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The beginning of the end of Western civilization
WorldNet Daily ^ | 23 November 2006 | Michael Youssef, PhD

Posted on 11/24/2006 2:26:49 PM PST by AnalogReigns

Western civilization – life as we know it – is under attack, and indeed has even reached a very dangerous point. Some may even think it is a point of no return.

Not just because in recent months Muslim groups around the world insisted that the pope apologize for merely quoting someone else. No, not just because the prime minister of Denmark had to grovel to the Muslim nations for a cartoon that appeared in a Danish newspaper, over which he had no control whatsoever. No, not even just because President Bush rushed into a Muslim mosque in Washington, D.C., after Sept. 11, 2001, declaring that Islam is a religion of peace.

These are merely modern-day indications that Islam's 1,400-year-old method of attempting to reign and rule by intimidation and fear are reaching new heights. Throughout their history, the followers of Islam have attempted to practice the very core of their religious worldview – namely, to see to it that their religion, which they view as superior to all other religions, overwhelms the followers of all other religions.

In days gone by when they had no political or military (terrorist) voice, they were biding their time. But now, as is confirmed daily in our newscasts, we know that they command numerous foot soldiers and cells in Europe and North America. Surely, they feel that their day has come. The day of successfully intimidating and gaining more concessions, and thus more ground toward realizing their 1,400-year-old dream of world domination, is within their reach.

How can we know this? After extensive time examining self-confessed radical or revolutionary Islamic groups, I've discovered a root of resentment deeper than that of mere opposition to colonialism.

To most of these people, the Crusades were not just events in history that took place nearly eight or nine hundred years ago; instead, the Crusades signify a perpetual desire on the part of the Christian West to dominate them and prove their religion inferior. Thus, it is essential to explore even beyond the Crusades to comprehend fully the undercurrents of today's Islamic resurgence. Current Islamic thought as expressed in al-Jihad is a stream flowing out of a peculiar interpretation of Islam.

Even a casual observer must be asking, "Why do they 'violently and murderously' object to others pointing out the violent nature of the founding of their religion?"

Well, this is just the point. When you deem your religion to be superior, you can torture, maim and kill your enemy, whom you view as inferior, without a need for explanation. On the other hand, those who are viewed as inferior by them dare not even be associated with the slightest bit of criticism of them.

Alas, the beginning of the end of Western civilization as we know it did not begin with modern-day examples of bullying into submission those whom I mentioned above. But rather, if you ask any of the reliable leaders in the Middle East, as I have, they will tell you it began during the Carter administration.

When Muslims held Americans hostage in Tehran, Iran, for nearly a year and a half, and the most powerful nation in the world (the "Great Satan") acted impotently, there were a million hurrahs rising from Morocco to Indonesia. As they say in the Middle East, "The cow is down and what is needed are more butchers with sharp knives."

There is no escape from this historical disaster. Reagan and George W. tried to reset the clock, but sadly it appears too late. I am no politician and I do have a genuine love for the Muslim people, but the facts are stubborn and will not go away.

Short of unity among the Western leaders to speak the truth with moral clarity – a miracle that even those of us who believe in miracles doubt greatly – there can be no future for Western civilization as we know it.

There is one dim hope, however. Our only hope it is that the moderate leaders of Arab nations can lead the charge against religious imperialism with courage and without fear. Only then will the Western leaders rise in unity from the graves of apathy and support these leaders in their endeavor in order to resuscitate Western civilization as we know it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: crusades; gwot; islam; jihad; middleeast; rop; terrorism; wot
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Interesting comments by this Egyptian-American evangelical Anglican minister in Atlanta.
1 posted on 11/24/2006 2:26:51 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: AnalogReigns
Yes, good article, although he echos Steyn's latest book so closely, I wonder if he isn't unconsciously borrowing from it. For instance:

As they say in the Middle East, "The cow is down and what is needed are more butchers with sharp knives."

Only in Steyn it's not a cow, it's a camel.

3 posted on 11/24/2006 2:34:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: AnalogReigns
There is one dim hope, however.

Baloney!

As John Dryden said..."Beware the fury of a patient man."

IMO, the West is just waking up. When it is fully aroused, it will be really p!ssed off...and islam will regret ever opening it toothless mouth.

4 posted on 11/24/2006 2:35:38 PM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: AnalogReigns

So, when do you think the outcry for reparations for the Crusades will begin?


5 posted on 11/24/2006 2:35:54 PM PST by Bat_Chemist (Ecclesiastes 10:2, NIV)
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6 posted on 11/24/2006 2:36:01 PM PST by Aetius
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To: AnalogReigns

Death cults come and go, but the Light of the Lord Shines Forever.


