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On The Radio Factor, host Bill O'Reilly said that French and German citizens aren't willing to die for their country. Discussing Harvard professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow Niall Ferguson's theory that declining religious participation in Western Europe has made the region more vulnerable to fanatical Islamic terrorists, O'Reilly reported low rates of religious involvement in Western European countries. He then offered his own view of the willingness on the part of citizens in those countries to fight: British citizens would die for their country, he believed, "but in France, they ain't dying for their country. No way, in my opinion. Germany, in my opinion, no way."
From the August 2 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: They still -- well, Italy is 31 percent -- that's very low for an Ital -- that's about as low as -- I think that's an historical low. But what Ferguson says is if you have a bunch of guys willing to die for Allah and go to see the 80 virgins, and you have guys that are going to kill because they think their god tells them to kill, they have a lot more power than people who won't die for anything.
Now in Britain, I think they'll die for their country. I think they'll die for their country there. Okay, but in France, they ain't dying for their country. No way, in my opinion. Germany, in my opinion, no way. You know, once you lose a foundation of what your life is all about, a moral compass if you will, then what do you have to fight for?
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