Twitter can be fun, but it also makes everything louder and simpler. Instead of explaining that objective measures of human biodiversity (i.e., “HBD”) exist and prove the need for racial nationalism, the Alt-Right on Twitter spends its time yelling “Cuck!” and sending vulgar memes. I myself am guilty of this. How a person behaves on Twitter is not a measure of that person because everyone on Twitter, more or less, behaves in a likewise manner. And yet, Twitter is also a macrocosm of the ideas of the world. Anyone can post, reply to any post, and be heard on twitter. Reactions on Twitter therefore are more authentic and representative than reactions that can be seen in the mass media. One such reaction is #StopIslam, which is a reaction to the March 23 Islamist terrorism in Brussels. Further, it perfectly fits into Rightist hysteria about Muslims. This hysteria is very unwise because the Clash between Europe and the Middle East has very little to do with religion; rather, it is an issue of race and culture.

#StopIslam is a five year old hashtag, but it is only now in use in the common lexicon. It is now being used by nationalists on Twitter as reaction to the March 23 Islamist terrorism in Brussels. It is similar to the Britain First marches, where a group of wild-eyed screamers show up in a Muslim community. They, then, wave around their giant crucifix and tell everyone how Christian they are. When someone reacts, the screamers make a federal case of it, so to speak. #StopIslam and Britain First can also be seen more broadly as the same metapolitical ritual that is anti-Islamic and nationalistic. It attacks a few barbarous actions and then applies them to all Muslims. Of course, this is unwise because it is a falsehood.

#StopIslam’s assumption is Islam is a monolith, so what some Muslims do can be applied to all Muslims. And yet, this assumption is totally false. There are two main branches of Islam—Shia and Sunni—whom disagree with one another about who should replace Muhammad as the Caliph of the Islamic empire (i.e., the Caliphate). The Shia versus Sunni split is recognized by all legitimate scholars, so Islam can’t be said to be a monolith. Shia and Sunni Muslims also act very differently. As hard as I looked, I can’t find a single Shia terrorist organization that is a danger to the United States, but there are many such Sunni organizations. Whereas Shia terrorists are usually modern and nationalist, Sunni terrorists are usually primitive and internationalist. Moreover, Islam is not a small religion. There are Muslim majorities and large Muslim minorities throughout much of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

These Muslims obviously have differing cultures, races, and political ideas. Indeed, Islam is not very different than other religions (e.g., Catholicism) in that its adherents are defined more by culture than by religion. Just as an Irish Catholic and a Congolese Catholic would have little in common, a Chinese Muslim and a Turkish Muslim also would have little in common with each other. Since religion can be interpreted differently, Muslims interpret Islam as their culture allows them to do; consequently, Islam is interpreted as absolute by post-Revolution Iran, as modern by post-Ataturk Turkey, as tribal by Sub-Saharan Africa, and as warlike by Arabs. Thus, Islam behaves differently in different cultures.

Non-Arab Islamist terrorists are very seldom. It is indeed difficult to recall when or if non-Arab Islamists have ever been a problem for the United States or the Western World in the broadest context. Even though they are only 20 percent of Muslims, possibly all of the West’s problems with Muslims are with Arab Muslims. These problems are with Arab Sunni Muslims to be more specific. It is extremely erroneous, then, to say that Islam is invading the West. Rather, it is a certain sort of Islam that is and certain culture of Muslims whom are invading the West. The contemporary “Clash of Civilizations” is a clash of European versus Middle Eastern civilization, in which religion is nor relevant.

Furthermore, Muslims interpret Islam differently depending on their culture, but it is also true that Muslims think of the West differently depending on their culture. Arab Muslims are surely problematic for the Western World. It is clear that they are a problem population; they have no intention of assimilating; they intend to, even boast that they will, conquer the Western World and are a disproportionate source of terrorism. In the United States, Muslims are 0.9 percent of the population, but they also are responsible for 6-7 percent of terrorist acts. And yet, elsewhere, Muslims have been made tolerant practitioners of the state. Russian Muslims are among the most patriotic Russians whom exist. Muslims from anti-Western cultures hate Westerners, and Muslims from Western-friendly cultures do not hate Westerners. The Clash, then, is not primarily about religion. Rather, religion is a proxy for the actual reasons for the Clash.

