Is history going to repeat itself?
I recently read the book "The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points That Saved the World," by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart. The Stewarts describe how radical Islam came within a hair's breadth of taking over the world.
As I read that chapter and reflected upon my recent columns on the Islamic State's proliferation and atrocities, I thought again: If we don't get leadership in Washington that can deal with such matters, history will repeat itself, except radical Islam could possibly win this time.
As The Blaze explained, "Chris and Ted Stewart ask a question: How unusual is freedom in history? The answer may surprise some of you. The Stewarts estimate that fewer than 5 percent of all people have ever lived under conditions we in the Western World would consider free. The book explores a series of critical events, 'obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes that resulted in this extraordinary period we live in.'"
The Stewarts also discuss how only 22 of the 195 countries around the world have had a democratic government that has lasted for more than 50 years.
And to what do those few countries owe the great privilege of freedom? The Stewarts say not merely our own efforts to fight for it but also the efforts of others throughout history. A few noteworthy examples include:
--A small band of Greek soldiers and their naval officers in a life-or-death conflict with the Persians in 480 B.C.
--Our allies in Great Britain who refused to surrender to the crushing power of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
--A handful of Frankish soldiers who opposed the conquering armies of Islam more than 13 centuries ago.
In my previous two columns, I discussed how President Barack Obama's foreign policy of appeasement has only emboldened our enemies, especially in the case of Islamic extremists.
No president is perfect. But compared with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Obama's laissez-faire foreign policy plan -- namely, ignore or negotiate with our enemies -- is only causing their expansion and empowerment. They have spread like wildfire while he has coddled them and played the passive, retreating giant. And he is not the first in recent history to make this calamitous mistake.