EUROPE’S CHANGE OF WIND
When Europe was flooded with immigrants from all over the world, a large majority of them from Muslim countries, almost all European countries adopted an attitude of so called “multiculturalism”. Probably under the impact of racism and the holocaust in World War II they decided that all cultures should be treated equally to national values, local behaviors and cultural national characteristics. Unlike people who immigrate to America to be Americans, although with traditions from their homeland, immigrants to Europe continue, even in third generation, to be Pakistanis living in UK, Turks living in Germany, Algerians living in France etc… (see also – Cultural Conflict ).
In many aspects of life immigrants are varied from Europeans in the hosting countries. They vary in the status of women, in tolerance toward other ideas and accepting the predomination of democracy, in attitude toward education, especially high education, and in the sense of belonging to the surrounding community and sharing a common responsibility, which can be achieved only through integration.
Although it is impossible to assimilate immigrants from all over the world to European way of life in the first generation – in countries like USA there is a remarkable success of integrating all kinds of immigrants to Americans in the third Generation.
In Europe the multiculturalism made Pakistanis to feel Pakistanis in the third generation and if Pakistan is grasped in Islamic militancy so will be the Pakistani community in UK. If Turkey is heading toward Islamic radicalization so will be large parts of the Turkish community in Germany. With the lack of sense of belonging to local European communities, the Islamic communities in Europe are bound to reflect in Europe their countries of origin including the resentment toward Western values as a whole. Indeed the greatest threat to public security in Europe are home grown Islamic militants from second or third generation who were grown up in cultural ghettos in multicultural tolerance and did not develop a sense of belonging to the local framework.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel sparked outrage, on 10/17/2010, when she said that multiculturalism in Germany had ‘utterly failed’. In a landmark speech, Angela Merkel broke one of Germany’s last taboos and courted anti-immigration support by claiming those from a different background failed to live happily side-by-side with native Germans.
Despite outrage and criticism the German state of Hesse, a state run by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, became, on Thursday 02/03/2011, the first in Germany to ban Muslim face veils for public sector workers. Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein said, risking Muslims anger in the coming elections, that it was ‘not acceptable’ for a teacher in Frankfurt to wear a face veil because ‘public sector workers are obligated to have neutral religious and political views’ (see also – Burka-Ban).
Furthermore UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech at a security conference in Munich, Germany, on radicalization and the causes of terrorism, on Saturday 02/05/2011, has criticized “state multiculturalism”. David Cameron argued the U.K needed a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to all kinds of extremism. He also signaled a tougher stance on groups promoting Islamist extremism (see also – U.Ks Policy 2011 ).
Multiculturalism as a European philosophy of tolerance and equality caused the opposite – more segregation, less integration and more cultural ghettos. Europe comes to the conclusion it must be changed.