The West’s monster within

Article subtitle: 
Liberal society contains the seeds of its own destruction
Article author: 
Melanie Phillips
Article publisher: 
Israel National News
Article date: 
29 October 2023
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

Many in Britain and the West have been looking aghast at a monster within that has reared up and bared its fangs. They have suddenly realized that they are staring at a civilizational crisis.

After the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, with the barbaric slaughter of 1,400 men, women and children in southern Israel and the kidnapping into Gaza of more than 220 souls, decent people in the West have been horrified by the massive displays of jubilant bloodlust on the streets of London, New York, Sydney and elsewhere.

They have suddenly realized that there are thousands of their citizens who support Hamas and who call genocide against the Jews "resistance."...

The blood of decent people has run cold. They understand that the moral degeneracy and bloodlust against the Jews that’s on such widespread display by untold thousands across the West signifies a civilization at the point of collapse...

... this has been increasingly visible for several decades and is the outcome of two related developments.

The first is support for the Palestinian Arab "cause," which for years has been the default position amongst Western "progressive" classes. Since this cause is based entirely on historical and legal falsehoods, Nazi-style demonization and a genocidal agenda to destroy Israel and murder Jews - an agenda promoted not just by Hamas but also by the supposedly "moderate" Palestinian Authority - such support has knocked the West off its moral compass, aided and abetted by the anti-Western perversities of "intersectional identity politics."

The second development is what has been the great unsayable: Mass Muslim immigration and the consequent import of radical jihadi ideology that aims to Islamize the west...

The terrible paradox of a liberal society is that it refuses to take the illiberal measures that may become unavoidable in defense of liberal values...


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