I posted a ridiculously long essay just before Christmas that tried to cover way too much ground. I was going to just leave it be, but Mark Steyn posted something over in the Corner that I thought was worth revisiting, given the Christmas Day terrorism attempt.
In his post, he revists the concept of incremental surrender to Islamists:
If it were just terrorists bombing buildings and public transit, it would be easier; even the feeblest Eurowimp jurisdiction is obliged to act when the street is piled with corpses. But there's an old technique well understood by the smarter bullies. If you want to break a man, don't attack him head on, don't brutalize him; pain and torture can awaken a stubborn resistance in all but the weakest. But just make him slightly uncomfortable, disrupt his life at the margin, and he'll look for the easiest path to re-normalization. There are fellows rampaging through the streets because of some cartoons? Why, surely the most painless solution would be if we all agreed not to publish such cartoons.
We Eurabia types aren't predicting a Muslim conquest on a set date in 2025 but a remorseless, incremental surrender. And, actually, we're not predicting it, because it's already well under way.
This is a theme that Mark Steyn has been discussing for awhile, that he covered extensively in his book, "America Alone". The major western countries, including the EU and Japan all have birthrates below the replacement rate. In my essay last month, I wrote the following:
Socialism is at its heart a ponzi scheme dependant on the confiscation of wages of the young to provide services to the old and unproductive. Without a growing pool of young workers the social constructs cannot be sustained. In the EU, their solution is to prop up their entitlement infrastructure through the importation of workers, mostly Muslims. This plays directly into the hands of the Islamists, who use their immigrant population and higher than replacement rate growth rates to exert political power. The establishment of Sharia in Britain, the EU human rights commission overturning the Swiss minaret ban, and the persecution of Geert Wilder are examples of this growing political power. Brussels, the home of NATO, has a population of over 50% Muslim. Within 50 years, the EU will be a majority Muslim state, and Islamists will be in control of the governments.
At least the EU will survive. Japan has a cultural bias against the importation of foreign workers. Since Japanese women are giving birth at half the replacement rate, soon government entitlements providing services to the elderly will cause the destruction of their system. At a minimum, they will need to move toward heavy use of robotics for production, and switch to corporate taxation in order to pay for their socialized healthcare system. But the real problem for Japan will be the loss of human capital. Robotics are great for maintaining a manufacturing base, without people. But robots can’t provide innovation. Without people, Japan has no one to conceive of the next Nissan GTR, Playstation, or graphic novel. The nexus of innovation will move to China and India, where human capital remains at peak levels.
Also, consider the former superpowers; the United States and Russia. The US is breeding above the replacement rate, much to the chagrin of the pro-death abortionists. However, the fastest breeding segment of our country is among Hispanics. This, of course, delights the Democrats, since they view the Hispanic community as their next natural captured political base, like the Black community is now. This helps to explain the views of George Bush and Karl Rove. They see a growing demographic that will become a significant part of the political process. They want to see them voting Republican, not Democrat. Of course, their method of achieving this, through mass amnesty for illegals and entitlement expansions only furthers the goals of the Statists, not Individual Liberty. They correctly recognize the problem, but their solutions only help a political party, not a guiding political philosophy. Russia on the other hand is dying a demographic death. They are breeding well below the replacement rate, and will begin to collapse into a demographic death within the next 30 years, without sufficient population to maintain their social structure. What becomes of their military structure, nuclear arsenal, and gas production resources at that point is anyone’s guess.
The point I'm trying to make is that the "War on Terror" is a much larger war, and in many respects is a war on Islamism, as much as people want to avoid such a politically incorrect assessment. Our concept of Western Civilization, including the Socialist EU, is threatened in a number of ways by Islamism as a political and social construct, not just by terrorists. We often rail against the moderate Muslims, asking "why don't you denounce the violent radicals within your ranks?" They don't, because they are just as much a part of the radicalization as the terrorists, just with different methods. They exploit our cultural desire for tolerance, by pushing just a bit and winning concessions. We grumble about it, and ultimately give in because at least this particular sub-group isn't trying to kill us.
And this will only get worse. The cultural desire to not be seen as bigoted, almost killed 300 Delta passengers on Christmas Day. No one would stop long enough to question an obvious suspicious individual, because they are afraid of being branded as politically incorrect. The fact that we are allowing such ignorant apologists to run and defend our country, shows how suicidal a culture we have developed.