Sunday, November 06, 2005

Francis Fukuyama on creating radicals

Via History News Network this column from Wednesday's WSJ. Fukuyama brings it all together. Very worthwhile read.

The real challenge for democracy lies in Europe, where the problem is an internal one of integrating large numbers of angry young Muslims and doing so in a way that does not provoke an even angrier backlash from right-wing populists. Two things need to happen: First, countries like Holland and Britain need to reverse the counterproductive multiculturalist policies that sheltered radicalism, and crack down on extremists. But second, they also need to reformulate their definitions of national identity to be more accepting of people from non-Western backgrounds.

Last line in the piece: "And since Europe is today one of the main battlegrounds of the war on terrorism, this reality will matter for the rest of us as well."

Europe? A battleground? In the GWOT? Really?
Winning over there, are we?

I guess that's why I've been running across the word "Eurabia." That explains it.

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