Daniel Pipes talks about the drive to preserve Europe’s historic culture in a time of mass immigration.
„Thirty years ago, protests, riots and murders followed the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Three decades later, we recognize the Satanic Verses controversy as the opening act in Europe’s crisis of immigration, Islam, and identity politics.
Daniel Pipes, my guest in The Green Room this week, is an historian, the president of the Middle East Forum, and an analyst of Islam in Europe. We talk about how Europe got to where it is, what’s going on now among the new nationalist parties in Europe, and what might happen next.
Pipes calls Europe’s new nationalist parties „civilizationists.“ These parties come from various backgrounds, and not all of them are on the right. Many of them have backgrounds checkered by Europe’s violent 20th century. Their common denominator, Pipes argues, is their shared determination to preserve Europe’s historic culture in a time of mass immigration and cultural fragmentation. Pipes is candid about the shortcomings of figures like Viktor Orbán, the illiberal Hungarian democrat who was received in the White House in mid-May. He also acknowledges that many of these parties have roots in antidemocratic politics. Austria’s Freedom Party, now a member of the government, was founded by an ex-SS officer. The Sweden Democrats, increasingly successful at the polls but still embargoed by the traditional parties, began as a neofascist fringe group in the 1980s.“ (…)
Und hier offenbart sich Daniel Pipies als jemand, der der Illusion eines „liberalen oder reformierten Islam“ anhängt:
„Meanwhile, Pipes has some tough advice for European leaders. In Europe, the nation is tribal, a „big family which excludes latecomers. The exclusion of immigrants can only be addressed with major programs of investment, education and, he says, the fostering of „a reformed Islam, and not the extreme version known as Islamism.“ Ban the burka, he says, but not the burkini.“
Der Islam ist ein Problem. Objektiv betrachtet könnten es die Muslime leicht lösen, aber sie wollen das nicht. Sie nehmen den Islam (i. d. R. ) gar nicht als Problem wahr, und wenn, dann nicht in dem Sinne, wie wir ihn als Problem ansehen. Wie sollen sie auch unsere Beurteilung – vom Standpunkt der radikalen Aufklärung her – begreifen können, wenn sie von dieser gar nichts wissen?