the current European mindset is the phony tolerance, for example the European view of unassimilated minorities as "colorful" but Europe's refusal to meaningfully integrate them into society. Europeans are happy to dole out welfare money but not prepared to give these people proper employment. When applied to European politics, the word "sophisticated" indicates ideas removed from observable reality plus a peculiar selectivity that leads to idolization of the EU & UN and disparagement of Israel & the USA.

The pieties of multiculturalism obscure a very tenacious ethnocentrism & the implications of the declining birthrate of native Europeans versus the rapid rise in the numbers of immigrants. European elites remained in deep denial after the murders of Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn. Bawer's observations on the passivity of bystanders are particularly disturbing, especially the examples provided from the Netherlands and Sweden. The rhetoric of "solidarity & community" is just welfare state sloganeering. Dependence on the state has undermined individual responsibility and established a deadly pattern of indifference.

It is clear that the continent, especially Old Europe, is in deep trouble. Bawer sees it poised between Islamism and native Neo-fascism. It might also be a type of Christian fascism that is embraced by a panicked population amidst serious economic and social turmoil. Part of the problem is that Europe mostly lacks a decent Right, except perhaps amongst the libertarian parties of Scandinavia. The senescent Christian Democrats have accepted the tenets of welfarism whilst fascist tendencies characterize many European "conservative" parties. The welfare state consensus has never been properly challenged except in the UK where Margaret Thatcher positively transformed the country in the 1980s. That is why British society is in a better state today.

In part three: Europe's Weimar Moment, the author looks at the liberal resistance and considers future prospects. First the consistency of newspaper editorials from across the continent in response to the Madrid bombing is dissected: Expressen (Sweden), The Guardian (UK), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), Dagbladet and Aftenposten (Norway) all sang the same wildly irrational tune. Pim Fortuyn is discussed as an early example of liberal resistance in the Netherlands who was demonized by the consensus media. Other individuals who saw the danger and have acted upon it include Ayaan Hirsi Ali, British comedian Rowan Atkinson, author Melanie Phillips, Sabine Herold & Guy Milliere in France, the now departed Oriana Fallaci and Denmark's Queen Margrethe and prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In the Afterword to the paperback edition, Bawer shows how dhimmitude is on the march. The elites still explain away delinquency, suppress reports of violence and continue to smear defenders of freedom with labels like "secular fundamentalist, extremist or single-issue fanatic." There were further riots in France in 2006, the cartoon controversy in Denmark and the Pope's speech at Regensburg. In all cases, there was a craven response of appeasement and accelerating tendency towards self-censorship. Free speech is not only being criticized but also outlawed and prosecuted as Bawer shows with reference to cases in Norway, Belgium and Britain and the notorious Ad Dura hoax in France where Israel was falsely accused. Responsible reporting is found in a few papers such as The Times, Telegraph & Daily Mail in Britain, De Volkskrant in Holland and Denmark's Jyllands-Posten.

Crime continues to rise at an alarming rate, illustrated by the situation in Berlin, Oslo and Stockholm and antisemitism is on the march again, Bawer shows with reference to an article in Der Spiegel and the disgusting statements of a prominent Norwegian writer. Thus the process of Europe's betrayal by its ruling class continues through the inversion or suppression of truth. For more information on the recent history and the current state of Europe, I recommend Icarus Fallen by Chantal Delsol, The Changing Face of Antisemitism by Walter Laqueur, Eurabia by Bat Ye-or, The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci and Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's Too by Claire Berlinski.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou Bruce Bawer, 10 Oct. 2013
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Any criticism today of violent, fundamentalist Islam is tarred as ignorant at best, far-right racism at worst by lazy, politically correct Amazon reviewers and political commentators.
Bruce Bawer doesn't fit the stereotype the PC mob would like though, an intellectual gay man who wrote this book to air his genuine fears about what is happening all over Western Europe. Islamic, race-hate murders of Jews in France unreported by the media there, Muslims walking around European countries wearing shirts emblazoned with the year Sharia law will be imposed there, the far-left becoming bedfellows with some of the most fanatical, violent, homophobic, murderous people on Earth, purely because they have Anti-Americanism in common.
Writing about things like this happening in Europe doesn't make Bruce Bower racist or bigoted, it makes him someone concerned about the future of European civilisation and culture in the face of an aggressive, fundamentalist, unchecked onslaught. This book is unfairly rated, a look at any of the single star ratings will tell you that, and Bruce Bower should be applauded for a brave book.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Europe is sleepwalking towards oblivion, 12 Sept. 2006
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European societies are being subverted by radical Islamists and, according to this book, Europe's elite are fully complicit in this undermining of their own culture and civilisation.

