A suicidal collapse of Western civilization?


Europe is leading the way on a path to oblivion: economically, culturally, and demographically.

My background is basically European—and more specifically, Western European. I have lived and worked in many of those countries, and I know most of the major cities intimately—from Stockholm in the north, Newcastle, London, Paris, The Hague, Munich, Vienna, to Rome and Erice, Sicily in the south. I have also spent several months in Moscow and in Jerusalem as a guest of academic institutions.

Economic Suicide
The economic suicide story is based on a faulty understanding of the climate issue by most Western politicians and on their extreme policy response about fossil fuels, based on emotion rather than logic and science. The major European economies have reacted irrationally to contrived, unjustified fear of imagined global-warming disasters.

Perhaps I should explain that the climate has not been warming for the past 18 years — and even if it had been warming, it would be no disaster. The EU wants to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a natural plant-fertilizer, by 40% within 15 years — by 2030. This insane drive to replace energy sources from fossil fuels that release plant-life-friendly CO2 into the atmosphere has led to greatly increased costs of energy. As is well understood, such actions not only hurt economic growth, but they increase poverty levels and therefore threaten the social fabric of these nations.

There are some exceptions, of course: France and Belgium rely heavily on nuclear energy; Austria and Norway rely heavily on hydro. Poland has actively resisted the general trend to demonize CO2, but the UK and Germany, which has been the power-house of European economic growth, are severely threatened by their insistence on installing wind and solar energy. The latter is especially inappropriate to the Continent and to Great Britain.

The pity of it all is that these economic sacrifices in Western Europe will hardly affect the level of atmospheric CO2 – which is controlled globally by huge emissions from China – and soon also from India.

Unfortunately, during the past few years, and even during the White House administration of George W. Bush, the United States has tended to move in the same direction — and energy costs have gone up markedly.

The regulatory burdens created by the EPA’s “War on Coal,” by holding up permits for pipelines and for exploration-production of fuels on Federal lands, etc, are imposing real costs on US households, which are the equivalent of a large energy tax — except that none of these increased costs flow into the US Treasury.

Cultural, plus even more dangerous Demographic Suicide

But it is cultural suicide, which adds to economic suicide and spells doom for the future of Western Europe. I have in mind here the heavy immigration from Islamic nations—with most immigrants unwilling to adjust to the prevailing culture of the host country.

Examples are rampant. In Great Britain, the dangerous immigration has come mostly from Pakistan and Bangladesh, Islamic successors to British rule over India; Hindu immigrants present no special problem. In Southern Europe, the Low Countries, and most of Scandinavia, much of the immigration has been from Somalia and North Africa. France has experienced massive immigration from North Africa and other African French-speaking former colonies.

In many of these nations now, these immigrant communities have formed enclaves that the native inhabitants can no longer enter safely; even the police has great difficulty controlling law and order in these enclaves. Examples exist in cities like Birmingham, Amsterdam, Malmo (Sweden), Paris and Marseille. Germany seems slightly better off, with immigrants from Turkey making some effort to become good Germans. Of course, the aim of these enclaves is to take over the host country — using available democratic means — and institute Sharia (Islamic law).

It is clear that these immigrants are taking advantage of the democratic nature of the host nations and their willingness to grant asylum status and lavish economic subsidies to any who declare themselves as refugees. A prime example is Sweden, where multi-culturalism runs wild and is supported by the government-beholden media. So far, no real revolt yet – except for some grumbling from the indigenous population (whom the compliant media denounce as “racists.”)

Least affected have been the Slavic nations, which were formerly under Soviet domination. Perhaps because of their delayed economic development, they have not been as attractive a destination for immigrants. Ironically, these East-Europeans may yet save Western civilization.

The United States faces a rather special situation. There is much immigration, mostly illegal, from south of the border. But these Latino immigrants are not Islamic; they share similar cultural values with native-born Americans — and most are making an effort to adapt to the prevailing culture. The main danger is one of national security. With porous borders, potential terrorists can easily slip into the United States and create mayhem.

A peculiar problem exists in Israel, which has experienced illegal Islamic (!) immigration, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. We are told that some southern suburbs of Tel Aviv now resemble a Third-World nation. Efforts are underway to deport these illegal immigrants; but standing in the way is Israel’s Supreme Court, a group of unelected liberal lawyers, who personally oppose the Parliament-passed law of deportation — certainly an anomalous situation by US standards.

