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    Matthias Dapfner, Chief Executive of the huge German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in DIE WELT, Germany's largest daily newspaper, against the timid reaction of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat.

    EUROPE - THY NAME IS COWARDICE
    (Commentary by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel Springer, AG)

    A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe - your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head because
    it's so terribly true.

    Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and
    France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they
    noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.

    Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union, then
    East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades,
    inhuman, suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the
    ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.

    Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and even
    though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans debated
    and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet again, and do our work for us.

    Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement,
    camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide
    bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.

    Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly
    500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by
    the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad
    grades to George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the corrupt U. N. Oil-for-Food program.

    And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement...
    How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic
    fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really
    should have a "Muslim Holiday" in Germany.

    I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our
    (German) Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical Islamists.

    One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the
    laughable treaty signed by Adolf Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in
    our time".

    What else has to happen before the European public and its political
    leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially
    perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims,
    focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.

    It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great
    military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy
    that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually
    spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will always be
    taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.

    Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for
    anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.

    His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

    In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the
    multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values and
    being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true
    great powers, America and China.

    On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those
    "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even
    (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why?
    Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so materialistic, so devoid of a moral compass.

    For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of
    additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the
    American economy - because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what
    is at stake - literally everything.

    While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social Welfare
    systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather discuss
    reducing our 35-hour workweek or our dental coverage, or our 4 weeks of paid vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need to "reach out to terrorists. To understand and forgive".

    These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands,
    frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber
    breaking into a neighbor's house.

    Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice.

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    Posted back in December: [url=http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=37068&hl=]http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/index.ph...topic=37068&hl=[/url]

    but a reminder is always useful.

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    Beschwichtigung? Europa ist Feigheit!

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Jet Moses[/i]@Feb 19 2005, 03:27 PM
    [b] Beschwichtigung? Europa ist Feigheit! [/b][/quote]
    what does that mean?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by JetMan55+Feb 19 2005, 04:10 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (JetMan55 @ Feb 19 2005, 04:10 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Jet Moses[/i]@Feb 19 2005, 03:27 PM
    [b] Beschwichtigung? Europa ist Feigheit&#33; [/b][/quote]
    what does that mean? [/b][/quote]
    Do you remember those puzzles with all the shapes & symbols with plus signs & you had to work out the phrase from that? (you know - "Ten" would be a picture of a tent with a crossed out "t" next to it).

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Jet Moses+Feb 19 2005, 06:40 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Jet Moses @ Feb 19 2005, 06:40 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by JetMan55@Feb 19 2005, 04:10 PM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-Jet Moses[/i]@Feb 19 2005, 03:27 PM
    [b] Beschwichtigung? Europa ist Feigheit&#33; [/b][/quote]
    what does that mean? [/b][/quote]
    Do you remember those puzzles with all the shapes & symbols with plus signs & you had to work out the phrase from that? (you know - "Ten" would be a picture of a tent with a crossed out "t" next to it). [/b][/quote]
    I thought it meant, "Jon Kerri sucks farts from dead pigeons".

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