Op/Ed: New Crusade In Europe

New Crusade In Europe

 By Allan Topol*

The massive financial crisis engulfing Europe has obscured a fundamental change occurring in many Western European nations.  Muslims, with their rapidly increasing population, now have a substantial presence and are likely to become a majority in some of the larger cities in Western Europe.

Many Muslims are prepared to live peacefully within the dominant Christian culture.  However, some radicals are intent on creating parallel societies with Shariah being the law for the Muslim community.  Others are demanding virtual autonomy, political as well as religious, in Muslim enclaves.

The current situation must be viewed against the backdrop of the last twelve hundred years.  In the Eighth Century when Abd Al-Rahman had a falling out with the ruling family in Baghdad, then the center of the Muslim world, he moved with an entourage of his followers to Cordoba in Southern Spain with the objective of creating an Arab Islamic empire that wouldn’t merely rival that of Iraq and the Middle East.  It would eclipse them.

From this humble beginning, Muslims created a society in which science, arts, and learning prospered.  It lasted until the Fifteenth Century when internal dissention and invading Christian armies from the north methodically liberated Muslim dominated towns one by one.[i]

Finally, on January 2, 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand forced the Muslims to surrender in the Alhambra in Granada, their glorious palace, their last redoubt.  A cross was planted on Alhambra Hill.  Queen Isabella issued an edict:  Convert to Christianity or die.  Many Muslims fled to North Africa.  Their control of Spain had ended.[ii]

During this same period, battles were raging in the Holy Land as Christians from Europe launched repeated crusades to retake Jerusalem from Muslim control.  In the most famous, the Third Crusade at the end of the Twelfth Century, Richard the Lion Heart came close, but ultimately failed in his attempt to seize Jerusalem from the Muslims led by their famous General Saladin.[iii]

For the 500 years after the fall of Granada, there were no battles between Christians and Muslims in Western Europe, primarily because there were no Muslims.  All of that has changed in the last 20-30 years with the influx of Muslims into Western Europe.

There are four primary causes for this large scale immigration.  First, is the residue of colonization.  Britain colonized in what is now Pakistan, Egypt, and Iraq, among other places.  The French in Algeria, Syria, and Morocco.  The Dutch in Indonesia.  All of these are Muslim countries.  Colonialism is over, but many residents of those countries used their nation’s former status to gain admission to the European colonial power under various laws.

Second, during the economic boom prior to the ’08 recession, some European countries like Germany and Spain, facing labor shortages, welcomed workers from Islamic countries such as Turkey.  Third, the liberal democracies gave sanctuary to Muslims from war torn countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

Finally, there are the illegals for whom Western Europe, with its welfare state and promise of high paying jobs, seems to be paradise.  They will risk their lives in boats on the Mediterranean or Atlantic; others over land crossing from Turkey into Greece, where the border is fortified with barbed wire and armed guards.  Once into an EU country, the immigrants may freely move to all others.

The Western European governments naively expected these new immigrants to assimilate into their place of residence.  That has not occurred.  Instead, mosques have sprung up.  The old language is being spoken, and old customs are being practiced.  Not merely veils for woman, but polygamy, wife beating, and ritual circumcision of young girls on the kitchen table.[iv]

Demographics and economics are exacerbating the problem.  White Christians aren’t having many babies as young yuppie couples are more concerned with their upward mobility.  Muslims, in contrast, are propagating at a prodigious rate.   For example, in Brussels, where a fourth of the residents are foreigners, 60% of the children born last year were born to Muslims.  In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Muslims will be a majority by 2020. [v]

At the same time, since the ’08 recession, jobs have dried up for young people.  For poorly educated Muslim youth, there is no point even in looking for employment.

These conditions make the Western European cities a virtual time bomb.  Already, the violence has started.  In France, in October 2005, Muslim suburbs of Paris and other French cities erupted into full scale riots with young people battling with the police, looting and setting fires.  Over a two week period, 8,000 cars were burned and 2,900 people arrested.[vi]

In London, trains and buses were bombed by Muslims.  In Amsterdam, Muslim violence took an ugly form with the brutal murder of Theo Van Gogh, who made a film about Islam.[vii]

Unfortunately, European leaders have not been able to pinpoint the grievances which led to this violence.  Radicalized Muslim groups do not have clearly stated goals.  Nor are there spokesmen around whom they have coalesced.

In an effort to deal with this problem, authorities in some Western European cities are de facto ceding control of certain zones to their Muslim inhabitants.  Examples are Berlin, Manchester, and some of the Paris suburbs.  But with demographics, these zones will grow like a cancer.

It is inevitable that the Muslim groups will demand autonomy in some or all of the country.  When it is refused, armed conflict is likely to occur.  All of this points toward a bloody period for Europe in the second half of the century.  This is the premise for my novel, The Spanish Revenge, which will be published in September 2012.

Just as Christians and Muslims clashed in Spain in the fifteenth century and in the Holy Land throughout the Middle Ages, they are likely to clash again in Western Europe.  We are still in the embryonic stage of a new crusade.  This time it will be Muslims trying to wrest control of land in Western Europe from Christians.



* Allan Topol’s newest thriller novel, The China Gambit, will be published in January 2012.  Visit his website at www.AllanTopol.com.

[i] For a discussion of the Islamic society in Spain see, The Ornament of the World, by Maria Rosa Menocal, Little Brown & Co. (2002).

[ii] For the victory of Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492, see Dogs of God, by James Reston Jr., Anchor Books (2006).

[iii] For an excellent account of the Third Crusade, see, Warriors of God, James Reston Jr., Anchor Books (2006).

[iv] For a discussion of the assimilation issue in the Netherlands, see, Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Free Press (2008).

[v] See, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, by Christopher Caldwell, p. 119, Doubleday (2009).

[vi]Id. at pp. 136-37, Doubleday (2009).

[vii] For a discussion of Theo Van Gogh’s murder, and other attacks by Islamic terrorists, see, The West’s Last Chance, by Tony Blankley, Regenery Publishing (2005).

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.