The following opinion piece provides some interesting “food for thought” in regards to current events impacting the Middle East and Europe, particularly the flood of refugees from North Africa. In the U.S., similar concerns have been voiced regarding refugee immigrants as we reported in Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west?.
Some view these concerns as being far fetched conspiracy theories promoting bigotry and are simply dismissed as Islamophobia. Others point to the social problems affecting some European nations that have experienced an influx of Muslim immigrant populations attracted by liberal social programs.
Islam lies in wait for Europe
From: Israel Hayom
By: Dr. Ephraim Herrera, May 21, 2015
The demographic trends are clear: Europe is committing suicide. The fertility rate to maintain a country’s population, known as the replacement rate, is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman. The average fertility rate in Europe is 1.6. In Germany and Italy, it is 1.4. To increase its population, Europe has let in immigrants, to the point that they comprise some 10 percent of the population in Spain, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. In Austria, their proportion is 15 percent.
A significant number of those immigrants are Muslim. They hail from the lower rungs of society in their countries of origin and decided to leave in search of a life of comfort in the West.
But the influx of millions of immigrants from Asia and Africa is more than just about their socio-economic plight. Islamic thinkers have tried to capitalize on this wave. Although these thinkers are still lying in wait, they hope they can eventually use the immigrants as a means of conquering Europe. This strategy has been propagated by Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi for the past 30 years. Qaradawi has tremendous clout in the Sunni Arab world, to the point that his rulings are considered authoritative by the Muslim Brotherhood. The strategy is terribly simple: Tap into the local Muslim community and lure its teens to the “real” Islam, then go up the rungs of power in the major parties and seize the reins of government through the democratic process.
Rest of Article: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12655
“The United States has already dealt with American immigrants fighting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in Somalia. For years, the FBI has been trying to unlock the secrets of what ABC News describes as “a recruiting pipeline from the Twin Cities”
European Muslims Traveling to Syria to Fight ‘Holy War’
29 Apr 2013, 12:12 PM
With America battling the threat of Islamist terrorism from within, Europe is experiencing a dangerous phenomenon of its own: exporting of Islamism from Europe to the Middle East. According to the Associated Press, European mayors are now attempting to limit the travel of their citizens to Syria to fight “holy war” against the Assad regime in Syria. The AP reports: “Through much of western Europe, scores of Islamic youths have heeded the call to take up arms for a cause that is only a few hours away by plane. The phenomenon has alarmed authorities amid signs that the insurgency is becoming increasingly radicalized, with strong infiltration by al-Qaida.”
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: While the article mentions U.S. immigrants fighting in Somalia, it is important to note the increasing number of those entering Syria or the instances of U.S. Muslim converts traveling from the U.S. to commit jihad. These Jihadi Terror Vacations are usually coordinated through cell groups operating through the support of neighborhood mosques.
The concern of terrorism being brought back from the war zones is very much a global issue.
- Why Young European Muslims Are Joining Radical Rebel Groups In Syria (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Syria’s European Jihadis (nationalreview.com)
- Report: Syria Has Replaced Pakistan And Afghanistan “As Main Destination For Islamists Seeking To Obtain Combat Experience”… (righttruth.typepad.com)
- American jihadi in Somalia tweets photos of alleged ‘assassination attempt’ (globalnews.ca)