Thursday, May 11, 2006

Kill 'em dead, Steyn!

May 9th is "Europe Day". Here is the intro to Mark Steyn's commentary on EU, since it was, after all, her day:

Question: What do you get when you take two world wars, add the two most malign ideologies of the century, throw in genocide, the collapse of religious institutions, radical secularism, a political elite sealed off from opinions it finds distasteful, spiraling social costs, deathbed demographics and growing numbers of an unassimilated immigrant population?

Answer: You get Europe in the new millennium - mired in aggressive pacifism, moral nihilism, resurgent anti-semitism and reflex anti-Americanism. And, if you want to blame all that on Bush and Cheney, you have to shut your eyes and ears to a mountain of statistical evidence. To those on the American left who find Europe more “sophisticated”, you’re right: it’s sophisticated in the sense that a belle époque Parisian boulevardier is sophisticated – outwardly dapper and worldly, inwardly eaten away by syphilis and gonorrhea. It’s only a question of how many others the clapped-out bon vivant infects before his final collapse.


Ah, heh, indeed. Read the rest here.

Commentary Follows:

I too, see the doom-ed-ness, if that is a word, of the EU. But those lost in a world of identity politics and social consciousness are unaware of the economic and structural imperatives that underly societies and civilizations of a certain level of advancement. Sadly, we will all pay for their error.

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