Bruce Bawer: The Destruction Of European Ethnic Identity


Bruce Bawer thinks Europe has a problem with Islam and Leftism, and he’s not wrong. But Bawer is an American Neocon poster-child, a peer among a very influential cadre of authors fixated on some supposed "global" clash between fundamentalist Islam and Western Civ, such as Bat Ye’or, Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom, Claire Berlinkski, Melanie Phillips, and Mark Steyn. In his best-seller book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within (Anchor Books, New York, 2006), Bawer critiques the facilitation of Islamism in Europe by Leftist PC Elites, the rise of anti-Semitism, and the rapid growth of fascist populist groups. He strongly advocates American-style neoconservative solutions to these problems. The following paper provides a brief overview of Bawer’s assessment of these political movements, and then critiques his proposed methods to overcome anti-Semitism, fascism, Leftism, and Islamism in Europe.
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