Mark Steyn explores Western Civilization’s lack of confidence in this critically important article….. Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for linking this essential read.
A Must Read.
It’s the Demography, Stupid
The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.
Steyn warns readers that what he has written takes a strong stomach to digest. It’s important to read this article because his points are so chillingly veracious.
Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries.
There’ll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands–probably–just as in Istanbul there’s still a building called St. Sophia’s Cathedral. But it’s not a cathedral; it’s merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate.
The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West.
This is a chilling bit of thought but having actually lived in Europe in the past five years and experienced the changes in its population I am compelled to recognize the truth of the matter. It is almost a reverse, subliminal crusade. We were stationed in Germany twenty five years ago and the changes in the population in the year 2000 (our second tour in Germany) were striking. A simple (but anecdotal) example is this……When we called the engineers on our Army post to send us plumbers to fix the flooding basement Lebanese plumbers arrived, not German.
London was full of people from India when we visited in 1978…… when we returned in 2000 many Londoners were from northern Africa. We noticed the same thing when we visited France. The hoteliers were not French but Algerian. On the way to a little village in Alsace in 2001 we made a bathroom stop and the place just outside of Strasbourg was a Muslim swimclub. I found it odd at the time but this was just months before 911 and I didn’t give it much thought.
The radically changing Demographics in Europe are what Steyn has addressed……. not Radical Islam, although it is the bullet that is placed in the gun. Muslims have a great track record of sticking to their centuries old hatred of and opposition to….. Israel, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians…etc. In other words, Radical Islamists haven’t had a change of heart for centuries…… they continue in their Jihads. They immigrate to the western world. And they reproduce. Much more than Westerners. There is nothing wrong with immigration, or reproduction for any population except that this particular group doesn’t assimilate or embrace Western values. As the riots in France have demonstrated, the rage against the culture of France carries with it demands from some of the Muslims to be allowed their own kind of government. Sharia.
Yet while Islamism is the enemy, it’s not what this thing’s about. Radical Islam is an opportunistic infection, like AIDS: It’s not the HIV that kills you, it’s the pneumonia you get when your body’s too weak to fight it off. When the jihadists engage with the U.S. military, they lose–as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq. If this were like World War I with those fellows in one trench and us in ours facing them over some boggy piece of terrain, it would be over very quickly. Which the smarter Islamists have figured out. They know they can never win on the battlefield, but they figure there’s an excellent chance they can drag things out until Western civilization collapses in on itself and Islam inherits by default.
Steyn addresses the Wests lack of civilizational confidence and how it has been chipped away by liberal agendas in education and government.
That’s what the war’s about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder”–as can be seen throughout much of “the Western world” right now. The progressive agenda–lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism–is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism.
Please……take multiculturalism. It’s almost a dirty word to many teachers and eyes are rolled with dread at the hearing of it, because most have endured multiple multicultural workshops. These workshops are promoted in public schools using varied descriptions and terms but the bottom line is to “instruct” teachers not to be judgmental of other cultures no matter how self destructive, not to mention Christianity, to be careful about teaching about the Civil War because it could be considered too devisive ( a teacher friend of mine was actually counseled by her principal) and most importantly……never, never, ever attempt to engender pride in or love of country.
This has resulted in many teachers throwing up their hands in frustration and leaving the profession. And another generation of children grow up learning nothing about the great things that have been accomplished in the Western World.
We are left with educators more concerned with how many breaks the Union has been able to obtain for them during contract negotiations. These educators gripe about No Child Left Behind constantly but just try mentioning what happens to teachers of girls in Islamic societies and see the reaction.
Steyn writes that multiculturalism turns out to be the best friend of Radical Islam and its destructive culture. Since we are programed to be non-judmental we can’t judge the Mohammed Attas of the world….. after all they have their own grievances against our imperialistic, capitalistic, culture.
Another intersection with Radical Islam is called to mind…. progressives push for social change with the gay marriage agenda….and they’re getting results…..recently a man in The Netherlands married two women who are bi-sexual. Feminists may cheer but this doesn’t impower women…. it debases them. It puts the formerly Western culture in touch with the Mullah and his two, three, or four wives.
There is much more to this Steyn piece but I will just stop here with this stark, Steynian quote which should make us all want to stand up and take the culture back. Not with an angry Pat Buchanan scowl but with the realization that if we don’t we will be one day naming our children Mohammed…..but that’s really judgmental of me. So I will leave it to Mark Steyn’s profundity.
Well, here’s my prediction for 2032: unless we change our ways the world faces a future . . . where the environment will look pretty darn good. If you’re a tree or a rock, you’ll be living in clover. It’s the Italians and the Swedes who’ll be facing extinction and the loss of their natural habitat.
Welcome Hugh Hewitt readers. Hugh has links to many others commenting on Steyn’s piece. All very thoughtful and interesting. Read them. And read Steyn’s complete piece. And thanks for visiting.