Russia has experienced problems of its own, mainly from Islamic provinces in the Caucasus. The suppression of the Chechen revolt has caused a violent reaction, leading to major terror acts, even in Moscow.

Exacerbating the Islamic “conquest” of Western Europe is the fact that the indigenous people – from Swedes to Spaniards — are not reproducing themselves. Whatever the cause may be, the number of children per family is well below the “replacement value” of 2.11; in some countries it is as low as 1.30. The statistics are frightening – as seen in records of births, welfare rolls, and school attendance. By mid-century, parts of Europe will have a Moslem majority – and even before then it will be too late to rectify the situation.

What of the future?
With ongoing internal battles within Islamic groups, it is not easy to predict the future. In Syria, some 200,000 have been killed and millions have been turned into refugees. The rise of the “Islamic State” in the last few months promises a brutal suppression of any who hold even a slightly different Islamic view. Their announced goal is to set up a theocratic Caliphate in any lands that have ever been under Islamic rule – including most of the Balkans, Andalus-Spain, and of course Israel.

At the battle of Tours in 732, Charles Martell stopped the advance into France of Moslem armies from the Iberian Peninsula. In 1571, in the great naval battle of Lepanto, off Greece, a Spanish-Italian fleet defeated the Turks. In their farthest advance into Central Europe, a Turkish army besieged Vienna in 1683. Christian forces, under the command of King John Sobieski of Poland, defeated the invaders decisively and saved Western civilization.

Americans have twice saved Europe in the 20th century and may soon be forced to defend Europe again against a new threat. The first assault on Western Europe came from Nazi Germany and its allies; it took a bloody World-War-II (1939-1945) to defeat them. Certainly, without US intervention, Western Europe, and even Britain, might now be part of a German-ruled dictatorship, a sort of involuntary European Union. It is doubtful also whether the Soviet Union could have withstood Hitler’s onslaught without the active material assistance of the United States.

The second threat to Europe came from the post-1945 Soviet Union; it was dominated by the specter of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. The “Warsaw Pact” encompassed even a large part of Germany. This “Cold-War” threat was neutralized thanks to the steadfastness of the United States — but also by the internal economic problems brought about by the planned economy of the Soviet empire.

The new threat of course is Islamo-Fascism and its aim to introduce Sharia — in at least those parts of Europe that had been Muslim lands in the past, but aiming really at all of Europe — and eventually the rest of the world. This new threat uses a method of warfare that is different from the past and more insidious. Terrorism has come into its own, partly based on large Islamic populations in Western Europe.

Coupled with this external threat is the internal one from Islamic fanatics, many of them born in Europe — and even from converts. We have seen this happen in Spain, and more recently, in Britain. Their methods have been crude and their weapons have been primitive; but with nuclear proliferation and with the possibility of chemical and biological warfare, these threats have to be taken very seriously.

Fighting these threats takes resources for surveillance, intelligence, for sundry military expenditures, and for weapons, both offensive and defensive. Resilience requires above all a strong economy. And one cannot have a strong economy without adequate energy resources – which gets us back to the issue of climate fears.

The problem now is that while the threat of terrorism is growing, so is the suicidal drive to limit the use of energy and thereby also economic growth. This internal threat is particularly strong in Europe and has been called, quite properly, “eco-Bolshevism.” It would have all the earmarks of the failed Soviet system, with government involvement into every facet of the economy, and with restrictions on energy, reducing economic growth.

There is no question that the policies being discussed now in Europe and in the United States would be extremely costly, would force industrial cutbacks, and of course massive job losses. All of these exacerbate social tension in nations that have a large number of immigrants, who traditionally have the highest unemployment levels.

Will the US step up again and save Europe? Doubtful
One may ask: Is there any way to stop this steamroller? There’s probably little hope that such an initiative can come from Europe; it may have to come from the United States. Somehow, we would have to convince European leaders that their policies, based on global-warming fears, are mistaken. That job may prove to be very difficult – unless there is a drastic change in current US policy. But it is something that has to be done if we want Europe to survive economically, as an ally against the threat of Islamo-Fascism.

