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THE WEST'S DESCENT INTO MADNESS – AT 9:47 A.M. ET:   And why shouldn't the West descend into political madness in its dealings with the threat of Islamofascism?  It regularly descends into madness, making the same mistakes over and over.  (I think that's true, in part, because foreign ministries tend to hire the same kind of people over and over.)  Peter Mullen, an English churchman, analyzes our problem in London's Telegraph

Why be content with just one Iran when you can have two? Egypt shows every sign of developing quickly into another Islamofascist regime. Egyptian judges have gone on strike because President Morsi has ascribed to himself something resembling absolute power, more control than even the hated and deposed “Western puppet” Mubarak ever had. Naturally, he is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Salafists who look to the establishment of an Islamic republic resembling that of the Ayatollahs in Iran.

Oh dear, it wasn’t meant to turn out like this at all! When the Egyptian uprising began almost two years ago, it was cheered on by enthusiastic Western governments and an even more avid Western mass media who saw a brilliant democratic future for Egypt led by all those bright young people orchestrating peaceful revolution on their mobile phones. There were voices here and there – and I am not too shy to mention that this blog was among them – which spoilt the party by predicting the eventual takeover by the Islamists.

Why stop at two Irans when you can have three? Syria – where the idealistic “activists” were also lauded to the skies by the West – is heading the same way. Some of these idealists are now resorting to suicide bombs and torture in their campaign to be rid of Assad. The jihadists in Jabbat al-Nusra threaten to take over the Syrian uprising. One of the secular revolutionaries was quoted in Idlib over the weekend as saying: “We are not fighting Assad to go from living in an autocratic to a religious prison.” Another warned, “The next war after this will be between us and the Islamists.”

When will the West recognise the nature of the existential threat which it faces?

And...

Tragically, the West, consumed by self-hatred and the postcolonial guilt which accepts as true its enemies’ propaganda to the effect that the present militancy and its attendant terrorism is repayment for the “oppression” to which we have subjected Muslims worldwide, remains paralysed.

It looks as if we really are going to die of political correctness.

COMMENT:  Americans sometimes think we're immune to the political correctness of the European left.  We are not.  We've now elected and re-elected a politically correct president who takes his cues from politically correct universities.

Ronald Reagan warned that we are always one generation away from losing our freedom.  He was right when he said it, wrong now.  Half a generation would be more like it today.  Did we ever think, four years ago, that this country would be as weak as it is today?  And it is getting weaker.  There's still time for American salvation...if a corrupt press and equally corrupt educational system would just let the truth breathe.

December 3, 2012