Justin Trudeau has just become the 29th Canadian prime minister. Son of the most famous Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, the new PM also leads the Liberal Party. His party received 39% of the vote. Conservative Stephen Harper, who has led the country for almost a decade, conceded defeat.
Canadian elections do not normally make a big difference. This one might.
Within 24 hours of taking over, Mr. Trudeau ordered the Royal Canadian Air Force to stop bombing ISIS in Syria, thereby effectively withdrawing from the Coalition against the terror group. By doing this, it is hoped that Canada will not suffer further terrorist attacks.
This decision came a day after ISIS called for Palestinians in Israel to step up their attacks on Israelis. Instead of stabbing Jews or running them over, they are now being urged to set them alight. The strength of ISIS is in Syria and Iraq. Mr. Trudeau’s second act is likely to be opening the doors wider for Syrian refugees, ironically a move that almost guarantees further terrorist attacks. What’s happening in Israel is almost certainly going to become a daily occurrence in Europe, North America and Australia in the months and years to come.
However, it’s all part of a trend throughout Western countries, of compromise with Islam, compromise that is assuredly leading to the Death of the West.
Yesterday, Bret Stephens, one of my favorite writers, wrote in his weekly Wall Street Journal column, that Europe is compromising itself out of existence, pointing out the same threat from Islam. The Europeans are unwilling to spend more on defense and are yielding to international pressure on immigration. He seemed to write off European civilization, which is now in its death throes. Europe has lost its way.
“What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Still less do they believe in fighting or sacrificing or paying or even arguing for these things. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart.” (“In Defense of Christendom,” Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal, 10/19/15).
What Mr. Stephens had to say was absolutely correct, as is almost always the case when he writes. What he did not say, however, is that the same suicidal tendencies exist on this side of the Atlantic, as we saw in Monday’s Canadian election. We see it also in the US, as I wrote last week in my post “Islamization continues.”
While Americans may lament the state of Europe, they often fail to see the same problems in the US.
It’s true that Europeans no longer believe in the Judeo-Christian beliefs that were a part of their history, but nor do most Americans.
Mr. Stephens also wrote: “Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent. It isn’t that Europe stands for nothing. It’s that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary.”
Europeans, North Americans and Australians have turned their backs on their Judeo-Christian heritage and can no longer see clearly the threats posed to their existence.
They should heed the words from that Christian heritage: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). The West has lost its vision.
The entire Western world is compromising itself out of existence.
I should add that not all Europeans have lost their vision – Russia’s leader still has his. The world woke up today to see Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Moscow, visiting his benefactor and protector, Vladimir Putin. Russian military might is making a big difference in Syria. This is the first time in four years the Syrian president has felt secure enough to leave the country! Putin has the will to defeat ISIS –whether he can or not remains to be seen.
With that in mind, note the following headline from MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute):