- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Anchor; Auflage: Reprint (11. September 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0767920058
- ISBN-13: 978-0767920056
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,5 x 3 x 21,6 cm
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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. September 2007
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“Bruce Bawer reveals how self-acclaimed European morality proves abjectly amoral in its appeasement of radical Islamic anti-Semitism, homophobia, gender apartheid, and religious intolerance. A sensitive and sober portrait of an increasingly insensitive and reckless continent.”
—Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of Carnage and Culture and An Autumn of War
“An honest and engaging account of a problem which, if left unaddressed, could engulf Europe in conflict. Europeans would do well to heed Mr. Bawer's advice and open their eyes.”
—Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League; author, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism
“Bawer paints an alarming picture of a continent in deep trouble and deeper denial—but now, perhaps, on the verge of waking up. Some books are merely important. This one is necessary.”
—Jonathan Rauch, senior writer and columnist for National Journal magazine in Washington and a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
“Bruce Bawer has produced a book that is at once riveting, disturbing, fascinating, chilling, and shocking. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how militant Islam has insinuated itself into the heart of the West.”
—Steven Emerson, Executive Director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Amongst Us
“Bruce Bawer brings an American’s sensibilities and a writer’s insights to bear on the insistence by West Europeans that they really do not have a Muslim problem. Backed by deep research and wide personal experience, he argues that this blind denial is leading the continent to certain disaster. Bawer makes his case moderately but eloquently and powerfully. Will Europeans heed his warning?”
—Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
“Bawer punctures the moral pretensions of our ‘betters’ in the Old World. Their supine acceptance of the Muslim oppression of women, their flatulent anti-Americanism, their renewed anti-Semitism—all are fully documented. There is something memorable on every page. Bawer writes with intelligence and passion. A fascinating analysis of Europe’s death spiral.”
—Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and author of Useful Idiots
Bruce Bawer has lived in Europe since 1999. WHILE EUROPE SLEPT is his enlightening and disturbing report on anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and on the egregious failure of European liberals to confront Islamic extremism in their own countries. Traveling to major cities and talking with people in trains, cafes, restaurants, and on street corners, Bawer came face-to-face with the peculiar mix of moralistic smugness and abysmal 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 Islamic presence in Europe-from the violation of immigration laws to appalling incidents of honor killings to horrific acts of terrorism, including the assassination of a prominent Dutch politician and the March 2003 bombing in Madrid.
Bawer warns that Europe can no longer ignore the clash of civilizations raging on its own territory and around the world. 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.
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Bruce Bawer has. You and I are still allowed to read these books and criticize them all we want, praise them or trash them. That's free speech. It's a great Western value people in the past have fought hard for. Lost their lives over.
According to Bruce Brawer, an American living in Norway, this is about to change unless we Europeans who are still enjoying our innocent beauty sleep wake up.
This is the message of Bruce Bawer's book 'While Europe slept'.
As readable and non-intellectual (I mean that positively) Bawer's writing style is, the sharper and more non-compromising is his message.
Basically, if we don't call the common enemy, fundamentalist Islam, by its real name, get our heads out of the sand and stop being so apologetically politically correct NOW, JETZT, NU, ADESSO, IMMEDIATEMENT, Europe's future is looking very dark indeed.
Brawer's analysis of Western Europe's failed immigration politics and its attitude towards immigrants rings very, very true.
The book also dedicates a substantial part to explaining the paradox of the ubiquitous anti-Americanism among Western Europeans. Certain aspects of Brawer's sweeping analysis hit the bull's eye while others seem a bit more dubious.
For instance, although Brawer is not explicitly pro-Bush, he delivers harsh critique to all Europeans, normal citizens, politicians and members of the intellectual elite alike, who criticize Bush's resolve in dealing with dictators and tyrants and, ultimately, America's war in Iraq. However, Brawer fails to mention (deliberately or not) the lacking evidence for the existence of weapons of mass destruction, which, after all, was the main pretext for starting the war. Now, two years after this book was written, in light of Bush's appalling approval ratings even in the U.S., Brawer's argument on this particular issue loses clout.
The reason for the different approaches America and Europe take in facing threats, Brawer argues, is the different lessons learned and conclusions drawn after the Second World War. America argues- no more dictators. Europe argues- no more war. This, according to Brawer, is the reason behind Europe's lethargy and unwillingness to see Islam as the real enemy of Western values and thereby act resolutely and accordingly.
Although this book seems very well researched, why on earth doesn't Bawer include a bibliography to list his sources? At least in my paper back copy there is isn't one. If this book were a University essay it wouldn't pass! Quotes are left hanging without a source reference making you wonder if the author made it up. On page 26 in my copy Bawer quotes the Koran without telling the reader which sura it is. This is bad form! Although I don't doubt the veracity of the quotes, newspaper articles etc. by failing to include a bibliography Bawer robs the book of a large portion of credibility it needs and deserves.
In spite of some shortcomings the main argument of Bawer's book should be taking very seriously. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. The main urgent message is a friendly but hard slap in the face that leaves a bright red mark on the European reader's cheek. Recommended!
The basic thesis and observations are well put and argued (I should like to test how great Bawer's linguistic skills in the three dozen or so Euroepan languages he claims to know really are - he does seem very proud of them. Even a smattering of French and Norwegian of course would put him ahead of 99 percent of his compatriots).
The book's greatest asset is the great wealth of examples for worrying developments which the mainline media generally prefer to cover with silence. You'll find dozens of examples for Europe's inability and fear to deal with the growing Islamic influence and developments eroding her basic liberties.
