Friday, January 9, 2009
Winston Churchill on Islam and why he was right
Whining, wimpy, corrupt multi-cult nonsense.
Revisionist historians, sniveling academics and the unlearned, supported by left wing liberals and socialists, all detest a man like Winston Churchill. The current political ideology of our times, the rampant left wing-ism of the media, government controlled education and propaganda, and historical rewriting where stone age civilizations are the apex of mankind’s spiritual development, where all wars fought for freedom and security throughout the ages are viewed as crimes, where criminals are treated better than victims, and where the threat and poverty of fascist Islam is blamed on ‘root causes’, the Jews, or poor American and British foreign policy, has little room for straight talk, statesmen or politicians who don’t care much about polls.
So if Churchill were around today what would he say about Islam and the threat faced by civilization? Would he be allowed to say anything at all ? Probably not. His political advisers would cry that he was not sensitive and ‘nuanced’ enough to speak on the ‘great religion’ of Islam. If Churchill did speak and say the obvious, how many organizations which support Islam would file a lawsuit ? How many newspapers and journals would label him a racist ? I would guess dozens of groups would sue Churchill, and all the mainstream media would label him a racist [even though Islam does not constitute a race but a political ideology]. If you declaim against any of the great causes of our time; Gays, Islam, Self-esteem, Relativity, the United Nations, the rise of China, etc. you are of course just a racist.
So what would Churchill say about Islam ? Well most likely he would say the exact same thing that he wrote in the River War, a book he had published in 1899, on the British reconquest of the Sudan, culminating in the 1898 battle of Omdurman where British troops completely annihilated a Dervish-Sudanese army three times its size. Out of 30.000 Islamic-Dervish soldiers over half were killed. The British lost less than 50 men with 400 wounded. Churchill saw action as part of the Lancer calvary and the use by the British of modern arms and technologies on stone age warriors, left a profound impact on the 24 year old man. Technology, discipline and firepower would always overwhelm a vicious and zealous foe.
Even at this young age Churchill, having survived a battle with Islamic fanatics saw plainly Islamic society for what it was, and what it signified. Yet Omdurman was just the beginning of Churchill’s acquaintance with fanatical Islam. Churchill had significant experience with Islam throughout his career responsible at various times before World War II for Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, the construction of the Anglo-Persian oil company, and he was quite familiar through travel with Islamic locales ranging from East Africa to North West Africa to Palestine and Turkey. He possessed in fact much practical first hand knowledge of Islam.
But Churchill’s initial reaction was his most accurate and descriptive. After the Sudanese wars he published his 2-volume book, The River War, and in it he recounts the re-subjugation by small British forces of a massive land area. His depiction of Islam is a timeless classic, as relevant today as it was 106 years ago:
'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 - but the influence of the religion paralyses 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 civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.'
Nice Churchillian flair in describing indelibly the main effects of a political ideology which masquerades as a religion and expands through war, violence and coercion. It was self evident to men like Samuel Adams, de Tocqueville, C.S. Lewis, Churchill and others, that Islam as a political movement was anti-civilizational. The basic tenets of the Koran and Hadiths stand for nothing more than the establishment of a world-wide caliphate ruled by the dictums of 7th century Arab paganism and indeed ‘no stronger retrograde force exists in the world.’ Islam is not peaceful, it is not spiritual, and it is not modern. It is the pagan evocation of fascism.
But don’t tell anyone. In our world nothing matters, nothing is black and white, and all is grey. In today’s world a man like Churchill would never be elected. Gone are the days of the statesmen. Churchill would never have become Britain’s leader during World War II, if today’s media, and our politically naïve, sensitive and largely corrupt set of political systems were in operation in 1940. What then would have happened to civilization ? Would the Russians with their orientalism have saved the West ?
There is no room for people like Churchill in today’s obsessively feminine culture, focused on self-esteem, relativity and crass ignorance of history, progress and the inheritance of Western civilization. It remains to be seen if we have enough intelligence and motive force to defend the brilliance and power of the West. Without leadership it will be a difficult chore but recognizing the fascist challenge embedded in Islam should inform our foreign and domestic policies.