I am an unabashed fan of Douglas Murray, I have read his previous book and regularly read his contributions to the Spectator. So in some respects it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book so much given the fact that politically I'm almost completely politically aligned to his views.
However, I would argue that this work transcends political affiliations. Murray presents a vision of Europe that if current trends continue will be a reality within many of our lifetimes and a certainty for our children & Grandchildren. Where ever you reside on the political spectrum if Murray's predictions are even 50% correct then Europeans have every right to be concerned, not only for their continent but for the very continuation of their society.
Murray clearly stakes out the contradictions and double standards of the borderless world fan groups and their fellow travellers in the media and politics. And he pokes holes in the facile arguments put forward by those who refuse to see any negatives in endless migration to Europe from the third world. He is also fearless in articulating the fears that many are reluctant to express over the current and future role that Islam will play in Western Europe.
Brilliantly exposes the depth of guilt and self-hatred that underlies the suicidal policies that Merkel et al are pursuing in an act of self-annihilation. The puzzling question at the heart of this self-destruction is why polls consistently show that Europeans believe Islam is incompatible with European values and that immigration is detrimental to Europe, but this does not translate into votes for anti-immigration parties. It seems the Left have shamed and terrified native Europeans into a state of paralysis. They are more terrified of being called racist, fascist, islamophobes and xenophobes than they are of suffering Islamic terrorism and the social disorder brought by marauding, raping immigrant gangs (Cologne, 2015). Europeans will soon be in the minority and are almost certainly facing a life of persecution and dhimmitude like minorities in Indonesia are now experiencing. The lies, cover-ups, treason and subterfuge of EU leaders have doomed Europe to extinction. I disagree that the culture of human rights owes anything to Jesus, rather they owe their genesis to the Enlightenment. Jesus is rather the New Testament face of the barbaric tribal deity Yahweh, a god much like Allah. And the Christ of Paul is a patriarchal, misogynistic, homophobe. The Christian heritage of Augustine’s masochistic concept of original sin has seeped into the consciousness of Europe priming the populace to assume false guilt over their ancestor’s waring and colonial pasts, leaving them vulnerable to manipulation by self-righteous Leftists. EU leaders have sold freedom, equality and human rights down the river to secure a multicultural dream that in reality is a nightmare of ethnic European servitude. An EU that prides itself on removing capital punishment is damning its people to the introduction of Sharia and hudud laws. The EU leaders have sided with the immigrants aiding and abetting the flood of Islamists into Europe ignoring the safety, security and best interests of native Europeans. One has to marvel at the level of Europe's tolerance toward the religion of ‘peace’. No one dares to speak about the connection between the Islamic violence in the world and the inherently violent ideology of the Koran and the Hadiths. No matter how many innocent deaths there are as a result of Islamic terror attacks, the EU's leaders impotently insist in the face of such terror and this is the new fact of life that Europeans have to accept. As with the exposés of Bruce Bawer, Mark Steyn and Bat Ye’or, the warnings are going unheeded.
Good summary of the argument that immigration from Third World hell holes, especially Muslim, is destroying Europe as we know it. Plenty of vitriol and fact to support the thesis. So if you are that way inclined, good. If you like the vibrant, diverse culture protecting vulnerable refugees stuff you'll hate it. Didn't get a five cos it's mostly scissors and paste of what I've read already. But he's lively.
An excellent book, on so many levels and for so many reasons. His main thesis, if I've understood it correctly, is that the countries of western Europe, through a sense of loss of purpose/meaning ("existential tiredness"), stemming from guilt about their colonial and/or war histories, have allowed immigration in such numbers as to overwhelm these states - overwhelm them both now and in the future. This notion of guilt is something he talks about at length in the book.
The book title should perhaps have referenced western Europe specifically, as the author does point out the different reactions of eastern European countries to the "refugee crisis" (the countries of eastern Europe, when implored to "do their bit" to take in refugees, refused). Hence, he's really referring to the death of western Europe.
As he says: fifty years from now, China will still look like China and India will still look like India...what will Germany look like?
Being born in Britain and living there for 34yrs before moving to Australia, Douglas Murray reminds me of why I wisely chose to leave our once peaceful continent. Murray is straight to the point, accurate and describes modern day multicultural Britain exactly the way it is...a mess! His final chapter "What will be" will send a spine chilling glimpse into a dark and violent Europe of the future, and sadly points out that the situation is irreversible. Good luck!
Douglas Murray tells how Europe is coping with continuing mass immigration from failed, mainly Muslim, states: the elites welcome mass immigration, more and more ordinary citizens discover the deleterious consequences: dying inner cities and rebellious banlieus, high unemployment, high welfare costs, growing insecurity. Given demographic realities and mass immigration, Europe as we know it, will have withdrawn to a few ghettoes of Western civilisation, the cathedrals will decay. Murray reads the trends astutely and writes well. Highly recommended for those who care about Western civilisation.
I regard Douglas Murray to be both the intellectual and journalistic successor of the late Christopher Hitchens.
This book is lucidly written, superbly researched, and very much straight to the point.
It is excellent in all ways, including the most important: It managed to changed my mind. It had overturned some of my previous perceptions and convictions on the issues and people surrounding immigration so convincingly, that I suddenly realised I was now agreeing with people I had so strongly argued against in the past!
This book provides a detailed description and background to the Islamic immigration challenge for Europe, and the loss of identity and confidence in culture / values of Europeans. An excellent and important read!
Totally agree with Douglas on his dire warning. As a skilled migrant from Syria, I still remember how excited I was when I got my Visa. 20 years later and I am still happy in this country that I call home. Douglas discusses a lot of issues that are quite common in the migrant communities. There is no way for me to summarize them here. All what I can say that he is not "imagining" these issues ... They are real. Read the book.