Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fear Itself

Christopher Caldwell, an editor of the neoconservative Weekly Standard and writer for the Financial Times, has written a book entitled Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West, in which he worries about the supposed "Islamicization" of Europe. Matt Carr offers a detailed refutation. (h/t Chris Bertram at Crooked Timber)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Caldwell is one of the (regrettably) few voices on the American right who is worth a read. He's a cut above the hacks who write at Weekly Standard. but a job is a job, I suppose and he too has gotta pay the bills.

But with this topic, the coming Islamisation of Western Europe, he partakes of the collective dissonance so prevalent in the American right.

Perhaps the persistence of this meme is structural, in conceptual terms - there was the communist Red Scare, the Chinese Yellow Peril, Public Enemy talked of a fear of a Black Planet (!), and now there is the Green Menace from yonder Muslim parts. That leaves blue, violet, orange and white as potential threats in the future. And they will arise - the creativity of the imagination when battling chimera knows no bounds!

Chris P.