germany -- prussia, bavaria, hanover, saxony, hesse
austria -- bohemia, moravia, salzburg, silesia, tyrol
italy -- naples, florence, venetians, milanese and genoese
england -- welsh pudding, beef wellington, worcestershire sauce, sheriff of nottingham
the netherlands -- holland, friesland, limburg, utrecht, gelderland
belgium -- flanders, wallonia, and brussels
france -- normandy, d’orleans, bourbon, provence, navarre, bourgogne, champagne
preamble & slander.
europeans don’t seem to remember much. and, from what they do manage to remember, they cannot seem to draw the correct conclusions. oh, they have table manners and all that, dress reasonably well, and they do manage to make mercedes, bmw and volvo automobiles, all the while holding themselves in very high regard for a people who have screwed up almost everything they have touched in recent memory: this latter, simply because they choose to forget the things that didn’t go so very well.
they cannot, for instance, seem to remember that the united states of america pulled their collective asses out of the fire of two world wars; subsidized their sorry butts by financing their “defense establishments” for generation upon generation after; and, by this subsidy, made possible the all enveloping socialism that they are so proud of, and view as their very own accomplishment. nor can they understand what caused the wars in the first place, that being european greed, european stupidity, and an european anti-semitism that is almost past comprehension, and would be, except for the fact that they insist upon exhibiting its most virulent attributes even to this day for both careful and casual study. yet, remaining europeans to the core, they insist even yet on telling everybody else on earth what to do, and how to do it. singularly amazing, given that they haven’t a clue to the fact that they haven’t the ability to dictate anything to anyone.
instead of remembering the diplomatic messes that started the great wars, the failed intellectual themes and the social postures that led to war, and instead of focusing on the continental muddle of the league of nations, and why european anti-semitic thought led to the horrors of the holocaust, they blame the whole sorry mess on the nation state, … , or, to be more precise about it, they blame war on nationhood, or nationality, or some other nebulous factor related to the fact that europe is comprised of states. they regard aghast any notion held by some poor dutch bastard, for instance, that he would like to associate with someone, … , well, … , like himself, … , and see in that, the roots of societal upheaval and war between nations. so, they have decided upon policies to eliminate violence and war by emasculating the nations of europe.
this is somewhat surprising, that anyone would base government policy on such nonsense, but we forget the role of the intellect in europe. (yes, i am being facetious.)
europe is so inordinately fond of twinky intellectuals that they have given over the running of things to them, and expect these smart people to run things without much intrusion or interference by the populace with what they do. european intellectuals are nurtured and pampered from the time they are identified, given favored and subsidized schooling, and, indeed most intellectuals are in college and graduate school into their early 40’s, where they do very little except eat hearty bean soup in college cafeterias, drink beer and fornicate before they go into government (no, silly, they don’t work or get grease under their nails, that is for “the not so very bright and decidedly ordinary people” who don’t become intellectuals). one would expect them to be highly educated, and they are so thoroughly indoctrinated into marxist-leninist thought that by the time they do become university professors and bureaucrats they have the proper antipathy to free market enterprise, capitalism and individual liberties very deeply ingrained. and, almost as though it were a matter of right as well as a matter of fact, they regard themselves as the proper people to run things, and it seems perfectly natural and fitting that they should run things.
except, the poor dumb bastards cannot remember shit, and don’t understand what they do remember, and what they cannot remember most is history. not caring much about facts or history, they waste very little time weighing theoretical constructs against the tests and realities of history. as this paper will attempt to illustrate, more is the pity.--
the conquest of england and normandy and the aquitaine by the plantagenets.
at the top of this post is a little list of countries, and names associated with the countries. yes, some of the names are well known for hams, and spirituous liquor products, and infamously stinking cheese, but these lists constitute provinces, and principalities, and grand duchies, and all sorts of political subdivisions, and conquests & defeats, of the principle nation states which we now know as europe, fashionably as of late, to include england, this fashion coinciding, by the way, with the recent decline and soon to be demise of england.
the following excerpt from wikipedia, will illustrate some points very nicely:
[hint: we are going to start here, and we are going to end here, precisely: nothing so tidy as a circle, and nothing as tight as circular argument, i always say. actually, i should be more precise, and simply indicate that europe is going to end here. just where it started, more or less.]
