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The Roots of Discontent

Reader comment on item: Muslim Europe

Submitted by C.B. Ko (China), Nov 13, 2005 at 03:41

The roots of Islamic migration to Europe date back - as far as you care to look - to European colinization in North Africa, the Mid-East and South East Asia.

Likewise, the problems presently sufacing are rooted in the fact that Europeans have historically treated Islamic immigrants as "Guests" rather than "Citizens". As long as these immigrants were willing to do the dirty work, the door was open. If they cared to participate as full members of society, the door iwas, and remains shut. This civil and economic marginalization has created an undercalss that is now rising up in anger.

Is this so dificult to understand? Does it really come as a surprise?

This situation is something Europeans brought upon themselves and a problem they must face. Unfortunately, I believe they are ill equiped to do so, blinded by cultural pride and a feeling of superiority toward anything that is not "European". However, the fact is, Europe is no longer what they imagine it to be.

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