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The Fall of The West?

Posted in ONLINE DEBATE with tags , , , , on March 26, 2017 by drjgelb

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Thanks to Giulio Meotti for his excellent & timely article today on the Gatestone Institute Website. I’m reproducing it here because I believe his warning is crucial to our future and that of our children.

Islam, Not Christianity, is Saturating Europe

by Giulio Meotti

According to US President Trump’s strategic advisor Steve Bannon, the “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing, it is imploding. And it’s imploding on our watch. And the blowback of that is going to be tremendous”.

The impotence and the fragility of our civilisation is haunting many Europeans as well.

Europe, according to the historian David Engels will face the fate of the ancient Roman Republic: a civil war. Everywhere, Europeans see signs of fracture. Jihadists seem to be leading an assault against freedom and against secular democracies. Fears occupy the collective imagination of Europeans. A survey of more than 10,000 people from ten different European countries has revealed increasing public opposition to Muslim immigration. The Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs carried out a survey, asking online respondents their views on the statement that “all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”. In the 10 European countries surveyed, an average of 55% agreed with the statement.

Mainstream media are now questioning if “Europe fears Muslims more than the United States”.

The photograph used in the article was a recent Muslim mass prayer in front of Italy’s monument, the Coliseum. In echoes of the capture of the great Christian civilization of Byzantium in Constantinople, Sunni Islam’s most prominent preacher, Yusuf al Qaradawi, declared that the day will come when Rome will be Islamised.

Hundreds of Muslims engage in a mass prayer service next to the Coliseum in Rome, on October 21, 2016. (Image source: Ruptly video screenshot)

Do civilisations die from outside or inside? Is their disappearance the result of external aggression (war, natural disasters, epidemics) or of an internal erosion (decay, incompetence, disastrous choices)? Arnold Toynbee, in the last century, was adamant: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder”.

“The contemporary historian of ancient Greece and ancient Rome saw their civilisations begin their decline and fall, both the Greeks and the Romans attributed it to falling birth rates because nobody wanted the responsibilities of bringing up children,” said Britain’s former chief rabbi, Lord Sacks.

Everywhere in Europe there are signs of a takeover. Muslim students now outnumber Christian students in more than 30 British church schools. One Anglican primary school has a “100 percent Muslim population”. The Church of England estimated that about 20 of its schools have more Muslim students than Christian ones, and 15 Roman Catholic schools have majority Muslim students. In Germany as well, there are fears of a massive Muslim influx into the school system, and German teachers are openly denouncing the threat of a “ghettoization”.

France saw 34,000 fewer babies born last year than in 2014, a new report just found. The number of French women having children has reached its lowest level in 40 years. A low fertility rate has become a plague all over Europe: “In 1995 only one country, Italy, had more people over 65 than under 15; today there are 30 and by 2020 that number will hit 35.” Welcome to the “Greying of Europe“.

Additionally, if it were not for Muslim women, France would have an even lower birth rate: “With a fertility rate of 3.5 children per woman, the Algerians contribute significantly to the growth of the population in France”, wrote the well-known demographer Gérard-François Dumont.[1]

Thanks to Muslim migrants, Sweden’s maternity wards are busy these days.[2]

In Milan, Italy’s financial center, Mohammed is the top name among newborn babies. The same is true in London, in the four biggest Dutch cities and elsewhere in Europe, from Brussels to Marseille. It is Islam, not Christianity, that now saturates Europe’s landscape and imagination.

Meanwhile, Europe’s leaders are almost all childless. In Germany, Angela Merkel has no children, as British prime minister Theresa May and one of France’s leading presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron. As Europe’s leaders have no children and no reason to worry about the future (everything ends with them), they are now opening Europe’s borders to keep the continent in a demographic equilibrium. “I believe Europeans should understand that we need migration for our economies and for our welfare systems, with the current demographic trend we have to be sustainable”, said Federica Mogherini, the European Union representative for foreign affairs.

The Battle of Poitiers in 1356 was the high-water point of the Muslim tide in Western Europe. If Christians had not won, “perhaps,” wrote Edward Gibbon, “the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet”. Does that sound familiar these days?

Islamists take culture and history more seriously than Westerners do. Recently, in Paris, an Egyptian terrorist tried to strike the great museum, the Louvre. He planned to deface the museum’s artwork, he said, because “it is a powerful symbol of French culture”. Think about an Islamic extremist shouting “Allahu Akbar” while slashing the Mona Lisa. This is the trend we need to start reversing.

Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author.

 


[1] Dumont elaborates: “According to the latest available data, the fertility of women living in France and born in Algeria is 3.5 children per woman; those of Morocco and Tunisia are 3.3, those of Turkey 2.9”.

[2] A 25% increase in births was registered between 2001 and 2014 and the percentage of foreign-born nationals rose from 4% in the 1960s to 17% in 2015.

ISIS AND THE LEFT by J.R. Dunn, American Thinker, 19th September 2014

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , on September 20, 2014 by drjgelb

   ISIS AND THE AMERICAN LEFT    by J.R. Dunn, American Thinker, 19/09/2014

 

Since the appearance of ISIS, the usual suspects on the left — those in politics and the media in particular  — have bent over backwards to argue that it has nothing to do with President Obama, that his silly foreign policy, undergrad strategic considerations, and infinitely collapsible notion of American responsibilities, unfolded in a vacuum and could not possibly have had any effect on anything! No, the fault, of course, according to Obama, is that of George W. Bush and his neocon comrades.  By this twisted narrative, if it weren’t for Bush, a strong, wise, and humane Saddam Hussein would be present to destroy this Jihadi upsurge, exactly the way Gadhafi and Mubarak did.

 

This chatter has redoubled since ISIS tightened its hold on Syria and northern Iraq and Obama demonstrated himself incapable of mounting any sort of coherent resistance.  It can be found anywhere from the NYT to HuffPo to CNN, but I saw put most succinctly by Ron Fourier of the National Journal:

“Called again to confront a threat in the MiddleEast, Americans keep tripping over the baggage of George W.  Bush. In 2003, we trusted.  Not again.  The president vowed retribution against terrorists who slaughtered Americans. The Defense secretary and secretary of State spoke of imminent threats. The intelligence community leaked word of Americans-turned-terrorists and sleeper cells.  Those actions echo today, but Americans are of a different mind—not nearly as credulous, or as willing to fight.”

 

Utilizing foreign policy, whether successes or failures, to manipulate domestic politics is mostly an exercise in self-delusion, since there is rarely any one-to-one correlation involved. That is clearly the case with the Bush-wrecked-the-Middle-East argument. The Mideast being what it is, nobody ever comes out a clear winner.  The best that can be done is to control the latest blowup while preparing for the next.  Hoping for permanent closure in the sand-belt is a wish-fulfillment daydream.

 

That said, one thing that is utterly clear is that the current Mideast situation is not only largely the fault of Barack Obama, but of the entire American left, including politicians, academics, the media, and the entertainment world.  It was leftist policies (often non-policies) that triggered today’s chaos, that channeled it, and that has rendered solutions both difficult and ephemeral.  The Mideast today is an indictment of both Obama and the entire leftist cohort.  Compared to this crew, George W., whatever his errors and shortcomings, looks gigantic.  Whatever his mistakes, whatever he did wrong, we know this: when somebody finally nukes Manhattan, it won’t be Saddam Hussein. 

 

We’ll start the video rolling at 9/11, remaining fully aware that the operation itself was the direct result of Bill Clinton’s finickiness and timidity.  (Not to mention Jamie Gorelick’s obsessive tinkering with the nation’s counter-intelligence system.)

 

Even as the national reaction to the attack gathered force, the left set out to undermine it.  Recall the Californian politician whose first thought was to screech, “America, what did you do?”Those who joined him — and there were plenty — were blown back by the public response, deciding that momentary silence was the best policy. 

 

Except for Michael Moore.  The day after the attack, Moore blogged one of the most infamous phrases ever written about 9/11 (possibly excepting those of Ward Churchill). 

 

‘’If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him. Boston, New York, D.C., and the planes’ destination of California — these were the places that voted AGAINST Bush.”

 

This set the tone for further leftwing responses.  Bush was the story — not the terrorists, not the victims.  9/11 was simply more ammunition.  Bush was not going to be allowed a success.  The United States was not going to be allowed a victory.  While the left might not be capable of much in the way of positive achievement, it has always been great guns at destruction.  The U.S.  was going to feel the full force of that tendency. 

