I’m a big fan of speculative fiction, a highly imaginative genre that brings possible futures to life.
It might be something like the flying car in The Jetsons that still hasn’t become reality yet, or it can be something that isn’t quite so far-fetched, as is the case with novels that visualize the rise of an Islamist theocracy in the West.
One novel on that theme is Prayers for the Assassin, set in 2040. America is split into a new Bible Belt and an Islamic theocracy, where Barbie Dolls wear burqas. Lots of people converted to Islam out of fear or even trendiness, looking at Islam as no different than Scientology.
And then there's Michael Houellebecq's new novel Submission, about a near-future France with a radical Muslim president.
Again, craven "enlightened" leftists are quick to convert to Islam in this novel, all the better to get ahead in their careers (and get four pretty wives in the bargain.)
Considering the French reaction to the Paris terror attacks, is this really so far-fetched?
We’ve already seen elements of sharia creeping into our real world so I’d suggest that these novels should be looked at as warnings of what can happen if we don’t heed the wise words of Edmund Burke who famously said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
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