Europe's Mosque Hysteria
Terrorist bombings, riots, and an uproar over satirical cartoons have inspired talk of a Europe under siege by Muslim immigrants. Will minarets rise in place of the continent’s steeples, or is this vision of invading Muslim hoards a mirage?
For the first time since the Ottoman Turks were hurled back at the siege of Vienna in 1683, Europe has
been gripped by dark, even apocalyptic visions of a Muslim invasion. The
Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci has sold more than a million copies of
her 2004 book The Force of Reason, in which she passionately argues that “Europe is no
longer Europe, it is ‘Eurabia,’ a colony of Islam, where the
Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense but also in a
mental and cultural sense. Servility to the invaders has poisoned
democracy, with obvious consequences for the freedom of thought and for the
concept itself of liberty.”
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Martin Walker, the editor of United Press International, covered the London bombings and the French riots last year. He is a senior scholar at the Wilson Center and the author of many books, most recently the novel The Caves of Périgord (2002).more from this author >>