Sunday, July 27, 2008

Where are the leaders when we need them?

One third of Moslem students back killing in the name of Islam according to a poll reported in the Times.

Another 40% want sharia law introduced in Britain, one third want a world-wide Islamic caliphate, 40% believe that men and women should not "associate freely" - whatever that means - and 25% have little or no respect for gays.

Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at Buckingham University, said: “The finding that a large number of students think it is okay to kill in the name of religion is alarming."

A large number of Moslem students think it is OK to kill in the name of Islam, Anthony old chap - it helps, if you are a professor of intelligence studies, to be accurate in your assessment.

“There is a wide cultural divide between Muslim and nonMuslim students. The solution is to stop talking about celebrating diversity and focus on integration and assimilation.”

I've no doubt that a large number of Moslem students would agree with that too, only they want us to integrate and assimilate into Islam - and the progressive programme of multiculturalism combined with unrestrained immigration and repeated capitulations to their demands by western governments in the name of "tolerance" has only helped to embolden them.

This is why what we need is someone in the west who will stand up for western values and western civlisation. The west, more than ever, needs strong leaders - Europe more than any other part of the west, but Europe is weak in real leadership on what matters.

The west won the Cold War with the USSR primarily thanks to strong leaders - Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II - all being in place at the same time. After the next Presidential election the USA will either have a man of insubstance in the shape of the empty vessel Obama or a dithering new Carter in the shape of McCain.

Though very different in presentation and policy, they both represent the worst options for the west at this time. Both lean, to varying degrees, towards the progressive side of politics - neither is capable of leading the mission to face down the threat of Islamic imperialism in the way Reagan led the assault on communism.

In Britain we'll have either Brown or, God forbid, the vacuous Harman in charge up until the next election when it will be Cameron or Milliband - Christ, that doesn't even bear thinking about!

The trouble is, when I look around the big names in politics today, I see nothing but Chamberlains. People who believe that they can appease aggressors with compromises and capitulations - but who will only ever be seen as weak and easily manipulated by those they seek to appease.

I can't see a real leader anywhere. Pretty soon, if the west and liberal democracy is to survive, a new leader - a Churchill for our time - is going to have to emerge, but our modern politics means that those sort of politicians will never ever be seen again. Something has to change - and change soon - or the third of Moslem students who want a world-wide caliphate will get their way.


Henry North London said...

join the libertarian party stan

Link on my blog

Stan said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Henry - but I know nothing about the Libertarian Party and a brief look at the website didn't really tell me a lot about who they are. Nevertheless I'll look at what they have to say over the course of the next couple of weeks and see how things go. I have to say, though, that I am not a libertarian in the modern sense of the word - which in my view is more libertinism that libertarianism.