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).

ATF agent caught taking photos of gun-buyer info — insists she's definitely NOT 'creating a registry'

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Black Metal Firearms owner David Nagel originally recorded on video an ATF inspector taking pictures of his company’s documents to show what the gun industry is up against in the current political climate, but what he caught on camera has now gone viral.

Nagel joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to reveal exactly what happened the day he captured the shocking video, the threats made by that ATF inspector against his regular customers, and the insults she hurled toward all gun owners.

According to Nagel, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Industry Operations Inspector Pamela Scott began conducting a routine review, but things quickly went sideways when she started taking photos of the shop's detailed sales records — including the identities of every gun buyer.

Nagel said he confronted Scott and even asked if she was "creating a registry," by collecting the personal information of his customers.

"No, that would be illegal," she allegedly answered.

That's when Nagel decided it was time to capture Scott's actions on video.

"We had quite a bit of recording," he told Glenn. "But a lot of it, we were not able to share because there was personal information visible in it, you know, contact numbers and things of that sort. So, we didn't want to put [all of the video] on blast."

The little bit he did "blast" out on Instagram garnered tens of thousands of views and received a wide range of both outrage and support.

Nagel went on to explain how Scott responded when he told her his customers would not be comfortable with her collecting their information.

"She said, 'well, it sounds like your customers are just being paranoid. Maybe I should look into them a little bit more.' Which I thought was really creepy," Nagel said.

"That's a threat," Glenn stated.

"And she said, 'you have a few gun nuts in there.' And I politely corrected her. I prefer gun enthusiasts. And she said, 'no, they're nuts,'" Nagel told Glenn. "That was a kind of backhanded way of describing the average American. Because, if we're all nuts, then what are you governing us for?"

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A video has been making the rounds on social media that appears to show Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) telling Fox News host Sean Hannity and Lara Trump that the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was “not a raid.”

The video, which has been viewed more than 3.5 million times as of this writing, was captioned "Ron DeSantis went on Hannity and things got SPICY." The (very badly) altered video inserted footage of DeSantis at a 2020 press conference to look like he was correcting Hannity's use of the word "raid" to describe the recent Mar-a-Lago debacle.

“It’s not a raid. With all due respect. It was not a raid. They were serving valid process in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the United States and the state of Florida. They did it with integrity. They did it with honor. And to say it’s a raid is disinformation," DeSantis says in the video, kicking off the alleged "spicy" back and forth.

Both Reuters and AP News have issued fact-checks to debunk the doctored video, because apparently people on Twitter can't decern the extremally, blatantly, painfully obvious alterations for themselves.

Did people really not notice that Hannity is stuck in a weird time loop that makes him appear to be suffering some sort of seizure? Or the way Lara's face is frozen mid-blink? Or how about DeSantis' beyond-even-the-world's-worst-mouth-breather default position when Hannity is speaking? And if none of that clued folks in, surely the crazy chyron would do the trick, right?

Maybe not.

DeSantis' then-press secretary Christina Pushaw (who just resigned from her job as press secretary to work as the rapid response director for the governor's re-election campaign) had to step in to set the record straight.

Gov. DeSantis joined Glenn Beck on the most recent "Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about the unrelenting leftist and media attacks accusing him of tyranny, and scaremongering about how he'll "kill" our "democracy."

DeSantis is unafraid to call out their lies and keep Florida on the front lines for freedom. When Disney tried to protest his Parental Rights in Education law, he stood his ground — and won. He did the same with CRT and woke prosecutors.

Now gearing up to take on ESG.

In the video clip below, he details what his state has already done, what the legislature is preparing to do, and why he's calling on other states to join in his anti-ESG battle: "If we pooled our voting rights together, we would be able to counteract what California and New York and a lot of these other pension plans are doing."

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'Like Hunter Biden without the hookers': Why did Nancy Pelosi's son REALLY join Taiwan trip?

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Nearly everyone, from President Joe Biden to the head of the United Nations, agreed that California Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan was dangerous. Even former President Barack Obama's ambassador to China, Max Baucus, said Pelosi's actions made Biden look even weaker than he already does — and that's really saying something.

So, why did Pelosi risk global war and go against her own party? If you listen to Politco, she's got a "decades-long" beef with China and just wanted to show support for the Asian nation, but the timing of her trip suggests there’s likely more to the story.

On "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposed the Pelosi family's (including her son) lucrative connections to Taiwanese companies and revealed how certain business deals directly related to their trip to Taiwan.

"Nancy Pelosi and her husband and their son ... they love money as a family. By the way, did you know her son went on that trip and was doing business with, oh, wow, some of the people she was meeting with? Did you know that?" Glenn asked. "Sounds a little like Hunter Biden without the hookers and the crack."

Glenn pointed out that when Pelosi was elected to Congress, "somewhere in the late 1700s," her net worth was about $3 million, but by 2008 her family's wealth had ballooned to $31 million. By the end of the Obama term, her wealth had doubled to $61 million, and just two years later it shot up to $114 million.

"Wow! That is not bad beans for a meager public servant. They [Pelosi and her husband] must be master investors and it just took getting elected to public office to truly unlock that secret," Glenn quipped. "Or they were privy to some sort of information that the rest of us don't have access to, kinda like the sale of $5 million in computer chip stock before Congress voted on a recent semiconductor bill," he continued.

"But, surely, Taiwan has nothing to do with their own little private cash machine, right? ... I'm sure it had nothing to do with her husband's stock trading of companies that make computer chips. And it has nothing to do with, at the same time, Nancy is working on a semiconductor bill. It surely has nothing to do with the fact that the largest semiconductor manufacturer, TSMC, is right there in Taiwan, right? I mean, surely, with all of this heat, Nancy Pelosi would be smart enough not to be seen anywhere near Taiwan's semiconductor manufacturers," Glenn said.

"I'm not saying this might double the Pelosis' millions again, but I'm not not saying that either, you know?" he added.

On the radio program, Glenn continued to break down the hushed business deals between the Pelosi family and Taiwanese companies and revealed how it all directly relates to their not-at-all suspicious trip to the Asian nation.

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This MUST be why Trump (allegedly) had NUCLEAR documents at Mar-a-Lago

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According to the Washington Post's "anonymous sources," the FBI was looking for documents related to nuclear weapons during its raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Who could have guessed what Donald Trump did with those documents (never mind that he allegedly had them for over a year before the FBI actually did anything)? And who knows why they were searching through Melania's drawers for such top-secret information? Also, isn't it interesting that even after both Attorney General Merrick Garland and Donald Trump asked for the search warrant to be unsealed, only this very unspecific and very damning bit of information was "leaked" to the Washington Post? And just a few months before the midterm elections?

Since the DOJ still hasn't told us much (what was leaked to the media), Glenn did his best to present a few "theories" of his own on "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday. Watch the video clip below to hear more from "The Glenn Beck Program." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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