Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Finally... Europe waking up?

A different slant from Europe

It's fascinating that this should come out of Europe. Matthias Dapfner, Chief Executive of the huge German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in DIE WELT, Germany's largest daily paper, against the timid reaction of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat. History will certify its correctness.

EUROPE - THY NAME IS COWARDICE (Commentary by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel Springer, AG)

A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe - your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head because it's so terribly true.

Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.

Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union , then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades, inhuman suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.

Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet again, and do our work for us.

Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance" now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.

Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly 300,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad grades to George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the corrupt U.N. Oil-for-Food program.

And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement. How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a "Muslim Holiday" in Germany?

I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our (German) government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical Islamists.

One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the laughable treaty signed by Adolph Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in our time".

What else has to happen before the European public and its political leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims, focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.

It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will always be taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.

Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.

His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true great powers, America and China.

On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes.

Why? Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so materialistic so devoid of a moral compass.

For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the American economy - because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what is at stake - literally everything.

While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social Welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather discuss reducing our 35-hour workweek or our dental coverage, or our 4 weeks of paid vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need to "reach out to terrorists. To understand and forgive".

These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbor's house.

Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice. God Bless America!

Mr. Dapfner's words are precisely how I feel and think. I fully agree with all of it! THANKS, Mr. Dapfner... there is hope!


Jason Pappas said...

I often think that Europe is 55/45 pro-appeasement and America is 45/55 pro-appeasement. Remember our (USA) last election was that close. Thus, when I’m critical of Europe (and it is often) it is the 55% that I find weak and dissipated while our 55% still has the right stuff.

But events can and will tip the scale in Europe. While the 55% control the media and educational institution there (as our 45% does here) we tend to hear and believe the worst of them. It’s great to read one of the best of the European writers who can articulate the problem Europe faces today. Let’s remember there’s more where he came from. Many more!

Mark said...

This is encouraging indeed, especially as it comes from Germany. But I wouldn't hold my breath at this point. There are far more appeasers in Germany and Europe than people like Herr Dapfner.

You might wish to uphold Bush rather than upbraid him, but he, too, is not without fault in all of this. He assiduously avoids recognizing the true threat facing us: Islam. He is too weak to do what is really necessary about the illegal immigration problem. And he has presided over the ever-mounting national debt of America.

No country can be really that strong whilst its debts are going throuugh the roof.

I am not anti-Bush; indeed, I used to be very pro-. But he has lost his way; and he has yet to convince me that he understands the true nature of the threat of Islam to the West. He continues to talk of its having been hijacked. Which, of course, is nonsense to you and me.

Dag said...

Die Welt isn't a "prestige" paper. It doesn't matter if the paper has a vast readership: it doesn't have an elite readership, the readership of leaders and legislators it needs to be the voice of government and society. That matters because Germany is not a peoples' democracy like America. I'm no9t suggesting anything so crude as that Germany is a dictatorship; but Germany is not a democracy in any way we would understand it. The elites who control the public agenda consider Springer as a joke, an old one, and not worth attention. When we see a full cabinet reading Die Welt we will know change for the better has come to the Germans, whether they care for it or not. Change might well be in the offing, but it's that last ten percent we have to pay attention to.

Brooke said...

How true this is; and yet, while Bush is anti-appeasement as far as Islamofacism goes, he seems to be very much pro-appeasement at home when it comes to amnesty and illegal immigrants. I would say that this is Germany's (and Europe in general)problem; the enemy is not attacking in tanks and fighter jets, or I'm sure that they would be swiftly repelled. Instead, they attack by settling in the land, and slowly transmuting the country into that of their own.

In this, America and Europe are identical!

eyesallaround said...

"These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbor's house."

So true.... but then, the robber is in HER house!

mahdihotline said...

This article was written back in 2004, I do not see any great awakening in Germany since then, although a couple of blogs are right on the money. Apart from David's Medienkritik which is in English, there are and, but both in German

Pastorius said...

While this might not be a sign that Europe is waking up, at this point, Germany and Poland are the only European countries who have a government that are somewhat conservative, and who do support America.

We've lost Spain, and now Italy, and we are in the midst of losing England.

These are dark days.

Always On Watch said...

"We need to understand them"--that's what my Austian friend says when I sent her information about Eurabia.

I'm not as hopeful about GWB's understanding of Islam. He truly believes that ALL religions speak to the best in mankind.

friendlysaviour said...

Obviously the great European public, need some more punishment and beatings from the followers of the "peaceful one."
I hope they do their worst. That will be their undoing.