Thursday, December 15, 2005


The
Catastrophe
Of
European
Appeasement



From the German paper Die Welt, via Atlas Shrugs:


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 agreements. Appeasement stabilized communism in the Soviet Union and East Germany in that part of Europe where inhuman, suppressive governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities. Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo and we Europeans debated and debated until the Americans came in and did 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 300,000 victims of Saddam’s torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, to issue bad grades to George Bush. A particularly grotesque form of appeasement is reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere by suggesting that we should really have a Muslim holiday in Germany.

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 and directed against our free, open Western societies. It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than the great military conflicts of the last century—a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by tolerance and accommodation but only spurred on by such gestures, which will be mistaken for signs of weakness.

Two recent American presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush. Reagan ended the Cold War and Bush, supported only by the social democrat Blair acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic fight 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 the intolerant, as world champions in 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.


I hear it from my Euroean relatives all the time. Americans are cowboys, always looking for a war. America is belligerent. America is a great danger to the world.

In order to prop up these beliefs, they invent elaborate fantasies, that we are imperialists, only interested in oil, in serving the interests of a relatively minor corporation called Halliburton, that we do the bidding of the "Jewish lobby."

They forget that we stuck our hands into two of their wars, and pulled them out of the clutches of disaster. They forget that without America's help there would be no more Western Civilization. Playtime would have been over long ago.

They tell me they have learned the wisdom of living beyond war. They have learned that you need to work out problems through communication and negotiation, by consensus, through diplomacy, multi-lateralism, (etc., etc., etc.), never realizing that all those words are simply variations on the same old word; appeasement.

They appeal to my sense of compassion, telling me I don't know what it has been like for Europeans to have had their continent wrecked by the ravages of wars they brought upon themselves. They tell me America doesn't understand, and yet we footed the bills, we lost the blood, we STILL HAVE OUR SOLDIERS STATIONED THERE TO THIS DAY.

There is a sense in which Europeans are like whiny, irresponsible adolescents angry that we won't let them borrow the car on Saturday night. Yes, that seems an apt comparison, in that they want us to take care of them, but they want to bitch at us when responsibility encroaches on their desolate desires.

But, an even better way to understand the Euro-mindset is to imagine an old lady, living alone, in a high-rise tenament apartment paid for by welfare, waddling around in a bathrobe, mumbling to herself about the good old days, while the stove catches fire and burns the entire building to the ground.

Europe, thy name is senility.