Op-Ed: Who Will Benefit from the Demise of the West?
Joe DavidJoe David is the author of six books. His controversial new novel, The Infidels, which examines the Assyrian Genocide, will be published by Thames River Press (London) in spring 2014. His first novel, The Fire Within, published in the early 1980s, received national attention upon publication for its incisive look at the U.S. government’s role in the corruption of American education.
Throughout history, Christians have been slandered and slaughtered for their beliefs. It makes you wonder why they are so despised, especially by self-righteous Muslims, for simply maintaining a particular religious view. Although there are theological differences between the two religions, these differences aren’t sufficient to explain the violent behavior historically of Muslims toward Christians.
One hundred years ago, while Europeans were driven by greed and ambition to kill each other with bloody and deadly skill (during World War 1), the Ottoman Turks decided to join in on the fun and use this moment in history to slaughter non-Muslims. What makes their action noteworthy is that the leaders in Constantinople, the Young Turks, were secularist, educated in Europe, and their ally was the Christian Germans. From the beginning of the war, the Turkish leaders showed no religious motive for their actions. Their plan was simply to revive the dying Ottoman Empire and free it of any ethnic or religious differences that might cause problems for them during their rule.
Although the Christian powers in Europe were concerned about what was happening to the Armenians (and the other Christians) in Turkey (which they labeled as “The Armenian Question”), they were helpless at doing anything about it as long as they were engaged in a war in Europe. This allowed the Young Turks the freedom to “cleanse” the empire of any impurities without interferences from the Europeans. Since they were convinced that their ally, the Germans, would win, they felt no fear of repercussions for their actions even after the war.
Although the jihadist during World War 1 weren’t as clever as those today who turn themselves into human bombs to kill the enemy, they did conceive of some effective ways to eliminate the Christians – and amuse themselves at the same time. One way was through forced deportation; they would deprive the Christians of water, food, and clothing, and drive them like herd south to the desert where they were left to die from exhaustion, heat, and malnutrition.
Like Hitler’s execution team during World War 11, the Turks approached the murders with imagination. In an article, “Rethinking Dehumanization in Genocide,” the author, Henry C. Theriault, described many of the killings as “festivals of cruelty that involved rape and other forms of torture.” According to reports it was common practice to systematically dismember their victims, brutally club them, and even gang rape young girls in front of family or villagers. If they were still alive, they would slit their throats and let them die slowly. It didn’t take very long, after the campaign had begun, before Talaat Pasha, Turkey’s Minister of Interior, was able to say to the German ambassador with confidence, “the Armenian question does no longer exist.” He was quite correct. Nearly three quarters of the Christian population had been killed in Turkey.
Some historians claim the Germans masterminded this jihad. Documents being uncovered in Germany are shedding some light on this possibility (www.armenocide.de). Regardless of whether the Young Turks or the Germans were responsible for this outrage, certain facts have been documented. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm 11 wanted a “place in the sun” (i.e., Germany’s foreign policy for territorial expansion of its empire). This interest in expanding its outreach into Asia could explain why the Germans worked cooperatively with the Turks. Both empires shared similar interest, territorial expansion, and both showed no real concern for what might happen to the Christians in the process.
In the 100 years since World War 1, the attacks of jihadists have grown beyond the borders of the Middle East, and have become international in scope, aimed at Western and American interests. Commercial airplanes have been hijacked; night clubs, restaurants, and embassies have been bombed, and non-Muslim men and women throughout the world have been raped and surgically dismembered. On American soil, radical jihadists staged 9/11, the 2009 mass murder at the Texas military base, and most recently the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
One of the most embarrassing jihadist’s actions for the Obama administration has been in Benghazi, which led to the grotesque rape and murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Under questioning during the Senate Benghazi Hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton damned herself forever with her infamous statement, “What difference at this point does it make?”
To downplay what happened in Benghazi with such a flippant remark and shift attention in another direction, as Clinton had done during the senate hearing, is an absolute outrage against America and Americans who died in Libya defending America. The truth of the matter is it makes a big difference. Anyone with even a sophomoric background in history realizes that. Western Civilization is facing an undeclared war against an enemy determined to destroy it. If anyone examines the sensitive areas in Asia and North Africa (and even Europe) today, they will discover that it covers much of the area that was once controlled by the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
Does this mean the Muslim world is on the rise again and is using religion as their military weapon against the West? If so, how could such a group of raggedy insurgents (like today’s radical jihadists) be so successful at stirring so much chaos? Is it the will of Allah? Or is it the will of key international leaders?
