Western civilization is not indestructible. It needs to be actively defended. While the Saudis have invested at least $2 billion a year over the last 30-years to spread their own radical fundamentalist Islam, The response of the US and western Europe has been to kow-tow to “multi-culturalism” rather than to suggest that western civilization has created a higher standard of living and has protected the rights of ordinary citizens to a degree unknown in other civilizations. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch parliament, says:
What do the controversies around the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the eviction of American missionaries from Morocco earlier this year, the minaret ban in Switzerland last year, and the recent burka ban in France have in common? All four are framed in the Western media as issues of religious tolerance. But that is not their essence. Fundamentally, they are all symptoms of what the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington called the “Clash of Civilizations,” particularly the clash between Islam and the West.
Huntington’s argument is worth summarizing briefly for those who now only remember his striking title. The essential building block of the post-Cold War world, he wrote, are seven or eight historical civilizations of which the Western, the Muslim and the Confucian are the most important.
The balance of power among these civilizations, he argued, is shifting. The West is declining in relative power, Islam is exploding demographically, and Asian civilizations—especially China—are economically ascendant. . . .
Thus the survival of the West depends on Americans, Europeans and other Westerners reaffirming their shared civilization as unique—and uniting to defend it against challenges from non-Western civilizations.
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