Will a Jerusalem summit launch the fightback for the free world?

The immigration crisis rocking Europe has once again underlined how events far away in the Middle East can have a massive impact on Europe and other western democracies.

But how democratic leaders can effectively confront contemporary challenges to the very fabric of their societies – from radical Islam to mass immigration – is far from simple. Western intervention in the Middle East is hardly a glowing success story, and the longstanding article of faith vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – that it somehow stood at the center of all the Middle East’s problems, and that imposing a two-state solution would be the magic formula to region peace and stability – has been thoroughly debunked by the unprecedented regional upheaval and bloodshed of the past four years.

Clearly, however, inaction is no option either; the flood of refugees and migrants stampeding into Europe is a stark illustration of the failure by western powers to intervene to stop the bloody civil war in Syria which triggered it.

So what is the way forward?

h/t AS

  • Zaba

    I’m in!

    The bottom line, he says, is that sooner or later the people of the free world will have to face a choice: to fight for the values they hold dear, as generations before them did, or risk losing them.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    It all boils down to what power and influence the participants have.

  • It is easy. Admit the problem is Islamic theology.

    Then put a program together to deprogram the 1.5 billion brainwashed Muslims.

    First steps:
    Stop the azan. (Doing this would be a huge shocker to the brainwashed masses.)
    Close the mosques.
    Arrest all the mullahs.
    Put anyone in jail preaching Islamic hatred.

    Sorry to be so straightforward. But this would do a lot.

    • Maneki-neko

      It’s not obvious how to implement first steps without control over Muslim lands.

      • We could have done it in Iraq or Afghanistan – if someone had the balls and intellectual fortitude.

        Islam is an unbelievably successful cult. It has managed to expand for 1,400 years by murdering all who complain about the cult.

        Pussyfooting around about the cult will do nothing.

        You need to break eggs to make an omelet.

        We will need to piss off lots of Muslims to break the spell of the cult. If we don’t expect Islam to continue its expansion, and buy your daughters burkas.

        • Alain

          Yes, it was astounding when Bush allowed Iraq to make Islam the state religion in their new constitution.

        • disqusW6sf

          It is a system Bob–not a cult. Look up cult in the dictionary Bob.

      • Alain

        Well, why not at least do it in non Muslim lands? That would be a big positive start.

    • disqusW6sf

      And how the hell are you going to do that Bob? You are a dreamer.

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  • Everyone Else

    it’s not the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” it’s jihad

  • tom_billesley

    The answer to internecine arab strife is to add Israel to the picture?
    No, the answer is fences.

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  • Alain

    Sorry but the problem did not begin with the Middle East (understand the rebirth of Israel) and is not due to the same. The problem is Islam, full stop.