Tuesday, August 29, 2006

European Cowardice

I have not been able to get onto the internet for almost two weeks.  Hopefully everything is now taken care of.  I received the following e-mail on August 19, 2006.  I have been planning a series of posts on terrorism.  This seems like a good time to begin.  I am quoting practically the entire e-mail.


“If any of you feel that this war on terror is a mistake, here is an opinion from an unexpected source.  It’s fascinating that this should come out of Europe.  Mathias 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.

This is a must-read by all Americans.  History may well certify its correctness.


(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 500,000 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.  (In case you missed that phrase: INTENT UPON WESTERN CIVILIZATION’S UTTER DESTRUCTION.  That is you and me!—my addition)

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’ (or appeasement—my addition) 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 America economy—because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what is at stake—literally everything.  (We are at war!  If we don’t win, none of the other things are going to matter.  Do you really want terrorists winning this war!!!—my addition)  

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.


Europe, thy name is Cowardice.

---God Bless America---  

The following is from the Peoria Journal Star published on July 28, 2006, page A2.  “Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader called Thursday for Muslims to unite in a holy war against Israel and to join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from ‘Spain to Iraq.’”

“Addressing the world’s ‘downtrodden,’ al-Zawahri said non-Muslims should join Islamic militants in the battle against ‘tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America.’”

“’The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires ….  It is jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails … from Spain to Iraq,’ said al-Zawahri.  ‘We will attack everywhere.’”

“We will attack everywhere.”  Do we need to be hit on the head with the obvious?  We are at war!  We are at war whether we like it or want it or not.  Terrorists want to destroy us and our freedoms.  Period!  No rationalizations will change that fact!  No complaining by libertine Democrats will change that fact!  No appeasement will change that fact!  We will either fight them now or at some point in the future fight them when they are stronger.  Or we can just surrender!  We are at war!!!


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