england was conquered in 1066 by an army led by william the conquerer from the duchy of normandy, a fief of the kingdom of france. the normans themselves originated from scandinvaia and had settled in normandy a few centuries earlier. they introduced feudalism and maintained power through barons, who set up castles across england. the spoken language of the new aristocratic elite was norman french, which would have considerable influence on the english language. the house of plantagenet from anjou inherited the english throne under henry ii, adding england to the budding angevin empire of fiefs the family had inherited in france including aquitaine. [watch “lion in winter,” it explains it all very well, and, in only a couple of hours.] they reigned for three centuries, proving noted monarchs such as richard i, edward I, edward iii, and henry v. the period saw changes in trade and legislation, including the signing of the magna carta, an english legal charter used to limit the sovereign's powers by law and protect the privileges of freemen. catholic monasticism flourished, providing philosophers and the universities of oxford and cambridge were founded with royal patronage. the principality of wales became a plantagenet fief during the 13th century and the lordship of ireland was gifted to the english monarchy by the pope. during the 14th century, the plantagenets and [the] house of valois both claimed to be legitimate claimants to [the] house of capet and with it france—the two powers clashed in the hundred year’s war. the black death epidemic hit england, starting in 1348, it eventually killed up to half of england's inhabitants. from 1453 to 1487 civil war between two branches of the royal family occurred—the yorkists and lancastrians—known as the war of the roses. eventually it led to the yorkists losing the throne entirely to a welsh noble family the tudors, a branch of the lancastrians headed by henry tudor who invaded with welsh and breton mercenaries, gaining victory at the battle of bosworth field where the yorkist king richard iii was killed.
you will notice, no doubt, as you are not a bunch of twinky european intellectuals as are the twinky european intellectuals, that these people went around killing each other with joyous abandon, even though, technically speaking, there were no nation states involved. nor were there any evil capitalists, or imperialists, or evil corporate global entities inspiring and pulling machiavellian strings to generate all this bloodshed: there were no nation states, there were no corporate entities, there were no imperial exploiters of the third world fighting over evil spoils, or global entities devoid of social impulse toward economic justice bound on extracting maximum profits whatever the consequences to indigenous people or environment, … , they did not exist.
those entities, and those persons, to whom the motivation for such things are ascribed in this day and age, simply did not exist.
yet, the scourge of war did.
now, for a little mental exercise.
please go to the top of the page, and read the descriptions of the provinces comprising contemporary france, belgium and the netherlands. then, have recourse to some source material so that you may look to the “provincial composition” of these countries in times past, some of it pretty recent, and you will see that these countries have been acquiring by conquest, and loosing by being vanquished, these same provinces one to the other for years, centuries even, and, that some of these places are mentioned in the history of england excerpted above.
the “sins of the nation state” do not find their origin in the nation state: they are the sins of humanity.
indeed, these provinces have been prized for acquisition for centuries, and they were prized for acquisition before the advent of nation states, and that political tumult and division have seen them go back and forth between political entities, to even emerge as countries themselves, after the advent of the nation state. you could probably float belgium and the netherlands in the blood taken to arrive at their present conditions, their ebb and flow in and out of france and in and out of each other, marked by war and insurrection at every turn. throw the danes into the mix, and you have an almost incomprehensible history of conflict, …., over swamp land and peat bog, memorial to some of the last ritual slaughter for sacrifice of human beings on the planet.
in short, these provinces and principalities and duchies have been the stuff of “board games” for royal families and rich people for millennia: and, indeed, it should never be forgotten what it is that makes royalty and rich people, and that is money. the rich and powerful & royalty, whether they operate from nations or as the constituent forces behind nations, amuse themselves by fornicating and fighting amongst themselves, until their chins get too under slung and their eyes too bulgy, and then give way to a more vigorous bunch of killers, who take things over to their own satisfaction and amusement. (look at a good goya exhibit some time, if you want to see the evils perpetrated by royal inbreeding.) and, the stuff of their amusements are provinces. and, that seems to be the stuff of amusement for all humans, and was before nation states.
indeed, were one a cautious type, and mindful of avoiding folly, one might have been mindful that law as a constraint upon and a substitute for personal fiat and exercise of power and diplomacy, via such charming habit as murder, assassination, kidnapping, ransom, rapine and pillage, arose from the ability of the nation state to curb the personal excess of royalty.
this raises the other thing that twinky european intellectuals seem largely ignorant of or forgetful about, and that is, nations do not engender and propagate wars, low places propagate wars. or, to be more precise about it, low places that have the misfortune of lying between acquisitive neighbors with natural borders protecting them from groups with like predatory and acquisitive natures, seem to engender war- like behavior on the part of parties contending for their conquest. if you think this proposition a little thin on substance, you have never lived in poland and watched the borders of your country slide back and forth to the east and west depending upon the vagaries of russian and german fortune, and the acumen of cavalry and tank commander giving expression to the same phenomena: never, ever live on a flat plain conducive to sweeping movement and maneuver, if you enjoy quite springs and early summer, and pleasant pre-dawn interludes where you commune with nature as you contemplate the nature of things.
