The real clash of civilisation is in the West’s attitude to terror

“There is something wrong with a rights-based culture much more obsessed with catering for difference than with bolstering our common freedoms which really matter”

On Monday, David Cameron said that “it is not good enough to say simply that Islam is a religion of peace and then to deny any connection between the religion of Islam and the extremists”. The following day, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Paris, was asked about the murderous attacks in that city the previous Friday. Mr Kerry said: “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo (the slaughter of the staff of the “blasphemous” French satirical magazine in January), and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularised focus (to the Charlie Hebdo attack) and perhaps even a legitimacy – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”

In these two remarks are contained differing beliefs about our civilisation. The argument about how the West should deal with Islamist terror and extremism turns on the difference. If Mr Kerry’s side wins, our civilisation will lose.

  • Jim Horne

    Bill Whittle’s keynote speech at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2015 Restoration Weekend Event on November 5-8 is one the most forthright speeches you’ll hear. In light of what is happening, not only in the U.S. but in every western nation today, I would recommend that the video be watched in its entirety.

    How to stop the civilizational collapse
    https://vimeo.com/145285384

  • tom_billesley

    perhaps even a legitimacy – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”
    Yeah. Banghazi was because of the video….. /sarc

    • Blacksmith

      Well in his defense, his lips were moving so we know it was a lie.

    • David

      Each day, when you think it’s impossible, they outdo themselves.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I would like to see Republicans make Kerry a campaign issue instead of trying to knock down each other.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It’s time to blow them back to the 7th century.

    • Xavier

      or, “return to a disorganized molecular state”.