Egyptian refugee Bat Ye’or’s new book, “Europe, Globalization and the Coming Universal Caliphate,” looks at Muslims living in lands that once were Christian but today call themselves multicultural. She predicts that Europe, sooner rather than later, will be dominated by Islamic extremists and transformed into “Eurabia.”
Immigrants can enrich a nation. But there is a difference between immigrants and colonists. The former are eager to learn the ways of their adopted home, to integrate and perhaps assimilate — which does not require relinquishing their heritage or forgetting their roots. Colonists, by contrast, bring their culture with them and live under their own laws. Their loyalties lie elsewhere.
Ye’or contends that a concerted effort is being made not only to ensure that Muslim immigrants in Europe remain squarely in the second category, but also that they become the means to transform Europe politically, culturally and religiously. Leading this effort is the Organization of the Islamic Conference, established in 1969 and which, a few months ago, renamed itself the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority. It also claims to represent Muslim immigrants in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. It is pan-Islamic: It seeks to unify and lead the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.
In a manual first published in 2001, “Strategy of Islamic Cultural Action in the West,” the OIC asserts that “Muslim immigrant communities in Europe are part of the Islamic nation.” It goes on to recommend “a series of steps to prevent the integration and assimilation of Muslims into European culture.”
The OIC, Ye’or argues, is nothing less than a “would-be, universal caliphate.”
It might resemble a thoroughly modern transnational bureaucracy. But the OIC already exercises significant power through the United Nations and through the European Union, which has been eager to accommodate the OIC while simultaneously endowing the U.N. with increasing authority for global governance.
In the eyes of OIC officials, no problem in the contemporary world is more urgent than “Islamophobia,” which it calls “a crime against humanity” that the U.N. and the EU must officially outlaw.
The OIC also has specifically warned the international community of the “dangers posed by the influence of Zionism, Neo-Conservatism, aggressive Christian evangelicalism, Jewish extremism, Hindu extremism and secular extremism in international affairs and the ‘War on Terrorism.’”
The OIC defines violence directed against those it views as enemies of Islam as “resistance” — even when civilians, including women and children, are the intended victims.
Why don’t European diplomats at least insist that the OIC accept the principle of reciprocity? How can a “dialogue of civilizations” not discuss the persecution of minorities in OIC countries and the egregious mistreatment of foreign workers in the Gulf countries?
Ye’or offers this explanation: Committed to a multicultural ideology that rejects patriotism and even national identity and cultural pride, afflicted by guilt over their imperial and colonial past — and ignorant about more than a thousand years of Islamic imperialism and colonialism — Europeans just want to compromise. The OIC, by contrast, rejects multiculturalism, openly professing the superiority of the Islamic faith, civilization and laws.
“The caliphate,” Ye’or concludes, is “alive and growing within Europe.”
If you think that’s alarmist, if you think the OIC sincerely seeks cooperation with the West or that Europeans know where lines must be drawn and have the courage to draw them, read her book. Or just wait a few years.
Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.