just think of it as cousins, none too bright (again, watch “lion in winter”), vying over new lego sets at christmas, and you have got it just about right.
the euro left throws the baby of the “nation state” out with the bathwater of “war” and “human corruptibility,” which the nation state did not dirty.
right about now you are wondering, what in g_d’s name has all this to do with anything?
well, i am gonna tell you, even though i have already told you. but, chances are you are descended from hardy european stock, so it won’t hurt to tell you again. well, there is one thing i haven’t explicitly told you, having only hinted at it, but i am now gonna let the cat out of the bag.—
at http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com , the article “euro-med: no, it’s not a drug, but it might kill you,” 12.27.2009, http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/12/euromed-no-its-not-a-drug-but-it-might-kill-you.html .
read the link, it is very interesting. the post by pamela geller describes some of the latter day machinations of the euro union fully unleashed by the ratification of the lisbon treaty, and then goes on to discuss the further adventures of the euro union as carried out by the “barcelona process,” and now known more formerly as the “union for the mediterranean” at the 2008 “paris summit for the mediterranean.” you are a fairly literate person, (you would not have gotten this far were you not), but, unless you read atlasshrugs on a daily basis as i do, you probably have never heard of these conventions.
it would appear that the european twinky intellectual warm fuzzy commie radical leftists bureaucrats have decided to consign the modern european nation state to the dust bins of history, and that they are gonna do it by 1.)stamping out european nationalism, and 2.)annihilating the national identities of europeans under a wave of muslim emigration from the muslim north african nations lying south of the mediterranean. in short, they are gonna recreate the french empire without french people, by moving the colonies to france. and, not coincidentally, in a grand scheme incapable of being formulated in just one poor befuddled mind, but requiring the creative befuddlement of many minds, these 50 million odd muslims to be added to europe as holders of “blue cards”, will be free to go everywhere else in europe that they desire.
it is a two step process, comprehending this leftist designed annihilation of europe, part suicide, part conquest by islam.
one looks first to the signing and implementation of the lisbon treaty, and to other features of the euro union as they have accumulated since the euro’s surrendered those years ago. the euro’s have given up their national sovereignty, and with this abject surrender they have given up any means they have of preserving their national identify.
i have written of this before.
in addition, the european union has adopted “hate speech” legislation which makes it nigh on impossible for “indigenous” europeans to criticize 1.)government policies on muslim/arab immigration, or 2.)to say anything which reflects poorly on muslims or islam. no, there are no reciprocal legislative provisions which similarly restrict muslim speech or behavior, … , none that enforced, at any rate.
i have written on this before.
and, second, the euro union has just signed treaty agreements, the aforementioned 2008 “paris summit for the mediterranean” with several north african nations which will allow arab muslims to literally inundate europe to the extent of 50 plus million legal alien immigrants, free to travel anywhere in western europe, without fetter or restriction.
read about the provisions at atlasshrugs, the above link. again, she has written fully, completely and succinctly on this, so i will attempt no paraphrase. simply read it, please, even if you don’t come back here: it is an important post.
see also, pamela geller’s post at the american thinker, http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/12/dooming_europe.html .
this excerpt from pamela’s article at the american thinker:
"the europe as you know it from visiting, from your parents, or friends is on the verge of collapsing." geert wilders said this in a speech he made in the u.s. last year. he went on: "we are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter europe's destiny and might send the continent in what ronald reagan called 'a thousand years of darkness.'" this applies not just to europe, but to america as well.
i am indebted to pamela’s article for starting me on the path to this post. i do not intend merely to restate pamela’s arguments and observations, but rather to take them as premises establishing the facts of the euro agreement with the north african arabic countries, and then to extrapolate on them and my own prior observations to discuss how this whole edifice the european left wants to construct to prevent war and to usher in socialist paradise, will simply devolve back into an epoch of war and decay: i intend to reach geert wilders’s conclusions, but intend to demonstrate if i can just how we get there. in short, i want to discuss scenario, but deeper than that i want to delve into the dynamics of a system the euro lefties are constructing. and, the key concept here is “dynamic,” because the fuzzy navel communists twinky european intellectuals think that they are creating a static condition of peace and harmony, and they simply are blind to the lessons of history which suggest that the structure they are creating is one rife with intrigue, violence and war. [and, i apologize profusely, but please watch “lion in winter” with patrick stewart and glenn close, just one more time, … , or, if a committed classicist, watch “lion in winter” with peter o’toole and katherine hepburn. hint: the remake, amazingly enough, is far better. less twitching, less snuffling.]
