Yes, but we must choose to defend our way of life.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE TENNESSEAN
President Donald Trump, in an extraordinary speech in Poland last week, identified the “fundamental question of our time” as “whether the West has the will to survive.”
The answer is not clear. Whether we even have a sense of our fragility is an open question to which the author Samuel Huntington drew attention in his 1996 classic Clash of Civilizations, a book continuously echoed in the President’s remarks. Anyone who thinks the West, and in particular the United States, will inevitably sit atop the global power arrangement should consult his history books. Citizens of the Roman and British Empires undoubtedly considered their reigns eternal.