This post talks about a host, Andrew Neil, on a BBC show who went into a tirade against ISIS, saying in effect that French culture, the culture of Descartes, Voltaire and many others, was vastly superior to ISIS’s culture. In rejecting cultural relativism, this is all to the good of course. But there are two problems. To begin with, Mr. Neil believes that that cultural heritage alone will suffice for defeating ISIS. It won’t; just ask the Romans, whose civilization was destroyed by barbarians. Second is whether he will stick with his views, especially after he’s had a chance to reflect and after some accuse him of racism because he has rejected cultural relativism. Still, it was nice to hear.