Thursday, March 22, 2007

I Guess There Are Some *Real Men Left In Europe
My Weithmann anscestors from Bavaria would be proud!

Helmet tip to my San Diego Amigo, Motes

Hold onto your hat! This is truly a stunner. My fellow San Diego Padres fan just sent me the following;

If any of you still 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.

From the German newspaper Die Weld;

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 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.

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.


Here is the original article in German.

*other than Fr. Finigan, Paulinus, Gillibrand... did I forget anyone?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent 3 1/2 years in the 2d Cav, on the olb IGB and Czech border--I met lots of germans like this--they were NCO's in the Bundeswere and the Zoll (customs service--german customs at that time had APC's!)

Ignorant Redneck

7:57 PM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Preach it! At least a few Germans still know the game. Figured they would. The ones not blinded by socialism can smell a war.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Tito said...

Europe awakens?!?!?!

Could this be the beginning of a counter-offensive?

I'll pray for continued improvement in the health of the once great European continent.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Both fists, top-of-the-lungs.

Good old-fashioned Kraut! (I know--I'm one, too.)

1:52 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I'm honoured you count me a real man, Cavey.

There are two Europes Cavey: the real Europe of French peasants and London cabbies and Scots border farmers and bricklayers from Leeds; then there is an effete relexly anti-American commentariat and policy-making "elite" and boy are they heading for a very big fall sometime soon.

Trouble is, it will take another Islamist atrocity.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Hoodlum said...

Ehh, whining like occurred back in the 60s and 70s when good ole Catholic Croats and Tito's regime played 9mm tag throughout Germany, and the German government admitted defeat and generally looked the other way.

Of course, once the Germans( and later the Americans) gave into Croatian demands, the terrorism stopped, and Croatia is now heading toward EU and NATO membership.

2:38 PM  

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