Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion – Gatestone Institute

Pictured: French police eject some of the 80 migrants and pro-illegal-immigration activists who occupied the Basilica of Saint Denis, on March 18, 2018. (Image source: Video screenshot, YouTube/Kenyan News & Politics)

“In Sweden, by 2050, almost one in three people will be Muslim. The civilizational exhaustion is seen in Europeans’ falling birth rates, mushrooming public debt, chaos in the streets, and a refusal to invest in security. Islam is filling the cultural vacuum of a society with no children and which believes – wrongly – it has no enemies.”

Source: Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion | Gatestone Institute

  • Islam is filling the cultural vacuum of a society with no children and which believes — wrongly — it has no enemies.
  • In Sweden, by 2050, almost one in three people will be Muslim.
  • The European mainstream mindset now seems to believe that “evil” comes only from our own sins: racism, sexism, elitism, xenophobia, homophobia, the guilt of the heterosexual white Western male — and never from non-European cultures. Europe now postulates an infinite idealization of the “other”, above all the migrant.
  • A tiredness seems to be why these countries do not take meaningful measures to defeat jihadism, such as closing Salafist mosques or expelling radical imams.
  • Muslim extremists understand this advantage: so long as they avoid another enormous massacre like 9/11, they will be able to continue taking away human lives and undermining the West without awakening it from its inertia.

Is this really what we want? Because it’s what we’re going to get, if we don’t – collectively – wake up, and start defending what is valuable: our history, our culture, our heritage.

This essay – which makes for sobering reading, but for that very reason should be read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested by defenders of the West – continues,

Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London, recently published a report, “Europe’s Young Adults and Religion”:

“Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant said.

According to Bullivant, many young Europeans “will have been baptised and then never darken the door of a church again. Cultural religious identities just aren’t being passed on from parents to children. It just washes straight off them… “And we know the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher [religious] retention rates.”

That is a very dangerous and worrying combination – to put it mildly. The situation has gotten so bad that no less a figure than Richard Dawkins, who is as this essay notes is

an atheist and the author of The God Delusion, responded to the study’s release by tweeting to his millions of Twitter followers:

Before we rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion, let’s not forget Hilaire Belloc’s menacing rhyme:

“Always keep a-hold of nurse
For fear of finding something worse.”

Dawkins is apparently concerned that after the demise of Christianity in Europe, there will not be an atheistic utopia, but a rising Islam.

Dawkins’ concern is well-founded. Secularists and atheists of Dawkins’ ilk – not, clearly, Dawkins himself, who though misguided is vastly more intelligent than many of his followers – have been happy enough to use Islam (*) as a foil for Christianity (and I would not be surprised if many have not rejoiced, secretly, in the deaths of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere), believing that it is doing much of their work for them, and that they can then control and enervate it, too.

This makes about as much sense as trying to chain a dragon to boil a pot of tea. What they fail to realize is that those who passionately believe in something – whether that “something” is truth or falsehood, witness the passionate belief in Communism many still possess, despite its theoretical “defeat” in the 1980s and ’90s – will always have an edge over those who believe in nothing. And unlike the heirs of Western Christendom, Islam is not tired, not exhausted: it has had a rest of some centuries, and has awoken.

It is time, and past time, for us to awaken, too – to awaken to our peril, and to defend ourselves against it. We have a moral responsibility to do so (and as Christians, a religious duty, since Islam is a false religion, and a dangerous ideology): not only for ourselves, but for our ancestors, and for our descendants. So far, we are abjectly failing both. We are betraying our patrimony, by failing to defend it, and pass it on.

What is at stake, here? Let’s look to history: when the Iberian Peninsula fell to the Muslims, it took 700 years to reconquer it – and that was with most of the rest of Europe free. How long will the Reconquista take, if the whole West should fall? None of us will live to see it! But if we fail to wake up, we may live to see that fall.

