There is a rallying cry in Italy, a sharp, piercing wake up call to arms against the wave of appeasement and denial that has rendered Europe a crippled, broken civilization. It seems some shred of light has been cast on the great dark continent of Eurabia. A small but growing group of "theocons" have finally recognized that their dhimmitude is the final stage of surrender to the Islamists and have decided to fight the great fight and take back their society from the bloody clutches of the barbarians.
The inspiring Pope Benedict had a divine hand in it ,of course and so I am hopeful, and I haven't held out a hope for Europe for years now.
ROME: Senior politicians in Italy’s government launched a policy manifesto on Thursday vowing to protect Western civilization from what they said were the twin threats of Islamic fundamentalism and a moral vacuum.
Marcello Pera, speaker of the Senate and a friend of Pope Benedict, said people in the West were ashamed to stand up for their values and often blamed themselves for being victims of terrorism. “The West has difficulty recognizing itself,” Pera told a news conference to launch the manifesto. “As Pope Benedict said: ‘the West doesn’t love itself any more’,” he said.
The document, entitled “For the West, Force of Civilization”, begins: “The West is in crisis. Attacked externally by fundamentalism and Islamic terrorism, it is not able to rise to the challenge. Undermined internally by a moral and spiritual crisis, it can’t seem to find the courage to react.”
Amen. Recognizing the problem is half the battle - Atlas
Pera, a member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, wants centre-right politicians to sign up to the manifesto ahead of an April general election which polls say the centre left, led by Romano Prodi, is more likely to win.
Many politicians and some business and media figures have expressed support for the text, which calls for the spread of Western civilization’s “universal and inalienable principles”.
Berlusconi himself has yet to sign the document, Pera said, adding however that the prime minister backed the project.
Pera’s manifesto was launched to a background of protests throughout the Muslim world against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) published in European newspapers.
Many of the protests have turned violent and at least 11 people died in a riot outside an Italian consulate in Libya last week. Pera said the bloodshed could not be blamed on Europe.
“I don’t think this can be seen as a response to something which happened in Italy and the West,” he said. “In those places, fundamentalism was already getting ready and waiting for someone to put a match to the gunpowder.”
Violence by Islamist extremists in Britain and France had shown those countries had failed to integrate immigrants into society, Pera said, insisting Italy must make newcomers respect the Italian way of life.
Pera denied any suggestion that his rallying cry to the tendency Italy’s media has dubbed the “theo-cons” — available online here — was in any way inflammatory. “There’s nothing that suggests a clash of religions or a clash of civilizations in this document,” he said. Read it all.
It won't be easy. It has gone almost too far but -- there is still hope.
More hope here from the always sagacious Dr. Wheeler
Finally, finally, finally, at last. Christians are fighting back against rioting rampaging Moslem violence and oppression.
In Egypt back in the 7th century AD, most all Egyptians were Christians. Then Arabs swarmed out of the eastern deserts like human locusts to conquer Egypt and impose Islam. The native Egyptians were not Arab, and a few of them held on to Christianity in the face of enormous intolerance for centuries. These are the Copts.
Copts often have to hold their church services in secret, given all the government restrictions on building a church (there are no such restrictions on building a mosque). So when Moslems found out that an "unlicensed" building was being used as a Coptic Church in Odayssat, a village near Luxor on the Nile, a mob of them rioted, set fires, and tried to burn the building down.
The Moslems expected the Copts to just passively take it as always. But this time, January 18, 2006, the Copts fought back.