Did Henry Kissinger (briefly, tentatively) channel Teddy Roosevelt?
I just listened to a brief audio of Henry Kissinger at the Norman (Podhoretz)-Fest sponsored by Power Line earlier this week.
Remarkably, Kissinger briefly drops the PC mask and says at about 7:40 to 8:00 of the audio posted (see direct audio link within this post) how, in a “deeper sense” what is threatened (now my words, by the global jihad) is the “secular” basis (Henry’s words) for “any society within the reach of Islam,”—he does not interject prophylactic rhetorical qualifiers such as “Islam-ism,” or “radical Islam,”—tacitly acknowledging a former commonsensical understanding that such words were in fact synonymous with “Islam”, but now dangerously abandoned to uphold corrosive modern PC fantasies about Islam.
Here is what Teddy Roosevelt tried to teach us in 1916,
“The civilization of Europe, America, and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization…[including] those of Charles Martel in the 8th century [over Arab jihadists] and those of John Sobieski in the 17th century [over Ottoman Turkish jihadists]. During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier [Martel] and the Polish king [Sobieski], the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today nobody can find in them any ‘social values’ whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influence [is]…concerned.”
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