Thursday, August 05, 2004

WE SEALED OUR BOND FROM THE BEGINNING. Lawrence Wright's article, "The Terror Web," is in The New Yorker this month. Here is an interesting quote: "Muslim immigration is transforming all of Europe. Nearly twenty million people in the European Union identify themselves as Muslims. This population is disproportionately young, male, and unemployed. The societies these men have left are typically poor, religious, conservative, and dictatorial; the ones they enter are rich, secular, liberal, and free.”

Gilles Kepel, the Arabist scholar, is quoted as saying: "The future of Islam is in Europe. It has a huge Muslim population. Either we train our Muslims to become modern global citizens who live in a democratic, pluralistic society, or, on the contrary, the Islamists win, and take over those Muslim European constituencies. Then we're in serious trouble."
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