The West won’t even defend its own values. How can it be expected to defeat Isis?

British airstrikes in Syria were launched to great fanfare in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November. Hillary Benn was widely hailed for his Commons speech in which he said, ‘What we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated.’ Much of the media went into Churchillian mode. There was a feeling that, like our grandfathers 70-odd years ago, we were off to fight fascism.

The reality has been rather different.

  • Nermal

    Its about bloody time we stopped being sad after these atrocities and started getting angry.

  • African

    The West is decadent and suicidal and it will be taken over by islam.

    • H

      It IS decadent and suicidal (actually, nihilist might be a better word since most people aren’t actively suicidal but simply indifferent, due I guess to a general belief in the meaninglessness of life).

      But don’t count the West out yet, particularly America, but also places like Australia; even some European nations like Denmark are showing signs of life and fight. Sometimes an existential crisis might be just the fuel needed to reignite the faltering fires of a weakened culture and civilization.

      • Bataviawillem

        You got that right, the West is, if it goes into war mode, hard to beat due to high intelligence and the capability to cooperate.

  • Millie_Woods

    Angela Merkel is as popular as ever, politicians emote meaningless solidarity and lay wreaths, Britain debates barring Trump from traveling to the UK and another few thousand invaders are welcomed every day. Europeans don’t take their existence seriously, so why should anyone else. Fuck ’em, they’re as wedded to their socialist, multicultural, anti-racist doctrine as the Muslims are to their hadiths and surahs. I made up my mind a few years ago to get on with my life and enjoy the spectacle.

    • Bataviawillem

      Canadians also don’t take their existence seriously, the voted the shiny pony in.

      • Millie_Woods

        Agreed. And I’ll go to war for Canada when the powder burns are on the side of my house.

        • Bataviawillem

          I don’t think you have to wait long, Canada is at breakneck speed buzy to overtake Europe when it comes to muslim population, remember in the last decade the muslim population doubled and is now close to 4% that is only 1% less than Britain, so as the bombs start exploding I will return you the phrase Fuck you to.

  • Brenda

    Ever wonder if cartoonists are starting to see every atrocity as a potential big break? Maybe my cartoon is the one that will go viral and make me famous!

  • simus1

    If Hitler had only understood how a few barely disguised very lucrative contracts for armament components dangled in front of the French and British during the depression could have smoothed away the bumps in his later path …..
    The saudis and ayatoldjas have no difficulty understanding the concept.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    For decades after World War II, the West was counting on the U.S. to defend their values for them while they indulged in debauchery. Now that Obama has abdicated this role, they are left high and dry.