Islam could soon be the dominant force in a Europe which, in the name of political correctness, has abdicated the battle for cultural and religious control, Prof. Bernard Lewis, the world-renowned Middle Eastern and Islamic scholar, said on Sunday.Has anything so enormous, so precious, and so irreplaceable ever been more wantonly forsaken and betrayed by its own privileged beneficiaries than has the Christian underpinnings of Western civilization in our time? It takes ones breath away. If only we would realize what we have done or allowed to be done to the cultures in which our children and grandchildren will be obliged to live. No salvaging effort will bear fruit that does not start with contrition.
The Muslims "seem to be about to take over Europe," Lewis said at a special briefing with the editorial staff of The Jerusalem Post. Asked what this meant for the continent's Jews, he responded, "The outlook for the Jewish communities of Europe is dim." Soon, he warned, the only pertinent question regarding Europe's future would be, "Will it be an Islamized Europe or Europeanized Islam?" The growing sway of Islam in Europe was of particular concern given the rising support within the Islamic world for extremist and terrorist movements, said Lewis.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The Future of Europe
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Bernard Lewis made it clear: