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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Prisoner Exchange

From snopes.com’s internet rumor file comes this e-mail. It is currently making the rounds into all of our inboxes, and snopes verifies it as having actually been written by the German businessman - one Mathias Döpfner - it's attributed to:

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 Otto Schily justifiably criticizes.


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.

So it seems that another American has, unfortunately, been born and raised overseas. Frankly, I think the Europeans should be required to send any children that show signs of moral courage to America early on, so that they can be raised among their peers. It’d be better for everyone; Europe wouldn’t suffer the awkwardness of having to occasionally deal with a genuinely potent human being, and we wouldn’t have to waste valuable time granting green cards to people who belong here anyway.

But that still leaves the problem of folks like the above-mentioned Mathias Döpfner … bright, brave Gullivers presently standing among Europe’s throngs of pacifist Lilliputians. I recommend something akin to a prisoner exchange: For each Döpfner they send us, we’ll give them ten of our best free-range liberal elite. They can’t just take whoever they want, though, because then Hollywood would be emptied immediately but we’d still be left with universities full of self-righteous intellectual fakes like Ward Churchill and Noam Chomsky. We’ll have to arrange a system where they can pick nine from “List A” (seething socialist college professors, grad students who haven’t showered since Jerry Garcia died, and other assorted leftist muckadoos), and one from “List B” (liberal Hollywood and Washington elites). The moderate Democrats aren’t on the table; we’re still hoping to turn them into a loyal opposition some day.

This is a good plan. Michael Moore will almost certainly be among their first “List B” picks, and I find the idea of that cholesterol-slurping blubbercake living in a country with socialized medicine amusing:

“Arrgh! My heart! Aorta … clogged with … pork fat.”

“Oh, not to worry Monsieur Moore; our team of fifth-rate cardiologists will see you next month!”

Ah, there's my deep and abiding dislike of left-wing pasifists and socialists! Allow me to bask in the warm glowing glow of that philosophical emnity ... I missed it so while off camping (some funny / beautiful photos of that later in the week, by the way). Ciao for niao, good readers.