From Madrid to Amsterdam, Oslo to Stockholm, London to Paris - right across the Continent, radical Islam is a powerfully growing force hell-bent on establishing a caliphate in Europe governed according to sharia law.

Unfortunately, after decades of being brainwashed with multi-cultural leftist ideology, secularism and political-correctness, Europeans are unable to acknowledge that radical Islam poses a threat to their way life.

Instead, being mired in the moral relativism of their decadent societies, Europeans can see little difference between what they call American `imperialism' and the Islamic `colonisation' taking place in their midst. Indeed, the inability of modern Europeans to discern truth from fantasy is one the most disturbing themes in Bawer's book which, when combined with the massive demographic shifts underway across Europe, suggests a very Islamic future for the Continent.

An excellent read. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book., 21 Jun. 2012
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The book is quite well-written and indeed a page-turner. The main problem is that the writer comes accross as being quite biased to islamic immigrants due to bad personal experiences. If the reader is quite knowledgable on the subject of immigration and islam, then he/she can read between the lines and concentrate on the hard facts (the book is abundant of them) without being influenced by the writer's personal opinion and - some times - bitterness. I recommend reading this book only if you have already read other books dealing with the same subject (arguing for or against). I do agree with the author's opinion that the multi-cultural model (the way it has been implemented in Europe) has failed miserably and it is imperative to change it drastically and fast. I also agree with the opinion that Europeans (I am also European) have failed to integrate immigrants as effectively as they have been integrated in other countries (especially the U.S.A.).
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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Europe survive?, 27 Mar. 2007
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Many others have written about the steady collapse of Europe and the rise of Islamism. Recent books by Claire Berlinski, Mark Steyn, George Wiegel, Oriana Fallaci, Melanie Phillips and Bat Ye'or have all made the case in similar fashion.

What may be distinctive about this treatment is Bawer is no religious right-winger. He is a secular homosexual, but shares with others a deep concern about how Europeans are sleeping through their own annihilation.

His time in Europe has helped him to gain some perspective on these issues. He has come to see how Europe's inability to deal with the Islamist menace is threatening its very existence. And he has come to appreciate, by contrast, America's many virtues.

A big problem is Muslim populations have not integrated very well. Indeed, because so many practice deliberate self-segregation, and live in isolated conclaves, integration just has not been happening. Instead, animosities and divisions increase, and the jihad mentality continues to gain strength. In Holland for example, many Muslim children attend private Islamic academies, where they are taught to hate Jews, Israel, America and the West.

While millions of Muslim parents in Europe have been able to provide prosperous and comfortable lives for their children, many of these children despise the West which has made such benefits possible. They tend to identify more with their ancestral homelands than with the countries they now reside in.

Coupled with this inability - or unwillingness - to fit in and accept European values is the demographic problem. While native Europeans are undergoing a population implosion, Muslim families are thriving. In France 12 per cent of the population is Muslim. In Switzerland it is 20 per cent.

In most of Western Europe around 18 per cent of children are Muslim, and that percentage is rising steadily. Within a few short generations many Europeans countries will have a Muslim majority. The imams are certainly aware of this. A popular T-shirt worn by Muslim youth in Stockholm reads, "2030 - then we take over".

And European bureaucracies are largely compounding the problems. They are so intent on promoting the politically correct line, and so fearful of being seen as Islamophobic, that they are caving in to most radical Muslim demands, while allowing European freedoms and values to be trampled on.

Much of the electorate may be tired of the Muslim incursion on their liberties, but these governing bureaucrats are holding tightly on to power, and are in effect conspiring to prevent freedom-minded movements from gaining power.

Just as there is a real lack of genuine political diversity in Europe, so too is the lack of journalistic diversity, notes Bawer. The mainstream press enjoys a monopoly status, and it runs with an editorial policy of appeasement to the Muslims. Indeed, much of the media is state-owned and operated. The wide range of political and media commentary in the US stands in marked contrast to its near absence in Europe.

While America has truly been a melting pot of cultures and ethnic mixes, Europe never has been. Immigrants to America quickly learn the host nation's language and enter the workplace. Neither is happening in Europe, nor are such sensible steps being encouraged by the Establishment. Instead, says Bawer, "Immigrants in Europe are allowed to perpetuate even the most atrocious aspects of their cultures". Female genital mutilation is one such practice, taking place in nearly every European country.

The consequences of this show up on many fronts. Consider crime for example. There are many areas in major European cities which are simply no-go zones. They have become hotspots of Islamic crime, and native Europeans dare not tread there, not even police of fire services.

This book is really about two things: the inability of Europe to deal with the most serious threat to its existence since the Second World War, and the fundamental differences between the US and Europe. Yes America has a host of faults. But it also has a host of virtues, virtues which are either ignored, played down or criticised by the European elite.

