After 5 and a half weeks, I have finally come to the end of my travels around Europe. In seeing first hand many of the major capitals of Europe that have experienced significant Islamization, I believe I am in a better position to assess Islam’s influence, in a Christian/ secular dominated part of the world.
In London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam among many other European cities for sure, the negative influence of Islam is obvious.
A constant throughout these cities is the substantial presence of thousands of young Muslim men, who often loiter and spend time around the major city centres and tourist attractions. Unlike much of the rest of their societies, these men often seem in no apparent rush to work, or in fact, achieve anything for that matter, which on the surface suggests that there are major strains placed on welfare services. In some cases, migration can indeed have positive economic effects, in enhancing and complementing an existing workforce. But when, for instance, agargantuan 1.1 million migrants move to Germany, from an entirely contrasting religious, cultural, and economic background, combined with Germany and similar countries’ generous welfare systems, it is inevitable that huge problems in Europe will emerge.
Aside from the drain on welfare, the attitudes held towards women held by many of these Islamic immigrants, is truly appalling. While not all, many of these migrants will stare, make provoactive comments, stalk, and generally intimidate women, including my girlfriend. I believe that these attitudes are Islamically informed, through the concept of modesty. These migrants, as well as European born Muslims, are taught that it is a duty for women to cover their hair or body, to reduce inflaming the passions of men. This idea can act to imply, that is the responsibility of women, to cover themselves up, in order to avoid the possibility of becoming victims of rape. In a Europe that is predominantly non-Islamic (for now at least), and devoid of much Islam’s backward and outdated code of dress, it is no surprise, that as Muslim immigration has surged, so too has the rate of rape.
Moreover, the threat of terrorism, is ever growing. November witnessed the Paris terror attacks, which led to the deaths of 130 innocent civilians. Whilst the death toll is diastrous, the implications extend far beyond the casualities, and families and friends that were affected. Throughout Europe, there is an overriding sense of unease, with a noticeable tension among much of the European population. I believe this has a psychological impact on Europeans that is seldom discussed. This is not a war that has a defined and established end. It is a situation which features Europeans living alongside among particular sects of the Islamic community, many of which are born in Europe, that showcase open and complete contempt for Western values and democracy. When New Year Eve’s celebrations in Belgium are cancelled due to security fears, and a train station is evacuated in Munich, the result eventuates is the existence of a continent on edge.
Rising anti- semitism, homophobia, as well as worsening attitudes towards apostates, and the increasing encroachment of Islamic ideas about blasphemy laws, consolidate the already incontrovertible evidence about the influx of political Islam in Europe. The majority of Muslims may not express desires to spread insidious and barbaric practices, but the influence of the political ideology of Islam, which seeks to impose its influence upon the world, is undeniable.
Clearly, the strain placed on Europe’s welfare system, the deplorable views held towards women, the impacts of terrorism, as well as the worsening situation for apostates, homosexuals, Jews, and those adjudged guilty of Sharia blasphemy, showcases a struggling and weakened Europe as of 2016.
But not everything is bad news, and there have been encouraging signs of a European resistance. I have been a supporter of Geert Wilders for a number of years, and I have seen his popularity ever growing, as witnessed in his receiving of the award Dutch politician of the year. France, in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, began stripping Islamist dual nationals of their sovereignty, deployed the militiary in civilian areas and cracked down on many radical mosques. Favourable election results in Poland and Switzerland further indicate that a Europe exists that demonstrates to some extent a resolve and determination to preserve European values and traditions.
There is no doubt that Europe is in deep trouble, and in some ways damaged irreversibly by political Islam. Yet, there are signs of hope, that Europe can largely retain its free and democratic way of life. Nonethless, this is far from a certainty, and I believe that the clash of civilisations, and the battle of ideas that is currently taking place in Europe, is set to further intensify in the future, with the stakes set to increasingly heighten.