Newt Gingrich on the threat to Western civilisation

Newt Gingrich“The nature of the threat – with Iran at the epicenter – is at its core ideological. The ideological wing of Islam that is irreconcilable to modern civilization. And while not operationally connected, the events of just the last seven weeks throughout the world share the common strategic goal of defeating the West and its values. It could be accurately described as a third world war. Just place these events on a map and a clear picture emerges.

“An Iran-Syrian-Hizbullah-Hamas terrorist alliance is waging war against Israel; seven bombings in Mumbai, India, killed more than 200 people; North Korea, launched seven missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the West coast of the continental United States; seven Americans pledging allegiance to al-Qaida on video tape; a plot to bomb New York City subways and tunnels; 18 Canadians arrested with twice the explosive force used in the Oklahoma City bombing. Now add all the cities where previous events have occurred and a global campaign of terror is no longer deniable. The free world must stand up to the barbarism or be defeated by it.”

Comment is Free, 20 July 2006

And since when has the government of North Korea found its inspiration in the “ideological wing of Islam”?