Mark Steyn: “America Alone” prophetic after Orlando

Steyn described ten years ago the world we're in today: We fight the terrorist symptoms while ignoring the Islamist ideological disease, a tactic that will leave the West in permanent decline.


CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 14, 2016 — In 2006, Canadian conservative author and commentator Mark Steyn wrote a book titled “America Alone,” which a decade later reads like a prophecy.

Steyn, who regularly fills in for Rush Limbaugh when he is away from the microphone, is not only irreverent and humorous in his analysis of global events but also candid, honest and accurate.

Steyn’s comments on Monday about the Orlando shootings resonate with his remarks about the world we live in just ten years after the publication of his book.

Orlando shootings: The real solution to the radical Islamist problem

Pinpoint accurate in his description of how media and the administration deal with Islam, he observed, “We fight the symptoms—the terror plots—but not the cause; the ideology.”

  • “Islamism is a twenty-first century political project driven by seventh-century ideology.”
  • “Christianity spread by acquiring believers and then land; Islam expanded by acquiring land and then believers.”
  • “Ultimately, only Muslims can reform Islam. All the free world can do is create conditions that increase the likelihood of Muslim reform.”
  • “Islamists have figured out that they can never win on the battlefield, but there’s an excellent chance they can drag things out until Western Civilization collapses in on itself and Islam inherits by default.”
  • “I cannot help marveling at the speed and skill with which Muslim lobby groups have mastered the language of victimhood.”
  • “As Fascism and Communism were in their day, Islamism is now the ideology of choice for the world’s grievance-mongers. That means we have to destroy the ideology, or at least its potency—not Islam per se, but at the very minimum the toxic strain of Wahhabism, which thanks to Saudi oil money has been transformed from a fetish of isolated desert derelicts into the most influential radicalizing force or our time.”
  • “If the implausible mantra of Western politicians that Islam is a ‘religion of peace’ had any strategic value against the head hackers and suicide bombers, it would be as a prelude to pointing out that, sadly, Wahhabism is a religion of pieces. But our lack of curiosity about which particular school of Islam an imam is setting up on Main Street is greatly facilitating pan-Islamism, a much better example of globalization than McDonald’s.”

Steyn quotes from other authorities on Islam, such as Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammed, the former prime minister of Malayasia, which is a Muslim nation: “We produce practically nothing on our own, we can do almost nothing for ourselves, we cannot even manage our own wealth.”

Steyn quotes Richard Lowry, editor of “National Review”:“Developing mass commercial aviation and soaring skyscrapers was the West’s idea; slashing the throats of stewardesses and flying the planes into skyscrapers was radical Islam’s idea.”

A shooting in Orlando: Time enough for politics

Steyn sums up his premise by explaining the all-too-familiar cycle to which we have become so accustomed:

“The terrorist bent on devastation and destruction prowls the streets, while around him are a significant number of people urging him on, and around them are a larger group of young male co-religionists gleefully celebrating mass murder, and around them a much larger group of ‘moderates’ who stand silent at the acts committed in their name, and around them a mesh of religious and community leaders openly inciting treason against the state, and around them another mesh of religious and community leaders who serve as apologists for the inciters, and around them a network of professional identity-group grievance-mongers adamant that they’re the real victims, and around them a vast mass of elite opinion in the media and elsewhere too squeamish about ethno-cultural matters to confront reality, and around them a political establishment desperate to pretend this is just a managerial problem that can be finessed away with a few laws and a bit of community outreach.”

As Steyn said on Monday, Islam is intent on becoming a “kingdom of corpses.”

Sadly, America is standing by and letting it happen with a president who claims that terrorism is something “we can absorb.”

And so the lives of 49 people in Orlando, Florida are nothing more than “blotters” from which we soak up the blood from the latest terrorist mess because we as a nation can “absorb” such incidents.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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