“Understand this: Turkey is a country whose warnings should be taken seriously and listened to. Don’t test Turkey’s patience.–Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, Serdar Kilic
EUROPE: Guess What’s Filling That Moral Vacuum YOU Created?
So many angles of the clash between worldviews of Europe and Islam are being explored these days, but one particular angle seems to be consistently overlooked, even downplayed.
Opinions abound around issues of xenophobia, root causes, violence, “true” religion or “hijacked” religion, immigration, security, culture, conquest, and so on.
Many pontificate about the reasons particular Western targets are chosen — fumbling around with words like Western Values, or wealth disparity, etc.
But are we paying attention to the actual, stated reasons, when they are given us? They aren’t political, economic or cultural reasons. They are explicitly Religious.
When claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks: “In a blessed battle… believers… set out targeting the capital of prostitution and vice, the lead carrier of the cross in Europe — Paris” (Quote in context here).
Two very specific points are made. They are attacking what they see as moral corruption, and they are attacking a city that — however untrue it may be today — historically, was very much associated with Christianity.
We love to point fingers at the Crusades, that they were a great historical evil, but neglect the wider context that Western armies were called upon in response to Islam’s aggressive Empire-building, militarily swallowing up of areas that were the seedbed of Christianity.
In previous generations, Europe was the breakwater that the waves of Islamic expansion crashed against before being turned away. Not so now. And that statement by the attackers sheds some light in it.
Previously, Europe resisted two pitfalls. We were not fully conquered — even when their military held the advantage — and more importantly, we were not assimilated. We were not, despite the fact that Islam’s dhimmi laws echo Secularism’s approach to rival religion in the public square — suppression of traditional belief, and actively inviting, and rewarding its abandonment.
We were able to resist, because we held to something that defined us, called us to virtue, courage, endurance and hope. That same “something” was actively undermined by Enlightenment philosophers, and — in Paris itself — saw a bloody purge during the Reign of Terror.
That “something” (historical Christian faith) was replaced with a variety of -isms, some of them religious, some of them political, others a more basically hedonistic grasping for money, pleasure or power.
So, when reporters gloss over the song that was playing when the slaughter began — “Kiss the Devil” — they overlook the very impetus of the attackers.
They believed themselves the righteous, purging the world of evildoers. They do not distinguish between the paganism or the Christianity of the West, believing the former to be part of the latter.
They attack us, because they still see us as the Great Enemy we once were, the same one that pushed back their empire, retaking Spain and Southeast Europe.
Our resistance is now feeble, in part, because we no longer know who we are, or for what we stand. We’ve jettisoned our values, and replaced them with Politically Correct platitudes.
The condemnation of Israel in Isaiah 3, is become true also of us. (“I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them”) with the reason given later in the same chapter (“for Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying His glorious presence”).
And so, now that we’ve identified the moral vacuum, what will we do about it?
[More on the connection between Europe’s moral vacuum and the feeble reply to Islamism is available here].
From the Elder of Ziyon:
I mention this because we should recall that this is what the modern Left in the modern West has reduced us to: a twittering, gibbering puddle of competing neuroses — some sincere, most not.
Then some real triggering went off in Paris. And instead of students falling over themselves to pretend to be more wounded than the next, people the same age as they and younger were being gunned down in Paris by the score for having a drink or going to a concert or football match. Of course, the major tragedy was that so many lives had been lost or destroyed so un-mendably. But one follow-on grief was that once again the people who should be in positions of power decided to check out.
The American president’s cursory remarks on the tragedy sounded like someone not merely phoning it in but visibly yearning for the post-presidential speaking and golf circuit.
.His secretary of state, meanwhile, used the aftermath of the slaughter of 130 people in a European capital to vow “resolve.” Perhaps the average French memory can still stretch back ten months.
If so, they will be suitably cool about the promise. For that was the last time Secretary John Kerry had to respond to a brutal massacre in Paris. On that occasion he turned up late with the guitarist James Taylor. To a visibly pained audience, James Taylor sang, on behalf of Kerry and the whole American people, “You’ve got a friend.” It is hard to think of a more mawkishly insulting diplomatic offering. The French foreign minister turning up in New York a week after 9/11 and hauling along a Gallic crooner to sing “Que sera sera”? Of course John Kerry made it worse, as he always does, by saying that he had turned up in the wake of the slaughter of twelve journalists and four Jews to “share a hug with Paris.”
This time Kerry made things worse still by implying that, whereas January’s attacks had some “legitimacy” or “rationale,” these were indiscriminate. The only thing that linked them, in Secretary Kerry’s eyes, was of course that they had “nothing to do with Islam.” Here in Britain and across Europe, politicians are conspicuously uttering this lie less and less because the public finds it less and less believable. But Kerry plods earnestly along. This latest attack, he said, “has nothing to do with Islam; it has everything to do with criminality, with terror, with abuse, with psychopathism — I mean, you name it.” Sure, so long as you don’t name it “Islam.”
Sam Harris PodCast: On the Maintenance of Civilization – A Conversation with Douglas Murray