Pity the youth now deciding between the bullet and ballot box, dictatorship and democracy. Rarely have the mission statements from Western leaders been so contradictory and skewed. From the West, they have been exporting brand democracy while sponsoring the overthrow of two democratically leaders — in Egypt and Ukraine — because they weren’t strategic allis. In Britain, they fly flags at half mast to mark the death of a ruler whose values advocated the beating of journalists and the treating women as property. After the dreadful Charlie Hebdo killings they march in Paris as a show of championing free speech, but shoulder to shoulder with regimes that oversee the violent crushing of writers and commentators who use that free speech. We are told we are at war with extreme Islam as if a multi-million dollar Al Qaeda orIslamic State franchise masterminded and micro-managed the Paris murders. (The killers had to steal money from a gas station to get away.) Is it really religious extremism or flaws in France’s system of social care, reconciliation from its Algerian war, ethnic integration or many other factors that attach people to violence and a false, higher moral cause. Oxfam tells us that in this recent era, when the Western democratic system has had a clear canvas to prove its worth, 99 per cent of global wealth is about to be held by just one per cent of its population, some of whom are partying at a Swiss mountain resort this week. So what, then, is the current mission statement from the West? Could they let us know and make it more attractive to those coming from Moscow, Beijing and Mosul.