The West won’t even defend its own values. How can it be expected to defeat Isis? by Brendan O’Neill. Our military isn’t trying:
British airstrikes in Syria were launched to great fanfare in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November. … It took four weeks for British airstrikes to kill a single member of Isis. Many of the strikes were done with drones … And then in February it was confirmed that, so far, only four British strikes have hit Isis fighters, causing seven deaths or injuries.
Churchillian? Dad’s Army, more like.
Our leaders … describe Isis as a colossal, existential threat to Western values, yet they send no men, no ground troops, to wage war against it. Just the occasional manned flight or some flying robots.
Political correctness has undermined our society, making us a pushover for an ancient organization of bullies and thugs:
This is the defining feature of the Isis era: the West has the military might to fight Isis, but not the moral conviction.
We in the West agree that we hate Isis, but we don’t agree that the Western way of life is something worth defending, or even something we should be especially favourable about anymore.
The politically correct messages messing with our defenses:
Too often, the message is that the West is rotten, racist; that we invite terrorism, maybe even deserve it, … ‘Of course they hate us — we’re bastards.’
The refusal to big-up Western values has been institutionalised in the idea of Islamophobia, which is not just about protecting Muslims from assault or discrimination — a noble thing to do — but is about policing any expression of belief in the superiority of Western or enlightened values.
And then we think we can take the fight to Isis? No, sorry: you can’t defend Western ideals overseas if you’re demeaning them at home in public, cultural and academic debate. Bravery is a function of belief; we take risks when we’re fighting for something we truly care for.