Is Islam the real problem, or liberalism?
Shrewsbury, a long-time VFR reader, writes:
Dear Mr. Auster:
Re: “BRINGING HOPE TO THE FRENCH.” Oui, très jolie, but as you have pointed out so often in the past, though apparently a voice crying in the wilderness, the crux of the matter is the poison of liberalism. Islam by itself is as a flea desperately gnawing at our ankle. If Islam seems strong, it is only because we allow it to be strong—indeed, we go out of our way to strengthen it ourselves. Conversely, were the rotten and worm-eaten edifice of liberalism to be leveled, the Islamic threat, and mass third-world immigration (in my opinion, a far greater peril), even African criminality, would all largely vanish, just as the Nazgûl and orcs and all the rest mysteriously faded away when Sauron was overthrown….Dear Shrewsbury,
You seem to be suggesting that we don’t need to focus on opposing Islam, but on opposing liberalism, since it is only liberalism that has permitted the Islamic threat (and the other threats facing us) to come into existence. In fact it is the West’s necessary confrontation with Islam, more than any other factor, that will discredit liberalism, by demonstrating the utter incapacity of liberalism to meet this challenge. That’s what I mean when I say that since 9/11, we are in the apocalypse of liberalism.Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 15, 2005 01:17 PM | Send