Isis will never be defeated until Western societies stand up for their own values
Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30
The Duke of Wellington famously said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton: and if that is the case, then the advance of the Islamic State was begun in the nice, tolerant, liberal academies of Britain and other parts of western Europe.
There are now more British Muslims fighting for the Caliphate - the globalised rule of fundamentalist Islam - than there are Muslims in the British Army. These Jihadists attended pleasant, multicultural English schools and enlightened English groves of academe such as King's College and the London School of Economics.
Why, oh why, goes the bewildered cry - from the prime minister to the former Archbishop of Canterbury - do these young people rush off from Britain (and some from Ireland) to join in a hateful conflict that beheads good men like the journalist James Foley and wages war against Syrian and Iraqi Christians and Yazidis?