European anti-Americanism is largely irrational and misplaced, argues Bawer. America simply looks at itself and the world much differently than Europe does. Americans thrive on self-reliance, hard work and independence. They value freedom, democracy and genuine political diversity. Much of this is simply absent in Europe.

Indeed, many Europeans are "genuinely unable to comprehend a land whose people take liberty seriously enough to die for it." Thus Americans will act to protect liberty and to withstand tyrants. "In America, we feel obliged to do something about the Milosevics of the world," says Bawer. But Europeans are different. For them, the Milosevics of the world, "however monstrous, are also, quite simply, a fact of life. Nothing will ever end that."

Getting rid of one tyrant just means that another one will soon come along to take his place. That has been the history of Europe. Therefore Europeans tend to be fatalistic, and tend to dislike war more than they crave freedom.

Anti-Semitism is another issue. Anti-Semitism is simply not a big problem in the US, but it is a large and growing problem in Europe. Bawer documents the huge increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic crime in Europe.

These differences may explain why Europe one day will become a continent with a majority of Muslims, ruled by sharia law, while America will not. Europeans may find themselves living in a permanent state of dhimmitude, and they will have only themselves to blame.

Enough people have been sounding a warning, such as Bawer. The question is, will Europeans shake off their lethargy and indifference, and rise to meet the challenge that threatens to engulf them?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air..., 17 Mar. 2011
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What a breath of fresh air this book is after all the years of "right-on" America-bashing - I found myself nodding all the way through it! IMO this is the single most important issue in Europe right now, and if people think that's an exaggeration, then go ask a Bulgarian, or a Pole, wether "we're really under threat from militant Islam, and if we really could end up losing our freedoms"...(both these nations have had to fight an aggressively expansionist Caliphate in former times.) If they're in any way clued up about their own history, they'll answer a resounding "yes - and some!" (as will, incidentally, many ex-Muslims.)

This author's excellent, engaging style has prompted me also to want to read his "Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom", which also has many 5 star reviews. Those of us who value freedom, democracy and civil liberties are going to have to be willing to stand by what we believe, what our ancestors have fought for, and be willing to get all "Churchill" about it in our attitude. The idea that those of us who are concerned about this are somehow closet racists and fascists is patently ludicrous (standing up against an inherently tyrannical, sexist, anti-semitic and anti-democratic ideology is NOT racist fascism - it just isn't, whatever "European Dream" types might want us all to believe!) If there was ever a book which basically hammered the final nail in the coffin of my regard for hypocritical, envy and shame-based, US-hating Euro-lefty drivel, it's this one! Pah! Such basically cowardly and sanctimonious "Greebil Wormtongues" have ruled the roost in Europe for way too long....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative, but also very alarmist., 23 April 2012
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Bruce Bawer claims that Europe is undergoing a major transformation - low indigenous birth rates and high levels of Muslim immigration, in conjunction with a complacently multicultural philosophy among the governing elites, are leading the continent into Islamization. Europe is being transformed into Eurabia!

I'll get the good stuff out of the way first: the book does contain quite a few interesting tit-bits of information, as well as many engrossing anecdotes. It's a very readable page-turner which will go down well with anybody who's looking for something provocative to discuss and debate with their friends.

The biggest flaw with the book is its alarmist tone and the author's credulity to the ravings of cranks and fringe groups that are critical of Muslim immigrants (though, to his credit, Bawer has since gone on to distance himself from more odious figures like Robert Spencer). For one thing, he uncritically accepts the flawed case put forward by Bat Ye'or in her book "Eurabia: the Euro-Arab Axis". It gets worse though. Perhaps the most egregious example comes when he sits down to talk with Lars Hedegaard. The subject of their conversation turns to the way that Jews are being perceived and treated by the Danish public. Bawer describes the conversation thus:

"[Lars Hedegaard said:] "Yes, [the Danes] saved the Jews. But I doubt they would do it today. They've been reeducated." If, at some time in the not-too-distant future, fundamentalist Muslims began rounding up Jews, he said, "it would be racism to resist."" (Hardback edition, P187)

That's insane. Bawer, dimly recognising the magnitude of what is being claimed here, tries to justify the paranoid nonsense as follows:

"At first blush, it may sound preposterous - the idea that native Europeans, after enough daily doses of anti-semitic and pro-Muslim propaganda, might reach a point at which they'd actually accept Muslims' right to execute Jews, or feel they had no right to stop it. But it's not a scenario that can be dismissed with a wave of the hand. Anyone who considers Hedegaard's scenario far-fetched need only recall the history of twentieth-century Europe. For Europeans to reach the point of accepting (again) the mass murder of Jews, what's required isn't a murderous anti-semitism on their part, only that certain already well-developed attitude - a reflexive inclination to appease, a readiness to "understand" suicide bombers, a susceptibility to victim rhetoric from aggressors, and a desperate eagerness to applaud "the good side" of terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah - continue to develop in the direction they're already heading." (P187)

Seriously!? As you can see from the above extract, Bawer is not averse to giving credence to the frankly bonkers.