Again I ask: is this really what we want?

 


• And more generally, multiculturalism and mass immigration, which – far from being a source of strength – weakens and breaks down cultural cohesiveness and integrity, and damages the host culture’s ability to defend itself against attacks both from within and from without. But Islam is the most significant unifying force among many of these immigrants, especially in Europe, and increasingly in the U.S., too.

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What Do Europeans Think About Muslim Immigration? | Chatham House

New research points to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states.

The Chatham House article is most interesting: it appears that, once again (as is very often – not always, but very often – the case), the ordinary people of Europe have more sense than their alleged “leaders.” To wit:

Drawing on a unique, new Chatham House survey of more than 10,000 people from 10 European states, we can throw new light on what people think about migration from mainly Muslim countries. Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread.

In our survey… respondents were given the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’. They were then asked to what extent did they agree or disagree with this statement. Overall, across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.

Majorities in all but two of the ten states agreed, ranging from 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany and 51% in Italy to 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain. In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, let me restate: in none of the ten European countries surveyed (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK) did more than a third disagree with the statement that “All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.” The others were either in favor of stopping Islamic immigration, or neutral on the idea.

There is the obligatory observation that there is

“a clear education divide. Of those with secondary level qualifications, 59% opposed further Muslim immigration. By contrast, less than half of all degree holders supported further migration curbs.”

The question that this does not ask, still less answer, however, is whether this supposedly greater support for immigration among those with academic degrees is a function of being “better educated,” per se, or being more thoroughly indoctrinated by the left-leaning academic establishment. I suspect the latter!

This article is a year old, of course; I am only just now seeing it. But somehow, I doubt that attitudes have changed much. If anything, they may have hardened.

Granted that I am basing this observation primarily off of Facebook and YouTube, which tend to point to the more extreme ends of the spectrum: but there is, it seems to me, a simmering frustration on the part of many Europeans over the social-engineering projects of those who seem to consider themselves their “betters.”

The European political establishment seems to be feeling it, too, as they appear to be doubling down on their use of legal enforcement to suppress nationalistic and anti-immigrant sentiments. The problem, of course, is that when you put a lid on a simmering pot, the pressure builds, and you need to add more and more weight to keep the lid on. When it finally blows, it can be quite messy…

Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time in History,” Report Says

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“Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution.”

Source: Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time in History,” Report Says |Newsweek

Sadly, this article has caused me to add a new tag to my list: “Persecution of Christians.”

Incredibly, there are still those who believe that Christians “have a persecution complex,” that we are the ones doing the “persecuting,” and if anyone does attack us, it’s no more than we deserve. Well, it’s not a persecution “complex” if we really are being persecuted – and we are indeed, as this report makes plain.

“The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and Western governments are failing to stop it, a report from a Catholic organization said.

“The study by Aid to the Church in Need said the treatment of Christians has worsened substantially in the past two years compared with the two years prior, and has grown more violent than any other period in modern times…

“The report examined the plight of Christians in China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkey over the period lasting from 2015 until 2017. The research showed that in that time, Christians suffered crimes against humanity, and some were hanged or crucified.

“The report found that Saudi Arabia was the only country where the situation for Christians did not get worse, and that was only because the situation couldn’t get any worse than it already was.”

The Newsweek article goes on to add that

“The report put special focus on Middle Eastern countries like Iraq and Syria, where the authors argued Christians would have been entirely wiped out if it weren’t for military action and the assistance of Christian humanitarian organizations, like Aid to the Church in Need.

“The defeat of Daesh [the Islamic State militant group] and other Islamists in major strongholds of the Middle East offers the last hope of recovery for Christian groups threatened with extinction,” the report found. “Many would not survive another similar violent attack.”

Nor is the violence limited to the Middle East.

“In Africa, the report focused on countries like Sudan, where the government ordered that churches be destroyed, and Nigeria, where ISIS-affiliated groups like Boko Haram have led a surge in attacks on Christians. In Eritrea, hundreds of Christians have been rounded up and imprisoned over the past year because of their faith.

