April 16, 2007

THE CODA LEAST OF ALL:

THE ANGLOSPHERE VS. JIHAD: a review of A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES SINCE 1900 BY ANDREW ROBERTS (JOHN O'SULLIVAN, April 15, 2007, NY Post)

'LES Anglo-Saxons," argues Andrew Roberts, were united by the English language and by the Common Law. Still more links were listed by Winston Churchill in 1943: "Common conceptions of what is right and decent, a marked regard for fair play, especially to the weak and poor, a stern sentiment of impartial justice and above all a love of personal freedom . . . these are the common conceptions on both sides of the ocean among the English-speaking peoples."

Roberts has built "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900" around four great ideological challenges to the dominance of the English-speaking world and its liberal values: Prussian militarism in 1914, Nazi-Fascist aggression in 1939, Soviet Communist aggression in the Cold War and the Islamist jihad against the West today. He tells the story of how these conflicts were begun and (with the exception of the last) resolved.

Roberts' message is essentially optimistic. The first three challenges, he points out, were formidable; all seemed, at times, to be within reach of their goals; all benefited initially from a reluctance of their intended victims to take them seriously, but all eventually lost because "les Anglo-Saxons," once aroused, were powerful and determined enough to crush them.


The fundamental insight of the Long War/End of History metaphors is that none of these Rationalist enemies were formidable and, because it afflicts developmentally backwards societies, Islamicism is the least of them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

After murdering tens of millions your 'rationalist enemies' certainly presented challenges. Whether they were formidable or not is a question better answered by their victims.

Posted by: at April 17, 2007 8:12 AM

I have read there are more people studying English in China than there are English speakers in the USA.

Additionally, more are studying English in China than are studying Mandarin, the language of government in China. Will they become part of the Anglosphere? Why not?

Posted by: Genecis at April 17, 2007 5:28 PM

No, they weren't a challenge. Just a problem.

Posted by: oj at April 17, 2007 7:32 PM

Problem, challenge. Word games.

Posted by: at April 18, 2007 8:04 AM

Darfur is a problem. It's not a challenge to us.

Posted by: oj at April 18, 2007 10:49 AM
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