After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush assured the world that America was not at war with Islam. But terrorist attacks throughout Europe showed that Islamists are war with the West. Rooted in traditionalism, Islam despises freedom, stifles progress, and buries critical thought. Islamic doctrine rejects everything that Europe and the West have built up over the past three thousand years. Islam is not a religion, but an oppressive ideology posing as one. We owe it to history to defend the future of the West.
We Fight for the West Because We Owe It to Liberty
Islamic terrorism is but another wave of the collectivist threat that European peoples so bravely fought throughout history. Leonidas and the Spartans stalled the Persian hordes at the Battle of the Hot Gates in 480 BCE. The ensuing events gave birth to Greek democracy and its recognition of the individual. In 9 CE, Arminius united the Germanic tribes that slew the Roman dragon in the Black Forest, thwarting further Roman conquest. Alaric and the Visigoths first sacked Rome in 410.
In the eleventh century, European knights waged the Crusades against Islam in their attempt to restore the holy lands. In the thirteenth century, we held our ground against the Mongol invaders led by Genghis Khan and his successors. Vastly outnumbered, fearless European soldiers decimated the Islamic Ottoman armies at the Siege of Vienna in 1529, and again at the 1683 Battle of Vienna. We emerged from the Dark Ages to conquer the world, promote modern medicine, introduce the rule of law and spread education everywhere we established a civilization. Facing the worst in ourselves, we defeated twentieth-century fascism and communism.
Who are we to forsake freedom now? While attacking foreign nations may not be in our best interest, we have no excuse but to defend civilization at home. In the name of liberty, our forefathers demand that we fight tyranny wherever it shows its face.
We Fight for the West Because We Owe It to Life
Islam’s terrorists don’t hate the West for its perceived wrongdoings, but because the West’s technological advancement and economic success make Islamic civilization look bad. According to the World Values Survey, Islamic nations value traditionalism over rational thought, and survivalist attitudes over self-expression. Thus Islam diagonally opposes everything that Europe and the West stand for. While many Westerners mistakenly believe that “the desire for free choice and autonomy is a universal human aspiration”, the collectivist peoples of Islam, in fact, reject freedom. Muslims renounce their own equality for they consider equality to non-Muslims an insult to their prophet, the perfect Muslim whose life they wish to imitate.
Unsurprisingly, all of over fifty nations that suffer a majority Islamic population have failed to produce a single democracy. Turkey, at one time being the only exception under the secular rule of Atatürk, has fallen victim to Islamists who swiftly reversed progress. Traditionalist Islam effectively hates modernity. For example, the name of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram literally means ‘to forbid Western education’. But then how do Islamists, who reject Western knowledge, acquire Western levels of wealth? Conquest.
Who are we to submit our lives to barbarism? We have no alternative but to defend a culture of rational thought and self-expression. In the name of life, we must fight traditionalism wherever it robs children of their future.
We Fight for the West Because We Owe It to Love
In the past half-century, Europe in particular absorbed mass immigration of mostly poorly educated people from the Islamic world. Contrary to a persistent belief held by the progressive left, immigrants do not assimilate their social, cultural and religious values. The values of any given civilization are neither superior nor universal, but they are Spenglerian, i.e. specific to a people. While many immigrants integrate well in terms of jobs and paying taxes, most retreat into ethnic enclaves that remain visible for centuries. Mass immigration’s Trojan horse not only brought cheap labor and educable talent, but also hostile attitudes towards recipient populations.
When we extend the idea of equality not just to people, but also to their beliefs, then the naive welfare states of the West end up serving as Lebensraum, or birth ground, for anti-Western ideologies to take root. Ideologies that hate individual freedom. Ideologies that hate you. The solution is to recalibrate and solidify our values. Firstly, freedom is not what you hold hostage for yourself, but what you grant others. Secondly, tolerance and equal treatment are two-way streets. Thirdly, those who seek the democratic vote in order to undermine democracy disqualify themselves from the electorate.
Who are we not to defend our values? We must offer future generations the foundations that they need in order to thrive and succeed. In the name of love for our culture, we must defend Western values wherever uncontrolled immigration threatens to eat away at them.
A Time for Choosing
For the first time in history, the common enemy that is Islamic terrorism unites the peoples of the world. Together we can make a stand for the progress of all mankind. We fight Islam because we prefer light to darkness. We fight because we must.