Dawn has broken on the 22nd of August (in Australia, to be sure) and the West seems to still exist. At least insofar as its existence might be embodied in my own. Ah, but will we be here when the earth completes its revolution and the dawn of the 23rd breaks upon Australia?
And my reasoned wager is that the West will be here when the sun sets for the last time on the death of a 7th century theology fit only for maintaining the relationship between master and slave. Not because of the inherent strength of the West, because that strength is not truly inherent, derived as it is from a mixture of adherence to dogma and the allowance a degree of latitude in the exploration of deviation from dogma which might (by some) be described as progress. The West will prevail because of the muslims blind adherence to islamic dogma without allowance for the potential for progress (which lies at the center of islamic theology). islam has produced nothing for a very long time. Even the potential breach of the gates of Vienna was only theoretically possible due to the willingness of French whores to peddle to the islamists the cannon necessary for the assault. (Why does that sound so familiar?)
The outcome of the contest is not in doubt. The decisive action may require a brief set aside of Westphalian convention in order to apply certain tactical applications of strategic necessities in order to conform Western objectives to the simplicity of the chessboard but that is a small matter. The West's opponent is still tied to his chessboard and necessity dictates adherence to his minimal understanding of his undertaking.
Investment Advice: Under no circumstance be lured into putting money into "Mullah Life and Casualty of Teheran". It just isn't a reasonable investment.