Quite a week for Western civilization

From my perspective, this has been a remarkable three days this weekend. Two central institutions of Western civilization were affirmed: the Roman Catholic Church (what remains of the Roman Empire); and the British monarchy (the symbol of the British Empire); and then you had the slaying of Osama bin Laden (the leading Western antagonist of the Islamic strain) with the implements of Western technical prowess.
 
The Roman Empire and the British Empire were the incubator and primary global distributor, respectively, of the essentials of Western civilization: Judeo-Christian ethics and Christianity, classical learning, technology and, latterly, liberal democracy and market economics/free trade. To watch a million people in London (outstripping even the attendance at the 1981 wedding of Charles-Diana), and an estimated 2 million in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II was an indication that though both are under challenge, these central institutions of Western-ism have a remarkable resilience and ability still to captivate.
 
The killing of bin Laden indicates that the U.S. — today’s primary exemplar of "the West" — still has the ability to stalk its enemies, and to liquidate them. That this took over a decade in the case of bin Laden is a tribute to the assiduousness of American administrations of both parties to accomplish this goal. While so many are pointing particularly to China (whose growth, though large, is, I believe, premised on a financial house of cards) and the passing of the West, these last three days show something remarkable: a West still intact, still predominant, and still the central actor on the world stage.


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