“The report also documented numerous case studies in which Christians in countries such as India and Nigeria were murdered or beaten for practicing their faith.”

The majority of these crimes are – not surprisingly – perpetrated by Muslims, whether in the Middle East or Africa, with the addition (more surprisingly, to someone like myself who since my college days had believed the assertion that “polytheists are religiously tolerant”) of some militant Hindus in India.

It is true that the situation has not yet really reached the U.S., and is only beginning to impact Europe. But we are islands in the storm, and the sea is rising. What makes the situation even more alarming is that Western governments seem all too eager to welcome in large numbers of immigrants from many of the very regions and even countries where the problem is greatest.

I am moderately confident that it is true, as is always claimed, that the majority of these are peace-loving and non-violent. But I suspect the majority are basically peace-loving and non-violent in the countries where Christians are under violent attack, too. It doesn’t take a particularly large percentage of malefactors to cause a large problem!

And the cultural and religious milieu supports the militants, whether or not the majority of the population does. Do we really wish to import this problem into the West? I don’t!

As to the belief that Christians deserve to be persecuted for their actual or alleged crimes in the past – anyone who believes that is either sadly deluded, or mentally disturbed. Yes, it’s true that some Christians have committed some unfortunate and even terrible acts in the name of their faith, over the centuries. It’s called human nature… or, in Christian terms, sinfulness. And it is far from unique to Christianity!

As a faith, however, Christianity teaches love of one’s neighbor, and even for one’s persecutors (it is possible to love someone in principle while still using whatever means necessary to prevent them from harming oneself or others, so let us set aside the idea that a Christian must be a pacifist, immediately), in a way that few other religions – and certainly not Islam – does not.

And Christians have been in the forefront of movements to end slavery, seek peaceful relations between nations and peoples, and even to provide medical, agricultural, and other assistance to less-developed nations, engage in disaster relief, assist displaced persons, and many other such activities.

Indeed, one of the great ironies of the present crisis is that through its strong support of aid to the down-trodden, Christianity has been partially responsible for the population explosion in some parts of the world that are distinctly unfriendly to Christianity, and the West! But that, unfortunately, is a chance one takes when one is trying to be decent to other people.

But here again, the question arises: do we really want to welcome into our own nations people who are unfriendly to us, or whose cultures and value systems are alien, even inimical, to ours? Particularly in large numbers? A few here and there can be assimilated, or if they are not, are unlikely to cause much trouble. But en masse… well, the “no-go” zones appearing in a growing number of European cities should serve as a cautionary tale, in my opinion.

With respect to Christianity, and our Christian responsibility to love our neighbor, and welcome the stranger: as I have commented before, in the parable of the “Good Samaritan,” even that compassionate and benevolent individual did not welcome the person he helped into his own home. He set him up in an inn, and paid the innkeeper to nurse him back to health. Nor is there any indication that he continued to support him, once health was restored. These points should, I think, serve as a model for us!

Loving your neighbor as yourself starts with loving yourself: not to excess, but in a properly ordered fashion. And loving yourself includes having self-respect, without which it is unrealistic to expect anyone else to respect you, either. It also includes the willingness and ability to protect yourself, and those you love (by extrapolation including your nation and culture), from those who would harm or assault them. Anything else is not love, but a form of self-immolation.

And even if you are willing to sacrifice yourself for another – which, if done for the right reasons, can be praiseworthy (if done for the right reasons… otherwise, it’s just foolishness) – no one has the right to sacrifice others, or to fail to defend them if that is within one’s power. And beyond individuals, we have both a right and a responsibility under natural law – which is, after all, God’s law – to protect and defend our people and our heritage, that we might pass them on, undiminished, to our posterity.

