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Monday, November 27, 2006

Liberal Democracy - versus - Illiberal Islam

Janet Daley of the Telegraph reminds us that "We are in a war to the death – craven concessions won't win it."
What Islamic fundamentalism plans to achieve (and it has made no secret of it) is a righting of the great wrong of 1492, when the Muslims were expelled from Spain: a return of the Caliphate, the destruction of corrupt Western values, and the establishment of Sharia law in all countries where Muslims reside. That is what we are up against.

The Pope characterised it as a battle between reason and unreason. Scholars may debate the theological and historical soundness of his analysis. But what is indisputable is that this is not an argument that is within the bounds of diplomatic give and take, the traditional stuff of international policy argy-bargy. What we could plausibly offer to the enemy, even at our most craven, would never be sufficient.

What is being demanded is the surrender of everything that Western democracy regards as sacred: even, ironically, the freedom to practise one's own religion, which, at the moment, is so useful to Muslim activists. We are forced to accept the Islamist movement's own estimation of the conflict: this is a war to the death, or until Islamism decides to call a halt.
She nails it. It would do us well to remember that every retreat emboldens the enemy. Leaving Iraq would only invigorate Islamofascism, and it would follow us home as surely as a hungry puppy whom we've given half a sandwich.

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