However, I should stress that the majority of the book isn't nearly so preposterous, and does at least offer the reader with some legitimate insights and information, should they be patient enough to sift through the occasional moments of questionable rhetoric and doom-mongering hysteria.

One other problem with the book is that Bawer tends to elide the distinction between radical Islamists and orthodox traditionalists. Whilst there is no doubt overlap between these two groups, it's nonetheless important to distinguish the two, and to be clear about definitions. In this way, the subtitle to the book - "How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within" - is a tad misleading. The book focuses more on traditionalist Muslims, who are likely to promulgate homophobia and sexism, but not at all likely to fly a plane into a building. As long as the reader knows what to expect from the book, I don't think that this issue is especially important though.

It's been said that the author isn't a neo-conservative (he actually identifies himself as centrist on his website); even if we grant that this is the case, it's easy enough to see why Bawer is often thought of and referred to as a neo-conservative. He has next to nothing to say against the extremes of right-wing demagogues (aside from when they're not tolerant of his homosexuality), but he does find plenty of opportunities to castigate those who are left of centre for everything from admiring Che Guevara, to opposing the war in Iraq. In more recent times Bawer has also been indulging in the quintesentially right-wing tendency of denying climate change, which he suspects is a big hoax perpetrated by leftie scientists.

Make no mistake, this is a book for right-wingers, even if the author rejects the term for himself. I bring all of this up because I think that a lot of left-leaning potential readers might dismiss what he has to say out of hand. That would be a mistake. The book is indeed flawed and frequently questionable, but if you can get past the alarmist nonsense then there are some serious points being made, and some real issues to be grappled with. It would be a shame if this book was dismissed as being just a crass exercise in right-wing "race-baiting." Even philo-Islamic scholars like John Esposito can be heard making similar-sounding statements, albeit with a more positive spin:

"Some estimates indicate that Muslims will outnumber non-Muslims in part of Europe by 2050. In many of the major European cities, however, given the low birthrates of indigenous populations, Muslim schoolchildren will be in the majority within the next decade. Obviously, coexistence of Muslims and non-Muslims is here to stay. All are challenged to move beyond stereotypes and established patterns of behaviour to a more inclusive and pluralistic vision informed by a multi-dimensional dialogue, to build a future based upon mutual understanding and respect."
(Esposito(2002); What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam; P179-180)

In conclusion, I would recommend that you give the book a read, but don't expect to agree with everything you find inside. It works best as an introduction to the issue, rather than as the final word.

Some other related books worth looking at are:

*"Eurabia: the Euro-Arab Axis" by Bat Ye'or (fascinating but questionable examination of an organisation of European and Arab politicians, which, it is claimed by the author, have deliberately engineered the Islamization of Europe, bringing it ever further under the influence of Islamist propaganda.)

*"America Alone" by Mark Steyn (essentially the same thesis as "While Europe...", but with an even more right-wing bias that leads the author to continually conflate his discussion of demography with questionable rants against the welfare state. Entertaining but sloppy. Despite the many problems with this book, it provides the most clear and concise case of all the titles on this list.)

*"Reflections on the Revolution in Europe" by Christopher Caldwell (the same thesis again, but this time done in a more detailed and less anecdotal manner. This book offers by far the most balanced, comprehensive, and reasonable version of the Eurabia thesis.)

* "The Last Days of Europe" by Walter Laqueur (more of the same. A middling entry in the genre. More even-handed than most.)

*"Menace in Europe" by Clair Belinski (one of the more unusual contributions in the genre. It deals tangentially with some of the same broad themes as the other titles on the list, but is very uneven. This book places more emphasis on European culture(s) per se than it does on the specific issue of Islam in the West. Interesting but hardly ground-breaking.)

*"Radical State" by Abigail Esman (a less well-known title that focuses on the transformation that has taken place in the Netherlands. A commendably level-headed work that's filled with interesting anecdotes from the author's first hand experiences. This book has the same personal quality as Bawer's book, but manages to dispense with the alarmist tone.)

*"Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?" by Eric Kauffmann (makes the claim that traditionalist religious groups have a demographic advantage over the secular population, which will lead to them having an increased influence in our politics in future. Contains an excellent chapter on Muslims in Europe which to some extent challenges the more alarmist predictions of Bawer et al.)
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