the obliteration of the european nation state.
update, a graphic of mohammed regarding his spoil.--
related link: http://wintersoldier2008.typepad.com/summer_patriot_winter_sol/2010/01/the-radical-left-so-despises-europe-that-it-intends-to-destroy-it-by-muslim-immigration-and-i-have-t.html . end 2nd update.
the european left has decided that because the nation state has obviously been the cause of the destructive european warfare of the 20th century, that in order to extinguish war it is high time to obliterate the nation state.
this has been the chief aim of the designers of the euro union, that being to eliminate nationalistic antagonisms so as to engender calm, and we see it is the ever so silly hate speech legislation which prohibits europeans from saying anything nasty about muslims or other groups, apparently on the supposition that by so doing people will not have nasty thoughts, nor will violence be engendered without precipitating nasty thoughts and language: if they don’t think badly, they will not behave badly.
there seems to me several flies in the ointment. and, they both find their source in an intellectual and historical misapprehension about the cause of war and conflict, and a silly misunderstanding on the role of nations as a “source” of nationalistic tension/conflict causer in europe.
the first, is that nations do not cause wars, not in and of themselves, that is, and that those things which do cause war exist wholly and apart from the nation as an entity. look to the brief excerpt on the history of merry old england, all of which occurred before england was england. as it was occurring, it was not “english” history, it was the history of the conflict of extremely wealthy and influential families over familial possessions and baronies. [watch, if you will, “lion in winter.” ]
the second, and more egregious, error, is quite simply that european intellectuals have quite got the whole thing backwards. it is precisely the existence of the nation state which has inhibited nationalistic antagonism and warfare to an extent that order has been possible at all. look at the political, social and military history of northern france on the channel, with england, and then with belgium and the netherlands. prior to the institution of the nations, those regions fought not only “foreign” interests on a continual basis, but “internally” strove for dominance by the use of warfare and intrigue on a never ending basis. the various provinces in the lowlands have been traded off and on between the combatants so often that it would be almost impossible to keep track of, and it surely is incomprehensible, for not even the subjects of it all have the slightest g_d damned idea what happened or why it happened. listen to a “walloon” and a “phlegm” argue about it sometime, if you want convinced: they are worse than the damned irish about such matters. oh, yeah, another point made.
we talk learnedly, those of us inclined to such pretense, about the silliness of the national boundaries laid down by the colonial powers who were the league of nations, and are the united nations (and i speak of the fucking euro’s here, and no one else) with regard to middle eastern countries.
well, you think it not any worse in europe? my lord, in a shit-ass little country like belgium, they speak two different kinds of french, and sub-dialects of dutch, in just the neighborhoods. just think about “hamlet” for a second, just for a second. why would shakespeare have written about a danish prince, unless the history of the whole sordid thing had not been of common currency in england? and, how could that have been, unless they were in each other’s business all the time.
and, very intimately, quite evidently.
this went on for centuries.
the nation states curbed this to a very large extent. plain and simple. how long has it been since the walloons went to war with the “phlegms?” or, since france annexed someone’s sorry ass in belgium or in the netherlands. i think some dutch got in some sort of dust up with some froggies over some dutch provinces in belgium and took over the dubious honor of trying to discipline dutch folks within the netherlands, … , my lord, it is so confusing, and all over tulips & licorice?, … , but, hey, who cares, thanks to nations states it doesn’t happen very often.
the upshot of it is, that the euros are hell bent for election to kill the nation state as the cause of all evil, when in fact it would appear that the nation state ameliorates the evil for which it is being executed, e.g., it inhibits warfare, and does not cause it.
the third intellectual and conceptual error on the part of the lefties is, … , well, … , it is so monumentally obvious that you would think that even a european intellectual, even as given to contemplating their own belly buttons with such fascination and approval, would have tumbled to it.
(and, they have tumbled to it, in a way, but given their mindset in which there are only two types of people in the world, e.g., progressive euro lefties intellectuals, and base ignoble repressive savages, they are given to fantasies of using something called the “nordic brigades” to stamp down fascist/racist/”nazi” opposition to islamic immigration amongst the subject peoples of europe, the last vestiges of “nation.”)
the error is as simple as it is monumental.
they do not understand, that just as before the nation state, there will be war and conflict amongst groups after the european nation state ceases to exist. [for the last time, i promise, please see “lion in winter” just one more time to understand the reasons why, and how it happens.] nation states did not create war, they did not create the impetus to war, and the demise of the nation state will not eliminate war nor will it eliminate or eradicate the reasons for war.
