In response to this, I posted:
These are the same people who destroyed the power and grandeur of the medieval Islamic culture by turning it away from science and forcing it to submit to fundamentalist religion and its allies, superstition and delusion. The current Islamic belief that the Crusades were the cause of the downfall is baseless. The culture committed suicide by fundamentalism.
We may yet go down the same path, though I believe that the anti reality, anti science crowd has lost the culture wars and is now at the same stage as Fascist Japan was when a growing sense of inevitable defeat lead to the utter desperation of kamikaze attacks and training little children to blow themselves up to kill invading American soldiers in the blast.
To Americans, the Japanese fascists appeared so determined that some of us began despair. But the victory was coming. The kamikaze attacks were effective in spreading fear and a sense of hopelessness among Americans, yet the very same fanaticism contributed to the belief that the use of atomic bombs was not only justified, but necessary to save both American and Japanese lives. I am convinced that while gerrymandering and voter suppression by Republicans may delay the downfall of their fanatic obsession, they will also make that Götterdämmerung more complete.
Books to read: Downfall, Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, What Went Wrong, and The Demon Haunted World