7 posted on 11/24/2006 2:36:47 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: 4butnomorethan30characters

Just kill 'em.


8 posted on 11/24/2006 2:37:19 PM PST by Gunny Gene
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To: Cicero

Youssef, being Egyptian, knows Arabic...and likely has a firsthand knowlege of the expression. Steyn's is probably quoting a classic rendition of it. If anything, Steyn may be borrowing from Youssef--though likely they are saying the same things merely because they share the same worldview and opinion.


9 posted on 11/24/2006 2:42:10 PM PST by AnalogReigns (We really shouldn't sweat the small stuff...)
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To: Dark Skies

I think you have a point. I am hearing more and more, better hard-hitting interviews over talk-radio and now Glen Beck in his TV program, with folks who are well versed and are able to speak with authority and conviction. It's a breath of fresh air after all the wuss talk for several years.


10 posted on 11/24/2006 2:44:52 PM PST by brushcop (Men of B-Co 2/69 3ID, do you now feel betrayed after all your efforts & sacrifices in Iraq?)
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To: AnalogReigns
They will have their way for a while in ME, North Africa and Europe, but it will not last long. They will burn themselves out trying to defend our counter-attack to reclaim those regions lost.
11 posted on 11/24/2006 2:45:51 PM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: AnalogReigns

Yes. I just finished Steyn's book, and noticed a lot of parallels, not just that one. But an intelligent person could come up with many of them independently, or maybe they've both read some of the same sources.


12 posted on 11/24/2006 2:47:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rjp2005
"They will burn themselves out trying to defend our counter-attack to reclaim those regions lost."
What counter attack? US has lost its spine. The voters breathed a sigh of surrender on Nov 7th. Game over. Usama was right. We don't have the stomach for a long painful war.
16 posted on 11/24/2006 2:55:25 PM PST by Read2Know
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To: AnalogReigns

Islam is not really the primary problem. The problem is the rapid moral decay of the West.


17 posted on 11/24/2006 2:57:54 PM PST by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations... pornography,homosexuality,abortion)
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18 posted on 11/24/2006 2:59:51 PM PST by bluetone006 (Peace - or I guess war if given no other option)
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To: AnalogReigns

Al of these doomsdayers forget that the West has the nuclear option.

No matter how quickly these primitives develop a nuclear weapon of their own, the minute they deliver one to a Western city and turn it into a radioactive crater, they will be annihilated, probably starting at places like Damascus, Tehran, Mecca, and Medina.

They are counting on their "12th Imam" to protect them from the fury that is bound to follow such an attack, but, alas, the "12th Imam" is only a myth perpetrated by the Devil.

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19 posted on 11/24/2006 3:00:48 PM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: AnalogReigns
To most of these people, the Crusades were not just events in history that took place nearly eight or nine hundred years ago; instead, the Crusades signify a perpetual desire on the part of the Christian West to dominate them and prove their religion inferior.

Odd perception it is. The last thing I or any other Christian wants is to dominate Islam. And I, or anyone else I know go around trying to prove Islam is inferior. Islam just is. Whatever floats your boat.

Hopefully everyone figures this out, and we can peacefully coexist. Otherwise, we may have to utterly destroy their society on a global scale. Carthage like in the results.

5.56mm

20 posted on 11/24/2006 3:02:56 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: AnalogReigns

"There is one dim hope....that moderate leaders of Arab nations can lead the charge against religous imperialism with courage and without fear."Dream on Mike.


21 posted on 11/24/2006 3:03:53 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: Westbrook
"Al of these doomsdayers forget that the West has the nuclear option."

I don't see any western countries with the will to act. I don't think at present you would see a nuclear response from the U.S. even if several American cities were destroyed tonight. Who do you blame? Who do you attack?

It should be our pre-announced, public policy to destroy certain muslim cities and 'holy' sites if WMD's are used against us. You would see much less support for the military arm of islam if the major players in the ME thought it was a credible threat.

23 posted on 11/24/2006 3:09:25 PM PST by bluetone006 (Peace - or I guess war if given no other option)
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To: AnalogReigns

With the unfortunate possibility of another 9/11 size attack on the CONUS, maybe we'll be justified in a Milosevic style ethnic cleansing....


