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Europe's Suicide? By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Morten Messerschmidt, a member of the Council of Europe and of Denmark's Parliament for the Danish People's Party. He is involved in the debate about the effects of Muslim immigration to Europe, Islam and terrorism.

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FP: Morten Messerschmidt, welcome to Frontpage Interview.


Messerschmidt: Thanks. 


FP: Tell us the impact that Muslim immigration is having on Europe.


Messerschmidt: We are seeing over the entire continent how the extreme groups of Islam are trying to impose their fundamentalist ideology, which has created awful results in the Middle East, to our part of the world. 


We see it in the mosques, where the imams preach hate towards Western values; we've seen it in the many claims of respect for Islamic way of life, claims for the right to maintain halal-buggering and other right of special treatment. And we have seen it in the terror attacks and attempts which in many cases have been organized inside Europe.


Speaking about the impact on Europe, nobody can neglect the serious consequences to our economy and stability in society. It is well know that the Muslim immigrants are disproportional in representing crime records; that the hate towards Jews is increasing in Europe, because of these groups. The serious mistreatment of women, which we see in the Muslim world, is now also taking place in Europe. Therefore, we know that the lack of labor-participation, which is connected to these people living on welfare, is an economic threat to the stability of our societies. In many European countries we speak about the necessity of changing the welfare-payments, but the truth is that if we did not have the Muslim burden, many of these changes would not be required.


FP: Some critics maintain that the Left was naive in its immigration policy, that it did not see this all coming. I think to the contrary. The Left knew exactly what it was doing in promoting this kind of immigration process. It is part of its overall weapon to wage war and destruction on its own home society. What is your view?


Messerschmidt:  The left wing has an ideological interest in destabalising the belief in cultural heritage. Therefore the achievement of their ideology goes hand in hand with the multiculturalism that'll break down any cultural starting point.


FP: It is incredible that while Islamists in Europe are literally destroying the continent and annilihating all the values that Europeans hold dear, that a large percentage of Europeans continue to see America as a greater threat and refuse to articulate any criticism of Muslims. This is a pathology. No?


Messerschmidt: I very much agree. And I believe the main course has to do with an extremely political press. No doubt there are objective journalists in Europe, but the overall picture is that the newspapers will be presenting the US as the problem-maker and the EU as the peace-maker. I strongly disagree with this point of view, but cannot disregard the fact that it is the general opinion of the majority of the press.


FP: The Muslims bringing their anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia with them would, you would think, outrage the Left -- which has prided itself greatly on its supposed progressive stand on women, gays and minorities. Yet the Left has been deafeningly silent. Why this shameless hypocrisy and silence in the ranks of the Left?

Messerschmidt: Everybody should have expected that the leftwing would be the first to cry out against the Muslim intolerance. But for some reason only a few have done so. It has to do with a screwed up idea of cultural relativism, due to which violations of human rights apparently can be justified when it’s religiously recognized. I keep wondering if the leftwing would have had same approach to it Hitler if he had found a religious belief instead of a political ideology.


Secondly I believe it has to do with power – it is well known that the Muslim minorities in Denmark are voting for leftwing parties. And some politicians – in Denmark as well as in many other European countries – are deliberately campaigning for these votes. Of course you wouldn’t like to disturb the people handing you your paycheque.


FP: What do you think the recent cartoon controversy signified?


Messerschmidt:  It has played a very good role in exposing the serious trouble we face with the Muslim minorities in Europe, who are also containing the extreme groups that neither respect nor tolerate the fundamental rights of human beings, such as freedom of the press or of free speech.


Unfortunately the immigration has led to a re-birth of these anti-democratic ideas in Europe. And to enlightening that fact the controversy about the cartoons have played an eminent role. It is my firm believe that we now must demand for the Muslims in Europe to take there stand. Either you are with democracy - or you are against it. There can be no middle way. And if you define yourself as being against democracy, for instance by supporting Sharia legislation, the European Continent should not be your home. There are plenty of countries in this world, building upon the fanatic ideology of Islam - and if you are you attracted to these thoughts, we should gladly help you to leave to one of these countries.


FP: So do you think it is possible that Europe will be able to eventually have laws that will prevent the immigration, and engage in the deportation, of Muslims who yearn to live under Sharia law? How can a democracy take the steps to do this?


Messerschmidt: It is not the question “if Europe can do so”, it is only the question “how does Europe do so”. Only ignorant people believe that we can solve the problems in the Middle East through emigration to Europe – demographically it’s an outrageous thought, looking at the fact that the Muslim Civilisation has a net increase in population of the size of Spain each year.


Therefore the only way to help these people getting good lives, is to start reforming those regimes in the Middle East which severely violate human rights. Instead of using billions on the impossible integration of Muslims in Europe we should rather be supporting the internal opposition groups in these countries – and even in some cases do the job ourselves – as we’ve seen in Iraq. Unfortunately the case of Iraq hasn’t been as promising as many of us had hoped, but the idea of removing a dictator and thereby giving freedom to the suppressed is indeed a good one.


Talking of what can be done in the European countries, I think we need three sets of rules of immigration. One for Europeans, who will be regulated by EU-law. One for people from the rest of the Western World, including parts of East Asia, South America, etc. And then a third set of rules for the third world, who in general do not really offer anything we can benefit from, speaking of education, labour craft and knowledge. And as for the second initiative we must stop paying welfare to people without Danish citizenship – and make much harsher regulations for those only coming for economic reasons.


FP: So what are some more steps Europe can do to defend itself from these threats? What if it will not have the ability or will to do so?


Messerschmidt:  First, as I have said, we have to get rid of those groups opposing democracy. That can be done be prohibiting organizations like Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. 


Second, immigration from Muslim countries must be limited. It is beyond any doubt that this immigration is damaging the continent as explained earlier - and any idea of the specific "humanity" in allowing these groups to immigrate must be given up, regarding the fact that the Muslim world each year growes with a population of the size of Spain.


FP: What do you think will happen in the next 10 to 20 years if Europe does not wake up in the manner you warn it must?


Messerschmidt: Europe will – maybe not in 20, but rather 30-40 years from now – have a Muslim majority of population, if nothing is done. That’ll mean the end of our culture and the end of European civilization.


FP: Wow, one wonders from where the instinct comes that an entire continent yearns to commit suicide. But I guess World War I and World War II were clear instincts of this craving already and what we are seeing now is just a continuation of that urge. Thank you for joining us today sir.


Messerschmidt: It is me who thanks you. It is highly important that the media deals with the crucial and increasing problem with growing Islamism all over our civilization. I wish you the best in enlightening the West of the consequences of Muslim immigration.


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Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. To see his previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.

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