The Curse of Interesting Times
The Dutch are considering outlawin' burqas. Swastikas are flying again in Germany. It appears Europe is back to its old ways. The more things change... the more they...
Well hold on now. Europeans are a bunch of lefties, right?
Sure... Economicly Europe is liberal, but when it comes to race relations europe is only progressive on the surface. One needs only to listen to soccer fans chant insults that would probly only be heard at an Illinois Klan rally in the States. Historically speaking we Americans may have had slaves, but we didn't march them into ovens. In the view of world history slavery is much more common and much more acceptable than say.... genocide.
Europe has a long history of genocide. In fact, some of the most effective and wide spread genocide in the world has happened on that continent. This history gives us a bit of perspective when we look at today's events.
Many have lamented that Europe has largely been lukewarm on the War on Terror. I cannot help but think that is partially because Europe doesn't take the war seriously yet. When they finally do take the war seriously though... it likely will not be the War on Terror to them. It is likely to be the War on Islam.
But no says you. Europe doesn't allow discrimination based on religion.
HA! says I. Europe changes the rules whenever she sees fit.
Europeans have a long fuse made of pure sloth. The fuse is finite however... and once lit, it will burn its way ever so slowly towards its end. It can be extinquished at anytime... but if it is not... there will be a bang. Or perhaps a boom... more likely.... and Earth-shattering KA-BOOM which will rock the moslem world for a century or more, if it survives at all. Americans may be wringing their hands over minority rights, but Europeans will be lining up brown people by the thousands at efficiently engineered execution centers. Anyone remember Dresden?
History is about to provide the Middle East with a teaching moment. What will the lesson be? Its hard to say. It's always easier to look back and see what lessons were taught than it is to predict what the lessons will be.
Right now the fuse is slowly burning away... but its showing signs of getting shorter. To expect that Europe will simply roll-over and die is insane. Things will get worse and worse with moslem relations there... and when things look the worst...
Europe is a continent that requires a certain amount of warfare. It simply cannot exist in peace for more than a few decades. Frankly a decent sized European conflict is over due.
Tic. Tic. Tic. Tic. Tic. Tic.