Bawer tager udgangspunkt i sagen om Shawn Hornbech, en dreng, der blev kidnappet for fire år siden og intet gjorde for at slippe fri, skønt han havde alle muligheder for det, og mener, at også Europa er ramt af det såkaldte Stokholm Syndrom.
Just look, after all, at the way that elite deals with Europe’s Muslims – especially the imams, gang members, and sundry “Islamic Councils” and “Muslim Associations.” You can’t help being reminded of an abuse victim who – for some psychological reason that outsiders can't understand – not only fails to flee or to fight back when given the chance but actually defends and praises his abuser.
It’s no exaggeration to use the word “abuse.” A wildly disproportionate percentage of Western Europe’s Muslims are living on state support – and committing brutal crimes against the taxpayers who fund it.
Europe is being held captive. Yet just as Shawn Hornbeck, who had a cell phone and computer, was in theory perfectly free to flee his captor or contact his parents, European officials have a clear route out of this nightmare. They have armies. They have police. They have prisons. They’re in a position to deport planeloads of people every day. They could start rescuing Europe tomorrow. Yet how have they responded to the gangsters who are holding it hostage? In precisely the same way Shawn Hornbeck apparently did: like prisoners under lock and key. They’ve been incredibly docile, compliant, submissive.
Yes, some Europeans – notably Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen – have resisted this self-destructive pattern of collective passivity and prostration. But you'd think most members of the cultural elite were tied up in a basement with a gun to their head. Like Shawn Hornbeck, they've been given ample opportunity to end their captivity – yet instead they persist in helping, praising, offering excuses for, and apologizing and submitting to their captors. What can you call this other than Stockholm syndrome – which in this instance, instead of afflicting a single child, has somehow taken hold of an entire culture?Men læs det hele.
Perhaps the only difference is this. Shawn Hornbeck got out alive. Europe may not be so fortunate.