This is a must read by all and should be read by all your friends. You won’t find it in in our news papers!
It’s fascinating that this should come out of Europe. Matthias Dapfner, Chief Executive of the huge German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in DIE WELT, Germany’s largest daily paper, against the timid reaction of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat. This is a must read by all Americans. History will certify its correctness.
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
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
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
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
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
One cannot help but recall Britain’s Neville Chamberlain waving the
laughable treaty signed by Adolph 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
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
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
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.
Europe, thy name is Cowardice.
—God Bless America—
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