Anti-Semitic attacks in Europe are up a whopping 75% since 9/11, according to ‘The Guardian’, no friend of Israel. On Sunday 4th May, Tam Dalyell (pronounced ‘Dee-ell) MP, the ‘Father of The House of Commons’, was reported as saying that he believes Tony Blair is surrounded by a ‘Jewish cabal’. In the ‘Daily Telegraph’ of 8th May, the English novelist Margaret Drabble is given licence to engage in spurious anti-Americanism, or more properly anti-Republicanism, in an article entitled ‘Why I loathe America’. The Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, is being tried for corruption. The appointment of a new Governor of the European Central Bank is dependent upon the French candidate being exonerated on corruption charges. One of the reasons Jacques Chirac stood for a second term as French President was that he could retain Presidential immunity against corruption allegations surrounding his alleged operation of a slush fund while Mayor of Paris.
Back over in Blighty, Tony Blair leads a group of representatives one of whom, George Galloway, is under investigation for allegedly profiting from dealings with a foreign enemy power. Another, John McDonnell, compared Vladimir Putin’s deployment of gas to end the Moscow theatre siege with the late Saddam’s gassing of the Halabja Kurds (BBC’s ‘Despatch Box’). Vlad the Inhaler’s conduct over Iraq is beginning to justify George W. Bush’s analysis of ‘Once a KGB man, always a KGB man’, but suggesting that he meant to kill 5,000 people is ever so slightly over the top.
In Amsterdam, it’s reported to be quite difficult for European females to use public swimming baths without being harassed by unassimilated Muslim males. Greta Duisenberg, wife of Wim Duisenberg the last European Central Bank President, doesn’t have any qualms over flying a Palestinian flag from her windows. Indeed Peter Nielsen, a Danish correspondent on Canadian journalist Mark Steyn’s website, reports that in cases involving family law amongst unassimilated Muslims in Denmark, the Danish civil courts are employing the Sharia law.....
Why are we like this as a continent, because believe me this malaise is continental on its scale? For a large part its because we’ve been cosseted and protected by America. We’ve not had to pay too much attention to our defence – the good citizens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa have been prepared to do it for us. Britain spends twice as much on defence as its nearest European rival, and we have only two aircraft carriers, both of which would probably fit into the Dwight D. Eisenhower. Strength of that kind breeds resentment, particularly when faced with cultures that take pride in nationalism. Nationalism is the real curse of Europe. In France it’s ‘Vive La France!’ in Scotland it’s ‘We Are The People!’ but it’s all a product of the same sewer. Writers like Margaret Drabble, while probably receiving a fee from the ‘Telegraph’ for her poison, would never turn down the opportunity of lecturing at Yale or Columbia. If a good job came up for Wim Duisenberg at the UN in New York, Greta would enjoy shopping at Tiffany’s with all the rest of the despotic hangers-on. This kind of hatred of an entity that you are attracted to is bad for your mental health.
We’re a continent of brats, spoiled, arrogant brats too keen on maintaining ourselves in style without a care for the rest of the world. Why else would the government of France (motto Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) assist a homicidal corner boy like Saddam Hussein build a nuclear reactor, and then possibly supply him with weaponry into the bargain? Why else are the Belgians intent on prosecuting Ariel Sharon and Tommy Franks, ignoring the actions of ‘Mrs. Anthrax’ and Tariq Aziz? It is because we hate the force that keeps us safe. We cannot find any enthusiasm even to vote, and so the most elitist organisation in Europe, the European Commission, grabs more power for itself to pursue the schemes and grand plans of failed French and German politicians. It all makes me sick.
Sunday, May 11, 2003
Martin Kelly says that Europe is a continent of brats.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 8:28 AM