in fact, it rather appears to me that the demise of the nation state will encourage warfare, and make it almost incapable of suppression. when i was a senior in college, i was required to write a senior thesis, as were all the seniors in my major, good old political science. one of my fellows was taken with the notion that passive civil disobedience would make a very good national defense policy: he was rather resistant to my suggestion that the notion was ludicrous. i pointed out that: 1.)it worked for ghandi because the brits were civilized and for the most part did not just kill people who were so engaged, and that 2.)it didn’t work out so well for jews during the holocaust because the nazi’s were savages who killed indiscriminately, and whose appetites for killing were apparently whetted by people they despised for not fighting back.
i thought those observations trenchant then, as i still do.
the trouble with the euro lefties conceptualization of “we ain’t gonna make war no more,” is that as they get closer to their objective of demilitarizing the euro states, who they intend to emasculate as quickly as possible, the easier they make it for the last two or three entities who aren’t impressed by such measure to militarize, and to embark upon expansionist adventures against neighbors who have neither the will nor the means to resist.
norwegians who take up summer residence in normandy, if you will. or, normans who take over a place known thence forth as the home of the normans.
as the importance of nations shrink, the importance of wealthy individuals and families will take on commensurate status. how much influence does one suppose warren buffet and bill gates might have n a world free of sarkozy and putin. russia was almost taken over by the russian mafia after the fall of the soviet union, as money learned again how to “talk” in a society formerly governed by small caliber pistols and truncheons and basements. al gore would like to be king of the worlds “carbon credit” markets, and was toting a pretty heavy bag of swag to the copenhagen treaty, in anticipation of earning billions trading in such “commodities.” first the merry little commie crook armand hammer made his dad rich, and then the thieves of copenhagen were gonna do it all over again for gore, until he ran into a little danish snow storm, rather inopportunely.
you really think the concept of dower is dead? or, that marrying a daughter to a son might be politic and diplomatic between families across the channel, in a world in which governments fade into obsolescence. or, that a falling out between families could not lead to war amongst the “loons” and the “phlegms?”
i will cease all attempts at glibness.
i think a world in which nation states have been consigned to oblivion will descent/decay/digress precisely back into the situation that obtained before the creation of the nation state, and that is feudal monarchy and all of the difficulties with warfare and conflict that that entailed.
the euro lefties think that if they eviscerate the issues of race, ethnicity and nationalism from within the nation state, they will have obliterated the causes of war (and, not un-coincidentally, forever sealed their privilege and right and raison to rule over all: but, hey, you perform a laudable service, you are entitled to a laudable role.)
the unintended & inevitable consequence will be war: unceasingly, continual and devastating, as it was before the nation state.
the euro lefties have neglected three things in their calculus, a neglect i believe which is to cause inevitably the conflict and discord over such matters as race, ethnicity, religion and nationality which they intend to negate.
one, they have destroyed the nation, or intend to destroy the nation, but they have utterly failed to account for and eliminate the “barons,” and their principalities or their sources of power, that being wealth and land. two, the euro lefties have neglected the issue of knowledge, military science, and the production of military armaments. in an odd, paradoxical little fashion, in destroying the ability of the nation state to regulate such matters, and they fully intend to emasculate it, the euro lefties have made instant super powers out of those regions which has always been super powers, and that is the sections of countries which has always made arms and weapons. a principle city of belgium is liege, the home of fabrique nationale, and of browning arms, and a traditional arms center. hey, they still make the best cannon barrels in the world in birmingham, england, … , it is something of an art, don’t you know. brescia italy is home to beretta, and a center for “bespoke” double shotguns: they are “bespoken” for on order before they are made, custom fit to the purchaser. connecticut and phoenix, arizona are major arms centers in the u.s. of a. and, the germans? well, there is a reason why the prussians had dominate infantry in war after war, and part of it was attributable to paul mauser of mauser werke, and part of it was attributable to krupp steel.
do the pointy headed little limp wristed leftie bureaucrats in brussels, those little snips, really think that they can contend with the modern barons that they create by destroying the euro nation states, in the absence of militaries who are motivated to follow them?
and, there is another blunder, of such magnitude that it simply buggers the imagination.
the little snips have forgotten that they do not have nor will they be likely to obtain military superiority over their intractable geo-political opponents in the rest of the world, that being the chinese and the indians. i don’t factor the russians much into this. they are at geo-political apogee at this moment, and they have only one way to go, and that is swiftly down in the coming years, as public health, alcoholism, declining birthrate and vanishing oil revenues simply do them in. the chinese and the indians suffer no such disability, and with 50 years of so, will be leading geo-political super powers, both economically and militarily, assuming they do not do their enemies a favor by destroying each other.
