If this is the best that European elites can do in response to a frontal assault on freedom of speech, heaven help the 457 million people of the European Union. As Bernard Lewis of Princeton, the foremost scholar of Islam, told the German paper Die Welt, Europe faces the possibility of becoming ?part of the Arabic West.?
Or as Bassam Tibi, a moderate Muslim leader in Germany, puts it: ?Either Islam gets Europeanized, or Europe gets Islamized.? Either way, it?s time for Europeans not to worry so much about the votes in Ohio, but to focus their attention where it?s needed most: their threat at home.
For further reading and information:
?Gunman kills Dutch film director,? BBC News, 2 November 2004.
??I feel terribly guilty?,? Guardian (London), 4 November 2004.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, ? Grief and anger over Theo?s Murder,? International Herald Tribune, 11 November 2004.
?Moving Stories: Ayaan Hirsi Ali,? BBC News, 23 December 2003.
?Van Gogh Case Linked to Syrian Cleric ,? Los Angeles Times, 14 November 2004.
Theodore Dalrymple, ? Why Theo Van Gogh Was Murdered,? City Journal,
?Europe, Islam?s New Front Line: The Netherlands,? All Things Considered, NPR,
Scott MacMillan, ? Holland in Flames,? Slate,
Robert Spencer, ? Murder of Theo Van Gogh & the Decline of the West,? Human Events,
Ian Traynor, ? Dutch liberalism stares into a troubled future as anti-Muslim backlash grows,? Guardian (London), 13 November 2004.
Happy Feder, ? Scary, Scary Night,? American Spectator, 9 November 2004.
??Thou Shalt Not Kill? = racist,? Live from Brussels, 5 November 2004.
Alexis Amory, ? Holland Prepares to Dam Up Jihad,? Frontpage, 15 November 2004.
Brian Murphy, ? The Tipping Point,? Frontpage, 8 November 2004.
Ted Olsen, ? Ultra Mega Weblog: Five Churches Attacked in Netherlands,? Christianity Today, 10 November 2004.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, ? Mini clash of civilizations,? Washington Times, 15 November 2004.
Wolfgang Schwanitz, ? ?Europe will be Islamic at the end of the century?,? Die Welt, 28 July 2004.
Christopher Caldwell, ? Islamic Europe?? Weekly Standard, 4 October 2004.
Rod Dreher, ? Casualty of a culture war,? Dallas Morning News, 9 November 2004.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 020516, ? Death in Rotterdam: Tolerance Takes Its Toll.? (Free registration required.)
BreakPoint Commentary No. 040316, ? An Ill Wind from Spain: Terrorists and the Democratic Process.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 041105, ? Saying No to Terrorism: Tuesday?s Foreign Policy Message.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030703, ? EU Amnesia: Europe without Christianity.?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 040428, ? Proving Their Worth: Al Qaeda and Converts to Islam .?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 031125, ? Our American Cousins: Bush at Whitehall, Part II.?
?Bush Makes Not-So-Good Headlines in Europe ,? ABC, 4 November 2004.
See the Daily Mirror?s post-election front page.
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