Assume for a moment that Barack Hussein Obama was right, that there is a correlation between the past sins of western culture and the current spate of ISIS atrocities. Take that notion, then apply it on a smaller scale to more recent history.
Twenty-years ago there was no Islamic State. It’s didn’t begin to emerge until the late 1990s. What transpired between 1995 and 2015 to produce the Islamic State?
It’s important to understand that for the vast majority of the world’s citizens, their perception of America isn’t based on inter-personal reactions or visits to the United States. They know the United States based on our social and entertainment output.
The roots of the Islamic State find a home in 1999. Right around the time the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal rocked the political world. Is it possible the future radical Islamists were so offended by the spectacle of a sitting US President having extramaterial sex with an intern that they embarked on a path towards jihad.
It’s not all Bill Clinton’s fault though. Look at Hollywood’s entertainment output over the past two decades.
The sole dynamic quality coming out of the movie industry over the past two decades has been a laser-like focus on gratuitous sex and violence. With rare exception, Hollywood hasn’t created an original script in decades. Film after film devolves into sequel after sequel in which the only real creative advancements pertain to methods of killing and fornication. It is possible this too influenced future radical Islamists?
Not to mention the music industry.
Twenty-years ago the top hit music included “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal and “Waterfalls” by TLC. Tune into most music released since then and what do you have? Songs that embellish greed, promiscuous sex, and anti-authoritarian behavior. Of course there was Miley Cyrus and her infamous televised soft-core porn performance. How many radical Islamists decided to reject the west after listening to Kanye West or watching Miley Cyrus perform on TV?
At this point it’s important to note, from Bill Clinton through to Miley Cyrus, all of this is a product directly or indirectly of the left. Bill Clinton would readily call himself a progressive in every sense of the term. Miley Cyrus is in no way connected to the conservative right.
That said, is the Islamic State a creation of the west? If so, the left has some explaining to do.