There are two drawbacks, however which greatly hamper the book's usefulness:
- Especially in the first third the author tends to constantly compare Europe's failures and shortcomings to how brilliantly and better the USA are handling matters. Firstly this is simply not very convincing, considering the country's problems. It betrays a certain ethnocentric blindness which must harm Bawer's overall reasoning on the issue in question. It will secondly not be useful for the book's impact: If you want to convince people of your point of view it is not useful to constantly denigrate the very basics of their society.
- Bawer quotes all his examples without giving any sources. The ones which I remember he seems to report accurately enough but the book would have been ever so much better, had he added footnotes with nothing but bibliographical data on the sources of what he tells us. The book won't equip you with arguments beyond anecdotal evidence.
As it is Bawer won't get beyond preaching to the converted, I am afraid.
Beneath the surface tolerance and welfarism, there lurks something sinister in Europe today, something that the sanctimonious political correctness, anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism of the elites cannot cover up. Bawer exposes Europeans' nativism and intense awareness of ethnicity as manifested through subtle discrimination and the bigotry revealed in private discourse. Reared as bureaucrats, European politicians aspire to lucrative positions at the EU and the United Nations. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not result in gratitude towards the USA but increased resentment.
The first manifestations of the clash of civilization have been the murders of Van Gogh and Fortuyn, the Madrid bombing & London bombings, the 2005/6 riots in France and the uproar about the Danish cartoons. These are just the beginning of an ominous cultural conflict. The denial evident amongst the political and intellectual elites shows disturbing similarities to the 1930s. The elites employ the potent stigmatic "populist" indiscriminately against all those who challenge the consensus, maligning the leaders and mocking the members of such parties. Some of these movements are suspect but there are also parties firmly rooted in classical liberalism.
The consensus obsessed Eurocrat elites have a hostile view of classical liberalism which they consider Americanism. The welfare state is soft Leftism based on multiculturalism and moral relativism. What is most disgraceful about the current European mindset is the phony tolerance, for example the European view of unassimilated minorities as "colorful" but Europe's refusal to meaningfully integrate them into society. Europeans are happy to dole out welfare money but not prepared to give these people proper employment. When applied to European politics, the word "sophisticated" indicates ideas removed from observable reality plus a peculiar selectivity that leads to idolization of the EU & UN and disparagement of Israel & the USA.
The pieties of multiculturalism obscure a very tenacious ethnocentrism & the implications of the declining birthrate of native Europeans versus the rapid rise in the numbers of immigrants. European elites remained in deep denial after the murders of Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn. Bawer's observations on the passivity of bystanders are particularly disturbing, especially the examples provided from the Netherlands and Sweden. The rhetoric of "solidarity & community" is just welfare state sloganeering. Dependence on the state has undermined individual responsibility and established a deadly pattern of indifference.
It is clear that the continent, especially Old Europe, is in deep trouble. Bawer sees it poised between Islamism and native Neo-fascism. It might also be a type of Christian fascism that is embraced by a panicked population amidst serious economic and social turmoil. Part of the problem is that Europe mostly lacks a decent Right, except perhaps amongst the libertarian parties of Scandinavia. The senescent Christian Democrats have accepted the tenets of welfarism whilst fascist tendencies characterize many European "conservative" parties. The welfare state consensus has never been properly challenged except in the UK where Margaret Thatcher positively transformed the country in the 1980s. That is why British society is in a better state today.
In part three: Europe's Weimar Moment, the author looks at the liberal resistance and considers future prospects. First the consistency of newspaper editorials from across the continent in response to the Madrid bombing is dissected: Expressen (Sweden), The Guardian (UK), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), Dagbladet and Aftenposten (Norway) all sang the same wildly irrational tune. Pim Fortuyn is discussed as an early example of liberal resistance in the Netherlands who was demonized by the consensus media. Other individuals who saw the danger and have acted upon it include Ayaan Hirsi Ali, British comedian Rowan Atkinson, author Melanie Phillips, Sabine Herold & Guy Milliere in France, the now departed Oriana Fallaci and Denmark's Queen Margrethe and prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
In the Afterword to the paperback edition, Bawer shows how dhimmitude is on the march. The elites still explain away delinquency, suppress reports of violence and continue to smear defenders of freedom with labels like "secular fundamentalist, extremist or single-issue fanatic." There were further riots in France in 2006, the cartoon controversy in Denmark and the Pope's speech at Regensburg. In all cases, there was a craven response of appeasement and accelerating tendency towards self-censorship. Free speech is not only being criticized but also outlawed and prosecuted as Bawer shows with reference to cases in Norway, Belgium and Britain and the notorious Ad Dura hoax in France where Israel was falsely accused. Responsible reporting is found in a few papers such as The Times, Telegraph & Daily Mail in Britain, De Volkskrant in Holland and Denmark's Jyllands-Posten.
Crime continues to rise at an alarming rate, illustrated by the situation in Berlin, Oslo and Stockholm and antisemitism is on the march again, Bawer shows with reference to an article in Der Spiegel and the disgusting statements of a prominent Norwegian writer. Thus the process of Europe's betrayal by its ruling class continues through the inversion or suppression of truth. For more information on the recent history and the current state of Europe, I recommend Icarus Fallen by Chantal Delsol, The Changing Face of Antisemitism by Walter Laqueur, Eurabia by Bat Ye-or, The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci and Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's Too by Claire Berlinski.
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