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Who Owns the Future?

True Conservative! Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 1:18 PM
No, I couldn't find a single point in Buchanan's diatribe today that had it right! So religious fundamentalism tore apart the British Empire [as one ludicrous point]? And we had about zero to do with the recent mass uprising of the citizens of Egypt ... and the generals had precious little to do with it, except to listen and finally, intervene to stop the fanaticism of the MB!
Blair43 Wrote: Aug 22, 2013 5:14 PM
I think it is a little too simplistic to use the overarching crutch of "religion". Let us term it conviction, instead. Every nation that has conviction or a belief in their goals that is shared is a tremendous world force. Look at the Revolutionary war as a great example. The British, while strong militarily and economically, lacked conviction - especially compared to the Americans. The Revolutionary war was fought and won because the colonists were convinced that their path was right and justified. That conviction started to waver but was temporarily resurrected in WWII. Compare that to the United States today where our (lack of) morals has led us to question our motives and conviction.

Compare that to many in the Islamic nations. There is no doubt they have conviction - even if their values are diametrically opposed to those of the Western world. There are only two things that can be done - either the Western world can return to the principles which made it great, or the Islamic world must be made to question its motives, destroying its resolve.
Corbett_ Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 1:52 PM
What Buchanan is saying is that religious fundamentalism in the Middle East and on the Indian subcontinent was a large factor in tearing apart the British Empire.