Are you planning a trip to Europe? Let me make a suggestion. Take a lot of pictures. Say hello to a lot of Europeans. Save the pictures and show them to your grandchildren. Why? You are witnessing the change of a continent.
What is going on in Europe?
As V. D. Hanson wrote this week:"...gut-check time is coming for Europe, with its own rising unassimilated immigrant populations, rogue mosques entirely bent on destroying the West, declining birth rate and rising entitlements, the Turkish question, and a foreign policy whose appeasement of Arab regimes won it only a brief lull and plenty of humiliation."
The statistics are stunning.
Today, 18 European countries report negative natural increase, i.e., more deaths than births.
No western European country has the replacement level birthrate of 2.4 children per woman.
Germany may lose the equivalent of the population of the former East Germany in the first half of the 21st century.
By 2050, Spain's population will decline from 40 million to 31 million while, in Italy, 42% of the population will be over the age of 60 and almost 60% of the Italian people will have no brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts or uncles.
Marc Ginsberg, a former US ambassador, who frequently writes on the subject of Islamist extremism, spoke at a confererence recently:
He said that there had been a 30 to 50 percent increase in Muslim populations in Europe and the most popular name for newborn babies in Europe now was Muhammad.
By 2030 or 2040, the number of Muslims in Europe would be formidable and the â€œunderclass would have taken over by outbreeding white Europeans.
Read what Christopher Caldwell writes about Holland:
"It has been estimated that the country's two largest cities, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, will be "majority minority" very soon (Rotterdam is today at 47 percent), and already 65 percent of primary and secondary students in both cities are of non-Dutch parentage.
Part of the problem is the interaction of high immigration and what was for years a generous, no-questions-asked welfare state: As many as 60 percent of Moroccans and Turks above the age of 40--obviously first-generation immigrants--are unemployed, in the only major economy in Europe that has consistently had unemployment at or below American rates. Most of these immigrants are Muslims."
As Yves Charles Zarka, a French philosopher and analyst, has written:
there is taking place in France a central phase of the more general and mutually conflicting encounter between the West and Islam, which only someone completely blind or of radical bad faith, or possibly of disconcerting naive, could fail to recognize.
In the opinion of Bassam Tibi, an academic of Syrian origins who lives in Germany, Europeans are facing a stark alternative:
Either Islam gets Europeanized, or Europe gets Islamized.
Add to this that Europe is now the home of secularism. In other words, the Christian churches are empty in Europe. Islam is the only religion that generates any passion among Europeans.
RÃ³nÃ¡n Mullen wrote this about his continent:
The answer, says Weigel (biographer of Pope John Paul II), is that Europe has lost faith in God. And when you lose faith in God, you lose faith in humanity.
Mark Steyn writes about Europe:
"the result is the total collapse of Christianity: Across the continent, the churches are empty."
Hostility against Jews is also increasing in France. Chirac is the most unpopular European in Israel. (American Jews voted for Bush in historic numbers, a reaction to Chirac and France.)
Are you going to Europe? Take a lot of photos so that you can show your grandchildren what Europe used to look like.