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Europe, Thy Name Is Cowardice

Not sure if this has been posted before.

The editorial reproduced below, entitled “Europe, Thy Name Is Cowardice,” was written by Mathias D?pfner, CEO of the large German publishing firm Axel Springer, and published in the German periodical Die Welt on 20 November 2004

"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."

I’d like to add some insight into this column. I’m stationed out of Germany, and for 1 1/2 years before I got sent here to Iraq, I had to share the road with those non-driving, anal, chain smoking, atrophied fucks. The majority of the middle-aged and a sizeable margin of the younger Germans are stuck up and snobbish. Go there sometime and see how they react to an American. You’ll feel a LITTLE out of place. I am one of those people that tends to overreact to stupid drivers, so I was greatly amused when I caught someone who had cut me off on the Autobahn while I was taking advantage (abusing) the lack of a sane speed limit. I shot him the middle finger and he (and his fatass wife) looked horrified. I must have looked psycho, or they must never have seen someone do that before. I also have seen Germans pick fights over tossing a cigarette butt out of a car window. And I was tossed out when I got annoyed that it took an hour and a half to get a damn sandwich at a restaurant. They aren’t too tolerant and I call the idea of a Muslim holiday in Germany hypocricy. They also have too many holidays anyway. And they are actually labeled as the world’s laziest society (this was in a national newspaper in both the U.S. and Germany).

Diversity, Political Correctness. I could not have said this any better than the author. Unfortunately in America we have the same types. Timid souls…as T. Roosevelt called them. Afraid to fight for what is right. We need to show some more John Wayne movies on TV. Maybe it could replace Will and Grace or any other shows where American males have their nutsacks handed to them on a nightly basis.

PS - Thanks Troops!

A German comparing the 1930’s to the fight against terrorism!!!


Just kidding (I love you, Makkun).



[quote]JeffR wrote:
A German comparing the 1930’s to the fight against terrorism!!!


Just kidding (I love you, Makkun).


Even Germans are wrong sometimes. :wink:


As I understand it (from the article):

Germany (and most of West) is terrified of what the Turkish and Arab migrants in its midst may do (e.g. terrorism, fundamentalism, crime etc).

So the neo-con solution is to:

1 Make Turkey, and soon enough Morocco etc part of the EU. Giving their citizens free movement with in the EU (i.e. millions more Turks and Arabs to migrate to Germany and the West).


2 Invade or sponsor dictators in many Muslim countries e.g. already Iraq, Somalia, Lebanon. With Iran, Syria, Lebanon (again) Sudan to follow.

Which will:

2.1 Send even more migrants and refuges into Germany (and the West).

2.2 Make sure that a % of the Turks and Arabs in the West are embittered and looking for revenge due to the invasion and subjection of their home countries (whether it is a legitimate reason or not).

France already tried this solution in the 1950?s.

France invaded Arabs countries (e.g. Algeria) sponsored dictators through out Africa (e.g. Tunisia) and allowed and allows million of migrants to move to France (e.g. North Africans).

What were the results?

Well according to Ariel Sharon the Anti-Semitism, which mostly comes from the North African migrants, is so bad that he has urged Jews to flee France.


Where are the Germans (or the rest of the Europeans) going to flee to in the future?