WASHINGTON, November 14, 2015 – “Almighty God,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a radio broadcast announcing the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, “Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor. A struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”
I’m sure there are some among you that cringe at FDR’s merging the words “republic, religion” and “civilization” into a forceful bludgeon to wield at an enemy.
It comes across as, well, judgmental and chauvinistic.
It assumes the American republic, the Judeo-Christian religious traditions that inform its founding principles of inalienable rights, is worth preserving. It also assumes any foreign entity seeking its destruction is evil and itself worthy of annihilation.
In an address to the people of his nation, French President Francois Hollande called Friday’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris an “act of war” by “a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: a free country that means something to the whole planet.”
Hollande failed to list which of France’s civilizational values mean so much “to the whole planet.”
On the other hand, an Islamic State spokesman said:
“Let France and those who walk in the path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the IS [Islamic State]… and the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign.”
The Islamic State believes France to be a component of that fabled and bygone collection of European states once known as Christendom.
They wrongly believe a secularized Europe, and Western World for that matter, burns with the same yearnings that spurred King Richard the Lion Heart to fight a bloody military campaign to the gates of Jerusalem.
The so-called leader of that aimless “free world” is just as critical of imaginary Crusader campaigns as ISIS.
Last February, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama warned the faithful not to judge Islam based solely on the medieval atrocities it perpetrates in our modern world, least “we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
Obama fails to acknowledge that Christianity has evolved considerably over the past 1,000 years.
Islam, not so much.
And so, the Western World will continue offering its soft underbelly as an easy target to Islamic barbarians, while its deluded, mutton-headed leaders spew the same anti-Western, anti-civilizational nonsense as the knuckle-dragging grievance-mongers of the Islamic State.