January 18th, 2015
12:08 AM ET

Analyst: Muslim communities in Europe 'among most contented' of any minority

Fareed speaks with Doug Saunders, an international affairs columnist for 'The Globe and Mail' and the author of 'The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?' about the question of whether there is widespread anger among Muslims in Europe. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

What about the general idea that these immigrants, that Muslim immigrants in Europe, are angry, that they are angry with the world, angry with the fact that the world isn't of their making, that the West is sort of the dominant power, that there is a kind of rage, a Muslim rage in Europe?

No. We do need to understand that there obviously are some people among that community who are very angry. The people who are committing anti-Semitic attacks and attacks on journalists and acts of terrorism – these are obviously individuals who are motivated by anger.

The question is, does that reflect the community around them? Is that born out of the community around them, or is that something that's imported, that's a foreign value that they've adopted as a political movement?

And what's interesting is that Muslim communities in Europe, despite being marginalized economically and educationally, tend to be among the most contented with their lives of any minority group, often more so than the general population. There's not a measurable level of discontentment with the society around them or with the lives they lead among Muslims in Europe compared to other groups. It simply isn't something that exists in the larger population.

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  1. bobcat2u

    A boy had reached four without giving up the habit of sucking his thumb, though his mother had tried everything from bribery to reasoning to painting it with lemon juice to discourage the habit.

    Finally she tried threats, warning her son that, "If you don't stop sucking your thumb, your stomach is going to blow up like a balloon."

    Later that day, walking in the park, mother and son saw a pregnant woman sitting on a bench.

    The four-year-old considered her gravely for a minute, then spoke to her saying, "Uh-oh ... I know what you've been doing."

    March 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      My granddaughter just turned 4. I have found that she has acute hearing when she wants to; I can totally see her saying something like this (if she sucked her thumb.)
      I am very careful what I say around her.

      March 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Chrissy's daughter passed away last night.
    RIP Melissa.

    April 2, 2015 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  3. bobcat2u

    RIP Melissa. You fought hard. Now you can rest.

    April 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  4. SAF

    I just watched the interview with prime minister Netanyahu. You should have said to him, thanks for coming, but you didn't answer any of my questions.

    January 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  5. Richard

    Just watched excellent interview with Harry Belefonte on GPS. Curious as to why he cited going to the movies with his 'buds' in Harlem in 1935 to see "Tarzan of the Apes" and it having a significant impact on his life. Wiki says that he was living with his grandmother in Jamaica from 1932-1940. Frayed memory of an 88 y.o. or Wiki in error?

    February 14, 2016 at 10:59 am | Reply
  6. Eddie Fonseca

    A young German Turkish singer named Aynur Aydin who has song called Isporta and other artist Demet Akalin who both of them fall under this category of third generation German Turkish citizens, just like the Muslims in America and Europe they are going to experience being a minority category which can trigger a feeling or being hated by other races and experiencing racism in their community's and their kids become collateral damage when experiencing an overload of racism and hatred in their daily lives. So how in the hell does this become Americas problem, like the people in New York would say hey bro Get Over it man and move on with your daily lives you just got roll with the times and not let a stupid thing like racism set you back in life. I mean at some point these Muslim community's in Europe and some parts of America, must take responsibility and teach their kids life is not always fair but if you work hard in life and earn a college degree you will become a productive citizens in this world instead of blaming America and other countries for events such as being a Muslim minority which does not make a hell lot of sense. I mean let's be honest here I am mixed raced American which is fairly educated and have traveled across the world, but it does not give me the god given right to blame anyone else for my own mistakes in life that should be message for everyone from Muslim Americans to Muslims in Europe as well. As Americans we come from all backgrounds from Irish Americans to Jewish/Lebanese Americans also Hispanic Americans, were all minorities and we should learn to work and get along with each other instead of putting racism labels like the Muslims are experiencing in America and Europe we should be stamped out from all societies for years to come.

    February 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  7. Gayla Jensen

    Fareed, when Khan said, if Muslims in Europe are modernized, there would be fanatics, I was really confused. I understand a modernization of anyone would make them better. Perhaps he said, if Muslims are marginalized.....if so, of course, marginalized people do go fanatic.....so perhaps I mis understood him, I hope so.!

    May 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Reply
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