Thursday, December 14, 2006

Joffe's Optimism

Josef Joffe takes on Mark Steyn's America Alone and rather surprisingly notes that Steyn scores some points.

I think Joffe is too sanguine. A radical Muslim presence doesn't have to be at the 51 percent level or higher in order to exert huge influence. Imagine where French foreign policy would be if Chirac were looking at a 30 percent radical Muslim vote. Consider how any population group that hits over 10 percent of the population may be a swing vote in close elections.

Joffe is right on this point: Amid his characteristic wit, Steyn gives Europe a lot to think about.

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