Religion is ofttimes used as a mechanism (i.e., a proxy) for race and culture, even by Europeans. After la Reconquista (722-1492 CE), the Spanish ethnically cleansed Jews and Moors from Spain. This was justified under the claim that such peoples do not have “Christian blood.” In fact, the purpose and end of la Reconquista was to drive out racial foreigners (i.e., the Jews and Moors) from Spain and therefore remake Spain to be a homogenous nation-state of white gentiles. Likewise, Middle Eastern Muslims use Islam as a way to justify warfare against Europeans—whether that warfare is literal terrorism or more nuanced warfare vis-à-vis immigration. Still, it is only a justification and scarcely anything more. Such civilizational warfare between Europe and the Middle East predates Islam not by a little but by at least a thousand years.

The Clash between Europe and the Middle East begins more than a thousand years before the birth of Islam. Throughout the 6th century BCE, the Achaemenid Persian Empire conquers Greek city-states in Anatolia. In 522 BCE, aided by mainland Greeks, the Anatolian Greeks rebel against Persian rule (a.k.a. the Ionian Rebellion). The Persians put down this rebellion, and then they attempt to annex mainland Greece, which spurs the Greco-Persian Wars (492-449 BCE). These wars are wars for Greek political autonomy, but, deeper, they are wars of race and culture. The Greeks lived in ethnically, culturally, and religiously homogeneous city-states and worshipped the Hellenic gods. Contrarily, the Achaemenid Persian Empire has an Aryan elite, but it was overall populated by a mix of peoples—Arabs, Mesopotamians, Africans, and others. It was held together not by identity, religion, or language, but by the raw authoritarian power of the Shaw’s slave army. The Shaw himself is considered to be a god-king. He believes he has mastery even over nature itself. In what Herodotus calls hubris, Shaw Xerxes has the water whipped when it is in the way of his marching army. According to Xerxes, it is a “hateful water,” and “Xerxes the king will pass over you, whether you wish it or not!”

The clash continues under Alexander of Macedon (“The Great”) whose father, in 346 BCE, unified Greece under a single kingdom. Alexander successfully leads the unified Greek kingdom against the Persian Empire and conquers Persia. In 330 BCE, Alexander conquers and razes the Persian city of Persepolis—i.e. Alexander burns the city to the ground. Every Persian man was probably killed and every Persian woman probably raped. This violent and cruel act of war is symbolic of the Clash between European civilization versus Middle Eastern civilization, particularly because Persepolis means “city of the Persians.” By razing Persepolis, Alexander shows the total dominance of Greeks over Persians and therefore of European civilization over Middle Eastern civilization.

Two centuries after Alexander’s empire is split, another European empire, the Roman Empire, begins a series of wars with Persia. This series of wars, the Roman-Persian Wars (92 BCE–627 CE), run for 700 years. During the 700 year period, hardly anything at all remains constant within the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire is split in two and loses its western half. The Roman capital moves from Rome to Constantinople. The Roman Empire persecutes, then decriminalizes, and then adopts Christianity as its own. Rome becomes a dictatorship, rather than a republic. Rome fights numerous civil wars. The one thing that, however, does stay constant is the Roman Empire is a European empire. It is also important to note than the frontier of the Wars did not change significantly throughout. The Wars were seldom about resources but culture. The Roman-Persian Wars, then, are the continuation of the Clash between European versus Middle Eastern civilization.

The Clash continues through four crusades, which are fought by western European kingdoms (i.e., France, England, and Spain). Into modernity, it continues as European powers colonize the Middle East. Today, it continues as Arab immigrants invade Europe. The Clash between European versus Middle Eastern civilization is an eternal clash of civilization.

#StopIslam is shortsighted and erroneous, but it is indeed understandable why the twitter phenomenon exists. Europe is being invaded by people who are overwhelmingly Muslim by religion, so nationalists retaliate against that religion. By that token, America is being invaded by people who are overwhelmingly Catholic by religion. And yet, it would be seen as an absurdity to call the Mestizo invasion of the United States a Catholic invasion. In both cases, religion is a proxy of the conflict, which is racial and culture. Religion has often historically been used as a proxy for ethnic cleansing, and this is no different. Moreover, #StopIslam makes a mistake in that it assumes Islam is a monolith. This is clearly false because there are different interpretations of Islam, and the adherents of these interpretations act differently. Also, Muslims differ in cultural background and act differently according to that background. Arab Muslims are very anti-Western because their culture is very anti-Western. That culture is a product of a Clash between European versus Middle Eastern civilization, which predates Islam by at least a thousand years.