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Assimilation

This story of Islamist success in elections to the new French Muslim council is important and disturbing. It ratifies the fear that French Muslims are not assimilating. That has a lot to do with the capture of European elites by multiculturalism, but it also says something about the difficulty of achieving Muslim assimilation. And of course, despite the fact that I think it’s worth a try, this election does not bode well for efforts to liberalize Iraq. If current population trends continue, Muslims could make up as much as half of France within decades. Even if that calculation is off, this kind of failure of assimilation raises very serious worries for the future of Europe. And of course, all of this explains a lot about the current French/American split on the Middle East.

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