 

One development that for some reason stuck in my mind was a quickly staged New York performance of Bertolt Brecht’s Arturo Ui, the cast headed by Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi.  Brecht’s play was a satirical attack on Hitler, reworked to target Bush and the war effort, which was depicted as little different from Hitler’s takeover of Europe.  

 

This continued throughout the post attack period…..CHECKPOINT, a novel by high-class porn writer Nicholson Baker, a film, and at least two plays were published calling for the president’s assassination.  As a full revelation of the enormity of the Bush tyranny, the authors, directors, and publishers were immediately struck with… nothing.  No effort whatsoever was made to silence or even address these people.  If you tried such a thing concerning Obama today, the black suits and helicopters would descend upon you like hail.

 

The apotheosis was reached with Fahrenheit 911, a fake documentary by none other than Michael Moore himself, utilising the Bush/Hitler thesis to create doubt in the public mind and disrupt efforts against the Islamist threat. 

 

The left were clearly out to duplicate the experience of Vietnam.  In so doing, they gave direct encouragement to the Jihadis through assurances that the United States would not see the effort through, that it would be sabotaged from within, and that the Islamists would escape full retribution for their actions and eventually achieve their goals.  (As Michael Moore  himself put it: “They are minutemen. And they will win.) Much of this exact program, needless to say, was put into effect by the Obama administration. 

 

The first strike against the Jihadi strongholds,targeting Taliban Afghanistan, occurred too swiftly for the left to muster effective opposition.  (Ironically, I was on a panel the very day the campaign opened, persuading several left-wing feminists that such a strategy would favor Afghan women.  News of the attack came just as the panel was ending.  One of them raised her fist and shouted, “For the women ofAfghanistan!”)

 

The Bush administration’s greatest error of the campaign now unfolded — rather than take down Hussein’s Iraq in short order, the U.S.  paused for a year and a half.  The reasons remain unknown,though they probably involved mollifying the Cabinet’s more moderate members by kowtowing to the UN and a spineless Europe.  

 

This pause allowed the left to gather its forces, build up steam, and attack on a broad front.  This was the period of “blood for oil” mythology, along with the pseudo-Freudian interpretation that Bush was attempting to make up for his father’s failure in Iraq.  (At the same time, the left was praising Bush 41 as a great man who knew when to stop.) 

 

The most blatant effort involved direct personal support for Hussein, one of the foulest tyrants of the late 20th century. Leading the parade here were three Democratic representatives, Jim McDermott, David Bonior, and Jim Thompson, who, as the Coalition gathered its forces, flew to Baghdad at Saddam Hussein’s expense.  The three met personally with the dictator, though what was discussed remains unclear. 

 

At the same time hundreds of other sandal-wearers appeared in Iraq offering to serve as “human shields” for probable targets, demonstrating considerable faith that American pilots would be more humane than the Jihadis behind the September 11th attacks.  Though widely covered and praised by America’s patriotic media, these people vanished just before hostilities broke out.  (Many evidently made a mad dash across the country to the friendly Jordanian border.)

 

The Second Gulf War ended with victory, though serious flaws arose during the post-conflict occupation.  Media jumped on these failings while ignoring everything else.  Western reporters worked hand-in-glove with the Ba’athist resistance.  Palestinian stringers were utilised  few of whom, it goes without saying, had a constitutional revulsion against manipulating the facts.  Rocket attacks by insurgents were scheduled for the benefit of media cameras, and attacks were carried out with due regard for reporters’ deadlines.  You can examine major media outlets for the entire period of the war and not find a single reference to any of this. 

 

Scandals were inevitable amid the complexities of military occupation and national reconstruction and the media took full advantage of them when they appeared.  The most virulent involved Abu Ghraib, the main prison in Baghdad, where a National Guard MP unit largely composed of backwoods types tormented and humiliated a number of prisoners.  This was presented not as an isolated failure, but as a direct result of administration policies, and beyond that, the entire American effort.  Never did major media report that the problem lay in a command failure — the prison commander, Colonel Janet Karpinski, an affirmative-action promotion out of the Clinton era, scarcely set foot in the prison itself, allowing ill-disciplined and badly-led troops to run riot.  Mark this oneup to the feminists.

