Lewis: the only thing to do about the Islam threat is to hope Muslims embrace freedom
John D. writes:
The Über Suspect strikes again. Bernard Lewis, in his lengthy speech at the AEI 2007 Irving Kristol Lecture, begins with some fascinating historical and present day facts regarding the Islamization of Europe. As I read along, I highly anticipated the conclusion of his speech, given the direction in which Lewis’s verbal voyage was heading, talking of the assimilation problems…etc. I truly thought that he was finally going to drop the immigration cessation or “separationism” bomb. I should have known better because, in the end, Lewis declares that the appeal of freedom is our greatest hope.LA replies:
Indeed, and what Lewis means by the appeal of freedom is the hope that Muslims will adopt an idea of freedom and government similar to the Western idea. He says that this “is perhaps in the long run our best hope, perhaps even our only hope, of surviving this developing struggle.” Here, truly, is the ultimate expression of the neoconservative view of the Islam problem. According to Lewis, who is literally the intellectual god of the neocons, Islam poses a real danger to our civilization, and our best and perhaps only hope for survival is that Muslims will transform themselves and become like us. This impossible dream is our best hope for survival! There is nothing that we can do for ourselves to protect ourselves from Islam, even as Islam continues to gain power in the West.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 21, 2007 11:14 AM | Send