When Bernard Lewis wrote his excellent book with this title, he had the Muslim world in mind, but not too long from now somebody will almost certainly be producing the long-expected sequel with the West as its subject. The recent kerfuffle over Jeff Sessions praising the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” prompted this sad thought in me, in particular after reading this commentary by Mark Steyn. “We live in wretchedly moronic times,” Steyn writes, “in which even senators, lieutenant governors and other panjandrums who bestride the land know nothing of anything that happened before last Tuesday.”
The fumes hadn’t cleared from the Manchester bomb site before the Left moved on to a threat apparently much graver than that posed by Jihadis. You see, in the same week Salman Ramadan Abedi blew himself to pieces, taking 22 others with him, a couple of deranged white guys back home in the U.S. between them stabbed three innocent people to death. Leave it to the far Left to politicize incidents like these: “White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years.” And: “The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All.” Out: Islamic terrorism. In: White terrorism.
Assuming your tolerance for President Obama lecturing you on the evils of Donald Trump and the NRA is as big as mine, this has been a very depressing week for you. It’s truly baffling that a terrorist attack by a Jihadi loser on a gay bar in Orlando within hours got turned into a vehicle to lambast conservatives and push gun control, but such are the crazy times in which we now live. If you were wondering whether it was you who’s going nuts here or the entire world around you, rest assured it’s the latter.
I’ve got to thank the Islamic crazies for one thing: This time I woke up with the news, whereas last time around I went to bed with it, so at least I’m spared the morning hangover from too many glasses of scotch today. But that’s the only silver lining I can think of at the moment.
As the French were licking their wounds, the question in the title above was posed to me on social media by a dear friend of old, who expressed his fear that the French might invoke NATO’s Article 5 and that, consequently, he might himself be drafted into the Dutch military, like the good old days before the 1990s.
As I sit here safely on my living room sofa following the horrifying developments in Paris from far away, on TV, the internet and social media, I’ll confess I’m as much in shock about these terrorist attacks as the next guy. I feel for the French, who saw (as it stands) over 150 of their sons, brothers, sisters, friends, whatever, mowed down or blown up by Islamic crazies tonight. The gravity and importance of the events need not be stressed here.