 

The same type of coverage was given to the main terrorist prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.  Gitmo was relentlessly characterized (by Senator Richard Durbin, among others) as a concentration camp on the same level as the Nazi camps or the Soviet Gulag.  Repeated reports– almost entirely fabricated — described torture, starvation, and petty harassment such as tossing Korans into toilets.  This received wisdom became one of Obama’s major campaign themes, leading him to promise to close the camp down within a year (six years later, that promise abides in Limbo along with many others.)

 

The true measure of Gitmo can be gained from the fact — universally both acknowledged and ignored — that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is a Gitmo grad, released in the stampede to let go “harmless” prisoners in hopes of bringing the numbers down.  (A process-easily picture: “We gotta let go ten! That’s what the DOD PR people say.  How about… Baghdadi.  Yeah — throw him in too!”) How many of his comrade mujahedin share his record is unknown, but the number is likely to be very high.  You will fail to find mention of this in any of the analyses of ISIS, but dude, it was, like, seven-eight years ago, right?

When the surge strategy was introduced to save the faltering Iraq occupation, both media and political leftists turned on its most capable advocate, Gen. David Petraeus, with a vengeance.  He was pilloried as a traitor, a fool, a front for the Bush administration.  No less a figure than Hillary Clinton called Petreaus a liar in the Senate on national television.  Following the success of the strategy, Petraeus was at last brought down by a cabal of corrupt, grasping females, none of whom should have been in the positions they were occupying. 

 

All this had two purposes: the destruction of an American president, first, and beyond that, the crippling of the United States as a whole in the face of a dramatic and global threat. 

 

Obama’s actions are merely icing on thecake.  He contemptuously tossed aside a recommendation by President Bushto maintain 20,000 troops in Iraq while refusing to negotiate a correlation of forces agreement with the Maliki government.  Iraq became the sole nationliberated by the U.S. in the past century with which no militaryconnection was maintained.  As a result, the incompetent Noori al-Malikiwas allowed to give full play to his more brutish instincts, quickly unravelingeverything the Coalition had built.  While it would be going too far tosay that this was what the Obama administration intended, the possibility wasprobably not overlooked either.

 

Beyond this we have the shadowy and ill-reported“Arab Spring” strategy evidently cooked up by a coven consisting of HillaryClinton, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice, the chief outcome of which has beenchaos in Libya and a massacre at Benghazi, near civil war in Egypt, and overallcollapse across the Mideast culminating in the rise of ISIS.  The Americanmedia has done nothing to expose or even allude to any of this.  We willlearn how it all actually unfolded at some point farther down the line –perhaps in twenty years or so. 

 

Obama’s full response was to insist that ISIS isactually called something else and to make a speech the content of which was evidentlycleared with none of our allies beforehand.  There it stands: a non-strategy featuring a non-alliance aimed at non-goals.  And it’s all George W. Bush’s fault.

As is almost always the case, none of the priceis being borne by the individuals responsible.  Thousands are dying under the most horrific circumstances conceivable.  Small children have been beheaded.  Entire villages buried alive.  Vast areas are in abjectchaos, with entire countries in danger of sliding into the sinkhole the regionhas become.  But Jim McDermott remains in office.  Steve Buscemi isstar of a successful cable series.  Hillary Clinton is on the verge ofannouncing her run for president.  Not a single word of regret has beenheard from any one of them.  Why should there be — do you think that Tina Fey has lost a minute’s sleep over providing cover for Vladimir Putin? (Thoughit should be added that ISIS victim James Foley was in effect a propagandist for Islam. His executionwas a calculated kick in the teeth for his leftist allies.)

 

 

There have been plenty of mistakes in dealingwith the Jihadi threat.  There are always mistakes in any complex effort,and there is something deeply wrong with the claim that this is not the case,and that the counterterrorism policy represents some kind of anomaly in anotherwise unsullied parade of triumphs.  But it’s also true that theactions of the left cannot be defined as “mistakes.” The American leftdeliberately undermined this country’s campaign against Islamist terrorists insupport of their own agenda.  Every element of the left — the feminists,the multiculturalists, the pacifists, the anti-militarists, the Marxists — hasplayed a part. 

 

So there’s considerableirony in seeing the ball at last in their court.  There can be littledoubt as to how badly they will handle it, with their “smart diplomacy,” their“soft power,” their “leading from behind.”  The inevitable result will beyet more unspeakable human suffering, as far as the eye can see, and the mindcan encompass.

 

 THE END.

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