On July 14, 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Britain addressed the nation on BBC Radio. The last month had seen the complete collapse of French and British resistance to German aggression on the continent of Europe. The French Army had been decisively defeated, and the Allied armies had been evacuated back to Britain from the coastline at Dunkirk. On June 14, the Nazis had marched into Paris.
In the aftermath of the string of devastating defeats that had isolated Britain and left Europe prostrate before Hitler, Churchill spoke. "Should the invader come to Britain, there will be no placid lying down of the people in submission before him, as we have seen, alas, in other countries," Churchill stated. "I stand at the head of a Government representing all Parties in the State -- all creeds, all classes, every recognizable section of opinion. . . . We are supported by a free Parliament and a free Press; but there is one bond which unites us all and sustains us in the public regard -- namely (as is increasingly becoming known), that we are prepared to proceed to all extremities, to endure them and to enforce them; that is our bond of union in His Majesty's Government tonight. Thus only, in times like these, can nations preserve their freedom; and thus only can they uphold the cause entrusted to their care. . . . This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of peoples and of causes."
Now America stands where Britain did. We are engaged in a war of peoples and causes, Islamic against Western. We are isolated; the Europeans (aside from the stalwart British) have abandoned the cause of Western civilization in favor of a crippling post-modernism that promises an Islamic future.
We have been vastly more successful than the Allies were in the early months of World War II; we have toppled two enemy regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have also suffered moral defeats; we watch, horrified, as terrorists wage a day-by-day war of attrition and our allies capitulate, one by one.