You have tried liberalism. It hasn't worked. It won't work. The enemy is blind to reason, blind to accommodation, blind to compromise. The killers sowing bombs in Europe were born in Europe some 20-30 years from parents who were welcomed by a liberal Europe. Can you imagine what the children born these days to the millions rushing to Europe's borders will do in 20-30 years?
There is no answer. Whether atheists or religious, western liberalism facing religious blindness has failed and will continue to fail. A liberal West can certainly win over ideological, nationalist, or economic Fascism as it did in the 1930s and 1940s against German, Italian, Spanish, and Soviet Fascism, for the simple reason that even in their gutter racist supremacist ideologies, these forms of Fascism had a modicum of reason; they were amenable to defeat because they reasoned, they were rational in their decision-making.
Religious Fascism, on the other hand, is not amenable to reason or rational compromise because its tenets do not belong to this world. Religious Fascism is non-falsifiable; it cannot be be put to the test because it is centered on non-falsifiable concepts. As long as the current wave of anti-Western terrorism is couched in religious fervor, it will never give up, and the escalation between Europe's traditional liberal forms of government and indigenous Islamic movements will continue. The day is inevitable when voters across Europe will bring to power racist, Fascist governments whose task will then be to cleanse Europe of the religious cancers that have metastasized across the continents and that continue to pour in from Turkey into Greece and beyond.
I will admit that I am gleeful to see you agonizing in the throes of how to deal with Islamic fundamentalism, because when my country was the first to face this enemy back in the late 1960s - early 1970s, you and your liberal press blamed the victim. When Islamic fundamentalism challenged the existence of the Lebanese State, you called it a "civil war", blaming the defenders of the State against hordes of terrorist movements (Palestinian PLO, PFLP, etc., so called Druze "Socialists", Sunni and Shiite Islamic movements, Syrian-created battalions and movements allied with Japanese and Italian Red Army outfits.... ) all claiming to be victims of an unjust and prejudiced Lebanese State. I remind the New York Times, L'Humanite, L'Express, Time magazine, Le Point... and many others how they accused liberal Lebanese of being right wing Fascists bent on victimizing the above-named downtrodden revolutionaries..... So much so that France and the US gave in to the blackmail, and colluded with Iran, Syria's Assad, and Saudi Arabia to cede Lebanon to the Syrian occupation, even as French and US soldiers were being blown up, their clergymen and teachers kidnapped, their embassies bombed.... Those were the 1970s and 1980s. The West was not happy until Lebanon fell to the Syrian Gulag and the hegemony of Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia which, since the early 1990s, have dominated all Lebanese governments through their local proxies, and failed miserably at running the country as the current state of the country amply demonstrates.
I cannot but feel a sense of vindication at seeing you deal - and fail miserably - with the enemy I dealt with some 30 or 40 years ago. I am in a way happy to see Syria on fire and its people having to live the way we lived some 30 or 40 years ago, with car bombs and suicide bombs ripping through our streets and our children's bodies, with Syrian army bombs falling over our homes and our heads from the sky, and with your blessings to Assad for "keeping peace" and "stabilizing" Lebanon.
I am equally happy to see you running around from European capital to capital, and from American city to American city, like headless chickens trying to comprehend why, after all that you've offered my erstwhile enemy, this enemy has now become your enemy and is doing to you what he did to me - with your blessings - 30 or 40 years ago.
In your stupidity, you see the European-born children of the non-radicalized Muslim refugees you welcomed in the 1960s bomb and kill your children, yet you continue to welcome wave after wave of this time radicalized Muslim refugees by the millions. Imagine what the children of these new waves of refugees will grow up to believe. The refugee women of the 1960s were modern-looking, secularized by the then-ending colonial regimes. The refugee women of today are all veiled. The refugee men of today, though they wear jeans and speak English, have been raised under the Baathist secular but Western-hating ideologies of Syria and Iraq, if not having been radicalized by the plethora of militarized Islamic fundamentalist movements. If the children of the 1960s wave of refugees are doing to Europe what is happening today in Brussels, can you even begin to imagine what the children of today's refugees are likely to do to Europe by 2035 and beyond?
Here in Lebanon, we paid a heavy price for being on the fault line between the two religious camps. We did what we could, and we lost, thanks to your careless cavorting to secular and religious dictatorships. But we survive and continue to hope for better days. I'd say that Europe will in the next 10 -15 years usher right-wing Fascist racist governments as a reflection of the backlash that is in the making by European peoples against their liberal governments. I may even call the "troubles" that are beginning in Europe a "civil war" between Fascist racist right-wing Europeans and their poor, downtrodden, disenfranchised Muslim populations. Remember that Muslim refugees are worse than Catholics: They will breed rapidly and in large numbers, no condoms, no abortions, such that within a generation or two, let's say by 2050, they will reach a critical mass, demand rights and privileges, and bomb and suicide to have their way.
Jacques Brel, a Belgian, said in one of his songs, "Il n'y a plus d'Amerique"... but given the scene in Europe, I think Europeans will re-think Brel's statement and embark on their own voyage to a re-discovered America to shelter them from the Muslim onslaught. That is how Islam spread between the 600s and 700s, how it conquered Spain and southern France, how it penetrated through the Balkans (creating the heartbreak this region has become) to reach Vienna, how it went as far as China and the Pacific, and conquered half of Africa. The 21st century may see the final assault by Islam to complete its takeover of Europe. Rome fell to the Barbarians for much less.