It's the Demography, StupidIn short it all comes down to this. We really don't need to worry about Islamic terrorists, because we're killing ourselves with rampant liberalism. In the end, liberalism is nihilist -- a philosophy of self-extinction. Western countries are shrinking in relative population to non-western countries, and we've sold our souls to the 'cult of the omnipotent state.' Our governments are more concerned with keeping us happy with social programs than they are with providing for our common defense and protecting our boarders. Besides, all of that is secondary to the fact that westerners just aren't having enough children anymore. In time (within a century) the third-world will be THE World, and most of that world will be Islamic. The solution is relatively simple, but nothing short of a miracle will make it happen...
The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.
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.
One obstacle to doing that is that, in the typical election campaign in your advanced industrial democracy, the political platforms of at least one party in the United States and pretty much all parties in the rest of the West are largely about what one would call the secondary impulses of society--government health care, government day care (which Canada's thinking of introducing), government paternity leave (which Britain's just introduced). We've prioritized the secondary impulse over the primary ones: national defense, family, faith and, most basic of all, reproductive activity--"Go forth and multiply," because if you don't you won't be able to afford all those secondary-impulse issues, like cradle-to-grave welfare.
Americans sometimes don't understand how far gone most of the rest of the developed world is down this path: In the Canadian and most Continental cabinets, the defense ministry is somewhere an ambitious politician passes through on his way up to important jobs like the health department. I don't think Don Rumsfeld would regard it as a promotion if he were moved to Health and Human Services.
The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it. Post-Christian hyperrationalism is, in the objective sense, a lot less rational than Catholicism or Mormonism. Indeed, in its reliance on immigration to ensure its future, the European Union has adopted a 21st-century variation on the strategy of the Shakers, who were forbidden from reproducing and thus could increase their numbers only by conversion. The problem is that secondary-impulse societies mistake their weaknesses for strengths--or, at any rate, virtues--and that's why they're proving so feeble at dealing with a primal force like Islam...
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- We need a massive revival of Christianity in Europe and North America.
- We need to start making babies -- lots of them.
- We need to depend on ourselves, our families and our churches for our needs -- NOT the government.