George W. Bush-Vindicated:It is a Clash of Cultures

George W. Bush committed many sins but he was right about one thing: we are living through a clash of cultures, the first since the Crusades when Christian soldiers marched to free Jerusalem from Islam. It isn’t a geographical clash-East versus West, nor is it a religious one-Christianity/Judaism versus Islam. Today, it is a war between ideas and ideals. It is a clash between freedom and tyranny.

The Jihadists, the fundamentalist Islamists, have taken great pains to learn about us, how we hate to hurt feelings of others or be perceived as racist or intolerant. They have learned our weakness-our refusal to accept what we see and experience.

Not only is the attack against the West coming from outside our shores, there is a fifth column: fundamentalists on the left, filled with the righteous dogma of tolerance, inclusion, accommodation who are prepared to turn the other cheek when they experience these attacks for fear of hurting feelings or appearing Islamophobic.

Rather than attack democracy itself, the left attacks one country, Israel, a beacon of democracy and capitalism and social justice, in the heart of nations suffocating under tyranny. Israel is the dry run for America. Destroy Israel under the guise of human rights violations, refuse the state to be Jewish, invade it with millions of non-Jews so that it becomes just like all the other states in the neighbourhood. And what are those states? Autocratic, tyrannical, despotic and theocratic to the point that most states are failing economically, politically and socially. These are states that deny human rights because they do not believe in peace, order, good government, life, liberty the pursuit of happiness, equality and fraternity; rule of law open to scrutiny, justice and mercy, care of the stranger.

The war on Israel is a proxy war. Israel is a democracy like Canada, the USA and Europe. All have flaws. But we are all woven from the same fabric-Western culture. By allowing attacks against Israel we are condoning the undermining of our own culture.  We are permitting an attack on our own worldview, our own freedoms. When we refuse to refute those who attack us via Israel we commit the gross sin of omission, to me even greater a sin than the sin of commission. Silence enables those who want to destroy our common culture. Silence suggests we prefer to defend the values of despots and terrorists.

While participating in demonizing and delegitimizing the only democracy in the Middle East-our sister country-we turn the other cheek when it comes to human rights abuses in these countries. There’s apartheid in Saudi Arabia. Fifty percent of the Saudi population have no civil rights, let alone human rights.

Girls across the Islamic world are sold as child brides at 8 to men in their fifties. In any Western country these men would be prosecuted for pedophilia and child abuse.

Men, women and children are being sold into slavery in Sudan

Christians are being killed in Syria.

Nigerian Christians are being murdered for being Christian.

Citizens in Kenya are being murdered because they are not Muslim.

Arabs are teaching their children to hate Jews and kill them in the name of martyrdom.

Honour killings and female genital mutilation have been imported to the West. Great Britain is dealing with tribal cultures and customs that are diametrically opposed to their civilization, the values they shared throughout the world during that time called colonialism- a dirty word to the left, freedom to those of us who live in the West.  “[H]undreds of young British girls have their clitoris cut off in genital mutilation every year.” British authorities are now saying “No community should be allowed to give refuge to men who commit crimes against women.”

We refuse to see what is before our eyes because we refuse to believe that there are large populations who do not believe in Western culture and all the freedoms that we have fought to maintain, and want to take those freedoms from us. How many times do we in the West have to watch Muslim extremists who have only one goal,Sharia Law around the world, attack our institutions, our sense of safety and well-being. How long will we allow their behaviours to dictate ours? Have we all forgotten what it was like to live and travel before 9/11?

I haven’t.

Slowly but surely our desire to be open and inclusive and ever so politically correct is leading to the destruction of our way of life. This is a clash of cultures. Make no mistake. There is evil in the world and we must not shirk from naming it, facing it and shutting it down.


About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "