Dutch writer Leon De Winter has an interesting article at Politico.EU which compares European attitudes towards Muslim migrants with Muslim migrants attitudes towards the West. In the process he coins a new term: Occidentophobia to “expres(s) a refusal to accept the essential concepts of life in the West,” in short a hatred of the West and all it stands for. It’s an ugly term in many ways. Occident is an antiquated term and phobia is an abused term thanks to the term Islamophobia which De Winter is trying to counter. Phobia is commonly defined as “a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.” Tell the Belgians and Parisians that their fears of Islam are irrational and that it poses “little or no real danger.”
But De Winter does make a case against those particularly on the Left that seek to “blame the victim” – the West – for hatred expressed by Muslims towards it. He cites a December 2013 study by Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center ,“Fundamentalism and out-group hostility (PDF).” The study interviewed 9,000 people throughout Europe. Some key slides from Koopmans’s study appear below.
The first slide combines answers from three questions: “Christians [Muslims] should return to the roots of Christianity [Islam],” “There is only one interpretation of the Bible [the
Koran] and every Christian [Muslim] must stick to that”, and “The rules of the Bible [the Koran] are more important to me than the laws of [survey country]”.
The next question: “I don’t want to have homosexuals as friends”, “Jews cannot be trusted”, “Muslims aim to destroy Western culture” (for Christian natives)/“Western countries are out to destroy Islam” (for Muslims).
De Winters writes Occidentophobia “expresses a refusal to accept the essential concepts of life in the West. Young men like the perpetrators of the Brussels attacks have refused to embrace the social codes of Belgian life. They were raised on the idea that their religious ethics trump the ethics of the infidels (close to non-existent, in their eyes, in any case).”
The survey supports Michael Totten’s conclusion that Europe has done a poor job of integrating their Muslim minorities, and allowing these attitudes to fester. “There are five times as many Muslims in the United States as there are in Belgium, but the United States is not a hotbed of homegrown Islamic extremism. We’ve suffered some acts of terrorism since 9/11—the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the Boston Marathon bombing and the massacre at Fort Hood. If American Muslims and European Muslims were equally predisposed to jihadism, we’d experience roughly five times as many attacks. But we don’t, mostly because Muslims feel more at home in the United States than they do in Europe.”
De Winter concludes, “What did “we” do to “them”? We opened up our cities, our houses, our wallets. And in our secular temples of progress — our metro stations and airports and theaters — their sons are killing themselves, and taking our sons and daughters with them. There is nothing for which we need to apologize. “Occidentophobia” originated in the Muslim community. We need to demand they abandon it.”
Perhaps a better solution would be for Europe to remove the suicidal politically correct elite currently governing it in Brussels, Paris and Berlin. Then perhaps it could implement sensible immigration reforms based on politically incorrect facts such as collecting money from the state without working for it isn’t healthy for young able bodied men regardless of religion, and tell them that their recreating the societies in Europe they escaped from in the Middle East and North Africa will not make them happy.
But as Totten suggests with his Tom Wolfe quip “the dark night of fascism is forever descending on the United States and landing in Europe”, the European solution will likely involve jackboots and shaved headed thugs. Europe has suffered two large scale terrorist attacks in 6 months. At this rate it won’t take much to turn even the most open-minded and non-racist European into a tacit supporter of the far right.
What this should teach us in the US is that our own elite, which looks towards the European elite for its inspiration, needs to be resisted at every turn.