We Grope Together And Avoid Speech

Making the rounds yesterday was a stern item from Patrick Buchanan on terrorism and the modern West. An excerpt:

What has happened to a West that once ruled the world?

By any measure — military, economic, scientific — the Islamic State, compared to the West, is a joke.

What the Islamists do have, however, is this: If they can reach the West and are willing to give up their lives, and can learn how to fire an AK-47 or construct a suicide vest, they can terrify the peoples of the West by slaughtering dozens or scores of them.

For 10 days, ISIS killers have dominated world news, television, print and social media. So doing, they have engendered a real fear in the heart of Western man.

The strength of ISIS, of the Islamist militants, of those willing to die driving the “Crusaders” out of their lands, beheading infidels, imposing sharia, attacking the West, lies in an emptiness in the soul of Western Man.

Many Europeans are the “hollow men” of T. S. Eliot’s depiction.

They have repudiated their cradle faith Christianity, apologized for the sins of their fathers and sought to make reparations, embraced La Dolce Vita, materialism and hedonism, freeloaded off U.S. defense for 70 years, ceased to have children, thrown open their borders to former colonial peoples to come and repopulate the continent, and turned their back on patriotism to celebrate diversity and globalism.

They invited the world in. And the world is coming to enjoy the lavish fruits of their welfare states and, one day, will be using the West’s concept of one-man, one-vote to rule the countries that ruled their ancestors.

The colonized are slowly becoming the conquerors.

The challenge of ISIS is not entirely unhealthy. It will tell us whether Europe has the will to survive.

What will it be, then? Bang or whimper?

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5 Comments

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    Posted November 24, 2015 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    Well I must say that in spite of the problems I have with Pat on other matters, he has nailed the challenge facing Western Europe. And us too.

    Posted November 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink
  3. I actually do give a damn. But the Europe that’s been dominated by the execrable Left since the end of World War II brought this on themselves, as intelligent and sane people have been saying (it seems like) forever.

    As the saying goes, “Qui sème le vent récolte l’arome de la tempête [He who sows the wind (from his ass) reaps the aroma of the storm].” The French especially ignored such words of wisdom.

    So as we say in the good ole’ U.S. of A., “Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke.” But I mean that in a good way …

    Posted November 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Whitewall says

    Henry, your erudition is unmatched in the blogosphere…

    Posted November 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  5. Why, thank you, Robert.

    Posted November 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Permalink