The Islamization of Europe

Writing in the April 3 edition of the Jerusalem Post, Daniel Pipes asks, "Will Europe Resist Islamization?"  According to conventional wisdom, the answer is "no."  But Pipes counters this argument by pointing to the dramatic conversion of the prominent Muslim Magdi Allam -- a top editor and well known author in Italy -- who converted to Roman Catholicism on the eve of Easter Sunday.

The event was widely covered in Europe, as were Allam's remarks afterward.  According to Allam, while attention has focused on "the phenomenon of Islamic extremism and terrorism that has appeared on a global level, the root of evil is inherent in an Islam that is physiologically violent and historically conflictive."  In other words, the problem is not simply radical Islam, but Islam itself.