When I was in Iraq in 2003, a little Muslim kid handed me some sort of prayer card with a famous prophet of Islam on it. I honestly don’t know who it was, but he seemed pretty insistent that I have it when he found out I was Christian. He kept claiming I was Catholic and having not the time to explain who Martin Luther was what with me scanning the crowd for any Hajis who wanted to blow me up, I just let it slide. Then, when we Marines returned back to our patrol bases, which back then were separated by nothing but a little razor wire from the public, there were more Muslim kids at the wire. However, these kids were trying to sell us liquor and porn. I passed, but I can neither confirm nor deny whether some of my fellow Marines decided to stimulate the Iraqi economy. But let’s talk about the Muslim surge in Europe and we will come back to my little Iraqi friends later.
Just the Facts Ma’am
I have used this quote often in my blog because it is timelessly poignant. Winston Churchill once said, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” What is indisputable is that the Muslim population is rising quickly in Europe. Just plain old numbers and nothing else. By various reports which you can easily find, the stats are fairly consistent. In 1990, Muslims represented about 4% of the population in Europe and in 2010 it was 6% and it is estimated to be about 8% by 2030. France and Germany have the largest percentage and is estimated to be closer to 10% by 2030.
Those are just numbers, think of them what you will. Sadly, you have to dig pretty hard these days to find actual facts on the internet, but they are there if you care about the truth and not the narrative you wish to be true. However, 8 to 10% by 2030 is hardly a “take-over”. Yet, a doubling in some countries over a 20 year period is most certainly a rapid increase. You can’t cry tsunami when the waters are just at your ankles, but that doesn’t mean the tide is not coming in. You can dispute my facts all you want, but maybe I am off by a percent or so. No, I didn’t spend hours of research for these readily available facts. That is not because I intend to mislead, but more because this is a blog titled Unprecedented Mediocrity and I have stuff to do.
Date Night Europe
The refugees streaming into Europe from the Middle East are a cause for concern. However, one of the biggest reasons the Muslim population is growing rapidly is because they apparently like to get it on a lot more than Europeans. Seriously, Europe makes babies as fast as old people, well, you know. Europe has a crazy low birthrate, the lowest of any continent and by some accounts is slowly dying. Meanwhile, Muslims coming from the Middle East like to straight up do it. Giggity, Giggity, Giggity.
Now, short of deploying Quagmire to Europe, I really don’t have an answer for this issue. Fascinatingly, Germany just surpassed Japan this year to have the world’s lowest birthrates. I don’t know if the Axis powers sent all their best breeding seed to the front lines in WW2, but if Europeans are genuinely concerned about the percentage of Muslims in Europe, then you could build a big wall, or perhaps you could take that money and take the wife out on a date night. America bailed you out twice now Europe, but no matter how patriotic I am, I don’t think I can convince my wife to accept my European deployment to go, “take one for the team.”
Should it Matter
I guess that is the biggest point for contention. Is it racist to care whether Muslims become a majority in Europe? Am I being intolerant for even asking the question? I guess that depends on who is coming. Is it the Iraqi kid who seemed like a meek loving child and just wanted to share his faith with me? Or perhaps, it is the Iraqi kid in the crowd plotting how he could kill me because his uncle told him it is the will of Allah? Or perhaps, it is just the Iraqi kids with the whiskey and porn who want to enjoy their whiskey and porn without fear of reprisal from the religious authorities.
Honestly, it is probably a mix of all three, but in what percentage I just couldn’t tell you. I know Muslims here in America and they all seem like swell people. I don’t advocate any discrimination of an American citizen or immigrant on the basis of their faith. But I will go ahead be honest with you that where Islam has remained dominant in the world, I see very little of that society that I would want for America. Not a fan of how women and children are treated, they do a poor job of reigning in the radical elements, and don’t get me started on the bacon issue. I have seen it with my own eyes and I will take a pass for America and the West. And thus, we are at a conflict of culture. Will Muslims make Europe more like the Middle East or will Europe make Muslims more western? It is an honest question, each with its own unique outcome and I am not going to try and guess the outcome.
If those Iraqi kids who peddled the whiskey and porn hit Europe, I am betting they are going to embrace Europe, its liberties, German beer, and all the weird messed up European porn they can handle. But interestingly enough, the 9-11 hijackers spent a decent amount of time in America before the attacks attending strip clubs, drinking it up, and embracing American life. And as much as the world would have been better off if a stripper named Coco convinced Mohammed Atta that life is worth living, it didn’t happen.
And with all that ado, I will answer the original question. Are Muslims taking over Europe? No, and at the very worst, not yet. I don’t think so no matter how many outdated YouTube videos people show me on social media of rioting Muslims in Europe. Honestly, one “Muslim” riot video spread on social media was actually a German Neo-Nazi riot. When Muslims reach 10% of the European population, it will most certainly have an effect on Europe. That is fact. What is also fact is that 10% will quickly become 20% if Europeans don’t put down the Nutella and pop some Viagra. But for today, if you see videos of nothing but Muslim men running through the streets of Europe, that is only because the Europeans are somewhere else at the time totally not having sex. Interestingly enough, Romania actually has one of the lowest percentage of Muslims in all of Europe at 0.3%. Vlad anyone?
The face of Europe will change over this next century. That much is certain. And yes, perhaps in the future, but not imminent, Muslims could become a huge percentage. However, Europe and America would do well to engage their Muslim populations rather than ostracize them. If we want them to become more Western, we need to show them the benefit and rewards of a free society. Disclaimer: that was not a free invitation to start handing out whiskey and porn to Muslims as they come off the boat. And if that unknown percentage of Muslims are indeed the kid in the crowd who wants to slay us all, then Europe needs to be kind with one hand and ready to fight with the other. After all, I think it was a very famous Marine who once said, “Be polite, be courteous, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
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