During a US presidential year, it’s possible for people living in the United States not to realize anything is happening outside of the country. News programs, including even 24-hour news channels, seem to talk about nothing else but the election.
Watching CNN, Fox or CBS (which now has a 24/7 internet news channel) a viewer would have no idea of what’s going on in Europe at this time. Mention of the Middle East would only be covered briefly when talking about America’s role. America is fixated on itself – and it happens once every four years!
Al-Jazeera has given up and is closing its US channel. You would think Americans would be very interested in news from the Middle East, having played a major role in the region in recent decades. Not so. Now there will be one less source of news for those who are interested.
Few people, a very few, will be aware that Washington wants Britain to remain in the European Union. Even fewer will be aware that President Kennedy pressed British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan to join the EEC (predecessor of the EU) over 50 years ago. The United Kingdom applied to join but was turned down when French President Charles de Gaulle uttered his famous “Non!”
After de Gaulle, Britain applied again and was accepted. The EU went from six to nine members on January 1, 1973. Now it’s 28 member countries. It might soon be 27 if negotiations between the UK and the rest of the EU don’t go well. Today, Friday the 19th of February, is a crucial day for talks between the parties. British papers this morning show that Mr. Cameron is not doing well in trying to achieve his demands for Britain to remain a member.
The European Union is a big government project, with increasing numbers of well -paid bureaucrats who pay no attention to what the people want. Although members have to be democracies to join, there’s little democracy in the organization itself. The people have no more say in government than they did in feudal times, although they can now move around from country to country thanks to the EU’s Schengen Agreement. Even that may go in order to deal with the massive flow of migrants.
Americans would not like to be subservient to foreign bureaucrats, so why are they so keen on keeping Britain in the EU? The answer is the same as it was when Kennedy and MacMillan were in power. Americans want a pro-American voice in the EU. They also want free trade, which Britain encourages, rather than the more controlled economies that the French and Germans prefer.
In theory, the British people could reject the proposals put forward today. However, it’s not just the British voting. There are millions of migrants from the continent of Europe who live in the UK – they will vote to support continued membership, regardless of the terms. Many of them depend on generous British welfare payments. There’s also millions of voters from outside of the EU who have no knowledge, understanding or appreciation of British history.
This is a mess – but it’s a mess the British themselves made when they decided to turn their backs on the Commonwealth and seek economic salvation courtesy of Germany and France. History should have taught them the folly of such an enterprise.
The Bible shows that a European super-power is coming. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Rev 17:13-14)
This will inevitably be led by Germany. This is likely to resemble the Holy Roman Empire more than the United States. Britain was never a part of the HRE. That might be an indicator of Britain’s future role, or non-role, in the new Europe.
Germany is key here. The front page headline in The Mail on Sunday summed it up well: “Germans: You can’t survive without us!” Intimidation, anyone?
Nationalism is on the rise in Europe. The cover of a Polish magazine this week has brought condemnation from around the world. It shows an attractive white woman dressed as “Europa” being groped by dark skinned men, representing the male Islamic migrants who have moved into European countries in the last few months. Reports of sexual assaults on white women have been a constant in the daily papers from various European countries.
At the time of the migrant crisis, television news programs implied that most refugees were women and children; it turns out that most were actually young men who left the women and children behind in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Now those young men, brought up in a culture where women have to cover themselves from head to toe, are taking advantage of the West’s more liberal ways. From their religious perspective, women exposing a lot of flesh are “whores.” They have no respect for them and will take advantage whenever they can.
It’s a classic example of a clash of cultures. The only way to solve the problem is to keep the cultures separated. Rather difficult now, when so many western leaders are bending over backwards to accommodate them all.
Donald Trump is clearly more supportive of the idea of separation, so much so that he advocated building a wall between the US and Mexico. Pope Francis, visiting Mexico, made some negative comments about the wall. He expressed the opinion that Donald Trump, in advocating a wall, showed he cannot be a Christian.
It should be noted that the one square mile Vatican City has a high wall around it!
Last week, I included the name of the man who attacked four diners with a machete in Ohio.
I love the following comment from Mark Steyn looking back on the week’s news:
“On Thursday a machete-wielding man called Mohamed slashed four diners in an Israeli-owned restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. As is traditional, police professed to be utterly baffled. “ (Steyn Online, Sunday)