One of the biggest challenges to the future of Europe is the continued balkanization occurring as a result of massive immigration from predominantly Arab and Islamic nations, coupled with the inability and/or unwillingness of host countries to assimilate these men and women to Western culture. Even though the systemic problems associated with this phenomenon are most often associated with large, EU member states like France and Germany, it is a continental problem, as a recent post on Pajamas media illustrates.
While the parents ofAlgerians who burn down Parisian banlieues and the Moroccan and Turkish Al Qaeda cells that hatch terror plots within Germany were invited into Europe for unique historical reasons-in the former case because of war, in the latter due to a failed guest worker program-the self-segregating Islamists living in Norway were taken in for humanitarian purposes. In this respect, Oslo serves as a stark warning for the United States, which also allows in thousands of Arab-Muslim refugees every single year. In fact, the FBI is now checking the backgrounds of over 50 thousand Iraqi refugees who have been allowed to settle in this country since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq War, at least one of whom has already been positively identified as a bomb maker who targeted American troops. If only the federal government had access to that wonderful resource known as the Internet.
And the problem of assimilation-or lack thereof-isn’t one limited to European nations. The lack of integration among American Muslims-especially second and third generation families-is so pronounced that it’s been noted by no less an authority than the Washington Post. The huge numbers of immigrants from nations wholly different from the United States, combined with the cultural amnesia that’s become an ingrained aspect of American society, has created an explosive mixture that will almost certainly come back to haunt the policymakers who instituted these short-sighted immigration policies, if it hasn’t already.
Oslo today, Ohio tomorrow.