Europe’s Bloody Future
This is a subject I have addressed here, often, because it needs airing, often.
"How this has happened is not a topic discussed in polite company or by the chattering classes. Read through all of the news accounts and commentary about the Berlin attack and no where do you see any questions about whether it was wise to import a million barbarians. That’s just assumed. Instead, the speculation is over how the natives somehow drove this poor barbarian to fulfill his purpose as a barbarian. The European media reads like the patient newsletter at an insane asylum.
One cause of this is the Cold War. For close to fifty years, Western Europe was America’s daycare center. Americans did all the heavy lifting with regard to the defense of Western Civilization both militarily and economically. European elites were allowed to play dress up and pretend to be in charge, but everyone knew the Americans were in charge. If something broke, America fixed it. If someone got an ouchy, America would salve their boo-boo. The Pax Americana allowed the West to remain in a state of perpetual adolescence."
Exactly so. The Europeans have been whipsawed by all of the best and brightest decamping to America for centuries, followed by the massively annihilating industrial warfare of the 20th century, and then the Cold War Adolecentization of Europe, particularly the wealthy, and political elite. The European hoi polloi have always been just fine with leaving the difficult political stuff to the aristocrats, and this has always been a terrible idea. These are the very people one cannot leave along for a minute without fear they will hurt themselves or others.
The real problem with Europe has been that for more than a millennium bored elites/aristocrats are wont to occupy their time playing war with the neighboring dilettante elite/aristocrat. They seem to believe that the insulation between them and reality sufficient to protect them from the dangers, and vagaries of war. The last time this nonsense ran roughshod over all of Europe it cost 20 million their lives. Bad trade just to while the time for a few dilettantes.
"The result was at least one generation of leaders lacking any training in responsible government. They dress up like proper rulers, but they have no idea what it means to defend their people. In fact, they don’t even think about the hoi polloi as their people. They are just the great unwashed, an undifferentiated mass of greedy mouths and grasping hands. They were free to evolve this way because the Americans were always there to make sure nothing bad happened. As the protective bubble is removed, all of this being exposed."
I agree, our current crop of state leaders is the worst possible, and there is a very good chance we will pay a price for this, thankfully, Europe looks set to pay the largest price. We may have dodged much of this bullet.
"At some point, people get tired of being murdered. The young German with a taste for politics is going to start to question why he is loyal to people, who show more concern for foreigners than they do for him. A lesson of the French Revolution is that once people begin to question the legitimacy of the system, everything is soon up for grabs. The reckless disregard for their duties, by people like Merkel, is planting the seeds for something much worse than the monthly Exploding Mohamed we see in the news."
While all true, I would suggest this is too limited. While it is possible for the people to revolt, it is also possible for the people to shift politically to a leader who is willing to do anything necessary to return the nation to a better past. The real danger comes from the sociopath peddling Utopia, if only one is willing to kill all of the ( add hated group here ). It matters not who the group is - Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, Kulaks - they worked just fine in the past for one group or another, and muslims will work just fine this time around.
The price of this political shift is total loss of liberty, and total obedience to the leader, but, hey, it does work. For a while.
"Whether or not it is too late to save Europe is open for debate. It is also possible that more sober minded politicians will rise up, push aside the reckless and begin the task of rebuilding their countries. The future is not written and there is no such thing as the tide of history. Even so, it appears Europe is headed for a very ugly and perhaps bloody reckoning. No society can last when its rulers are perpetually at war with its people and that is what Europe is today. At some point, the people will join the war."
There may be no tide of history, instead history looks more like a cone of possibilities, much like a hurricane cone, and it is a strong indicator of where things are going. The West is full of tolerant people, who want nothing more than to find the best in others, trade with them, live prosperously, and in peace. This continues right up till it doesn't, then all bets are off.
It was the Democratic President of the US who interred the Japanese Americans during the 1940s. Once this emotional wall breaks the politicians will follow the public's demands. Let's hope it results in internment, or something similar, and not rail cars hauling hundreds of thousands to incineration camps.