The European political and media establishment turned a blind eye to all this, selling out women, Jews, gays, and democratic principles generally even criminalizing free speech in order to pacify the radical Islamists and preserve the illusion of multicultural harmony. The few heroic figures who dared to criticize Muslim extremists and speak up for true liberal values were systematically slandered as fascist bigots.
Witnessing the disgraceful reaction of Europe s elites to 9/11, to the terrorist attacks on Madrid, Beslan, and London, and to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bawer concluded that Europe was heading inexorably down a path to cultural suicide.
Europe’s Muslim communities are powder kegs, brimming with an alienation born of the immigrants deep antagonism toward an infidel society that rejects them and compounded by misguided immigration policies that enforce their segregation and empower the extremists in their midst.
The mounting crisis produced by these deeply perverse and irresponsible policies finally burst onto our television screens in October 2005, as Paris and other European cities erupted in flames.
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within is the story of one American s experience in Europe before and after 9/11, and of his many arguments with Europeans about the dangers of militant Islam and America s role in combating it.
This brave and invaluable book with its riveting combination of eye-opening reportage and blunt, incisive analysis is essential reading for anyone concerned about the fate of Europe and what it portends for the United States.