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Robert Agostinelli’s Response to “In Defense of Christendom” by Bret Stephens, WSJ, October 20, 2015

In Defense of Christendom.

Having ignored its inheritance, Europe wonders why its house is falling apart – By Bret Stephens

The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable, but nevertheless visible and drawing nearer—like a distant planet in the lens of an approaching satellite. Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or the dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization.

Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent. It isn’t that Europe stands for nothing. It’s that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary.

What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Still less do they believe in fighting or sacrificing or paying or even arguing for these things. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart.

What is Europe? It is Greece not Persia; Rome not Carthage; Christendom not the caliphate. These distinctions are fundamental. To say that Europe is a civilization apart is not to say it is better or worse. It is merely to say: This is us and that is you. Nor is it to say that Europe ought to be a closed civilization. It merely needs to be one that doesn’t dissolve on contact with the strangers it takes into its midst.

That’s what makes the diplomacy of  Angela Merkel, undisputed regent of European foreign policy, so odd and disconcerting. The German chancellor leads a party called the Christian Democratic Union, one of the chief purposes of which is to rally the German right to a reasonable conservatism.

Yet there she was in Istanbul on Sunday, offering a deal in which Europe would agree to visa-free travel for Turks in Europe starting next year, along with quicker movement on Turkish membership in the European Union, if only Ankara will do more to resettle Syrian and other refugees in their own country. Europe would also foot the bill.

This is machtpolitik in reverse, in which the chancellor is begging small favors from weaker powers on temporary matters in exchange for broad concessions with far-reaching ramifications. There are 75 million Turks, whose per capita income doesn’t match that of Panamanians. The country is led by an elected Islamist with an autocratic streak, prone to anti-Semitic outbursts, who openly supports Hamas, denies the Armenian genocide, jails journalists in record numbers, and orchestrates Soviet-style show trials against his political opponents. Turkey also has borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. These would become Europe’s borders in the event of Turkish membership.

This is the country Ms. Merkel proposes to bring into the bosom of Europe. Her apologists will say she’s being disingenuous, but that only compounds the disgrace of her overture.

It also compounds the danger. Could Europe’s liberal political traditions, its religious and cultural heritage, long survive a massive influx of Muslim immigrants, in the order of tens of millions of people? No. Not given Europe’s frequently unhappy experience with much of its Muslim population. Not when you have immigrant groups that resist assimilation and host countries that make only tentative civic demands.

And not when a heedless immigration policy, conducted in fits of moral self-congratulation, leads to the inevitable reaction. In Switzerland on Sunday, a plurality of voters cast ballots for the Swiss People’s Party, known mainly for its anti-immigrant stance. Its sister parties throughout Europe are also the political beneficiaries of the migrant influx, trafficking on legitimate grievances against the postmodern state to peddle illiberal cures. Few things are as dangerous to democracy as a populist with half a case.

It says something about the politics of our day that this column will be condemned as beyond the moral pale. Such is the tenor of the times that it is no longer possible to assert without angry contradiction that Europe cannot be Europe if it is not true to its core inheritance. This is the marriage of reason and revelation that produced a civilization of technological mastery tempered by human decency.

“It is commendable that the West is trying to be more open, to be more understanding of the values of outsiders, but it has lost the capacity for self-love,” a prominent German theologian noted about a decade ago. “All that it sees in its own history is the despicable and the destructive; it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure. What Europe needs is a new self-acceptance, a self acceptance that is critical and humble, if it truly wishes to survive.”

That’s  Joseph Ratzinger, better known as  Benedict XVI. He’s out of fashion, which makes him that much more worth hearing.

Robert Agostinelli’s Response

Enlightened and reasoned with a long overdue decency comes this affirmation of our necessary sense of self by Bret Stephens.

In a time where pretenders abound from the fraud Obama rewriting our own history and origins to a Pope culminating his own angry existence with a wholesale rewrite of Moses’ God given tablets we are accelerating a needless confrontation with our destiny.

