Western Survival Depends on Western Pride

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Warraq declares that if their system is to endure, Westerners must acknowledge that “the great ideas of the West — rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state, the rule of law and equality under the law, freedom of thought and expression, human rights, and liberal democracy — are superior to any others devised by humankind.” Likewise, it is critical to compare Western ideals to those of the Islamists, which are antithetical to liberty and increasingly threaten it. A glance at how women and minorities are treated by strict Islamic law is sufficient to expose multiculturalism’s “lie that all cultures are worthy of equal respect and equally embracing of individual freedom and democracy,” to quote reformist Muslim Salim Mansur.

The advance of Islamism can be checked only if the West unabashedly reasserts its core values. As feminist icon Phyllis Chesler warns in her review of Warraq’s book, liberalization of the Islamic world “will never happen unless Westerners engage in the most spirited defense of Western freedoms,” because “this is the best way we can strengthen our like-minded allies who are trapped in theologically fundamentalist Muslim countries.” The same vigor is required at home to reverse deleterious multicultural policies that have fostered extremism, not integration. David Cameron, the British prime minister, has contended that the remedy involves “less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a much more active, muscular liberalism” that “believes in certain values and actively promotes them. … It says to its citizens, this is what defines us as a society: to belong here is to believe in these things.”

At the very least, governments need to draw a clear line between Western principles that will not be surrendered and Islamist ones that will not be tolerated. Hints of the requisite approach are seen in Canada’s citizenship guide, which states that the country’s “openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices” such as honor violence and female genital mutilation, and the German interior minister’s recent comments that “those who reject freedom and democracy have no future here.”

Jihadists’ ultimate success or failure at “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” and institutionalizing Islam in its place, a goal enunciated by the Muslim Brotherhood, depends more on the West than the Islamists. It will never come to pass unless it is facilitated by a slow-motion cultural suicide at the hands of leftist elites who insist that no society is better than any other, downgrade their own civilization’s accomplishments, do nothing to protect the West, and smear anybody who contradicts them.

Will the decades ahead be shaped by unapologetic pride in the West’s objectively superior system, as voiced by Claude Guéant? Or will the mindset of his critics prevail, thus sapping morale, projecting weakness, emboldening Islamists, and accelerating the decay? If the former, the West will survive — because it will have chosen survival. If the latter, the new barbarians will not have to climb over the gates as in days of yore; they will simply stroll through the ones opened for them by Western apathy.

David J. Rusin is a research fellow at Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

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  • Anthony

    Create an “Enemies of the State” list. Proceed then to tear these traitors arguments apart with extreme mercilessness. Do mass mailings, lampoon them as the intellectual paperweights they are.

    Organize a liberal/Marxist/socialist convention, then when they arrive inside,PCM the doors and play videos of Islamic preachers and street scenes from their ghettos. At the conclusion, have thousands of condoms fall like confetti on them. Then, drop a huge net on them, scoop them up by helicopter, and drop them in Saudi Arabia.

    Problem number one, elimination of traitors complete.

  • TruthinIslam

    Claude Guéant has nothing to apologize for; eurotrash socialist islamist appeasers are the ones who should be apologizing to their fellow europeans for letting in the disease of islamism into europe in the name of multiculturalism (too bad there's no multiculturalism in the islamic world; it's a "monoculture".)
    Western values of human rights, freedom & democracy are far superior to islamic "values". God gave me the right to think for myself; in islam that "right" doesn't exist; it's "follow the koran, or else…". Western values is why the execrable muchiboy & maturin can voice their opinions, no matter how flawed or bigoted. Freedom is superior to submission. The Judeo-Christian God gave us freedom; the Islamic satan, Allah, gave us submission & slavery.

  • tagalog

    Sadly, one of the cultural qualities that makes Western civilization superior to other cultures is our willingness to question our premises. That quality has been strained so far that we now assume our culture is bad when the original intent was to encourage us to be constantly striving to be better, more thorough, in better command of the world and ourselves. Instead, we have less command of those things.

    As a part-time college instructor, I find it both frustrating and confounding that students have, apparently, NEVER taken a course where it was pointed out to them just exactly (in math, science, commerce, philosophy, and so on) how Western civilization is different from (and superior to) other civilizations. Apparently, there are very few teachers out there who teach that kind of thing. So I point out various authors (such as Will Durant) who they can read to get a grounding (not a better grounding -they have no grounding to improve) on this issue. I doubt if most of them bother to do that reading. It's just too boring for them.