the euro lefties are myopic. as is historically common in european thinking, they cannot see past their own borders and past their own very highly inflated good opinions of themselves, and their place in the world. they have ridden on america’s coat tails for 70 years, have done nothing of note to deserve it, yet they are convinced they have the right to rule the world.
the only trouble is, as revealed at copenhagen, no one else seems convinced that europe is up to it. not only was copenhagen egg on obama’s face, it was also a colossal failure of european diplomacy and influence: their “science,” their scientific apparatus and institutions, and their “green” version of marxist-leninism created the global warming movement, and have acted as it political arm ever since, and it fell flat on its face. and, absent the idiot foil obama to be their gleefully obedient henchman, they are toast.
we end on the blunder intimated at the beginning of this piece, in the “preamble & slander” portion, so many pages ago. the final blunder of the european smart people is to be forgiven them, because it is a blunder they have made for 70 years and we haven’t called them on it, and it is one that we do not recognize with the clarity that we ought.—
the biggest blunder of all, in the thinking of the european smarty pants intellectuals, is that they assume the united states of america. in all of their thinking, as bulwark and foundation to all their thinking, is the unguarded assumption that the united states will continue to play the role that it has and is still, lamely, playing in the world. the european smarty pants have for so many years cynically decried the u.s. role in the world, while gleefully taking in the accrued profits realized by the economic and military protection afforded by the united states, that they have forgotten that they indulged in such cynicism: they have been gulled by their own con.
they have forgotten a simple lesson of history.
they owe their present place in the world to united states subsidy.—
we rebuilt europe and japan after the most devastating war in history: other cities, states have been destroyed down to the last person, the lands salted, the skulls piled in monuments, and death is death, but never has death and destruction been seen on such a wide scale. douglas mccarthur was savior to japan, and george c. marshall planned and executed the rebuilding of europe. when was the last time you heard some european son of a bitch utter the words, “george c. marshall”?
the u.s. provided the funding, the troops and the muscle for n.a.t.o., and american troops held the russians at bay from europe at fulda gap for five generations. the u.s. thwarted communist aggression in south east asia, a much remembered saga in our history, but less remember though equally important, the u.s. stymied soviet expansion and influence by successfully opposing communist aggressions in greece, austria and to some extent in turkey, and later in angola.
and, the united states maintained the integrity of europe going eye-ball to eye-ball with the soviet union in the berlin airlift, maintaining that cities status, and preventing east germany from seizing a great prize, the capital city of germany. and, finally, in this regard the u.s. delivered the greatest prize of all to european stability and influence, the fall of the berlin wall and the re-unification of the german state.
europe owes its very existence & influence to the stability lent it in these places, and in countless other examples, such as keeping turkey and greece from war over the little island nation of cyprus.
those things are somewhat more obvious than the following geo-political considerations, matters not undertaken in the fuzzy navel view of the world of the euro commie, who has had everything handed in life to him by the effort of others, to include euro tax payers, and the blood, sweat and tears of countless americans. consider these matters.—
europe enjoys extensive trade with the far east, to include china and india and japan and the malaysian and indonesian archipelagos. every franc, mark, pound, … , excuse me, … , every euro dollar of which is supported by the united states navy and the united states air force in keeping the shipping lanes open to the world. if you think the silly assed pirates in somalia are a bother and an affront, just wait and see what happens if the south china sea becomes a breeding ground for piracy again, as could very well happen in a world in which u.s. largess does not protect the world’s shipping lanes. were the u.s. kicked out of the south china sea by an aggressive chinese blue water navy, if the u.s. were bullied out of the waters surrounding the indian sub-continent, if no u.s. navy ventured into mediterranean waters because of the threat posed by iranian nuclear missiles, … .
the point is, whether or not these things become eventualities or not, the smarty pants wised ass european intellectuals haven’t accounted for them. and, how do i know this?
because europe builds no bottoms, lays no keels, hires no naval architects, expropriates, … , excuse me, appropriates no monies to build a blue water navy, or a blue water air arm, or trains or plans the training of no marine amphibious landing force to take the place of a united states grown quiescent on the world stage.
either they do not anticipate geo-political considerations to change, or they believe that the chinese and indians would be proud indeed to continue to extend the deference to them as owed to europeans, entitled to rule the world. they are so gulled by their own conceits, that they fail to realize that the deference’s extended in contemporary time frames are because of partnership with america.
they probable result of this idiocy, is that europe is likely to be shouldered aside, shunted out of the far east in the not too distant future.
the truth of the matter is simple. they have no geo-political reach, at all, in the absence of the coat tails of the united states.
it will be embarrassing enough for the euros to be shouldered aside by the asians.