24 posted on 11/24/2006 3:10:56 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: AnalogReigns
Did Muslims strap the pill, abortion and gay marriage suicide belt around the West?
25 posted on 11/24/2006 3:13:06 PM PST by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: bluetone006

Progressive Republican


26 posted on 11/24/2006 3:13:56 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: AnalogReigns
"To most of these people, the Crusades were not just events in history that took place nearly eight or nine hundred years ago; instead, the Crusades signify a perpetual desire on the part of the Christian West to dominate them and prove their religion inferior."

That would be a revisionist accounting of what the Crusades were.
In reality however, the crusades were a defensive action, sent to RETAKE the holy lands, which were overrun by murderous Muhammadan hordes. Later they were defensive acts against murderous Muslim hordes which were trying to slaughter their way into Europe, which they nearly succeeded doing, slaughtering their way into then controlling most of Spain for a few hundred years.

Muslims were never innocent victims of anything in history. They were always murderous barbaric agressors.

27 posted on 11/24/2006 3:15:54 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Dark Skies
..."Beware the fury of a patient man."

Who walks quietly and carries a big stick.

28 posted on 11/24/2006 3:17:54 PM PST by EGPWS (Lord help me be the conservative liberals fear I am.)
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To: sit-rep

not that there is anything wrong with that of cousrse....


30 posted on 11/24/2006 3:19:51 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero ╗ with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Bat_Chemist
So, when do you think the outcry for reparations for the Crusades will begin?

Since the Christian side ultimately lost the Crusades, I think that reparations payments should begin immediately.

How much do you think the Muslims should end up owing us?

31 posted on 11/24/2006 3:20:59 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Dark Skies
IMO, the West is just waking up. When it is fully aroused, it will be really p!ssed off...and islam will regret ever opening it toothless mouth.

I disagree. Here's why. Almost all of the civilized countries have become toothless, and this is the result.

We continue to display lack of resolve by not even bothering to rebuild the WTC. It's pathetic.

32 posted on 11/24/2006 3:24:57 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: bluetone006

Sadly, at this time, this is very true.

I'm not completely certain that this is true, though at this time the overwhelming response required to utterly destroy the enemy's will to fight-on is not likely.

This is not as difficult as it sounds.

The followers of the pirate-polygamist-pedophile prophet are to blame.

And the targets for attack:

Even though there are Mohammetans in those places that do not support the worldwide jihad, there were Japanese and Germans who did not support their respective hegemonistic tyrannies.

But that didn't stop us from hitting them with everything we had.

And it shouldn't, either.

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33 posted on 11/24/2006 3:26:38 PM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Nathan Zachary
I appreciate a few of you folks here who have an amazing gift of maintaining memory cells. ;)

Let me ask you this...

Muslims were never innocent victims of anything in history. They were always murderous barbaric aggressors.

Back in the late 40s, early 50s... When the US/UN gave the Jews Israel. and the palestinians were herded out. Does this fit in the contrary to your statement?

Please do not think I am doubting you, I am asking. I have heard this from folks, and unfortunately my HS education did not cover it well enough for me to remember.

34 posted on 11/24/2006 3:26:59 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: ▀udda▀udd

actually, after I hit post, I've been waiting to get banned for it...


35 posted on 11/24/2006 3:28:41 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: ex-snook
Did Muslims strap the pill, abortion and gay marriage suicide belt around the West?

It's still up in the air, but for the victory of God, of good over evil. But that could take thousands of years yet.

36 posted on 11/24/2006 3:29:43 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Westbrook

"No matter how quickly these primitives develop a nuclear weapon of their own, the minute they deliver one to a Western city and turn it into a radioactive crater, they will be annihilated, probably starting at places like Damascus, Tehran, Mecca, and Medina."

What makes you so sure?

Isn't it also possible we would determine the perps were not from a national entity, but were rogues from say Al Qaeda.

And we'd determine we needed allies like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to continue helping us fight?

And we would determine the present military was big enough for this world war. No draft.

And we'd determine no financial sacrifices. No taxes, no surcharges, no war bonds, etc.

In other words, it would be business as usual, just like since 9/11/2001.

Which is probably what cost the election in November.


37 posted on 11/24/2006 3:33:48 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: CurtisLeMay
"No, this war will be won or lost in the sparsely peopled pews of Western chuches."

Unfortunately, you are right. The west has lost it's faith, and with it, it's knowledge of history and it's will to fight. Only with a reversal of rebellion against our Christian faith will we be able to unite and fight the coming scourge. Otherwise the wrath will come just as it is predicted. We are protect by faith in Christ. Abandon it and we also abandon the divine protection it once gave us. We can't win this without faith because that isn't how God planned it. Armageddon is decreed, only faith holds it back.

38 posted on 11/24/2006 3:38:27 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: sit-rep

then ban me too..... I have no regrets for feeling the way I feel.


