Michael Ley on the Suicide of the West: The Islamization of Europe

Michael Ley, Der Selbstmord des Abendlandes: Die Islamisierung Europas. Osnabrück: Hintergrund-Verlag, 2015

In his account of the impact of Islam on Europe, Michael Ley pulls no punches, especially for all those readers, like the present reviewer, who still hope that a Muslim humanism and not Islamist terrorism will become the primary social movement in global Islam in the years to come. In a nutshell, Ley’s main theses are the following: Orthodox and radical Islam are the scourge of humanity. Ley calls Sharia Islam “the worst danger for democracy and human rights in the 21st Century.” Only an Islam without Sharia is compatible with human rights. Yet that is a vision for the future; current reality, according to Ley, is different.

The Islamization of Europe is, according to Ley, the most visible change in most European societies. While liberal and educated citizens consider the increasing influence of conservative and radical Islam with great concern and regard the future of the continent as rather bleak, their so-called progressive opponents interpret the ongoing Islamization as a cultural enrichment that contributes to the historical overcoming of the obsolete nation-state. Ley goes as far as to say that today the pioneers of radical post-national Europe would prefer to abolish all symbols of national identity: indigenous Europeans should waive all national, cultural, religious, and ultimately also traditional sexual identities.

Ley also asserts that even the most radical Communist intellectuals never went this far with their demands. Ley points relentlessly at what he perceives as the grotesque forms of contemporary European discussions. The elites of society do not tire, in Ley’s opinion, of accusing large parts of their own populations of racism and xenophobia, while large parts of the population have already lost any confidence in their supposed political leaders.

  • There’s no Islam without Sharia. Muslim countries with mild Sharia practices are only temporarily so, until more Sharia conscious elements come to the fore, which they inevitably must, since Sharia is logically derived from the Koran. A ‘humanistic’ Islam is a contradiction in terms. Islam is evil to the core and cannot be made good. If Islam is not expelled from the West, with all the people who adhere to it, then the West is as good as dead and done for. All liberty, all security, all prosperity, all enlightenment will disappear from it, and it shall be dragged down into the darkness and immobility and tyranny characteristic of Islam. Make no mistake about it – it is Either-Or, there’s no middle ground.

    • Alain

      Turkey and Iran are prime examples of Muslim countries that returned to the folds of Islamic doctrine after years of operating in a more open and secular manner. We also see this on an individual level with children born in a non Muslim country to parents who are only nominal or cultural Muslims. Those children born in a free and liberal world, far too often, opt to become devout orthodox Muslims including going full jihad.

      • Of course. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. That’s why it must be said that all Muslims are in fact potential terrorists. The mere adherence to this evil cult is proof of a readiness to murder.

  • moraywatson

    There is no islam without sharia. Just like there are no fish without water.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Below is the video that should have accompanied this article.