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Again, our responsibility to those who came before and to those who will come after (*) are factors which must be taken into account. We can sacrifice ourselves, and our own possessions, if we so choose; but we do not have the right to sacrifice others, or their possessions and patrimony.

(* Remember the famous “seven generations” of Native American lore? As in, whatever we do should be considered in light of seven generations? This refers to the effect of that action, or inaction, on our own generation, plus the three generations that came before us, and the three that will follow – that is to say, ourselves, our ancestors, and our descendants – that none be dishonoured. Something even those of us who are not Native Americans might profitably keep in mind!)

It is this collective, community-focused, social and cultural responsibility which is often missed or ignored by people who have been trained by our dysfunctional culture to believe that it’s all about me, and what I want. Charity really does begin at home, with our family and our immediate community; once they are cared for, protected, etc., then we can widen the circle – carefully and advisedly, and not beyond our means – outward. But if we help others at the expense of our own (family, people, community), that is not morally virtuous, it is morally vicious.

So, to conclude: this report, from Aid to the Church in Need, makes it clear that the persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and that Western governments are failing to stop it. We need to do what we can, and pressure our governments to do what they can, to try to protect persecuted Christians world-wise – and we need to push back against the false claim that Christians are the persecutors, and not the persecuted.

But we also need to make sure that we are not importing the problem onto our own shores, and into our own cultures. We of the West cannot be a bastion for others if we are allowing ourselves to be undermined! We need to stand strong, and limit immigration to those who we can be confident will be assets, not liabilities; who support our values, and who will be a benefit, not a detriment, to our cultures.

And not solely for our own sakes: for all our faults, the Western world is the last, best hope for freedom and opportunity. We cannot take everyone in! But we can serve as an example, an inspiration, and (cautiously) as a resource. While it’s a mistake to confuse any earthly entity or institution with the Kingdom of God, we are the closest thing the secular world has to that “shining City on a hill” mentioned in Scriptures – and the closer we cleave to our Judeo-Christian patrimony, the brighter we shine. If our light has dimmed in recent times, it is because we have fallen away from that ideal.

Should the West ever fall entirely, the outlook for the rest of the world will be bleak and dark indeed.

Christianity: The Last Hope for Europe | The Imaginative Conservative

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If everything continues in this way, then the cities of Europe will clearly have majority Muslim populations, our identity and our nations as we know them will cease to exist, our worst nightmares will have become reality. The West will fall…

Source: Christianity: The Last Hope for Europe – The Imaginative Conservative

Hungarian Prime Minister issues a warning… and also expresses some hope:

“Commentators claim that there are dark clouds gathering over Europe, due to immigration. There have always been dark prophecies. This is the familiar background music to European politics. What’s worrying these days is that in essence they are mathematical in nature: even though they are estimates, they are about numbers and quantifiable changes; and numbers always carry a great deal of weight…

“For instance, in Bavaria now more money is being spent on asylum, immigration and integration than on the combined state budget for the economy, the environment and health care. Visiting Vienna I heard that this year’s school enrolment data took everyone very much by surprise: the percentage of Muslim children among those starting school has soared. This is the future that over there is already the present. According to NATO reports – it seems that soldiers don’t yet allow themselves to be censored – by 2020, sixty million people will have set off for Europe. There’s also consensus that Africa will be more powerful than any previous expectations had envisaged. By 2050 its population will have doubled, to 2.5 billion. There will be ten times more young Africans than young Europeans… If this mass of several hundred million young people is allowed to travel north, then Europe will soon come under horrendous pressure.

“Furthermore, the majority of immigrants will arrive from the Islamic world. If everything continues in this way, then the cities of Europe will clearly have majority Muslim populations – and London will not be an outlier, but a pioneer. If things continue like this, our culture, our identity and our nations as we know them will cease to exist. Our worst nightmares will have become reality. The West will fall, as Europe is occupied without realising it. Will this be a vindication of the views of those who think that civilisations are not killed, but commit suicide? Many believe that even if all this does take place, it will all take a long time. I think that those who believe this are mistaken. Analyses look ahead as far as 2050, and people of my age will reach their eighties at around that time. In other words, we – not to mention our children and grandchildren – may be able to see with our own eyes what direction the future of our Western world has taken.”

