Thursday, May 30, 2019

What Can Europe's Leaders Be Thinking?

For more than a couple of years now, I have been shaking my head following the events in Europe, where mass migration (of mostly young, single Muslim men) has threatened to rip each respective society asunder. Not only has Europe seen a drastic rise in Islamization, but also terror attacks, crime in the streets, murders and rapes like they had never seen before. In much of Western Europe, Jews are coming to the conclusion that there is no future for them in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and other places. It seems their societies are not really willing to protect them from the immigrant Jew haters.

European politics are more complicated than our own, if that's possible, but even after having spent three years in Germany and five in Italy, the whole mess is confusing. You have multiple parties and coalitions needed to form governments, which can fall when they screw up etc. Add the European Parliament, which is looking more and more like the old Soviet Union, and one can understand why the continent seems to be slipping away.

On a positive note, the European Parliament held their continent- wide elections these past few days, and for the most part, the results were positive. In Italy, Matteo Salvini's Lega party won big, while in France, Marine Le Pen's party did better than President Emmanuel Macron's. In Hungary, the results were very good for head of state Viktor Orban's party, while in Britain, Nigel Farage's Brexit party was a stunning winner. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, Sweden  and Germany pretty much went with the status quo (The Greens were the big winner in Germany.)

But what is hard to figure out is how the Western European countries have allowed this migration, asylum-seeker mess to get so out of hand. Can they really be that stupid that they think they have been doing something positive? I say Western European because the Eastern European members of the EU are refusing to let in more migrants and refugees. They know it would destroy their societies and they say so. In response, the EU and countries like Germany try to whip them into line with threatened sanctions and other financial penalties. Dare I say that the Eastern Europeans are more realistic about world affairs having only recently broken the shackles of communism?

Another question I ask is whether these politicians can rise to the top of their field as heads of state, party leaders or members of the European Parliament by being this incredibly stupid? Well, closer to home we have people like Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Hank Johnson, Beto O'Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Oh, what about Republicans? I give you Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lisa Murkowski.

It can happen.

Or do people like Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Mark Rutte (Netherlands) , Stefan Löfven (Sweden)  represent something more sinister? What about aspiring leaders like the anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn of Britain's Labour party? Can it be that because of their leftist nature, they are perfectly willing to see their countries, their continent fall to pieces in order to rebuild it into whatever sort of multi-kulti utopia they envision? They are leftists. Their parties are leftist. Now that they are middle aged, they  may cut their hair, wear nice suits, and sound like responsible people when they speak, but that is deceiving. Angela Merkel came out of the old DDR (East Germany), and for several years, appeared to be a responsible leader in Europe. But it is she who took the lead in creating this migration  mess. And I recall her predecessor, Gerhardt Schroeder, who came from a university background of leftist protests. As a lawyer, he got a founding member of the Baader-Meinhof terror group, Horst Mahler, out of prison. As chancellor, he was noted as "Putin's pal". His foreign secretary and vice chancellor,  Joseph "Joschka" Fischer , spent his formative years throwing rocks and bottles at the police. Merkel seemed like a breath of fresh air for a time.

Perhaps, we have historically tended to overrate the Europeans as being more cultured and sensible especially in the decades after World War II-forgetting the long history of disastrous wars they have wrought with their silly royal families and leaders like Hitler and Mussolini. Perhaps, they are simply cowering before their restive Muslim immigrants, seemingly resigned to the fact that democracy will not survive and that Islamic supremacy is inevitable.

So is it sheer stupidity, cowardice or design that Europe is so quickly sinking into a nightmarish future? I suspect it is a combination of all three. The question now is whether leaders like Salvini and Orban can reverse the tide, save their nations, and lead Europe out of the woods. The envisioned coalition of  Orban, Salvini and Farage promises to have a lot to say in the European Parliament. There is cause for hope, but the process of reversing the damage will not be pretty even if successful.

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