they also have insufficient reach to maintain much influence in the persian gulf or the indian ocean for the same reason. the pathetic nature of their power was laughably shown when the latest round of french clowns was “landed” in lebanon a couple years ago to be the united nations inspectors, supposed to keep arms and missiles from hezbollah in southern lebanon. they had no “force” by which to do so, some pathetic landing craft/boats that could not have fought their way onto a cooney island beach to attend a crab roast: the arab boatmen in the harbor could have ferried them ashore more quickly, and probably far safer.
the euros suffer the conceit that they will share the mediterranean with the north african arabs as a result of this accord know as the “barcelona process“, and now the 2008 “paris summit for the mediterranean.”
perhaps. if the u.s. mediterranean fleet is still in existence. if that fleet pulls out of those waters, then france will “share” the mediterranean just as dictated precisely by iran and syria. in fact, the mediterranean has ceased being a defensive bulwark and is now an avenue for muslim conquest.
the analysis is the same for the rest of the world.
how will french commerce sail back and forth to south american ports, in the face of venezuelan and brazilian gun boats.
and, finally, as we consider the euro assumption that all will stay as it is, and that europe will always be buoyed by american contributions to her weal, and to her defense posture, and that american troops will secure her borders.
what is that assumption does not hold true?
the russians are not yet the soviets reincarnate. not yet, anyway. (and, i concede, i don’t really suppose they ever will be. but, who am i to secure the paths of history, or guarantee the future obscurity of once great power? perhaps i am wrong? an infrequent occurrence, but, it happens.)
who secures european borders from a resurgent russia? we have already seen a world in which b. insane obama works feverishly to make russia a nuclear power again, and works to hold her missile systems inviolate from counter attack or defensive measures.
what if the u.s. backs out of n.a.t.o., or the euro lefties get their fondest wish, and back out of n.a.t.o. and eject u.s. troops from europe.
who then holds the former eastern bloc nations in n.a.t.o., who then single handedly keeps them from out of the russian sphere of influence? indeed, who then?
what does a euro union, shorn of its debilitating “burden” of nation states do then, to muster its own defense? who rallies to the limp wristed cry of “defend the union?” remember, there can be no call to “defend europe,” because europe will have been annihilated as a concept and as a physical reality, by the abolishment of its beliefs, and by the physical, biological and genetic inundation of north africa? what is the rallying cry, then, “defend africa’s northern most frontiers?” why, that is ethnic and nationalistic, and the fuzzy naveled limp dicked silly assed european intellectuals will never allow that.
yes, it is not a very bright prospect for the euro union in geo-political terms, absent the patronage and benevolence of united states geo-political presence, and alliance.
is it possible that other ways to exist in the world will emerge? yes, entirely so, … , when pigs fly.
china anticipates being the next colossus super power, to replace the influence of the united states. they plan for war with the united states in order to achieve that supremacy. hell, obama may give it to them, to forestall conflict.
do you think that china is going to forego the chance to assume that role, just because the limp wristed euro diplomats think that they ought to play nice nice, that there ought not to be any price to be paid the piper?
dark, grim, pessimistic final thoughts on this exercise in euro hubris.
they haven’t got the reach or the muscle to impose the stability on the world they think that they are achieving on the european continent. they have neglected very salient parts of the analysis they should have performed, they being arrogant-ignorant-conceited-self-centered-bastards of the first order, and they will pay a price for this conceit.
it is called war, and they have invited it upon themselves by a grandiose leap from the trapeze, neglecting to see if anyone put up a net. it is also called destruction.
they will do war with their geo-political adversaries, having invited it themselves, and the imperatives for that having diminished not one iota.
they will have internecine, continual and uninterrupted war between and with the barons in their new euro state: the history of the feudal states establishes this without doubt, and a continual source of conflict was the kind having to put down barons and allegiances between barons who had grown too powerful in influence and wealth. another source of conflict, again almost continual, will be with islam in europe, as the principal remnant pockets of nationalism, such as the flemish and walloons of belgium, and the normans of france, and the swiss in their remote mountain cantons join to fight muslims, and they will be joined by the hooligans of england in the fight against muslim/islamic inundation, via immigration and birth rate. finally, all of these remnant ethnic populations, historical enemies and antagonists placed within the same geographical boundaries by arbitrary design will fight each other, as they have done for centuries: “loons” and “phlegms,” irish catholic and irish protestant, the adherents of the city states italy and sicily, … all, all will be at war.
