CHARLOTTE, NC, October 28, 2014 – There are rumblings in the blogosphere that Germany is becoming increasingly contentious in the wake of the Islamic State’s new found power.
The German newspaper “Der Spiegel” reported last week that Islamic violence had erupted in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city.
This week, “Der Spiegel” quoted Claudia Roth, vice president of the German Parliament, as saying “As a society we must ask ourselves: how can it be that people who live in Germany and born and raised here, are supporters of a brutal, inhuman and fundamentalist group such as the IS and attack peaceful protesters with knives, sticks and machetes. Here in Germany, the IS threatens to become a refuge for frustrated young people….”
Could it be that the appeal of ISIS in Germany is leading the country back into the 20th century where history can repeat itself?
Author/commentator Mark Steyn stated very clearly in his book “America Alone” that “One reason why the developed world has a difficult job grappling with the Islamist threat is that it doesn’t take religion seriously. It condescends to it. In Europe’s wholly secularized environment, the enduring religiosity of America is not just odd, but primitive.”
Other analysts have since expressed similar views and such ideas appear to have valid foundations as the Islamic threat increases around the globe. Canadian writer Kathy Shaidle confirms Steyn’s beliefs when she talks about a “Euro spiritual/moral vacuum into which Islamism has rushed headlong.”
Given the hopelessness and despair many young Islamic converts feel, the ISIS movement is a perfect storm for violent uprisings. It has become a breeding ground for terror.
Steyn’s viewpoints have a Nostradamus quality about them that is not reassuring. “Islam is today’s identity of choice for the world’s disaffected. Post-Christian European culture is already post-cultural and, with its surging Muslim populations, will soon be post-European.”
Germany could just be in the midst of the transitions Steyn fears. Sadly only a few experts seem to recognize the threat, and our leaders in the U.S. and the U.K. are not among them.
According to “Der Spiegel “German authorities fear there could be as many as 7,000 Muslim extremists in the country by the end of the year. Disenfranchised youths are particularly vulnerable to being recruited, while there are around 450 German extremists in Syria and Iraq.”
According to reports the rise in the number of Germans attracted to Islamic extremism is growing at a dangerously rapid pace, the key element of which is believed to be personal friendships.
The head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maasen, commented to “Der Spiegel” that “young Muslims are attracted to Islamic State (IS) because of its brutality. There is a link between the successes IS has had so far in Iraq and the activities here in Germany and the propaganda and canvassing activities aimed at young jihadists. The Islamic State is, so to speak, the ‘in’ thing.”
The possibility does exist that the so-called “in thing” of ISIS could be just a fad, but considering that Islam has been around for 14 centuries with only momentary periods of dormancy, that idea is remote.
As Mark Steyn notes, “Islamism is a twenty-first century political project driven by seventh-century ideology. Christianity spread by acquiring believers and then land; Islam expanded by acquiring land and then believers.”
Muslims have always been parasites on society. Writes Steyn, “even at its height Muslims were never more than a minority in the Muslim world, and they were in large part living off the energy of others.”
The problem is that the Western world believes it can resolve the Islamic situation with Western solutions when, in reality, only Muslims themselves can reform the religion.
Until the West creates conditions that promote Islamic reform, “we fight the symptoms – the terror plots – but not the cause; the ideology,” writes Steyn.
The Muslim world is always one step ahead because, as Steyn sees it, “Islamists have figured out that they can never win on the battlefield, but there’s an excellent chance they can drag things out until Western Civilization collapses in on itself and Islam inherits by default.”
Unless the West pays attention to the messages that are now happening in Germany, the collapse could already be in progress, and we still do not recognize it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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