January 4, 2016

DOES EUROPE HAVE A FUTURE? “Europeans are now faced with questions they have hitherto preferred to dodge. Are Europeans ready to fight for Europe? What is the place of Islam in a post-Christian Europe? Or, to look at it from the jihadist point of view, what is the place of Europe in a fast-expanding and globalized Islam? Is 21st-century Europe still the heart of Western civilization, or is it changing out of all recognition?”, Daniel Johnson, the founder of the British monthly Standpoint, writes at Mosaic.

“However one answers those questions, a brave new world seems to be emerging in which Europe becomes the theater where the clash of civilizations is played out. So far, the signs are that this encounter will be no more peaceful than it has been in the Middle East.”

At the moment, Mark Steyn’s question a decade ago seems rather prescient: “The hyper-rationalism of post-Christian Europe turns out to be wholly irrational: what’s the point of creating a secular utopia if it’s only for one generation?”

Related: Robert Spencer: “The Western world has moved forward since the days of fire and brimstone, but the Middle East is turning backward toward it.” That’ll play out well for all concerned in Europe.

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