    • "gunner"

      i have never enjoyed a "college education" and i consider myself fortunate for that. i have however made a lifelong habit of reading widely in the literature of our western civilisation, from the ancient greeks to modern authors, and i've acquired that grounding your students seem to lack. their thinking that the reading you suggest is "too boring" is a grievous error, western history is a millennial adventure, from the epic story of gilgamesh to the landings on the moon, fulfilling one of mankinds most ancient dreams. you are indeed a teacher, and i hope one day you will find a student who catches your fire and carries it onward.

  • muchiboy

    Agreed.muchiboy

  • muchiboy

    Arrogance and ignorance can be both damaging and damning,to both or all parties.The gains of each generation,and societies,may indeed be thought of as having been built on the ruins,ideas and legacies of other,earlier and maybe inferior cultures or societies.
    Africans gave us fire. Jews gave us one God.Arabs originated civilization.the Indian mind gave us chess.Romans gave us structure.Greeks gave us ideas.Chinese gave us paper.Humanity comprises all cultures and ideas.Today we really do stand on the shoulders of giants,and lessers,too.muchiboy

    • http://www.numbersusa.com/content/ First_One

      The attacks on the Western Civilization are attacks on Christianity and the very foundation of freedom. The Western civilization is unlike anything that has ever taken place in the history of the world. I find the references to other cultures patronizing and misleading at best. It is interesting that you left out European culture! Lets take a look at some things:
      1) Africa – one of the oldest cultures, 10,000 years?. They live in total poverty and ignorance. South Africa took a dump when Black rule took over.
      2) Jewish – about 6,000 years? They gave us things like socialism and communism. They have infected every culture that they are in.
      3) Arab – about 6,000 years? Before the anti-Christ muslims came along they developed the number zero, 0. The muslim has been the destroyer of civilization.
      4) Indian (East) – about 5,000 years? What real and lasting developments?
      5) Greek – 3,000 years? Philosophy and the experiment called democracy.
      6) Roman – 1,000 years? Government, and Christianity!

      The Western Christian Civilization – 2000 years. Unprecedented in the history of the world. Religion, Liberty, Law, Medicine, Science, Technology, Food, Productivity ….. et al, NO CONTEST! Nothing comes close! We have come from a horse and wagon to interplanetary travel in less than 2000 years! From talking over a camp fire to communication anywhere in the world (and to other worlds) in less than 2000 years! From blood sucking leaches to transplanting hearts in 250 years! From angry, vain and vengeful gods to our loving Lord Jesus Christ! NO one comes close!

      • aspacia

        Jew provided the basis for most of the West's laws, and Israel is a secular land. Review the Ten Commandments. Greeks provided a huge amount of science and math too.

        A Deist who intensely dislikes Christian bigots like you.

  • http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com Robert A. Hall

    I highly recommend, “Civilization: The West and the Rest” by Niall Ferguson, a Scots historian now at Harvard. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    All royalties go to help wounded veterans
    For a free PDF of my book, write tartanmarine(at)gmail.com

    • TruthinIslam

      I highly recommend a PBS series & the book from it called "Connections" by James Burke, which basically explains how western civilization developed through technology, democracy,capitalism, freedom of thought & hard work.
      Also, i highly recommend a Discovery Channel show from 1995 or so & the book, called "Triumph of the West" which shows how western civilization rest abve the rest of the worlds' civilizations. Democracy, freedom, and the right to the fruits of ones' labors is what made western civilization the preeminent culture in the world today.
      P.S. Once again, muchiboy is worng. Arabs didn't invent civilization, they invented caravan raiding. The Assyrian & Babylonians had 1 thriving civilization thousands years before arabs.

      • aspacia

        So did the Indians and Chinese.

  • "gunner"

    @ robert a. hall,
    thank you robert, i'll look up ferguson's book, it sounds interesting. (inter library loan is a friend, even before the internet was born.)
    semper fi.

  • Piera Prister

    J' accuse
    There is no western pride!I accuse You, France, for the progrom which just happened in Toulouse, I accuse You ,France, for what happened at Unesco, I accused You for having kept secret until 1995 the round up in Paris of 6000 Jewish children to be sent to Auschwitz, July 1942. Even the bestseller book, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay on that subject was turned down by more than 20 French editors, until was published. The hit nobody wanted. Don' you have any shame at last?
    Vive la France!

    • aspacia

      France has committed great sins, but so has the U.S.A., UK, Germany, Japan, etc. The point is that the West is far more inclined to protect its citizens than the ME.

  • aspacia

    True!