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Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis…

Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too

by Claire Berlinski

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Claire Berlinski is a very pretty (considering the serious subject matter, there is disconcertingly sexy photo of her on the back cover) American Jew who has lived and traveled in Europe, and has some tales to tell of her time there concerning immigrant Muslims and Europe's inability to assimilate them. One big chunk of the book is about her intimate knowledge of the people who were fictionalized in a very popular English book called "White Teeth," by a Jamaican (?) girl about minorities living and loving in Britain. Claire and the Jamaican girl were the real-life lovers of the fictionalized Pakistani brothers in that book, Claire quotes her ex-boyfriend extensively for this book, trying to get to the reasons for his hate given that he is a relatively successful and affluent Pakstani Briton.
Another big chunk of the book is devoted to the German rock band Rammstein, from which she implies that that old German mindset is readying itself to explode across Europe again.
I had been hoping to get a book to generally explain the various governments in modern Europe, but so far have been unable to find anything - this was the closest thing. I did learn one surprising thing - in France there is a governmental policy called "republicanism" which forbids the counting of people based on race.
And it was odd that though this was written in 2004, she gets into the Muslim problem in southwestern France, the area around Toulouse, which has been in the news just recently with the murder of seven by a Muslim there.
My search for a decent general description of modern European governments continues. All of the LThing recommendations for this book focus more on Muslims than on Europe. ( )
  br77rino | Apr 5, 2012 |
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We think of Europe as the charming continent of windmills and gondolas. But lately, Europe has become the continent of endless strikes and demonstrations, bombs on the trains and subways, radical Islamic cells in every city, and ghettos so hopeless and violent even the police won’t enter them. This isn’t the Europe we thought we knew.

Tracing the ancient conflicts and newly erupting crises across the continent, journalist Claire Berlinski reveals why Islamic radicalism and terrorist indoctrination flourish as Europe fails to assimilate millions of Muslim immigrants; how long-repressed destructive instincts are suddenly reemerging; how the death of religious faith has created a hopeless, morally unmoored Europe that clings to dangerous ideologies; why the notion of a united Europe is a fantasy, and what it all means for the United States.

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