War against the West: only Jewish Israel won't retreat

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Conventional wisdom says World War Two began September 1, 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland. But some might disagree. Some might argue World War Two actually began two day later, on September 3, 1939. They say September 1st wasn’t the real ‘start date’ (Victor Davis Hanson, "World War Two leadership", lecture, youtube, May 6, 2012). 

Yes, Germany had certainly invaded Poland on September 1st. But that invasion didn’t mean a World War. That didn’t happen until September 3rd, 1939, when Britain and France formally declared war on Hitler's Germany.

In hindsight, both views might be wrong. By September, 1939, the world had already been in flames for years. For example, in 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria. In 1935, Italy attacked Ethiopia. In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began. In 1937, Japan invaded China. 

Is it possible that World War Two dates from 1931, not September, 1939? Most people say, no, it doesn't. Certainly, Western leaders back then didn’t believe that. 

Instead of a world war in the early thirties, there was only a Manchurian war. There was only a China war. There was only an Ethiopian war. There was no world war (ibid).

During the years leading up to the September, 1939 German invasion of Poland, Japan and Italy weren't the only war aggressors. Germany was also busy. It took over the Rhineland (1936). It invaded Austria (1938). It invaded Czechoslovakia (1939). But there was no world war.

How did the relatively new League of Nations react to these multiple acts of aggression? Mostly, with passivity (Alan Taylor, "World War Two: before the war", theatlantic, June 19, 2011).

How did the US react to the aggression? It passed several Neutrality Acts (ibid). That is, it stuck its head into the ground.

In a sense, it doesn't matter when that terrible war began. What concerns us here is that World War Two, essentially, touched more  than 100 million people, probably double that if you include those 'back home' who weren't directly involved in the war, but were rather affected indirectly in any number of ways.

Today, the winds of a world war begin once again to sear the world. This war also touch millions, both directly and indirectly. Once again, the West is in denial. Once again, the US leads that pack.

Today, Islamic extremists attack populations across the Middle East, Africa. Islam enters Europe and opposes the very foundations of Western justice and democracy.  It threatens the defense of the free world (Raoul Wootliff, "Melanie Phillips charts her journey from 'Miss Guardianista' to neoconservative Jeremiah", timesofisrael, March 27, 2017).

How does everyone react? Lots of blather, a lot of Islamophilia, little substantive resistance.

In Europe, Muslim migrants begin to change Europe with what some see as an Islamic, anti-West cultural and religious invasion (Giulio Meotti, "Islam, not Christianity, is saturating Europe",gatestoneinstitute, March 26, 2017). Islam aggressively challenges the West. It's a challenge the West isn't winning (ibid).

According to a controversial US Presidential adviser, Steve Bannon, the Judeo-Christian West is collapsing; it's imploding (Paul Blumenthal, JM Rieger, "Steve bannon believes the Apocalypse is coming and war is inevitable", huffingtonpost, updated February 18, 2017). That sounds strong, indeed. But Bannon doesn't back down. He says, an arrogant expansionist Islam is on the march (ibid). The West, he argues, is in retreat (ibid).

For others, radical, violent Islam threatens civilization itself (Hussein Aboubakr, "How radical Islam could be an actual threat to Western civilization after all", timesofisrael, May 7, 2015). It threatens to bring a world-wide clash of civilizations to every modern, western city on the globe. 

How does the Western world respond? With passivity.

Only the Jewish Israel does not retreat. Only the Jewish Israel resists the call to yield to a process of Islamization. Only the Jewish Israel remains steadfast in its stand against Islam.

How do you think all that is going to work out?