Quote of the day:
Funny how the media cluelessly asks, “What does ISIS want?”, when ISIS couldn’t make it clearer.
— Ed Driscoll
A post here from yesterday is about how ISIS is trying to erase history by destroying historical sites in Syria, most of which are at least 2,000 years old. ISIS is not only destroying acienct historical sites and atrifacts, it is trying to destroy the current landmarks of Western Civilization as well. The Eifell Tower may be its next target. We in the modern world might ask, “Why is ISIS doing this?” I would say, “Because they can.” The Western world, as we have seen in Angela Merkel’s Germany, seems to be on a suicide mission,or just too weak to stop them. We might also look to Winston Churchill for an answer, perhaps “the” answer.
From Churchill’s unabridged The River War (1899):
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome. [emphasis added]
Churchill wrote this in 1899. If he were alive today he would have to modify that last sentence. Europe [and the UK] is no longer sheltered in “strong arms,” at least not of a benevolent kind, Brussles Raids uncover evidence of a Europe-wide Jihadist Cell. If you buy The River War today it probably won’t include this quote. The book was in 2 volumes and this quote comes in Volume 2. The book in print today is only Volume one. A new edition is coming out soon that will include the entire book, running to 1350 pages. It will be priced at $140 (yikes!).
It is now considered illegal in the UK to recite or print these lines from Churchill’s The River War.
From the Washington Times:
By Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Quoting Winston Churchill’s opinions on Islam contributed to a U.K. politician’s arrest — and possible imprisonment of up to two years.
Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, was making a speech Saturday outside the Winchester Guildhall in Hampshire, when he quoting the famous prime minister, the Independent reported.
After a member of the public complained, Mr. Weston was subsequently arrested for religious harassment when he did not comply with officers’ orders to leave the area.
The text that contributed to Mr. Weston’s arrest came from Churchill’s book “The River of War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan,” written by the former prime minister in 1899 during his time as an Army officer in Sudan.