39 posted on 11/24/2006 3:39:24 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero ╗ with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Gunny Gene

Goin' out for more ammo tomorrow, Guns.

Semper Fi,


40 posted on 11/24/2006 3:44:37 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: AnalogReigns
When Muslims held Americans hostage in Tehran, Iran, for nearly a year and a half, and the most powerful nation in the world (the "Great Satan") acted impotently, there were a million hurrahs rising from Morocco to Indonesia.

Thank you, Jimmuh Carter
41 posted on 11/24/2006 3:47:51 PM PST by Signalman
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To: ▀udda▀udd

Nor do I. I do like the discourse however. Too bad we can't say the "Emporer is Buck Naked"...


42 posted on 11/24/2006 3:47:53 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: sit-rep
There were no such thing as "Palestinians" when Israel was declared a state. These "Palestinians" were the creation of Arafat. They were Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians etc.
When they lost the 7 day war. Sure, some lost their homes when Israel annex the land from these aggressors. That happens when you attack a country and LOOSE. We don't see Germany getting lost land returned to them, do we? Neither should these former Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians etc. get theirs back. They should go back to their country of origin. Except they don't want their own citizens back.

Lets also not forget ALL those Islamic states were created by divisions just like Israel was. Muslims (and Christian druze etc. All recieved 99% of the entire ME. yet they want Israel as well.

This isn't a fight over Gaza, the Golan heights. This is a fight to rid the ME of Jews completely. The Muzzies have no problem admitting this, What i don't understand is why the rest of the world has so much trouble hearing it. They (and us too ) keep on pursuing this dumb idea of creating a "Palestinian" state next to Israel, when in fact that isn't what they want, and it will never make peace.
Peace cannot be built on a lie.
43 posted on 11/24/2006 3:52:42 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: M Kehoe

If you really want to understand the fundamental driving forces behind all of this, I'd recommend reading "Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures ", by Marvin Harris. Pay particular attention to what motivates the "Mumi".


44 posted on 11/24/2006 3:58:09 PM PST by Gunny Gene
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To: Nathan Zachary
Thanks for the reply...was startin to wonder if you seen my post!!

Don't let my question leave you with an impression... I could give a rat's a** about the palestinians. I just needed ammo against the only thing I have heard regarding aggression against muslims. This is what they have stated was the aggression.

I now have another full magazine in which to do my verbal battles and I thank you...

45 posted on 11/24/2006 4:00:38 PM PST by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: AnalogReigns

bump


46 posted on 11/24/2006 4:00:52 PM PST by Centurion2000 (If the Romans had nukes, Carthage would still be glowing.)
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To: sit-rep

I didn't see it for a while, LoL!

Muslims are very good at playing the victim as they slaughter.

We just seen what happens when an attempt is made to give back some of this annexed land. It simply becomes a better location to attack Irrael from.

Anthor thing you should read is the Hamas charter. They spell out what "Palestinian" goals really are.
Again, it seems westrn leaders have difficulty hearing what Muzzies aren't afraid to admit.
They even wrote it down in the Hamas Charter to make it clear. It just falls on blind politicians eyes.
Not only do they express their undying desire to kill every last Jew, but from there, they plan to take Spain and eventually the entire world, including the great Satan.

Yet we give them billions in foriegn aid.


47 posted on 11/24/2006 4:08:12 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: TruthFactor

The problem is the rapid moral decay of the West.

and an unwillingness to defend it's stated values and 1/2 a population who believe that negotiation is the answer to everything and that the U.N. is the answer and armed conflict will solve nothing. Only another catostophic event will wake us up in this country. I have my doubts that such an event in Europe would wake them up. They'd just blame U.S. policy and Israel as usual.


48 posted on 11/24/2006 4:19:57 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: Westbrook

Al of these doomsdayers forget that the West has the nuclear option.




Don't even need that. Total destruction of their oil fields would do the trick but first we better become energy independent. That should be our #1 priority throwing hundreds of billions at it to prepare for the inevitable war coming. It'll be cheaper in the long run and totally neutralize them without killing millions.


49 posted on 11/24/2006 4:23:35 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: Nathan Zachary
Peace cannot be built on a lie.

And it is so maddening to me that our gov't, and so many other gov'ts, are blind to this. The "peace process" is a sick, perverse game. The goal is to drive the Jews into the sea. Period. And we want to pretend like children playing make believe that it's not true.

This has been going on since I was a child, and I'm getting old.

50 posted on 11/24/2006 4:28:39 PM PST by FlyVet
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