Steyn calls for the Islamization of Europe—and the L-dotters cheer
Mark Steyn, as he did a few days ago, again argues that Bush’s praise for the European Union Leviathan means nothing. Bush, as Steyn sees it, is just mouthing empty words of approval for an entity he knows is irrelevant and/or doomed, and he doesn’t see any profit in arguing against it.
But Steyn’s cynicism goes beyond mere indifference or ill will toward the statist monstrosity of the EU. Echoing many other “conservatives” today, his hostility is directed against Europe itself, so much so that he takes satisfaction at the thought of the fall of Europe, and even cheers at the thought of Moslems taking Europe over:
Europe’s problems—its unaffordable social programs, its deathbed demographics, its dependence on immigration numbers that no stable nation (not even America in the Ellis Island era)e has ever successfully absorbed—are all of Europe’s making. By some projections, the EU’s population will be 40 percent Muslim by 2025. Already, more people each week attend Friday prayers at British mosques than Sunday service at Christian churches—and in a country where Anglican bishops have permanent seats in the national legislature.“Some of us think an Islamic Europe will be easier for America to deal with than the present Europe … But getting there is certain to be messy, and violent.” So, an Islamized Europe is a desirable thing. Like many desirable things, it will be difficult to achieve, but, never fear, ultimately we will get there. This is why it doesn’t matter that Bush praised the EU: not only will the EU not survive, but Europe itself will be Islamized, and this prospect of impending European catastrophe is something about which we Americans ought to feel some satisfaction, even a delicious thrill.
And notice why Steyn views an Islamized Europe favorably. Not because it will be better for Europe and Europeans, but because it will make Europe “easier for America to deal with.” In other words, an Islamized, and presumably weak, Europe will stand less in the way of America’s global ambitions than does the present Europe. In Steyn’s view, continents, nations, and peoples have the right to exist only insofar as they do not oppose the American democratist empire. Even our own civilization has the right to exist only insofar as it does not oppose the American democratist empire.
I have previously pointed to the contradiction between Steyn’s usual triumphalism and his more recent expressions of cultural pessimism about the rising power of Islam in the West. Now, apparently, he has resolved the contradiction—by looking at the Islamization of the West, and declaring it to be good.
He thus reveals the core of the emergent neocon mind, unhinged from any sense of loyalty to an inherited society. Neocons’ loyalty is only to the neocon ideology of global democratism. Europe—the cradle of Western culture, Christendom, the nation-state, the modern world, and the white race—can and will be destroyed, and that’s just fine with the neocons. As was also shown by David Gelernter’s creepy declaration that Americanism is a “Judeo-Christian religion,” the neocons are detaching themselves from any recognizable American political tradition or Western identity. Seated atop their universalist ideology as atop a space rocket, they are leaving the historical earth behind them.
Meanwhile, at Lucianne.com, there was an interminable chorus of “What a genius,” “Steyn is the greatest,” “Steyn is the best,” “Why aren’t there more like him?”, with many people cheering the death of Europe and its conquest by Islam. Indeed, the L-dotters view Europe the same way that they view the Democratic party. Just as they cheer the fact that one of America’s two major parties has gone insane and anti-American (because that spells Republican electoral dominance), they cheer the fact that Europe is going down the tubes and being taken over by Moslems (because that spells American global dominance). Any concern for the larger whole, whether of the West or of America, is gone. Conservatives have become an ideological phalanx, massed together against the world.
Thankfully, a few countervailing voices could be heard amid the general rah-rah. Here’s a sampling:
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