There's little relationship between the age structure of Europe and Islamic extremism. Nearly 80% of Europeans are currently under age 65.
All "baby-boomers" are still under age 65. History takes time to play out.
... rrrright. If it ain't happened yet, it ain't history. It's a prediction. Which can be wrong.
Like the way those damn Irish continue to flood into our ports, displacing and overwhelming those hard-working German immigrants.
There's a big difference between "EU" and "Europe", especially if you include Turkey, some *stans, etc. And I think he wrote that percentage that 40% of young people will be Muslim, or something like that. Do you have an exact quote?
There's a few, but here's one with the "40 percent" figure:
"Europe's problems--its unaffordable social programs, its deathbed demographics, its dependence on immigration numbers that no stable nation (not even America in the Ellis Island era)e has ever successfully absorbed--are all of Europe's making. By some projections, the EU's population will be 40 percent Muslim by 2025. Already, more people each week attend Friday prayers at British mosques than Sunday service at Christian churches--and in a country where Anglican bishops have permanent seats in the national legislature.
When most people speak of Europe, they don't include Turkey etc. which has been predominantly muslim for quite a while. But it's just dishonest to suggest that a growing muslim population will soon infringe upon the British-ness, German-ness, or French-ness of those respective countries. Which is what Steyn has repeatedly warned of.
"But muslim populations in Europe aren't really growing when you compare them to other European groups."
"Oh. Well, you forgot to count Turkey, Azerbaijan, etc."
"Then that doesn't really affect those other countries, does it?"
No doubt there has been much tension in many countries with immigrant assimilation. Or, more accurately, immigrant discrimination. But there's hardly a looming crisis of a plurality of Muslims imposing sharia upon the "normal" Europeans.
Europe will face a problem. A very similar to the one the United States will face. But that has far more to do with caring for an aging population that isn't growing like it was when those social programs were put in place. But pretending that the Muslims-Are-Coming-To-Conquer-Europe is simply fear-mongering and religious zealotry.
Yes, that's the point of view I am representing here.
It's not all about you. I was referring to Steyn.