and, the modern barons and baronies and principalities the lefties have recreate by the destruction of the nations, will fight each other fight for supremacy: you think gates and apple fight for market is viscous now, wait until they join real commercial battle over empire. the euro lefties have done nothing more than resurrect hessians, saxons, and prussians, and other regional centers of power, and all of them, especially those who have military heritages such as the german ruhr and the belgians of liege, will equip themselves with quite advanced armies, though small.
such armies will not need to be large to deliver devastation with modern weapons, and they do not need to be large to fight one another on european soil, because armies will be small, in the absence of the modern democratic state’s mass armies of the last century and a half.
of course, the euros will not be able to stand toe to toe at all with the chinese and the indians, who will outnumber & and simply overwhelm them with military might. the only hope the euros have against them is a nuclear bluff.
pamela geller has a very descriptive phrase when she talks about where europe is headed, and she says, that it is right back to the dark ages. i think the great heyday of the monarchies right before the advent of the nation states is perhaps a bit more accurate, but, on balance, i think i will simply go with her description, in light of the last european leftie act of self destruction, and destruction of the modern nation state.
and, it is an act of self destruction, what the euros do to themselves. they simply commit suicide.
i am not going to try and recapitulate pamela geller’s wonderful post, and simply leave the link again. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/12/euromed-no-its-not-a-drug-but-it-might-kill-you.html . the euro’s open the floodgates of islamic immigration into europe, and simply beg for islamic conquest. again, it is this conceit of the euros, that somehow they are privileged to rule, and that when it comes the time, they will be able to either expatriate the muslims, or that the muslims will somehow prove tractable and governable within european standards.
i am not adequate to explain how they can feel that way in light of islamic history, and islamic religious doctrine, nor am i capable of understanding how the europeans, looking at their own failed history in their various colonial ventures, can possible think they can make reason from the whole hopeless muddle.
that’s the trouble with wearing nice suits and shoes, and polishing them to a spit shine, … , it make you feel smarter than you really are. far better, i think, to look down at scuffed shoes and remind yourself of your origins as you conduct diplomacy, than to be dressed in $2500 suits and $600 shoes: it tends to inflate one's estimation of one's self way out of proportion.
but, the euros are gonna admit another 50 million muslims into europe, when they are absolutely incapable of governing the ones who are there already.
the euros commit one final idiocy.
it is because they do not recognize the consequence of destroying the vestiges of nationalism, national spirit and national identity in europe, and as a further consequence of destroying the belief systems of religion, political unity, of national identity, that underlay their civilization and heritage. in that, they have done a good job, as no european believes in anything. and, he certainly believes in nothing significantly enough to die for it, especially, to die for a twinkie snarky euro leftist bureaucrat.
when it comes time to fight the muslims to kick them off the continent, to fight for europe, there will be no european will give his blood for the euro union. it has no adherents, except leftist bureaucrats. and, no leftist will give his blood for anything.
the euro union is the worst mistake in history.
it begs war from islam, as it lays itself open to the jugular for conquest.
it invites war from china and india, as it is a sign of political decay and weakness, and the chinese and the indians will run the euro union clean out of the east.
it creates chaos on the high seas, and in eastern europe, as it has no ability to police the trade routes through either, and it cannot regulate the flow of energy from russian sources to meet its needs.
the euro union is a colossus, but a colossus of monumental weakness, as it has no persons its citizen who owe it the slightest blood, ethnic or historical allegiance, and the only people who support it intellectually are absolute cowards and incapable of lifting a finger to defend it.
it depends entirely upon the good will of the united states to exist, and depends entirely upon the united states to police the world to protect it.
i believe the u.s. will abandon europe and team up with russia and china as a counterpoise to the euro unions economic might. i believe it in our best interests to just abandon a europe that is an addict of cheap imported labor, and which is intent on killing itself through that addiction. we should simply refuse to pull the euro fat from the fire this one last time, and leave them to their own suicidal course. it is irreversible… .
it only makes sense. it is tragedy, to abandon the source of our history, our heritage. but, what other path lays open to us. they are bound and determined to exterminate themselves, and they shout, “we are not worthy” as they put the guns to their temples. i had hoped that the europeans might rise up and through off the yoke of this leftist ideology gone wild, but, i don’t think they have their jam up for it.
the stupid euro's. i see very little reason to pull their asses from the next conflagrations they cause, and absolutely no reason to help them anymore.
they existed when they were europeans, even as dumb as they were, and they prospered, even as dumb as they were. but, that ends, and quickly as these schemes to de-nationalize europe take hold. as they cease to be europeans, they simply have abandoned any persuasive reason for existing, and this hold true not only by my lights, but, the tragic thing is, it probably holds true for most europeans.
they believe in nothing. what is the point of it all?
john jay @ 12.28.2009