Anyone of European heritage who does not see this as worrisome either has their head in the sand and is practicing an advanced form of denial, or is culturally masochistic, if not suicidal. But the problem is not just from external forces; it is from internal (to Europe) forces, as well – or even more critically:

“I must also say a few words about the dispute between Western and Central Europe. It seems that the courses of development of these two parts of Europe have diverged… The great old European nations in Western Europe have become immigrant countries. Day by day their cultural foundations are being transformed, the population raised in a Christian culture is declining, and the major cities are undergoing Islamisation. And I have to say that I cannot see the political forces with the will and ability to stop these processes – let alone, horribile dictu, reverse them. In terms of my message it is now irrelevant whether this is the consequence of the weakness of liberal democracies, the repercussions of an earlier colonial and slave-trading past, or the greedy, subversive actions of a George Soros-style empire; the facts remain. Whatever the reason, Western Europe has become an immigrant zone and a world of mixed populations; and, unlike central Europe, it is heading in the direction of a completely new development future. This is bad news for us. This means that Islamic civilisation – which has always seen its mission as the conversion of Europe to what it calls the true faith – will knock on Central Europe’s door not only from the South, but also from the West.

However absurd it seems, the situation is that now the danger is threatening us from the West. This danger to us comes from politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. They want us to adopt their policies: the policies that made them immigrant countries and that opened the way for the decline of Christian culture and the expansion of Islam. They want us to also accept migrants and to also become countries with mixed populations. Earlier they said that they expect this from us because what is alien is beautiful, a mixed population is better, and because the true European does not defend such obsolete mediaeval concepts as homeland and religion. Today these voices are perhaps quieter. Now the fashionable mantra is that we must become like them because this expresses solidarity. We must clearly state that we stand in solidarity with those Western Europeans and leaders who want to save their homelands and Christian culture, and we have no solidarity with those who want to abandon those things. We shall never express solidarity with those European leaders who want to take Europe into a post-Christian and post-national era.

But the news is not all bad. There is hope:

“We must clearly and forthrightly state that we do not see the battle that we’re fighting as a hopeless one; in fact as we see it, we now stand on the brink of victory. The countries of the Visegrád Four are unwavering. The Orthodox world stands firm, and it seems that Croatia has come to its senses. Austria has now turned in the direction of patriotism and Christianity. In Bavaria a spiritual and political resistance has developed under the leadership of the CSU. Perhaps it is not too late. And we await, we keenly anticipate, the result of the Italian election, and with it the turning-point which will see the return to government of common sense, Italian national and cultural identity – and Silvio Berlusconi. Forza Italia!”

Thank God for the Visegrád nations! And others are beginning to join them. Perhaps it is not yet too late. I am awaiting anxiously the results of the Italian elections…

Hallelujah! Welby takes a stand against Sharia | Comment | The Times

 

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By challenging the spread of Islamic law, the archbishop is finally fighting for Christian values

Source: Hallelujah! Welby takes a stand against Sharia | Comment | The Times

Melanie Philips, a blogger, editorialist, and cultural commentator based in Britain, is not herself a Christian, being of the Jewish faith; but she is more perceptive about the importance of Christianity to the survival of Western civilization than many who claim the mantle of Christ. She writes,

“Our increasingly post-Christian society makes the widespread assumption that secularism promotes freedom and equality while Christianity merely divides us. In fact, freedom and equality are Biblical precepts that bind us together. It is secularism that has divided us into groups jostling for power over each other and which has shattered our sense of a shared national project.”

