- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2007

MALIBU, Calif.

Europe is on the verge of imploding: Radical Muslims are moving there in droves. Europeans have all but given up on their Christian roots. Moral absolutes are no longer relevant. National pride is a thing of the past.

The European economy is sluggish, but welfare entitlements continue to expand. Indigenous birthrates are plummeting, and immigration is supplying the continent’s work force.

Those were some of reasons for “The Collapse of Europe,” an academic conference held here last week. Participants said that unless Europe reverses course, it could be headed for a civil war, taken over by Islam’s Shariah law or destroyed in some other way.

“Europe is facing tensions, which, unless are seriously addressed, will tear it apart,” said Mark Steyn, author of “America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It.”

“Permanence is the illusion of every age,” he said. “Today, Europeans find the idea that … their European Union cannot endure inconceivable. … We’re not here celebrating the collapse of Europe. It’s real, and it could hurt America.”

The conference was hosted by Pepperdine University and sponsored by the American Freedom Alliance, the Council for Democracy and Tolerance, and the university’s school of public policy.

One of the main themes of the event was the Islamic stronghold Europe has become. Although the number of Muslims living in Europe was not available because of questionable census figures and poor data tracking in some countries, panelists estimated it at about 50 million.

“The European political class is not ready to confront the reality of this,” Mr. Steyn said. “If they don’t get serious about correcting their course, their next generation of Europeans — the last generation — will end their place in a very dark world.”

He said one of the biggest problems is Europe’s reliance on a largely Muslim immigrant work force.

“Demography, in the end, underpins everything,” Mr. Steyn said. “The dependence of mass immigration is always a sign of weakness.”

Philippe Karsenty, a French journalist who founded Media-Ratings, which often monitors the failure of the French press to document the rise of militant Islam in France, said his countrymen are in denial about their state of affairs.

“Europe is collapsing, but don’t even think of telling anyone in Paris; they’ll think you’re a fool,” he said.

Mr. Karsenty described a France in which many of its citizens are obsessed with the Palestinian cause, calling some of Frenchmen “more extremist than Arabs.”

Europeans have lost their sense of nationalism, and thus care less about the large and growing number of devout Muslims who are slowly taking over their countries, the panelists said.

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