We are in a battle of civilizations today. Calmeyer was acting in a small way against an expanding Nazi empire of his own countrymen against other free nations, it was a righteous cause. Then it was an expanding Communist empire that was halted by the West. Now we are back to an empire that the West once bested and thought defeated and dormant: Islam. Islam is back, bigger than ever.
Islamists today are working to impose sharia law on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Judeo-Christian Civilization is Western Civilization as we know it, though it of course is influenced to some extent by all other cultures. Islam tries hard not to be influenced by other cultures, and while its people are hardly immune to changes from the outside, its leaders are much more willing than today’s Christian or Jewish leaders to use force to assure adherence to the Islamic faith. This is where the clash of civilizations develops: on the one hand, Judeo-Christianity threatens the purity of Islam, on the other hand, Islam is not only intentionally encroaching territorially, it does so by more rapid muslim population growth. Regardless of which sides are unwilling to compromise, the sheer inability to compromise creates conflict and ultimately war.
Today, some deepening cooperation and confluence of Jews and Christians, so often at odds in the past, is almost a necessity forced upon the two faiths by increasing threats from the outside, especially of course the rising real threat to Jews of a second Holocaust. A measure of reconciliation is theoretically plausible not just just because Jesus was a Jew and all early Christians wanted to remain Jews. Today, Judeo-Christian solidarity is a matter of absolutely essential shared self-interest under a God that is shared in the Torah and virtually all cultural behavior. Not so with Islam, which does claim that Allah is the same God of Abraham and Ishmael, but which then conflicts massively from the Judeo-Christian culture.
Formative Phases of Judeo-Christian Civilization under various Empires:
- Sumerian Civilization
- Jewish Tribes in Biblical Israel
- Assyrian Empire
- Egyptian Civilization
- Greek Empire
- Roman Empire
- Ottoman Empire
- German Empire
- Judeo-Christian Civilization today
Jews have been ruled or dominated by a series of Empires punctuating their presence in the Middle East. Jewish tribes were first established in Mesopotamia/Iraq, then for a time under the Assyrians, ultimately driven to and enslaved by the Egyptians, then returning to the promised land Israel, where they mopped up the nomadic local inhabitants that are quite unrelated to the peoples that are there today (including apparently the eponymous descendants of Nefilim giants such as Goliath).