Europe Keeps Hitting The Snooze Button
Bruce Bawer is an important voice reporting on the failure of Europe to face its impending disaster at the hands of internal Islamic fascists. Author of the book "While Europe Slept", this gay, liberal American living in Europe has provided eye-opening accounts and analyses in articles published in frontpage.com.
In the wake of 9/11, European leaders felt obliged to join America in invading Afghanistan. But the initial show of solidarity by politicians and intellectuals (“we are all Americans”) quickly gave way to declarations that the U.S. – by supporting Israel, buttressing Arab dictators, fostering globalism, etc. – had asked for 9/11. But not Europe. Europe was the Muslims’ friend. Muslims knew this. Hence Europe was safe. This soon became Western European orthodoxy. Only days after 9/11, Norwegian author Gert Nygårdshaug sneered at the idea that there might soon be an attack on “Oslo or Rome or Copenhagen.” He was far from alone in his mockery.
Then came Madrid, London, Bali, Beslan, Mumbai. Van Gogh was butchered; Muslims rioted in France; their coreligionists in Denmark rampaged over newspaper cartoons of Muhammed. The Western European elite played down, even denied, any connection among these events. Yet year by year the truth has become increasingly clear: though the U.S. was the target on 9/11, the front line of the war with Islamism is Europe.
The movie "Path to 9-11" showed us the penalty for ignoring obvious acts of terrorism and evidence of escalation. Leader in the blindered view is France. The clock is ticking.