Demise of the West
Reader comment on: Obama's Betrayal of Israel
Submitted by Peter D Gardner, Jan 13, 2017 07:04
These are truly dark days. If there is one acid test of the durability and worth of the west it is the survival of the only democratic state in the Middle East, a state established to secure the freedom and self-determination of a people in accord with the founding principles of the League of Nations and the united Nations. Several books on the reasons states and civilisations fail have two common explanations: their institutions become corrupt and their elites exploit the populous. We do not need to look far or long to discover these symptoms in the West.
The Islamists are right about one thing: the Western elites are rotten. As JK Galbraith wrote long ago in The Affluent Society, revolutions generally succeed only if the door against which they batter is rotten. We didn't expect the door to be opened by the leaders of two nations founded on freedom. Mrs Merkel, although wrong to welcome all from an alien Muslim culture at least has some sort of excuse, but the leaders of France and the United States? Total betrayal.
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