Perhaps there is in the USA an over-estimation of the revolutionary nature of the American nation that allows one to imagine sacrificing a decadent Europe, and going it alone without the embarassingly-accented mama and papa? If so, it strikes me as unfair to future generations of Americans. I am reminded of the dictum of the Norwegian-American immigration historian, Marcus Hansen: "What the second generation tried to forget, the third generation tries to remember."
Incidentally, when I googled Hansen's name to see if I had remembered that quote correctly, I came across this page where i read about a documentary film looking into attempts to foster reconciliation between Germans and Jews:
At the beginning of the new documentary, "From Third Reich to Third Generation," 21-year-old Christoph Erbsloeh, the grandson of a doctor in Hitler's army, asks 101-year-old Holocaust survivor Arthur Lederman, "Do you think every German has a little Hitler in them?"And so I was reminded that the problem Europeans face, when it comes to their need to become again a people who can defend themselves because they first know why they are worth defending (to paraphrase Wretchard), is the same problem American culture faces: the need to overcome the postmodern "white" guilt that emerged in the wake of the Holocaust and Hiroshima. And I wonder if the desire to write off Europe in face of its problems with low fertility and unassimilated immigrants practicing Jihad, is not itself evidence of a desire to quickly throw off the age of guilt without first a proper accounting of what one should be about defending.
Lederman's response: "Yes, and I told you that, deep in your being, you're a Hitler."
Christian Staffa, the executive director of Action Reconciliation, tells the camera, "There is still an incredibly strong feeling of guilt among the third and fourth generation. You can sense it right away when they meet a survivor or grandchild of a survivor."
In any case, the point of this post is to link to a blog I have just discovered, home of a European writer who gives me hope that the curse of the Holocaust may yet be broken and a new Europe that rediscovers the value in nationhood (i.e. that rediscovers, among other things, its Jewishness) can emerge alongside an international order of honestly self-interested nation-states without the utopian lies we see from EU elites. I'll shut up now and let Wolfgang Bruno speak for himself:
There is now a critical mass of Europeans who see clearly that Islam and Muslim immigration constitute a mortal danger to their freedom and their civilization. They feel confused and scared, but first of all angry. If this is the true face of Islam, doesn’t that mean that our academic elites, our media and our political leaders have lied to us systematically for decades? Muslims misunderstand the mentality and potential response from the infidels because they see mainly the appeasement of the political class. What they don’t see is the simmering defiance that is growing at the grassroots level.Read the whole thing.
The EU is not a joke, the EU is evil, destroying freedom across an entire continent and spreading instability far beyond the borders of Europe. The Cold War was won when Ronal Reagan publicly labelled the Soviet Union “the Evil Empire.” A generation later, we are witnessing the rise of another Evil Empire. Not the Soviet Union, but the European Union. It’s time to bring this one down, too. The European Union, not the USA and definitely not Israel, is the greatest threat to world peace today. It is appeasement by the EU that has emboldened the Islamic Jihad, and not just in the West. The EU is an increasingly totalitarian entity that is post-democratic and neo-feudalist. The buildings of the European Commission should be turned into a museum of the history of dhimmitude and Jihad across the world.
Perhaps instead of pinning our hopes on an Islamic Reformation that will probably never materialize, Westerners should rather focus on an Enlightenment and a new Renaissance. Not in the Islamic world, but in Europe and the West.
I don't fully agree with this last point; I think the Islamic world will be engaged and forced to change for the better of all concerned. But the enormity of this task can only be imagined from the perspective of a world that still loves Europe for what is has been and can yet be.