While this map casts doubts on the prospects for world peace, it also reveals the central irony of Americaâ€™s â€œWar on Terrorâ€: The United States of America is the only major world power that is not forced by geography into a conflict with Dar-al Islam.
America does not border the Islamic world. It has a statistically insignificant Muslim population that is better assimilated than that of any other Western nation. America is bounded on its east and west by vast oceans and to the north and south by two militarily weak and predominantly Christian nations.
The irony resides, of course, in the fact that despite these blessings, America is the nation doing most of the fighting against radical Islam.
When analyzing the likely course of these civilizational struggles â€“ and plotting a strategy for America to deal with them â€“ one must also recognize another important fact: The ultimate outcome of Islamâ€™s civilizational wars has already been determined. Radical Islam is not a viable paradigm upon which a modern society can be built. It is destined, like communism before it, to collapse from within. The trajectory of political Islam can already be seen in Iran, where it first came to power. As a governing system, the Islamic Republic has been discredited in the eyes of the masses and survives mostly by repression and manipulation. Economically and culturally, it is an utter failure.
Furthermore, radical Islam is not now, nor will it ever be, a civilizational threat to America. Nor will it conquer the world or overturn modern civilization. These goals are simply beyond its capacity.
When these two ideas are considered together (i.e. the lack of geopolitical conflict between America and Islam, and the inevitable collapse of Islam as a political ideology), Americaâ€™s most prudent path becomes obvious: The United States should withdraw from the Middle East and declare itself a non-belligerent in Islamâ€™s civilizational wars. In so doing, America can avoid the casualties and ruinous costs of wars which have nothing to do with our national survival.
If Dr. Tulippe’s analysis is correct, it is only hubris which keeps us in this conflict.