Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Prophecy of Ascendant Islam
Written in 1938


TVD, of Philosodude, sent me this quote from Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc, writing about Islam, in 1938:


These things being so, the recrudescence of Islam, the possibilityof that terror under which we lived for centuries reappearing, and of ourcivilization again fighting for its life against what was its chief enemyfor a thousand years, seems fantastic. Who in the Mohammedan world todaycan manufacture and maintain the complicated instruments of modern war?
Where is the political machinery whereby the religion of Islam can play an equal part in the modern world?
I say the suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic, but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediatepast: one might say that they are blinded by it.
Cultures spring from religions; ultimately the vital force which maintains any culture is its philosophy, its attitude toward the universe; the decay of a religion involves the decay of the culture corresponding to it. We see that most clearly in the breakdown of Christendom today. The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancestral doctrines. The very structure of our society is dissolving ...


That Belloc wrote this in 1938 is amazing. It seems he was a prophet of sorts. I remember watching the rise of Islam beginning in the early 70's with the ascendancy of the PLO into the international spotlight via terrorism, but especially with OPEC and the Iranian revolution. Even as I watched those events unfold, I would have never guessed that one day such a brand of Jihadi Islam would threaten the world's very foundations.

Now it is clear. And it is also clear that the West is in dissolution.


We are lost.

What's more, I believe the threat of Islamofascism is going to get worse, before all this is through.

But, I don't believe we are doomed, because I think the Islamofascists are eventually going to become so emboldened that they are going to overstep their bounds. And then the people of Western Civilization will remember what it is they love about their culture. And then, they will truly fight to defend themselves.

I hope things don't get too dark, before we figure this all out.