The Right Coast

December 11, 2004
European Troubles
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Victor Davis Hanson is clear-eyed, as ever, in this latest piece, about Europe:
[G]ut-check time is coming for Europe, with its rising unassimilated immigrant populations, rogue mosques entirely bent on destroying the West, declining birth rate and rising entitlements; the Turkish question; and a foreign policy whose appeasement of Arab regimes won it only a brief lull and plenty of humiliation. The radical Muslim world of the madrassas hates the United States because it is liberal and powerful; but it utterly despises Europe because it is even more liberal and far weaker, earning the continent not fear, but contempt.

The real question is whether there is any Demosthenes left in Europe, who will soberly but firmly demand assimilation and integration of immigrants, an end to mosque radicalism, even-handedness in the Middle East, no more subsidies to terrorists like Hamas, a toughness rather than opportunist profiteering with the likes of Assad and the Iranian theocracy — and making it clear that states that aid and abet terrorists in Europe do so to their great peril.

So will the old Ents awaken, or will they slumber on, muttering nonsense to themselves, lost in past grandeur and utterly clueless about the dangers on their borders?
"Ents" are Tolkien characters of course. I say "of course" because Hanson explains about them. I think Tolkien is one of those writers you either love (and know more or less by heart) or hate (and never get far reading at all). I'm not in the "love" category here, I'm afraid.

Back to the Europe Question: Here is Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Daily Telegraph (London) on Dutch middle-class families giving up on Holland and emigrating. They are motivated, E-P reports, by despair at the growing Islamist thuggery -- and general anarchy -- spawned by pious "multiculturalism" in Holland.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has never been the sort of journalist with whom you would associate the phrase "English understatement". Still, that doesn't mean that all is well in Old Europe.

UPDATE: The future of Europe is one thing. But express disesteem for J.R.R. Tolkien, and you will get swift responses for sure.
The Lord of the Rings,

Is one of those things:

If you like it, you do:

if you don't, then you boo.
-- W. H. Auden

(Hat tip to Seth Tillman.)