As you may recall, I was very enthusiastic about pushed Bruce Bawer’s book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within. I’m now equally enthusiastic about his City Journal article (now published in the Wall Street Journal), about the way Europe is trending right as a response to the damage caused by decades of unlimited Muslim immigration and socialist economics:
The past few decades in Europe have made three things crystal-clear. First, social-democratic welfare systems work best, to the extent they do work, in ethnically and culturally homogeneous (and preferably small) nations whose citizens, viewing one another as members of an extended family, are loath to exploit government provisions for the needy. Second, the best way to destroy such welfare systems is to take in large numbers of immigrants from poor, oppressive and corruption-ridden societies, whose rule of the road is to grab everything you can get your hands on. And third, the system will be wiped out even faster if many of those immigrants are fundamentalist Muslims who view bankrupting the West as a contribution to jihad. Add to all this the growing power of an unelected European Union bureaucracy that has encouraged Muslim immigration and taken steps to punish criticism of it—criminalizing “incitement of racism, xenophobia or hatred against a racial, ethnic or religious group” in 2007, for example—and you can start to understand why Western Europeans who prize their freedoms are resisting the so-called leadership of their see-no-evil elites.
Ironic, isn’t it, that, as Europe finally learns the error of its ways, Obama is dragging America, willy-nilly, in those failed directions?