Marching Toward Hell?

I’m reading Michael Scheuer’s Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq at the moment; an interesting book by the author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America and former chief of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit. As an aside, his books have also been recommended [pdf] by Osama Bin Laden (“If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer.”).

In one of the chapters in the book, Scheuer discusses the future of Europe, arguing that a “shrinking and aging native population” will require an “ever increasing flow of immigrants to maintain a workforce to keep its social welfare system from bankruptcy for a bit longer.”

But who will these immigrants be? To quote Mark Steyn, “[a] talented ambitious Chinese or Indian has zero reason to immigrate to France, unless he is consumed by a perverse fantasy of living in a segregated society that artificially constrains his economic opportunities yet imposes confiscatory taxation on him in order to support an ancient regime of indolent geriatrics.”

The answer, therefore, is for this demand for workers to be met by the already sizable Muslim population in these countries, their children, and the Muslim immigrants who continue to be drawn to the region.

As a result, Scheuer argues, these European societies are likely to undergo several changes as their dependence on Muslim taxpayers grows and as those Muslims start exerting more influence on the society and its politics. He writes, “as things stand, Europe seems destined to leave its decaying and bankrupt hulk in the hands of a vibrantly religious, semi-martial, youthful and hardworking Muslim population.”

Although Europe may be becoming, to use the author’s colourful description, a “passive, homogeneous, self-centered, non-competitive, bureaucrat-ruled, militantly secular, and anti-military society”, it’s possible that the future may be somewhat unpleasant. He continues:

The end of French Enlightenment thought, the end of all efforts to produce the perfect European man, has been massive human destruction. From the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars through the eras of fascism, Communism, and Nazism, totalitarianism and mass murder have been the end-state of political systems aimed at perfecting humanity. Total warfare and genocide, moreover, are European inventions and thus reside in the history locker that contemporary Europeans have kept double-padlocked and tried to ignore. Who is to say that Europe, in extremis, will not try to save itself by taking recourse to that at which it has traditionally excelled: chauvinistic nationalism, government-sponsored persecution of minorities, and unlimited warfare? And because history suppressed has a way of roaring back to life, might not a last-ditch European survival effort wage its battles under the banner of a revived Christianity? EC leaders already have fully absorbed the attitude Walter Bagehot attributed to the French philosophes –”everything for the people, nothing by them … they wished to do everything by fiat of the sovereign” — and might well turn into supernationalists order to save their own skins.

6 comments ↓

#1 Cinna on 08.08.08 at 6:23 am

Well, total warfare and genocide existed long before Europe existed except as a geographical term- indeed, even before it existed as a geographical term- do there’s no reason to think Mr. Scheuer’s other opinions are any more accurate.

#2 Rupert on 08.08.08 at 9:04 am

Cinna what non-european examples of pre-historic genocide are there (keeping in mind the definition of genocide as opposed to mass murder or mass killing)?

#3 Umm Yasmin on 08.08.08 at 4:32 pm

I’m confused. Why would your average Muslim immigrant be more likely to want to immigrate to Europe than your average Indian or Chinese immigrant?

#4 Rupert on 08.08.08 at 9:09 pm

France takes in a LOT of immigrants from North Africa (Algeria, etc) because a) there are lots of people from that background already living in France and b) I believe it is much easier for a North African to go to France than to the US or Australia. On the other hand, the country doesn’t attract many Indians or Chinese (unlike the US and Australia).

#5 Cinna on 08.10.08 at 8:50 am

Well, Rupert, mass murder or mass killing are forms of genocide. There are examples in the Bible. Other obvious instances are the extinction of various human variants- Andamanese, Hottentots, Indian jungle tribes, Tasmanians, Ainyu, possibly- except in isolated or extreme environments.
Actually, Umm Yasmin, it’s your average Muslim emigrant rather than your average Indian or Chinese emigrant, except that it isn’t your average Muslim emigrant but your average North African emigrant, who is probably muslim and who is likely to have stronger historical ties to European countries than to the USA or Australia and who is probably less well-educated than those who emigrate to Australia or the USA.

#6 antish on 08.10.08 at 9:26 pm

Umm Yasmin, presumably the argument is that China and India are about to be countries that people no longer want/need to emigrate from.

What I find annoying about this sort of analysis is the assumption that non-first-world countries consist entirely of China, India and Muslim countries.

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