There’s an incredible disconnect in the western world right now.
A few days ago, we witnessed the Brussels bombings that killed 35 and sent hundreds to area hospitals. Many are maimed for life.
Then, on Easter Sunday, the world witnessed a deliberate bombing of Christian families in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed more than twice as many people as the bombs in Brussels. Many of the victims were children. Muslims were killed as well as Christians, but the target was a Christian gathering, with the intent to kill as many as possible, especially children. Less than 48 hours later, Sky News in England revealed that ISIS has plans to attack Jewish kindergartens in Turkey. Children have clearly become prime targets for Islamic militants.
Faced with the prospect of more terrorism in the years to come, each attack ratcheting up the intensity and the carnage, an anti-immigrant rally was held in Brussels on Sunday. The rally was quickly condemned as being made up of “hooligans,” “right wing thugs,” “racists” and “neo-Nazis.” None of their concerns was addressed.
Older people know that the West as it is now is the direct result of more than five decades of liberal and leftist thinking that has created the multicultural, mixed race, mixed religions, environment we are now living in. It’s a disaster. Yet the creators of this mess insist on more of the same.
The BBC World Service (radio) Monday broadcast an interview with Dominic Grieve, a British Conservative politician and Member of the Privy Council, therefore very much a member of the British Establishment. He was asked a number of questions relating to security in light of the Belgian attacks, in the series “HardTalk.” His position was predictable, that the vast majority of Muslims, including Syrian immigrants, are appreciative of living in the West and don’t want to cause trouble.
The news then followed with an update on the Pakistani bombing.
It is clear that there is a very anti-Christian element in Islam. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to defend British Christians against all such threats, but this will be difficult to do when over three million Muslims live in the country.
It’s glaringly obvious to a growing number of people that these two religions cannot mix. But Mr. Grieve implied there is a need for greater efforts to achieve “assimilation.” Somehow, as with everything else, the West is at fault.
The incident in Brussels inspired an article by Raheem Kassam, which appeared in the Middle East Forum. It was originally written for Breitbart, a conservative publication. The title of the article was: “Enough with Teddy Bears and Tears: It’s time to take our civilization back.”
Mr. Kassam writes: “Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.”
This is so true – because we don’t know what to do, or rather because we are afraid to take the necessary steps, we hold all-night vigils, pile up the flowers and the teddy bears, sing “We shall overcome” and promise to tell Muslims that we love them, thinking that will change everything. Even the Pope, for many the leader of the Christian West, prayed for western countries to embrace more refugees on Easter Sunday, rather than clearly condemning the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries. One day later came news that a Catholic priest was crucified on Good Friday by Islamic State.
In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a “crusade” to the Holy Land to end the persecution of Christians. Pope Urban’s reaction to reports of massacres was more understandable than Pope Francis’ reaction a thousand years later.
People in the West today, after seven decades of cultural appeasement, will do anything except fight.
I’m not talking about fighting a war, necessarily. But there’s no fight to even stand up for our ideals, our history, our values, our culture. Instead, we simply wait for the next attack.
Mr. Kassam’s article also said: “Our security services and our police, hamstrung by political correctness, are just as interested (or more?) in rounding up Twitter “hate speech” offenders than criminal, rapist, or terrorist migrants. Our borders are as porous as our brains. We refuse to realize that there are now literally millions of people amongst us who hate us. Who hate our way of life, and who will, one day, dominate our public life.”
The teddy bears that are being left at memorials to suicide bombers owe their origin to President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, whose foreign policy was summed up in the expression “speak softly and carry a big stick!” Diplomacy, in other words, must be backed up by force. Western leaders today seem only capable of speaking softly, if at all.
Breaking news, as I write, has Hillary Clinton criticizing Donald Trump over his wanting to end Muslim immigration. She then asked: “What would that mean for a nation founded on religious freedom?” Mrs. Clinton must know that religious freedom was not extended to Muslims until 1965. Before that, immigration was strictly restricted mostly to people of European descent. It was the Clinton’s friend, Senator Edward Kennedy, who sponsored the bill that liberalized immigration in 1965.
We are building up to a major clash between the Islamic world and the post-Christian West. Today’s Western leader, seems content to do little or nothing. It’s up to the Europeans to save western civilization.
At the weekend, the McLaughlin Group on PBS discussed the Brussels attacks and the responses of US presidential candidates, who seem disillusioned with NATO (whose headquarters are in Brussels) and feel the Europeans need to do more to defend themselves. Germany specifically was mentioned as a wealthy nation that can do more. Note the following:
“On Wednesday, the German cabinet adopted a four year budget plan that would dramatically increase spending on the military, police, and intelligence services.
“German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (Christian Democrats, CDU) did not mince words at a press conference Wednesday, declaring, “The central points of this budget and finance plan are of course the internal and external security of our country.” (World Socialist Web)
Bible prophecy shows that the reaction to the rising threat from radical Islam is going to come from a union of ten nations in Europe, a union only Germany can lead.
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” (Daniel 11:40)
Revelation 17 is a chapter about the historical revivals of the Roman Empire. One still lies ahead. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (verses 12 & 13). The “beast” is the supreme European leader of the revived Roman Empire, a European centered union of ten nations with great military power. This power is destined to fill the vacuum left by the United States.
I don’t normally agree with anything Eleanor Clift says on the McLaughlin Group, but this week I did. She told the much younger British regular, Tom Rogan, there was a very good reason why we don’t want to rearm Germany. He was the first one to suggest it. As the post-World War II generation dies off, few will think of World War II and the dire threat Germany and Japan posed to the world. Instead, they will simply say America can’t do it all, rich countries like Germany and Japan should spend more. The result is not likely to be a good one.