The evil predicate to illiberal so called “progressive” thought has as an extension of its now grandfatherly Marxism burrowed deep into our institutions. The daily thought police ensure that the dictum of PC is adhered to in an absolute sense. Right is wrong and good is now bad.

Sweden has more rapidly reduced its barrier of its cultural origins and is quickly adapting to the soon to be absolutism of the coming Caliphate. Fear of reprisal, social ostracism or worse jail time for any contradiction is the order of the day.  Germany, France, Holland all are set on rationalizing why we must adapt to a world order diametrically opposed to our blessed enlightened origins. Those Judeo – Christian predicates of our enlightenment, reason and individual freedom and ultimate wealth are now all suspect and targets of shame.

Stalin would nod affirmatively for this was the dream.

Instead of demanding acceptance and embrace of our way of life we question our standards as outdated, limiting and biased. We embrace outsiders not out of charity or generosity of soul but rather in reaction our now acknowledged material flaws.

The blessed Prelate Joseph Ratzinger’s  wisdom should not go unheeded, for until we renounce this lie and embrace our good, indeed the greatness and purity of our God – given enlightened life we will indeed have that reckoning with death. The corner will find the cause cultural and moral suicide.

Robert F. Agostinelli – Paris, France

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News Blackout: Refugees throw residents out of their homes and takeover

News Blackout: Refugees throw residents out of their homes and takeover

This is from a retired RAF officer who served in the sixties and is now working and living in Germany. Interesting stuff. CA Dear Friends, Europe is now in total chaos and I think that you should know about it. I have waited a week or so to see how things will develop and to glean more information before presenting the facts. As you may know from the media, the flood of refugees cum economic immigrants into Europe has reached ridiculous proportions and to the extent that Hungary and other Balkan states have closed their borders and Turkey is considering doing the same. No news of this is forthcoming from the media’s of the countries of Europe. Angela Merkel in an ill-advised speech to the Bundestag welcomed all refugees to Germany and the floodgates opened and, in my view, this was all pre-planned beginning with the Pope’s appeal last year for Islam to move closer to Christianity. This was then followed up via the Italian Government instructing the Italian Navy to rescue all boat refugees and bring them to Italy. As a result, it seems that some 8000 people per day are now entering Europe via various routes. Most of these are young males between 17 and 25. The result is chaos as you can imagine. Here in Saarland we have been overwhelmed with refugee’s mainly young males but some families In Lebach, some 10 kilometres from here, a camp for 200 was set up and a further 100 added this last week. The politicians, local government and religious leaders have fallen over themselves to bring them in and cater for them. And so what is the result? In Ventimaglia near Monte Carlo, the refugees banded together (organized by smart phone) and over-ran the market and stole or destroyed everything and ransacked the town. Here in Lebach, a group entered a supermarket and took what they wanted and destroyed the rest. When the Manageress confronted them, they called up their friends and smashed the place to bits. The police arrived but were overwhelmed. The supermarket is now closed. Yesterday, my friends rang from Weissenfels near Leipzig since two supermarkets and a Kaufland store in Halle suffered the same way. More news is coming in from all over Germany of the same situations. The media report none of this. Many people have demonstrated against being over-run by immigrants. In Weissenfels, families were thrown out of an eight flat apartment block and 70 refugees moved in. Small towns of some 2000 to 3000 people are over-run by some 5000 to 6000 refugees. Civil unrest is apparent and is just boiling under the surface. Europe is in chaos and the do-gooders have totally lost control of the situation. Islam has overwhelmed us. For the Syrian and Afghan refugees, I have every sympathy and they need help. They should get it. But for the rest, in my view, the state authorities must be firm and send them back. Perhaps it is too late. Anyway, I thought that you should know that the situation here is pretty grim and I fail to see how it can be resolved. I can only foresee a police state. Anonymous

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