While Europe Slept

While Europe Slept

How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within

Book - 2006
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An American living in Europe reports on the failure of European liberals to confront Islamic extremism in their own countries. Traveling and talking with people in trains, cafés, restaurants, and on street corners, Bawer came face-to-face with the mix of moralistic smugness and ignorance that feeds the rising tide of hatred toward the United States. He found, as well, a widespread refusal to grapple with problems caused by a growing Muslim presence in Europe--from the violation of immigration laws to honor killings and acts of terrorism, including the assassination of a prominent Dutch politician and the 2003 bombing in Madrid. Bawer warns that Europe can no longer ignore the clash of civilizations raging on its own territory. Failure to recognize the problems and react quickly, he predicts, will lead to a virulent right-wing nationalism of a kind not seen since the 1930s.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2006]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780385514729
0385514727
Branch Call Number: 305.697094 BA
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 25 cm

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Bill_R
Aug 25, 2013

The book asks "how can a western European society of tolerance deal with an aggressively intolerant minority?" That minority suppresses equal rights for women and encourages revenge murders, among other things, which are illegal under the host country’s laws and against western society’s moral code. The combination of the author’s personal experiences and reported data make it clear that lines must be drawn, because a multicultural society can only work when all the players agree with the tolerance goals. Government policies at the time of his writing were nominally like “separate but equal”, however turning over neighborhoods to the Imams is abdicating responsibility for the people who live there. His examples also challenge one to think about how hard those lines are to draw. Worth reading.

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delfon
Jan 20, 2012

The author seems to relate anecdotal experiences its rather chilling to read that youth watching actual beheadings are ceering on the purportrators and wheh confronted these same youth do not have any idea they are doing wrong by such cheering.
It seems the character of Isamists is strained for decency and moral behavrior.
There are some bright spots -- website of interest is:
http;//www.freemuslims.org, which is an attempt at showing some muslims are against terrorism. Europeans are not demanding enough, and we too can relate -- immigrants to a country either should integrate, for their benefit as well as the host country's benefit.
The chapters were way too long, and should have been focused better. As it is now, its a collection of seemingly desparate stories, based mostly on the authors experience, which is always a suspect in these types of books.
One star is all I can give, sorry.

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