Sunday, April 23, 2006

Europe, Thy Name Is Appeasement

I was e-mailed the following by a friend, who informs me that this column by Mathias Dapfner, CEO of the German publisher Axel Springer AG, appeared in March in Die Welt, Germany's largest daily newspaper:

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 legitimised 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 jewellery when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbour 's house.


Europe, thy name is Cowardice .
---God Bless America--


Anonymous DL said...

The issue I have with Europe's permanent penchant for apppeasement is that it cost too many American lives.

We have a strong tendency to, if not appease, ignore uncomfortable situations that endager us also. Look at how the left is against realistic defense of our nation and Bush's low numbers for at least trying (freedom alters Islam) something -that's the American form of appeasement.

On the border situation, we are rushing to appease the invaders on our southern border.There is no other sane word for it.  

Posted by DL

Monday, April 24, 2006 5:09:00 AM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...


Bush's numbers aren't down because he tried to defend our nation. Any lowering of his numbers on the Iraq war is more directly related to the MSM's pounding their negative message day after day after month after year.

The other cause of Bush's low numbers is his own rush "to appease the invaders on our southern border." 

Posted by SkyePuppy

Monday, April 24, 2006 2:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Monday 5/1/06 I have to make the perilous trek to my job one block off Wilshire Blvd. in L.A. right in the middle of the Illegal Alien Immigration Rally. I certainly can't drive because Wilshire Blvd. will be closed.

Each day as a public school teacher I shoulder the burden created by our government's failure to protect and secure our southern border with Mexico. Teaching at a Title 1 school (over 75% of students qualify for free breakfast and free lunch) means I am on the front lines in the immigration battle.

Please, President Bush and other officials, protect and secure our southern border with Mexico. The U.S.A. should NOT be Mexico's welfare system. Illegal immigrants cost L.A. county close to $300,000,000 yearly in welfare payments alone which means our very own citizens are deprived of the fruits of their labor as the welfare state transfers our wealth to the illegal immigrants. I will never get to retire. I'll be working until I drop.
3in1 in Los Angeles 

Posted by 3in1

Saturday, April 29, 2006 7:02:00 AM  

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