In Munich this weekend, the world’s top international security experts were attending the 53rd Munich Security Conference with more than 500 leaders debating the world’s international crisis’ and shaping the policy decisions which will affect the future of global civilization.

On Friday, Senator John McCain addressed the conference and delivered some sobering warnings, stating, “My friends: In the four decades I have attended this conference, I cannot recall a year where its purpose was more necessary or more important.”

He went on to say, “From the ashes of the most awful calamity in human history was born what we call the West—a new, and different, and better kind of world order…one based on universal values, rule of law, open commerce, and respect for national sovereignty and independence.”

Speaking on the current state of the world, McCain stated the founders of the MSC would be “alarmed.” He states, “[t]hey would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism. They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies. They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”