Quote note (#260)
Dalrymple on visions of the Apocalypse:
Oceans of ink have been spilt on the attempt to estimate the true extent of the threat of Islam to the West, and the attempts range from the frankly paranoid to the most supinely complacent. For myself, I veer constantly between the two, hardly pausing in between. In the last analysis, the West has all the cards, intellectual and military; but if it refuses ever to play them, they are of no account.
If Islam destroys the West, it will only be in the role of a suicide weapon, deployed by the West against itself. The basis of the Apocalyptic case is that the West has been taught, very successfully, that it does not deserve continued existence. (“Better dead than rude” is John Derbyshire’s formulation.)
Islam is the Hell the West damns itself to, for its sins.