For a Great Power to remain great it must be willing to do what is right, to act in its own behalf, to challenge – and remove – those who would do it harm, regardless of the opinions of others.
When those who would do harm to that power mean also to tear down the institutions of liberty and freedom, of equality and human rights, of civilization itself to replace that for which millions have died for thousands of years, with a culture keeping women behind veils, locked in burning schools, that practices slavery and “honor” killings, the Great Powers must either choose to remove the problem or the end of their place in the world is signaled.
As Huntington has pointed out, without America, the West cannot survive. There are those who think this a good thing. The inconvenient facts that liberty, human rights, freedom of speech, assembly, and petition exist only in the West mean nothing to them; they truly think they can have all of this in the context of a non-Western culture. This level of ignorance and stupidity is mind-boggling.
The French, the Germans, the Belgians have succeeded in convincing many Americans that Europe knows best. The denizens of the demi-continent that has been unable to live without internal wars during its entire existence except when caught between the Warsaw Pact and NATO (the only 45-yr period of peace in Europe’s history) somehow has succeeded in convincing many Americans that Europeans are reasonable people.
This is incorrect. Never having faced extermination on their own because of America’s infusion of military prowess followed by trillions of American tax dollars in the Marshall Plan, NATO, etc., Europeans have no concept of what liberty requires. Freedom and liberty exist in the world — and in Europe – due only to the credible threat of American force.
Did Europe protect the Muslims in Yugoslavia? No. Muslims in Mogadishu? No again. Has Europe ever protected anyone? No. Europeans matter only to themselves; they are irrelevant on the world stage.
A very large part of the world understands only force. For America, or for any Great Power, not to understand this is to commit suicide. 9/11 happened because we had proved to Islamist fanatics living in the 7th Century that we were a paper tiger.
There are people who think that not standing up to bullies causes bullies to cease and desist. That this never once has been true in the history of the world is unimportant to them. How is a bully best dealt with? Ask Churchill or Thatcher or FDR or Reagan; for God’s sake don’t ask Chamberlain or George Clooney or the Vichy French or Barbara Streisand or Julia Roberts.
What does one do to those with an expressed willingness to destroy America, with the capability to build the weapons to bring death to thousands? One kills them first, fast, efficiently – – before they can kill you.
If the media and those of a pro-European bent get their way and restrain America’s defense of the West, what’s next? A Democrat in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress.
Think our schools are bad? For fifty years every single major urban school district has been in the hands of Democrats. Schools are bad because of the policies of Democrat administration of the schools, their Unions and their teachers, period.
This is not a minor issue – these people, these kids who are so incredibly ignorant that they can’t pass a graduation exam, will vote. A test of basic knowledge is too overwhelming for them, but we will give them a ballot through which they will help decide the future of the world. What do Democrats propose to address this? Dump the test.
The socialist policies of European governments have given them stagnant employment, stagnant economies and negative native population growth. Democrats admiring similar policies will do the same to America, and our ill-educated voters won’t know or understand.
Many Americans believe that force is wrong, that all cultures are equal, that the West are the oppressors of the world – always have been, always will be. What if they get their way? America will be attacked again. Next time tens of thousands will die. The Left will tell us it was our fault.
If we strike harshly then, it will be seen as the last gasp of a dying empire, and perhaps rightly so; for if we are unwilling to defend ourselves, perhaps we don’t deserve to exist and prosper.