Via Raymond Ibrahim. “If Islam is terrorizing the West today, that is not because it can, but because the West allows it to. For no matter how diminished, a still swinging Scimitar will always overcome a strong but sheathed Sword.”
Those are the very last words of my 352-page book, Sword and Scimitar, which chronicles fourteen centuries of warfare between Islam and the West. They were meant to contrast how premodern Europeans—chief among them the Crusaders—took a manly stand and fought back against a then powerful and expansionary Islam, whereas their more decadent descendants in the modern West are eager to capitulate in any which way possible to a now weakened but still aggressive Islam.
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