Team Trump’s Message: The Clash of Civilizations Is Back, by Michael Hirsh.
From Bannon’s defense of the “Judeo-Christian West” to Flynn’s attacks on Muslims, some national security experts fear the incoming Trump administration believes America is at war with Islam — and that it won’t end well.
Civilizations clash? No kidding. It’s only been going on for millennia. Only the globalists want to hide it and pretend it ended a few years ago, so they can have open borders and leftist control in western countries.
Last February Mike Flynn, the incoming national security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, tweeted: “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” He urged his tweeps to “please forward” a Muslim-bashing video by one I.Q. al-Rassooli, a Britain-based, Iraqi-born polemicist who argues that Islam is less a religion than a cult in perpetual war with the West, that the Prophet Muhammad “committed crimes against humanity on a massive scale” and the Koran is “a rambling, incoherent, jumbled scripture of hatred and enmity that no true God would have ever revealed to anyone.”
Two years ago, in 2014, Steve Bannon, President-elect Trump’s incoming chief strategist, told an interviewer that “the Judeo-Christian West” is “in the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict … an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism” — an enemy that, unless harsher measures are taken, “will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.” …
But the incoming president, Trump, appears open to the clash-of-civilizations idea — one that fits neatly with his view of an America that rejects “globalism,” tightens up its borders against immigrants, and bans most new Muslims from coming in until they can be “vetted.” “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last March. While he said he was speaking of radical Islam, he added: “It’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.” For the Trump team, who did not respond to a request for comment, Muslims appear to be guilty of radical sympathies until proven innocent.
The article is on a PC site and argues against Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” theory. The above is setting up their straw man to attack. But their argument that follows amounts only to name calling, not wishing to offend 1.6 billion people at once, not helping radical Islam recruitment, and not overreacting. Perhaps this is the left’s real fear:
Much as the “Red Scare” of the 1950s helped to consolidate far-right control in Washington, at least for a time, the bigger the Islamist threat appears, the more compelling is Trump’s call to keep the world from our shores, justify closed borders and focus on his neo-isolationist concept of “America First.”
In other words, the clash with Islam is real, the popular will is not to submit, and this issue will keep the left out of power.
hat-tip Stephen Neil