Islam is not the problem. The problem lies in the rules forced on us through more than a half-century of Leftist dominance. Islam would never have made such devastating inroads into our culture if the vast majority of Westerners had not unwittingly accepted those rules.
A reader in Canada sent the following email in response:
But Baron, doesn’t your statement that Islam is not the problem go counter to your own header line about a new phase of a very old war? Granted that the West’s dhimminess today is a major factor, Islam itself has always been a problem. People like Ibn Warraq… Wafa Sultan… Nonie Darwish… and many, many others have said so in rather forceful terms.
My response was to repeat what I have been saying in this space for the past five years or so:
Islam is the immediate problem, but it is not the core problem.
The underlying systemic problem is the cultural rot in the West, which mandates mass immigration as a good, and demonizes traditional Western culture. This has allowed Islam to enter, take root, thrive, and become a threat.
The West has the cultural equivalence of AIDS, which is the disease itself. Islam is a virus of opportunity like pneumonia. It will be the proximate cause of death, but it is not the root cause.
We must fight the pneumonia first, because it will be what kills us. But we must also address the underlying disease, without which the pneumonia would never have infected us.
Confronting the Socialist-Multicultural project directly is a difficult task, since it controls the entire culture. It is actually much easier to fight Islam than Cultural Marxism. Opposing Islam — which is so obviously antithetical to Western values — opens the door to the deconstruction of the Leftist hegemony.