2009-08-25 18:16:18 UTC
politics, religion and low culture. Embarrassingly, he once wrote a book
entitled How To Pull Women.
Muslim immigration: the most radical change in European history
By Ed West
I know I go on about Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the
Revolution in Europe a bit much, but it’s only because I believe it’s
going to be one of the most influential political books of the next two
decades. The benefits of mass immigration are the Emperor’s New Clothes
and Caldwell is the little boy who sees the truth, which is why I urge
everyone to read it. A friend of mine, who was initially less sceptical
than I was about immigration, said the book was so well-written and
eye-opening it filled a void in his life that had been left by his
finishing The Sopranos and The Wire.
Here’s my review of it in this week’s Catholic Herald:
You might not hear much about this book much in the next month, nor even
in the next year, but it will affect your life in some way, and that of
our country and continent.
Christopher Caldwell is a mild-mannered Financial Times journalist who
over the past decade has covered continental Europe (France especially)
and its relationship with Islam in particular.
That Caldwell is so mainstream, well-respected and analytical makes his
conclusion all the more devastating - that the mass migration of
Africans and Asians into Europe since the Second World War was an
unprecedented, economically unnecessary and ill-thought-out plan that
has had a profoundly negative impact on our way of life.
Furthermore, he says, the mass importation of Muslims at a time when
Europe has lost its own faith and Islam has developed a dangerous and
powerful radicalism threatens the very freedom of Europe.
Enoch Powell was right, at least in terms of accuracy if not the
morality of his chosen words. His 1968 prediction about a non-white
population of 4.5 million by 2002 was mocked - in reality it was 4.6
million by 2001. In 1970 he was again scorned for suggesting that
Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Inner London would be between a fifth and
a quarter non-white by the turn of the century. The figures were 22.2
per cent, 29.6 per cent and 34.4 per cent respectively – and rising.
But Powell’s vision of “rivers of blood” turned out to be inaccurate so
far because he was out of step; the Tory MP was a passionate believer in
the British Empire, while most of his political contemporaries were
riddled with liberal white guilt over colonialism and the Holocaust.
Such self-loathing was at the heart of the immigration experiment and
later experiments in multiculturalism and political correctness; only a
society so racked with self-hatred would have invited foreign labour in
such numbers despite the economic benefits being so thin. Those
benefits, Caldwell argues, have been “puny” and short-term, while the
social effects are profound and permanent. Anyway most of the new
immigrants, such as Pakistanis in Yorkshire and Turks in the Ruhr
valley, were actually recruited into industries that were already on
their last legs, and most immigrant groups took and still take more out
of their exchequer than they pay in.
Illegal immigration is handy because illegal immigrants do the jobs no
one else wants to, keeping down inflation and labour costs, so allowing
Europeans to work 30 hours a week and retire at 55.
The problem is that soon these new immigrants tire of doing the dirty
work and new recruits are needed to keep an ever larger number of
retirees and other state dependants in villas.
It is a gigantic Ponzi scheme - play today, pay tomorrow - and Europe is
starting to pay now, financially and socially. The integration of
Pakistanis, Algerians, Moroccans and Turks into England, France, Holland
and Germany has been made a lot harder by the rapid and widespread
decline of Christianity.
One of the side-effects of this decline is the collapse in the European
birth rate: Austria is becoming Islamic not because Muslims are having
too many children - their birth rate of 2.34 per woman is very close to
the optimum - but because atheism is killing the country. Among
Austrians who call themselves Catholics, which would include a majority
of non-churchgoers and other nominal Christians, the birth rate is 1.32;
among those who profess atheism it is 0.86. It is the same everywhere -
in Brussels the seven most common boys’ names are Mohamed, Adam, Rayan,
Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza. Leicester and Birmingham will soon be
Britain’s first-ever majority non-white cities.
And yet the elites have been in total denial about the growth of a
Muslim body, arguing that to do so ignores diversity among these
communities - which Caldwell compares to denying there is such a thing
as a car because Volvos and Volkswagens are different. As well as
growing in size every year, this Muslim population is dis-integrating
from the European mainstream; children in German Muslim schools learns
six hours of Arabic a day and one of German; in England the veil has
become a widespread sight; a British brigade fought in Iraq for
al-Qaeda; and Muslim “nationalism” in France has led to the creation of
suburban ghettos far worse than anyone realises.
Caldwell compares the French ghetto film L’Haine, which portrayed a
mixed Jewish and Arab gang, to West Side Story in its realism – that
simply would not happen in a Muslim suburb, because the ironic end
result of this post-Holocaust guilt is a surge in anti-Semitism at the
end of the century, and a Muslim bloc that has pushed Europe in an
increasingly anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic direction. Norway threatened
to boycott Israeli goods at the same time as Norwegians were being
attacked in Gaza over the Mohammed cartoon affair. In France there were
black African gangs like Tribu Ka, who roamed around Jewish areas like a
The collapse of Christianity, and the introduction of novel morals such
as the belief in sexual freedom and gay equality, totally at odds with
both contemporary Muslim culture and European culture of only half a
century ago, has made conflict between Europe and the new Europeans even
more unavoidable. That is why surveys consistently show Muslims and
non-Muslims thinking the other side are “disrespectful” to women, or why
a large minority of young British Muslims advocate the death penalty for
apostasy or homosexuality.
Can Europe be the same? Clearly not. Can we reach some happy compromise
that peacefully integrates such large communities and avoids the
conflicts that have plagued such multi-cultural countries in the past?
Pim Fortuyn in Holland offered the best hope of a non-racist, liberal
Europe that believed in itself; after his murder the future lies either
with Nicolas Sarkozy, who believes in republican integration, or the
likes of Geert Wilders, whose implacable hostility to Islam is
increasingly shared across Europe.
This is a fascinating, earth-shattering account of the most radical
change in European history.