As the new york times put it in early 2004 germans

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Unformatted text preview: he most immigrants. home of the most immigrants. • Once again, as before 1945, antiAmericanism and anti-Semitism are linked, and the link is again forged by attitudes towards the kind of modernity that the United States and Israel represent. • Nationalism yields to integration • Welfare state replaces religion • Many young workers support few retirees – This is critical to the success of post-WWII to success post Europe – But is only temporary (few decades) • Economic gains through EU enlargement is negligible if not disadvantageous 51 52 21st Century Europe in Trouble Muslim populations in Europe • Low European fertility rates threaten the welfare state. • There is now large-scale Muslim emigration to Europe. – As the New York Times put it in early 2004, “Germans are gloomy because there is a general realization that the formulas that have th th th worked so well for this country in the decades after World War II are not working anymore, and no one knows exactly what to do.” • Germany is not alone in this realization. – This is the first time in modern history that Europe has been a net destination for migration. – In this vital respect, Europe is now more like the United States than ever before. • Growth rates among European Muslims outpace nearly all other demographic groups 53 © 2010, Ted R. Bromund and Minh A. Luong, All Rights Reserved 54 9 Prof. Minh A. Luong <Minh_Luong@brown.edu> The International State System INTL1280/POLS 1410: Global Security After the Cold War Brown University Intolerance and Isolation: Global Security’s First Enemy Integration vs. Isolation • In the United States, nationalism has long served to help assimilate immigrants – Not just to make citizens out of native-born Americans, but to assimilate immigrants – Not to wipe out their culture, or religion, but to make them part of the political system, – To encourage them to accept both its rights and its responsibilities. • The European alternative is lack of integration – Poverty, social isolation, and religious extremism is rampant among the immigrants, and, – In reaction, the rise across Europe of the radical right, parties whose members now play a role in several European governments. • Domestic and international intolerance and isolation represents a major challenge to the nation-state and international state system • Ethnic and religious strife in previously stable democracies threatens the stability of democratic Europe – Termites eating away at the foundation and pillars of a house 55 56 Islamic Radicalism: Global Security’s Second Enemy Osama bin Laden (1957- “[It] is essential to hit the main enemy who divided the Ummah into small and little countries and pushed it, for the last few decades, into a state of confusion. . . . If it is not possible to push back the enemy except by the collective movement of the Muslim people, then there is a duty on the Muslims to ignore the minor differences among diff themselves.” Osama Bin Laden, Declaration of War against the America...
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