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Submitted by Pro-Israeli Democrat (United States), Mar 2, 2007 at 12:32

Even as a staunch social liberal (a secular American/Jew who says long live abortion, long live stem cell research, and long live gay marriage), I will often read books by conservative authors like Mark Steyn and (the VERY talented) Claire Berlinski for fun, especially when it relates to Europe's future; I will always keep an open mind. The kind of leader European countries need (someone like Denmark's socially liberal and somewhat nationalist Rasmussen) is sorely absent in most European countries today. Most leaders are too politically correct; Rasmussen is not: he says what he wants when he wants to.

Yet, at the end of the day, I disagree with Steyn's conclusions on Europe's fate. America will weather the strom, however Europe will NOT be Islamicized, either. There is NOT going to be a Eurabia, but something EVEN WORSE. I liked the Peters article and think he is right; when threatened, Europeans will resort to a fervant (and at times dangerous) form of nationalism. There will not be a revival of Christianity, but of hard-nosed and voracious secular nascism. Nazism and Fascism, it should be remembered, were secular ideologies.

Apart from the discrepancies in birth rates, the data supports his conclusion. Far-right parties are growing exponentially in terms of popularity throughout Europe, especially in Germany, France, and Belgium. Watch the Discovery Times special "Hate Rock" if it ever airs again. In one German province, a Neo-Nazi group took about 33% of the vote just a few years ago. Their popularity is boosted by rallies, t-shirts with the party logo or something like "Ku Klux Klan" written on it (During a BNP rally from the special), white power music, and white power concerts. Teenagers seem to love it...punk/hardcore music can go a long way in terms of drawing a teen into a hard-right (or for that matter, a hard-left) political party.

Expect fascists to come to power again in several European countries before you know it. All that is necessary is a significant economic slump or job squabbling. If one of these parties (like a Flemmish Bloc or a National Front) comes to power and gets there way, then there could very easily be another Holocaust, albeit with a different victim profile. It is a terrible thought, although a very likely outcome.

Either way, I am in my early twenties and have just started travelling. I'm travelling Europe now (went to Italy last year; going to France next week) before it gets too dangerous. Where will I travel after Europe explodes? Israel? Turkey? Japan? Russia? Australia? Will Israel still exist? I think (and hope) so, but would I want to risk going there myself? One day, I'm guessing around 2060 (provided that all the sushi I'm eating doesn't whack me first), I'll get to tell my grandkids what a wonderful place "Old Europe" once was (and I was part of the last generation to enjoy it). I'll have pictures, too. Quite frankly, that is a very sad thought.

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