During a CNN interview Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) raised his concerns about what is happening. “Across the globe,” he said, “Christians are under attack almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or we lived under early pagan Roman rule.”
Accuracy in the Media made its observation when it reported that Christianity in America is being seriously marginalized while Muslim religious interests are dramatically expanding. Many political pundits and prominent Christian leaders are making similar statements. But only a few of them are willing to delve much deeper into the subject. When they do, they are often silenced with charges of political insensitivity – despite the outrageous behavior and vitriolic words and actions of jihadists around the world toward the West.
Why is this happening? Why are many members of the most powerful media in the world reluctant to cover the subject in depth? Is it because their liberal tenets cannot be morally justified, or is it because they fear the consequences of speaking out?
Perhaps the best way to answer those questions is by asking another question: Who will benefit from the demise of the West?
Certainly the Russians (who have been successfully indoctrinating Americans with their Marxist’s ideas for decades), and the Chinese (who have been gluttonously buying up U.S. production and land with all their extra dollars), and even the Saudis (who have been generously financing jihadists and who have been threatening to use their petrodollars to cause economic chaos in the U.S. if America doesn’t cooperate with them) are the most obvious beneficiaries.
When you add to the list America’s President, Barack Obama, by pointing to his success at offending our long-time friends and supporting our long-time enemies, you quickly realize what the West is facing is larger than any religious issue.
To focus on just the religious issue is to trivialize what is occurring and to deny the fact that America is involved in an undeclared war with powerful enemies. The victims in this war are not the Christians and Jews, but the entire civilized world. The real enemy is not the Muslins (who are being played like puppets), but instead once again the political tyrants with imperialistic goals.
Joe David is the author of six books. His controversial new book, The Infidels, which examines the Assyrian Genocide, will be published by Thames River Press (London) in 2014.
 Some obvious religious differences: The Muslims show their faith by following the five pillars of Islam, and the Christians by the seven holy sacraments; the Muslims believe Jesus was not crucified, and the Christians believe He was. The Muslims have only one God, and the Christians believe God is three persons in one. The list of such theological differences are many, but they are insufficient to cause either religion serious concern. There is, though, one issue that is always brought up, which deeply concerns Christians. The Quran specifically calls upon Muslims to take action against non-believers. For the radical Muslims, these passages have become “fighting words” – when mixed with propaganda.
 After the war, when the Europeans were addressing war crimes, the Armenian Question only received minimal attention; the allies were too busy seeking land settlements and lucrative reparations to give it special consideration!
Note: Mr David penned a response to reactions (see talkbacks) to the above article. We bring it below:
I was impressed by the responses to my op-ed, “Who will benefit from the Demise of the West?” Here’s my response to your readers:
There is no question about it. Western society has degenerated to its lowest level. All one needs to do to confirm it is turn on the news or go to movies, or take a walk in the park (never, of course, at night). In one of my books, The Fire Within, which specifically deals with government education, I identify what I strongly believe is the root cause of this moral decay by pointing my finger at today’s educators and the insane ideas that they are spreading. Thanks to a corrupt government and media, no one seems willing to stop them. As a result, this has all led to a wide-spread tolerance of many of the savage and destructive acts that are tearing at the foundation of civilization.
George Soros seems to come up frequently when the subject of economic dismemberment of international currencies are discussed. But men like Soros couldn’t exist successfully within the structure of a moral and enlightened society. Unfortunately, thanks to the nature of today’s education, he is worshipped as a financial wizard of the highest order.
The reader who said WWI wasn’t a religious war is quite right. I apologize if I misled anyone. Imperialism, nationalism, territorial interests, and secret treaties were among the reasons that Europe exploded suddenly into war. The Ottoman Turks were no different. They wanted to recover their decaying empire and return it to its old glory. They hoped they could achieve this through the Turkification of the empire.
To them, though, this meant eliminating non-Muslims. They feared, if they didn’t, the “infidels” might cause them serious resistance. These unenlightened savages in power didn’t understand that if you give all people freedom to exist within a civil and just environment they could all survive in harmony, but unfortunately they were more interested in ruling an ignorant and homogenous group whom they could easily control than to stand up to the challenges of a free and civilized society.
Finally, not being a theologian, I am unable to examine the nuances of religious differences in depth. But in this case, I believe my footnote to the op-ed says enough to clarify to the reader correctly the most disturbing aspects of Islam, which successfully divides Muslims and Christians. “The Quran specifically calls upon Muslims to take action against non-believers. For the radical Muslims, these passages have become ‘fighting words’ – when mixed with propaganda.”