Who's Your Plankton?
In his America Alone, Mark Steyn notes the following:
Many of us figure the Islamist plan to re-establish the caliphate is the equivalent of that moment in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie when Plankton roars, "I'm going to rule the world!" Towering over him, SpongeBob says, "Good luck with that."
But you never know: it might be that we're the plankton. "Our enemies are small worms," Adolf Hitler told his generals in August 1939. "I saw them at Munich." In Europe today, as in the thirties, the political class prostrates itself before an insatiable force that barely acknowledges the latest surrender before moving on to the next invented grievance. Indeed, a formal enemy is all but superfluous to requirements. Bomb us, and we agonize over the "root causes." Decapitate us, and our politicians rush to the nearest mosque to declare that "Islam is a religion of peace." Issue blood-curdling calls at Friday prayers to kill all the Jews and infidels, and we fret that it may cause a backlash against Muslims. Behead sodomites and mutilate female genitalia, and gay groups and feminist groups can't wait to march alongside you denouncing Bush and Blair. Murder a schoolful of children, and our scholars explain that to the "vast majority" of Muslims "jihad" is a harmless concept meaning "healthy-lifestyle lo-fat granola bar." Thus the lopsided valse macabre of our times: the more the Islamists step on our toes, the more we waltz them gaily round the room.
Steyn also notes that to the progressive mind, the very concept of "enemy" implied in the words "war on terror" is obsolescent: "there are no enemies, just friends whose grievances we haven't yet accommodated."
Like the old Cold War joke in which the American tells the Soviet guy that "in my country we're free to criticize our president" and the Soviet replies, "Same here. We're free to criticize your president," the West is free to mock and belittle our Judeo-Christian inheritance. Likewise, the Muslim world is free to mock and belittle the West's Judeo-Christian inheritance.
Of the two, the latter is surely healthier than the former.
Can't we find a way to stand UP, breathe deeply, and be grateful for what the West was founded upon -- the Revelation vouchsafed by the Church's Magisterium in Scripture and Tradition -- without scapegoating Islam?
Self-flagellation is clearly not working for old Europe. Bullies can only be stopped by those who don't hate themselves; by those who not only don't roll over and play dead, but are actively thankful for and live out the truth (aletheia) of the Gospel.