Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mark Steyn Down Under

You can listen to an excellent discussion between Australian talkshow radio host, Alan Jones, and global columnist, Mark Steyn, by clicking here. There's an excellent quote from Steyn early on:

We [in the West] are a culture that no longer believes in ourselves. We don't put it that way. We don't put it as obvious as that. We simply say, 'We are no better and no worse than any other particular culture.' It doesn't matter who you have to be. If you wanted to devise an enemy that would be the least appealing to the Western, progressive, liberal thinking mind, you couldn't have come up with better guys than these Jihad guys. They build stone walls to collapse on gays. They treat women horribly, including physical mutilation. They treat them like property.

If you wanted to create the perfect enemy for the Western liberal progressive mind it would have been these jihadists. And yet, when push comes to shove, in the end, we say, 'No, no, no, their culture is just as valid as ours.'

And that, in a nutshell is why we in the West may very well lose this struggle. It is NOT a struggle between Muslims and non-Muslims. Rather it is a struggle between terrorists who happen to all be Muslims, along with their liberal supporters and apologists vs. the rest of us who enjoy living in the 21st Century and don't feel the need to apologize for it.

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