Christopher Hitchens sez Mark Steyn’s new book is a welcome wake-up call
Mark Steyn’s new book is a welcome wake-up call.
In the prologue to his new book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, Mark Steyn sarcastically alludes to two people whom, in different ways, I know well. The first is novelist Martin Amis, ridiculed by Steyn for worrying about environmental apocalypse when the threat to civilization is obviously Islamism; the second is Jack Straw, formerly Tony Blair’s foreign secretary, mocked for the soft and conciliatory line he took over the affair of the Danish cartoons. The dazzling fiction writer and the pedestrian social-democratic politician are for Steyn dual exemplars of his book’s main concern: the general apathy and surrender of the West in the face of a determined assault from a religious ideology, or an ideological religion, afflicted by no sickly doubt about what it wants or by any scruples about how to get it.
I might quibble about Steyn’s assessmentâ€”Amis has written brilliantly about Mohammed Atta’s death cult, for example, while Jack Straw made one of the best presentations to the UN of the case for liberating Iraq. But it’s more useful to point out two things that have happened between the writing of this admirably tough-minded book and its publication. Jack Straw, now the leader of the House of Commons, made a speech in his northern English constituency in October, in which he said that he could no longer tolerate Muslim women who came to his office wearing veils. The speech catalyzed a long-postponed debate not just on the veil but on the refusal of assimilation that it symbolizes. It seems to have swung the Labour Party into a much firmer position against what I call one-way multiculturalism. Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed the shift with a December speech emphasizing the “duty” of immigrants to assimilate to British values.
3 thoughts on “Facing the Islamist Menace”
I am posting this link of another view on Islam. Anyone who is interested should get familiar with some facts.
Reading both the above article and Gramfan’s link it is hard to not conclude
that Islam is the most deadly and insidious philosophy ever devised-there’s nothing divine about it at all. The fact that this philosophy sprang from the demented mind of Mo and that he is revered as the perfect man makes it all the more frightening.
“Islam is the most deadly and insidious philosophy ever devised-thereâ€™s nothing divine about it at all. The fact that this philosophy sprang from the demented mind of Mo and that he is revered as the perfect man makes it all the more frightening. ”
You are sooooooooooo right!
I am not a religious person, but when I look at other philosophies I can see merit in most of them. There is but one that has none.
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