A birthrate gap, a huge unassimilated minority, the first stirrings of an ugly backlash, and the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons: the wingnuts at the famously conservative Toronto Star sound worried.
Not much new here to Mark Steyn fans, but this did raise an eyebrow:
Since 1989, Russia’s Muslim population has increased by 40 per cent to about 25 million. By 2015, Muslims could make up a majority of Russia’s conscript army and they could account for one-fifth of the country’s population by 2020.
That war with the Chechens is going to look mighty interesting ten years from now, huh? Not to mention the dynamics of a Russian president potentially having to deploy a majority-Muslim army to crack down on the country’s Muslim population. Steyn considers a lot of dark scenarios in his book, but as far as I can recall, he never contemplates the possibility of a coup. Perhaps he should start.
Anyway, read it all. Especially the last paragraph.