By Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (RET) ~
A two-minute clip from the 1989 British comedy film “Erik the Viking” demonstrates, symbolically, what is wrong with the West today – and, most particularly, Western Europe.
An earthquake triggers the slow sinking of an island kingdom. But islanders looking to King Arnulf for guidance are assured it is not sinking. Despite the fact the islanders now had to stand in waist-high water in the public square to listen to the king’s obviously incorrect assertions, they still nodded their naive agreement with him. Aboard his Viking ship, Erik beckons survivors, now clinging to the last visible land, to swim to him. But rejecting Erik’s “island-sinking-phobia,” they embrace King Arnulf’s continuing assurances – as the island finally slips beneath the sea.
For those not grasping today’s symbolism, the island is Western culture; the sea is Muslim immigrants’ culture; King Arnulf represents…
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