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Submitted by Avraham (United States), May 17, 2004 at 00:29

This is by far the most intellectually provocative article that Dr. Pipes has ever written! I hope that his predictions are proven false, but as I continue to contemplate his analysis, I feel forced to confront my own hubris.

In short, many factors, escpecially Islamism's (both Sunni and Iranian-backed) takeover of the Balkans, make me fear that Europe will be a Muslim-majority continent within a century. Another scary scenario comes from Debka.com's past revelation that al-Qaeda now has, in addition to its more purely-terrorist networks in Europe, a "Euro-army" all over Western Europe, with 10's of thousands of guerilla fighters poised to take Berlin and Paris, among other places.

Nonetheless, recent improvements in law-enforcement throughout Western Europe, the coming fall of Iran, Syria, Libya and Saudi Arabia as state-sponsors of terrorism, growing xenophobia in all of Europe, as well as the potential for the creation of civil society in the Hub of Islam, could all be construed as hindrances upon Islam's takeover of Europe. I am curious as to Dr. Pipes' predictions concerning the prospects for reform in the Islamic world itself and about European law-enforcement as a post-Madrid bombing tool against Islamic takeover (he has already written about the latter, but I would love a follow up/elaboration).

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