Personally, I don’t believe that the US is prepared to save Europe; just listen to our Secretary of State: Speaking in Boston on Oct 9, John Kerry pronounced that climate change, if left unaddressed, will result in the end of times: “Life as you know it on Earth ends,” Kerry said. Last February, Kerry claimed that climate change was the world’s “most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Not nuclear bombs in the hands of the terrorist-sponsoring regime of Iran — or in the hands of ISIS or al Qaeda; not Ebola or some fearsome epidemic of a lethal disease. According to Kerry, climate change is the real number-one national-security threat.

US media, academia, and other opinion-makers are chiming in. In her latest work of science-fiction, Harvard’s Naomi Oreskes, co-author of the mendacious book Merchants of Doubt, imagines a future world devastated by climate change. She generously gives the West another 80 years—well beyond her own life span, of course. But she totally ignores the dangers of rising Islamo-Fascism and of demography. Just listen:

“The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and—finally—the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People’s Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment—the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies—failed to act, and so brought about the collapse of Western civilization.”

So don’t look to the US to come to the rescue of a doomed Western Europe. It is unlikely that our children or grandchildren will be fortunate enough to experience the charms of great cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome – or what’s left of them.


S. Fred Singer is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and director of the Science & Environmental Policy Project. His specialty is atmospheric and space physics. An expert in remote sensing and satellites, he served as the founding director of the US Weather Satellite Service and, more recently, as vice chair of the US National Advisory Committee on Oceans & Atmosphere. He is a senior fellow of the Heartland Institute and the Independent Institute. He co-authored the NY Times best-seller Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 years. In 2007, he founded and has since chaired the NIPCC (Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change), which has released several scientific reports [See www.NIPCCreport.org]. For recent writings, see http://www.americanthinker.com/s_fred_singer/ and also Google Scholar.

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  1. The Prince of Wales has expressed his alarm at the number of young people in the UK being radicalised and queried why the British values are failing to be taken on board by children who grow up and are schooled in the UK.

    Charles partly blamed the growing number of people joining extremist organisations on the attractions of danger and adventure, but said the “frightening part” was the role of the internet.

    UK has had decades of Anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish bias from the British Establishment, the Church of England (who has a major saying the policies of the BBC, Guardian and other British media as for example the Church chairs the executive board of the BBC). Add to that British laws which enable Islamic radicalization and punish those who stand up against it and unrestricted Islamic Immigration and you couldn’t have anything else but a radicalized UK on it’s way to a caliphate.
    Well if the royal family is speaking out, they now feel threatened and it is far too late – I predict they are doomed. Even as Charles was making his statements, radicalized Muslims were in an organized demonstration, shouting Jihadist slogans and they were unmolested by the authorities who were too timid or co-opted to arrest them for the obvious and overt sedition against the former Western Culture.
    They even advocate no that Muslim culture becomes British culture, so it’s no longer radical as radical is the norm. This is sedition of course which is the undermining of the state and of Democracy. This is what democracy must not permit.
    Too late too late.

  2. @ evildoctor:


    Hardly! I as a Jew take no credit for the accomplishments of individuals who were by happenstance born to Jewish parents or parent any more than I take credit for Jewish Villains past present or future and criminals.

    If a Jew accomplishes some good as a Jew and not as a German , American, Russian or Canadian. A few years ago a Jewish apostate traitor who happened to be the Catholic Cardinal of Paris ( Cardinal Lustiger) was being considered as the next Pope. I remember Jews gleefully speculating on whether he would be elected pope with hey one of our boys is going to make it to the top!!!! Enough with your stinking Ghetto mentality. There are enough real Jews who act in the world as Jews in every way and that is the only identity they identify with. For me a JINO is just that a JINO and I don’t identify with such people as Jews either to be proud of or ashamed of.

    If I didn’t like to argue I would not be commenting on this or any other blog but to my disappointment I have met few who can argue with knowledge of the subject at hand and with conviction. 🙁

  3. yamit82 Said:

    What ever individual Jews have done for the betterent of their societies, the collective mankind or just for themselves is irrelevant unless they did it as Identifiable Jews of faith and not by accidents of birth.

    This is a great example of a non-sequitur! It doesn’t matter whether they accomplished something as Jews of faith or whatever–the salient point is that they did it! The point is that Jews, for whatever reason, have the smarts to do great things whether they are observant, atheists, whatever. If there had been more of them/us we’d be better off. If some Jew discovers a cure for cancer I don’t give a crap if she/he is an “identifiable Jew of faith” or not. BTW, I follow Israpundit assiduously but rarely comment, however it seems to me some times you like to argue just for the sake of doing so!

