The Best Revenge

What Was, and What Might Have Been

Most Americans appear to have spent their second September 11 anniversary paying tribute to the American ideals of open borders and acceptance of all forms of diversity—religious, ethnic, sexual, moral, and intellectual.  I spent it in Novi Sad, attending a conference on Islam and the West.  The one-day conference, part of the Rockford Institute convivium in the Balkans, was held at Matica Srpska, the oldest Serbian cultural organization, which cosponsored the event.  

The Americans—Fr. Hugh Barbour, Srdja Trifkovic, and I—made the case for Orthodox and Catholic Christians (and ex-Christians) to call a halt to their squabbling and face the common threat.  The Serbian contingent was equally strong.  The gracious welcoming address by our host, Professor Kovacek, touched on the need for Eastern and Western Christians to rediscover just how much they have in common as they face the threat from the East.  Aleksandar Rakovic reported on the rise of Islamic separatism and prototerrorism in the Sanjak region—the next Kosovo, if the Muslims have their way; Prof. Milorad Ekmecic, the foremost Serbian historian, spoke on the ugly reality of Turkish rule and the perfidy of the West; and Dr. Darko Tanaskovic, Serbia-Montenegro’s ambassador to the Holy See, gave a diplomatic but firm paper, debunking both extremes—the naive belief in the possibility of friendly encounters with Islam...

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