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Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Top Scots historian Niall Ferguson has predicted that Islamic immigration will transform an aging Europe into Eurabia inside 50 years.

"Most European Muslims are, of course, law-abiding citizens with little sympathy for terrorist attacks on European cities. Moreover, they are drawn from a wide range of countries and of Islamic traditions, few of them close to Arabian Wahhabism. Nevertheless, there is no question that the continent is experiencing fundamental demographic and cultural changes whose long-term
consequences no one can foresee."

"Either today's newborn Europeans will spend their working lives paying 75 percent tax rates or retirement and ''free'' health care will simply have to be abolished. Alternatively (or additionally), Europeans will have to tolerate more legal immigration."

One EU official was quick to point out that young people from newly admitted eastern European nations would also provide a taxable base to support decadent, senescent Europe with a ‘mixing of the blood'. Islamic immigrants, he said, already amounted to almost 10 millions in France, Holland and Germany - the latter's immigrant population mostly coming from a secular, modernizing Turkey. Greece's Albanian migrants were approaching 10% of the total population.

Following opinion polls showing that the overwhelming majority of Russians, who have seen their health, eductional and industrial standards, as well as population, crushed by free market reform, regret the demise of the USSR, the Republican Institute has published a report describing how Islamic immigration could act as a counter-balance to a revived ‘red threat'.

Telephone polls conducted across Britain found that an overwhelming majority were opposed to a Eurabiac demographic shift when eastern Europe, including the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia contained hundreds of millions of potential immigrants from a common European cultural background. Lesbian and gay groups noted that even in secular Turkey a lesbian or gay lifestyle was taboo outside the capital Istanbul. Others, however, pointed to the celebrity of transgender belly dancing in Egypt, professed admiration for secular Arabic regimes like Libya, Syria and Egypt, and regretted that Islamic immigration was more likely to come from countries where a fundamentalist culture was more prevalent.

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