  4. @ evildoctor:

    A- I submit that were it not for Jew hatred there wouldn’t have been any Jews in Europe to murder in the first place.
    B- We have no obligation to do anything to or for mankind that is not part of our historical or theological job description.

    What ever individual Jews have done for the betterent of their societies, the collective mankind or just for themselves is irrelevant unless they did it as Identifiable Jews of faith and not by accidents of birth.

    There is no reason for a Jewish State other than Judaism.

  5. yamit82 Said:

    The Question should be framed like : Would there be Jews today without the “Illogical antisemitism” throughout Jewish history??

    Whether or not there would be any Jews today without “illogical antisemitism throughout Jewish history is irrelevant to my point
    that there would be several million more Jews alive today had it not been for European genocide in the 1940s. As well, the fact that American Jews are on the way to total assimilation does not prevent them from contributing to the betterment of mankind in the present day. My point is simply that if 6 million Jews were not murdered in the Holocaust mankind would have been incalcuably better off. This does not invalidate your comments regarding assimilation with which I agree.

  6. yamit82 Said:

    I submit that antisemitism is what has been the key element that ensured Jewish survival

    In Range management this is called “Predatory Ecology”. P.S. when have you ever submitted to anyone or anything ?????

  7. I see antisemitism as the downfall of Western and Islamic worlds. The far East may rip all the benefits with IL.

  8. @ evildoctor:
    @ watsa46:

    The Question should be framed like : Would there be Jews today without the “Illogical antisemitism” throughout Jewish history?? A generation earlier The Cossacks murdered some half million Jews. During the middle Ages the Jews were reduced worldwide to about 1.5 million Jews.

    The jews of Europe were on their way to total assimilation which like American Jews today are in a process of self destruction on a voluntary basis. Most of European Jewry were it not for Hitler would have been lost to the Jewish collective within a few generations in any event.
    The religious orthodoxy had turned inward and had made Judaism into a near copycat religion emulating in many ways the christians. They had except for a few abandoned the Land of Israel and all of the national mitzvot and had taken Judaism in a direction almost completely antithetical to Judaism before the dispersion after the defeat by the Romans. There was a narrow window of opportunity for flight to Palestine but few elected to avail themselves except the German Jews where most who did flee chose to flee to other European countries where the Nazis caught up to them after they conquered each European country..in turn…. They paid.

    I submit that antisemitism is what has been the key element that ensured Jewish survival

  9. As much as I would love to see Europe enslaved for 100,000,000 years under Islam, the fact is that we cannot let that happen until we take away all the French and British nukes.

  10. Antisemitism: the downfall of the Western and Muslims worlds.
    For China, India, S-Korea, Japan and other non “monotheistic ” civilizations, this prolonged and possible fatal infatuation with antisemitism is beyond the realm of LOGIC!
    The civilizations of the far East just need to be patient. They all understand what Judaism is about. At least they embrace Israel. A better future is in the cards for IL.

  11. SHmuel HaLevi 2 Said:

    vacuum they created by eliminating 6 million educated, productive, participating Jews

    Vacuum? Just try to imagine for a moment what the 6 million and their children and grandchildren would have added to humanity had they not been murdered. The contributions they would have made to medicine, science, the arts, etc., etc. are unimaginable.
    When one considers the incalculable input of 13 or 14
    million Jews to the advancement and enlightenment of humanity what would the addition of another 6-8 million Jews contributed? That 6 million were murdered to be replaced by 7th century barbarians will not only destroy Europe, but in time, perhaps the rest of the world as well. That the Jews should be called the “sons of pigs and apes” by adherents of a religion numbering some 1.2 billion who have done pretty much fuck all for the human race should render anyone with 1/2 a brain livid.

  12. Do I care? Not really.

    The West is spineless, flabby and decadent. Its obsessed with an imaginary threat and it ignores the one that matters.

    When I’m long gone from this world, the fate of the West won’t be my problem.

  13. Too much to handle at individual level. What is obvious is that the Holocaust purveyors did not envision that the vacuum they created by eliminating 6 million educated, productive, participating Jews would be occupied by a wild, murderous, parasitic, raping people bent on destroying Western civilization.
    I wonder if they see it as well.