It's easy to feel good about yourself when you are incapable of reasoning.
You choose the side that "sounds right" and can feel good for doing so.
Any choice a nation with an average IQ of 97 makes is going to be the wrong choice, every time, without exception.
So goes the West, on such a simple point of order. Stupid people are quite capable of destroying everything very, very quickly.
Most collapses of previous civilisations have combined a sudden environmental change with an abysmally stupid population. What could be a more radical and unexpected change than the coming Grand Minimum?