“Is the Nation State Threatened?” This question, though apt, may fail to convey how dire the threat to sovereignty truly is. It might be better to ask, “Is the Nation State Terminally Ill?” Are we witnessing the death march of sovereignty, and with it democratic self-determination?

The question resonates on each side of the Atlantic. That militant Islam is at the core of this question presents, in both the United States and the United Kingdom, a double irony. First, Jihadists flatly reject central tenets of Western liberal democracy: separation of religion and politics, freedom to choose any, or no, religion, freedom to make laws that contradict scripture, equality of Muslims and non-Muslims, and of men and women. Yet, as we debate the enduring tension between liberty and equality, Jihadists have somehow come to embody the very rights against government intrusion they would ruthlessly deny upon supplanting ...