Some people will accuse Murray of Islamophobia.
He will probably be called racist.
But even his critics will agree that Douglas Murray has put his case with clarity and conviction.
What is unmistakable is his passion for his continent.
A continent that has given the world the glory of Greek and Roman empires, that has conquered almost the entire planet, has given birth to Renaissance and Reformation, Democracy and Liberty, Rule of Law and Dignity of Man, has taken the human civilization to hitherto-unattained heights of achievements in the last one millennium, is finding itself grasping for breath for its very survival.
Murray’s contention is that after the end of two Wars - the bloodiest in human history - by the middle of the last century, Europe was tormented by guilt for what it has wrought.
To rebuilt its ruined economy it needed cheap labour. So Europe encouraged immigration. These immigrants came from South Asia and Eastern Europe but mostly from Middle East Asia and North and Central Africa. Over the course of decades they brought in their families and the numbers swelled. A very large portion of these migrants are Muslims from the Middle East and North Africa.
Meanwhile, to prevent the recurrence of the horrors of last century European countries decided to come closer. First, European Economic Community, then European Union and, evolving further, Eurozone. Single currency, Euro, for twenty seven countries and no internal boundaries and no requirement for passport to travel across the continent.
The result is that an immigrant who sets foot in a remote southern island of Italy or Greece can travel to the Scandinavian countries in the far north of the continent without much hindrance.
The immigrants, mostly Muslims, whose numbers kept growing, partly because of migration and partly because of higher fertility rate, failed/refused to assimilate to the host society. They clung to the culture of the land they left behind. As a result, in cities and towns across the continent there sprang up ghettos which are visibly different from the rest of the society.
Over the course of centuries, white, liberal Europe has developed the habit of separating the church and the state. The questioning attitude that led to incredible scientific discoveries did not leave religious beliefs as sacrosanct. The result? The moral and ethical foundation that religion provides a society was undercut. Islam, on the other hand, maintained a very tight grip and smothered any and every criticism of its founder and its tenets.
As the last nail in the coffin, Angela Markel threw open the door of the continent to millions of “refugees” who, Murray warns, will, in a not too distant future, change the contour of the continent itself.
One may not agree with Douglas Murray’s argument. But The Strange Death of Europe should be a required reading.
Passionately argued, it’s a book Europeans – and non-Europeans, too – will miss at their own peril.
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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 17 minutes
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- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Release Date: 4 May 2017
- Language: English, English
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