I think the two greatest problems Western Civilization is now facing are the fetishization of victimhood and the infantilization of grown adults who are fully capable of making their own life choices.
We’d rather look down on people instead of looking up. We favor pity over admiration. And look where that’s led us: We’ve built an intersectional caste system out of other people’s past misdeeds and imaginary grievances.
The barbarians aren’t at the gates. They’re right in here with us. Western Civilization isn’t going to fall to outside invaders — it’s crumbling from within.
I don’t like Zionism. I don’t like any form of nationalism that’s based on to whom (or where) you were born. I also don’t like Judaism — or any other religion, for that matter.
I think indigenous rights arguments are stupid because as far as I am concerned, being born in a place makes you as “native” to that region as someone whose family has lived there for generations. And most Israelis who are alive today are indeed native-born.
I’ve said before that I think it was a terrible idea to establish a Jewish state smack-dab in the middle of such a hostile area, but what’s done is done. Israel is there, and it isn’t going anywhere unless its neighbors succeed in their ambition to push the Jews into the sea.
I like Israel because it is a Western-style democracy and a close ally to the United States. I have tremendous respect for what the Israeli people face on a day-to-day basis. I can’t even imagine what it must be like knowing that you are surrounded on all sides by people who quite literally want to genocide you.
Overall, I think Israel is pretty goddamned badass. So yeah, I’m anti-Zionism, anti-Judaism, pro-Israel, and only anti-Semitic at family gatherings.
In Europe, people are afraid to call out Islamic terrorism for fear of being targeted — or otherwise violating some ridiculous “hate speech” law, resulting in fines or even imprisonment.
In America, we’re afraid to call out Islamic terrorism for fear of being labeled “racist”.
The verdict? The terrorists won. And Islamic terrorism is going to keep on winning unless we can agree to speak openly and honestly about it without fear of unwarranted reprisals.
This doesn’t mean we need another round of Team America World Police or any further invasions of our privacy.
What it does mean is not being afraid to identify the motives of people who have dedicated themselves to the destruction of an entire civilization. It means recognizing religious extremism for what it is rather than drawing from an arsenal of ad hominems, red herrings, and false equivocations whenever someone proves bold enough to raise the subject.
It means recognizing that while Christians have indeed been responsible for some of the worst atrocities in human history — and Hindu extremists seem poised to slaughter Muslims over every little religious beef (lol plz) — the predominant form of religious terrorism the world faces today is Islamic.
It also means recognizing that condemning radical Islam does not make one Islamophobic. (Nor a racist, seeing how we’ve managed to extend the concept of race further than any other society in human history.)
Why aren’t we as willing to identify acts of Islamic terrorism as we are so-called “hate crimes”? Is it somehow more acceptable to despise an entire civilization, rather than an ethnicity or skin color?
If so, would it not follow that the man who kills a stranger over the color of his skin is somehow LESS guilty than the man who kills over a personal grudge?
Facts may be swept under the rug to keep our Safe Spaces looking pristine, but Reality has a way of creeping up behind us. And sooner or later, Reality will sweep the rug right out from under our feet.
To those who seek to hold Western Civilization responsible for Islamic terrorism:
Can you imagine blaming the Jews for the Holocaust?
Can you imagine blaming the slaves for the bloodiest war in our nation’s history?
Was the rape victim “asking for it” because of the manner in which she dressed?
If you answered ‘no’ to all three questions, then you likely hail from a modern, liberal society — be you from the East or the West. For this very reason, there are people who would like to see you dead.
We need to stop whitewashing the past and present for fear of offending Muslims — most of whom don’t have a goddamned thing to do with terrorism anyway.
And to anyone looking to blame the Western world for the overall violence in the Middle East: I encourage you to open a history book, because the Middle East has been a hotbed of violence since the dawn of civilization. It predates Israel, it predates America — it even predates Islam.