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The coming dark age.

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Submitted by Asif W. (United States), Mar 6, 2012 at 12:22

Thinking of the coming decades gives me the creeps. With the return of Islam and its refusal to accommodate the Western value of 'Individual liberty' we are going to enter a dark age. So far we have witnessed two Islamic governments namely Iran and the Taliban, and now with the Arab 'Autumn' we anticipate full-fledged totalitarianism on a scale unseen since the Second world war.

The only positive sign I've seen so far is in the hopes of the coming declining demographic transitions in the Islamic world. A 2007 book by a french demographer-researcher Emmanuel Todd: 'A Convergence of Civilizations: The transformation of Muslim societies around the world' suggests that perhaps the Islamic rise may not continue as previously anticipated. I hope Mr. Todd is right, my intuitive feeling is that he is not.

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What about Turkey, Sudan, and Bangladesh?

See the writings of David P. Goldman.

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