Monday, January 09, 2006

Steyn on Islamists

Here is a real kick-in-face article by Mark Steyn. Although it has a slight scent of xenophobia on the surface, I think that there is alot of truth in the piece. And whether you buy into the premise or not - it is a heavy-hitter in the provocative sense. Here is a teaser:
The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it. Post-Christian hyperrationalism is, in the objective sense, a lot less rational than Catholicism or Mormonism. Indeed, in its reliance on immigration to ensure its future, the European Union has adopted a 21st-century variation on the strategy of the Shakers, who were forbidden from reproducing and thus could increase their numbers only by conversion. The problem is that secondary-impulse societies mistake their weaknesses for strengths--or, at any rate, virtues--and that's why they're proving so feeble at dealing with a primal force like Islam.
Whoa... It's long - but I highly recommend reading the whole thing.