By Bernie on 25 Jul 2007
Pakistan has about 30 nuclear warheads and although this could be worrisome if Pakistan is ever taken over by religious zealots, it would be rather easy to destroy their nuclear capability before they got their turbans in a twist over something that would cause an Imam to declare war on the US.
However, Russia with 5,830 warheads, is a different problem. I know what you are going to say. We've lived with a nuclear Russia for more than half a century and mutually assured destruction has kept the sh*t from hitting the fan all this time. Except for one thing: the Russians were normal, civilized people without the promise of 72 virgins greeting them in Heaven if the Earth were totally pulverized.
But if primitive, barbaric Islam came to control Russia, what then? Far fetched? Follow this argument:
Christian Science Monitor,
Russia's population decline spells trouble
Russia is facing a demographic crisis so dire that its population could shrink by half within 50 years. The only obvious solution – to encourage youthful immigrants from overpopulated Asian neighbors such as China – is so politically sensitive that Russian leaders refuse to even discuss it. ... Demographic experts say that the country is losing one million of its population annually, and the nosedive is accelerating. ... Russian women, who tend to be as well-educated and career-oriented as their Western counterparts, have been been having fewer children since the 1970s. Births now stand at 1.1 per woman, far short of the 2.4 babies each that would be needed to stabilize the population.
According to the US Census International Data Base By 2050, Russia's population will be 109,187,353. what's missing from this analysis is the fact that Russia already has approximately 27 million Muslims and at their current fertility rate there will be more Muslims than non-Muslims by then.
San Francisco Chronicle,
19 Nov 2006,
Russia has a Muslim dilemma Ethnic Russians hostile to Muslims
Russia's overall population is dropping at a rate of 700,000 people a year, largely due to the short life spans and low birth rates of ethnic Russians. The country's 2002 census shows that the national fertility rate is 1.5 children per woman, far below the 2.1 children per woman needed to maintain the country's population of about 143 million. The rate in Moscow is even lower, at 1.1 children per woman.But Russia's Muslims are bucking that trend. The fertility rate for Tatars living in Moscow, for example, is six children per woman, Goble said, while the Chechen and Ingush communities are averaging 10 children per woman. And hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have been flocking to Russia in search of work.
The Nurulla Mosque in Kazan, Russia.
Since 1989, Russia's Muslim population has increased by 40 percent to about 25 million. By 2015, Muslims will make up a majority of Russia's conscript army, and by 2020 a fifth of the population.
"If nothing changes, in 30 years people of Muslim descent will definitely outnumber ethnic Russians," Goble said.
Orthodox Population in Decline
Predicting a Majority-Muslim Russia
while the Orthodox population is in demographic decline, the Muslim population is surging. Although the total Russian population dropped by 400,000 in the first half of 2005, it increased in 15 regions, such as the Muslim republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia. The birth rate is 1.8 children per woman in Dagestan, versus 1.3 for Russia as a whole. Male life expectancy is 68 in Dagestan, versus 58 for Russia.
The Times observes that this growth in the Muslim population "has raised fears among Orthodox Church leaders and nationalists that Russia could eventually become a Muslim-majority nation." Aleksei Malashenko, an expert on Islam, does not expect Russia to become "a Muslim society in several years, although maybe in half a century we'll see something surprising."
So consider this: Russians are not treating their Muslim citizens well and it could very well happen that when they become a majority in Russia it will be a non-integrated, radicalized majority that will be controlling the second largest cache of nuclear weapons the world has ever seen. Controlled by a religion that has no problems with the entire world ending in armageddon.
Consider this: Even in the most civilized, European, tolerant, secular country in the world, Turkey, the Muslim population is 99.8%. Even Ivory Soap at 99.44% isn't as pure. Imagine what it would be in a non-tolerant, religious Islamic nation. Oh wait - Saudi Arabia already exists at 100% Muslim. That is the razor-thin line of tolerance the world can expect in a secular and reasonable Islamic world: 99.8% purity.
If Europe, Russia and the US do not stop Muslim expansion immediately, we might as well kneel toward Mecca now and kiss our ass goodbye.
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