Are we seeing history repeat itself?
By Alan Caruba
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is the famed quote of George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher (1863-1952). I am beginning to think that the world is making its way toward a future that repeats the horrors of the last century's wars and earlier times when Europeans battled Islam to free Jerusalem, to protect their homelands in Europe, and to eject Muslims from Spain.
In his book, Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries historian Paul Fregosi documented the history of Islam and its attacks on European nations, characterizing jihad as "essentially a permanent state of hostility that Islam maintains against the rest of the world." It is a Muslim sacrament, a duty they must perform.
Occurring at the same time is the agenda of the global environmental movement and on February 4 Christina Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves; which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history."
Figueres was wrong. The objective of the 1917 Communist revolution that began in Russia and Mao's "Great Leap Forward" (1958-1961) was the same that is now being openly embraced by the United Nations in 2015. The result of both was the death of millions.
Humanity is under attack from an Islam that intends to impose its barbaric seventh century Sharia law and from the environmental movement's intention to end capitalism and replace it with the income distribution central to Communism.
Both spell a terrible future for the people of the world.
The President of the United States is devoted to pursuing both of these goals as the defender of Islam and the opponent of "income inequality." We have twenty-two months to survive Barack Obama's remaining time in office.
Obama was first elected on the promise to end the U.S. engagement in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After many years Americans welcomed the prospect of ceasing the loss of lives and billions those wars represented. With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) they are now seeing the true price of that policy. Just because we don't want to fight a war doesn't mean our enemy will cease to pursue it.
We are at a critical moment in time because it is evident that Obama wants to provide Iran the opportunity to build its own nuclear weapons arsenal. It is a time as well when the military capability of the U.S. has been diminished to what existed before the beginning of World War II. All of Europe and much of Asia would have fallen under the control of Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan if the U.S. had not stepped up to the task of defeating them.
Relentlessly, Obama has done everything he can to reduce the size of our military fighting force and the ships, planes and other weapons needed to protect our security or support that of our allies. He has withdrawn the U.S. from its position of global leadership and left behind allies that no longer trust us and enemies who no longer fear us.
Raymond Ibrahim of the Middle East Forum wrote on February 5 that "approximately 100 million Christians around the world are experiencing the persecution by Muslims of all races, nationalities, and socio-political circumstances."
At the same time, we are witnessing a new exodus of Jews from Europe, mindful of the Holocaust in the 1940s. According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2013 the Jewish population worldwide was approximately 14 million. Just over 6 million reside in Israel, another 6 million are U.S. citizens, and the rest are in Europe and elsewhere around the world. What has not changed from the last century, however, is the level of anti-Semitism and it appears to be on the rise.
What we are witnessing is a full-scale attack on the West—Christianity and Judaism—and upon Western values of morality, democracy, and freedom.
Whether it will erupt in a new world war is unknown, but if history is a guide, we are moving in that direction.
Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, 2015