When the Dust Settles in Arabia


When the Dust Settles in Arabia

March 18, 2011
Juraj Mesík
By Juraj Mesík

Just a few years ago, the Libyan (ex?) leader Gaddafi addressed a group of European women in a tent erected symbolically in Rome about how Islam would conquer Europe within one generation. His recipe was simple and wonderfully imaginative; through population growth in the spirit of the biblical “make love and multiply”, humble and fertile Islamic women would “out-produce” the spoiled and infertile women of the West. As the Europeans disappeared, their lebensraum would be occupied by a growing population of immigrants from the Islamic world.

Gaddafi was not the only one captivated by this vision, however. Perhaps it was not even his idea – he could have easily borrowed it from frustrated jihadists. Their vision of an Islamic Europe certainly did not go unnoticed, finding fertile ground not only in parts of Islamic world, but also in the minds of American evangelical Christians and European xenophobes. Some of them coined the fearsome expression “Eurabia” and flooded the internet with images of a European future as envisioned by Gaddafi et al. In the video Immigration - The world is changing, snappy music and a mesmerising voice attempt to spread fear in the hearts of impressionable Europeans. Enjoy a horror film about the collapse of western “culture” in the form of a semi-literate product made in some Republican corner of the United States!

The apocalyptic vision of a Europe dominated by minarets and governed by Sharia law is partly based on the extremely high population growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In 1950, there were only 44 million people (slightly more than the current population of Poland) living in all of North Africa, and only just over 8 million on the Arabian Peninsula. Current figures are dramatically different: 157 million people – 3.6 times more – were living in North Africa in 2007. The population increase in the Arabian Peninsula was even higher, rising seven-fold to 58 million.

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