Indeed. Would that more Christians, including those in high places in the Church, were to realize that as well! Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, has been one of those who has been reticent about standing up for Christianity in the fact of the dual attacks by militant Islam, on the one hand, and aggressive secularism and atheism, on the other.

But as my father used to say, “even a stopped clock is right twice a day,” and he has been reasonably outspoken on the dangers of Sharia (Islamic law). Reasonably. But as Ms Philips points out, he goes only so far, and it’s questionable whether it’s far enough:

“Archbishop Welby has spoken with some courage about resisting Sharia. He also wants Britain to ‘reimagine’ its identity on the basis of Christianity. Yet he undermines this by suggesting that different faiths must play an equivalent role. The mouse may have roared — but it remains, alas, a mouse.”

I do wonder what some of the late, great Archbishops of Canterbury – not just the great medieval and Reformation Archbishops, but even more recent holders of the office like the late sainted Michael Ramsey, and even Robert Runcie – would think about the current one! It is at least apparent that Lord Carey (immediate predecessor to Rowan Williams, himself the last Archbishop of Canterbury before Welby) is none too pleased…

Richard Dawkins: Islam Is ‘The Most Evil Religion In The World’ | Interface Institute

Source: Richard Dawkins: Islam Is ‘The Most Evil Religion In The World’ | Interface Institute

I am no fan of Richard Dawkins, by any means. But it is interesting, to say the least, that although this über-“liberal” militant atheist has been largely lionized by the Left through decades of criticizing Christianity, the “PC police” jump on him when he dares to turn his critique to Islam!

Do they really think they wouldn’t be the first against the wall, or lined up on their knees to be beheaded, if the likes of ISIS or Iran’s “Revolutionary Guard” were ever to come to power in the West?

“In a speech at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the U.K., Dawkins slammed the moral idiocy of cultural relativism, arguing against the ill-conceived notion that all religions are more or less the same.

“’It’s tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it’s a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they’re not,’ he stated.

“Refusing to submit to de facto blasphemy laws, Dawkins then dropped the bomb.

“’If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it’s quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam,’ he said in no uncertain terms.”

Interesting, as a side note, that he uses the term “evil,” which is a theological term as well as a moral category (in the ancient world, from which our ideas of morality and ethics came, there was no clear-cut distinction between the two, as we sometimes like to pretend there is today).

If there were no objective moral standard, how could one speak of Islam as “evil”? It would simply be one of the best ideologies, at present, at achieving dominance – at least in certain spheres. And if there is a moral standard, where did it come from, in the absence of a Divine Lawgiver…?

Just sayin’…!

Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

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Source: Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

Sadly, this does not come as a surprise!

On the tape, the unidentified police instructor complains that many officers who come from migrant backgrounds, particularly those of Turkish and Arabic origins, refuse to pay attention in the academy classrooms and many have trouble speaking or writing German, Die Welt reported…

These Muslim recruits have put the future of the Berlin police force in jeopardy according to the instructor who said the migrant police officers would be “a second-class of police that will only be corrupt”.

“These are not colleagues, that’s the enemy. This is the enemy in our ranks and I have never felt such hostility in this class,” he added.

An English friend of mine on Facebook comments, “My son attended an Uniformed Services course at College prior to joining the Paras, and he said the same thing about the Middle Eastern [students] on his course. He said 50% of the class were made up of them, they were lazy, cheeky, stupid, bereft of discipline and he thought they were there for inside information to help them fight against us.”

Unfortunately I would not be a bit surprised. I am reminded of the fact that the 9/11 terrorists here in the U.S. learned to fly the airliners they used as weapons at American flight schools. The idea of Muslims in Germany and Britain learning information, tactics, etc., from the police and military of those countries seems all too credible, to me.

Kindness, openness, and willingness to share information has been a hallmark of Western society for centuries, and especially following the end of the Second World War – and heretofore, it has been a source of strength. But in the present environment, it seems to be more a source of vulnerability.