To save the dis­in­te­grat­ing Euro­pean Union, look to the east

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - BY TODD WOOD

Ab­so­lute power, they say, cor­rupts ab­so­lutely. Brus­sels, the seat of power of the Euro­pean Union, is learn­ing that les­son the hard way. With a mes­sianic push for po­lit­i­cal union, un­elected Brus­sels bureaucrats, drunk on cen­tral­ized power and the abil­ity to im­pose a glob­al­ist agenda on their sub­jects, went too far. Unac­count­able for their ac­tions and obliv­i­ous to the con­se­quences, these elites crossed into a twi­light zone of in­sane, de­struc­tive so­cial engi­neer­ing, even as mil­lions of mi­grants from another cul­ture in­vaded Europe. And it was the peo­ple these bureaucrats were sup­posed to be help­ing who suf­fered the most.

We are now hear­ing of mur­der, rape and may­hem in Ger­many, France, and Swe­den, the very coun­tries that opened their bor­ders and wel­comed with open arms the Mid­dle Eastern hordes of so­called refugees. These three coun­tries will never be the same. Vil­lages of only a few hun­dred peo­ple have had thou­sand of mi­grants dumped in their midst. Their cul­ture, se­cu­rity and her­itage have been ex­tin­guished in the blink of an eye.

Govern­ments in these coun­tries are now feel­ing the heat of the peo­ple’s rage, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in par­tic­u­lar. Her quest for a fourth term in power is now se­ri­ously in ques­tion. French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande has with­drawn his name from con­sid­er­a­tion for a sec­ond term. The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi has also been em­bar­rassed by the re­jec­tion of its over­haul plan in this week’s ref­er­en­dum.

Ms. Merkel has ap­par­ently un­der­gone a re­li­gious con­ver­sion and is now call­ing for a ban on full-length veils in Ger­many, in re­sponse to pub­lic anger and safety con­cerns of rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism. How­ever, that is just a Band-Aid on a suck­ing chest wound. It’s amus­ing how an elec­tion — and the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing held ac­count­able to your vic­tims — tends to sharpen a politi­cian’s grip on com­mon sense.

Through­out this whole un­fold­ing dis­as­ter, there were a few voices of rea­son who ob­jected to the cul­tural sui­cide pushed on them by the glob­al­ist elites of the EU, hold­outs who re­fused to ac­cept Brus­sels’ dic­tates in full: the govern­ments of Eastern Europe. Yes, the coun­tries that the smug West helped es­cape the com­mu­nist abyss only a few short decades ago, the very coun­tries where Western ex­perts had to teach peo­ple the ba­sics of cus­tomer ser­vice and the prin­ci­ples of free mar­kets — those are the govern­ments now lead­ing the way, show­ing the govern­ments on the free side of the Iron Curtain how to pre­vent their cul­ture from be­ing wiped out by an out­side cul­tural in­vader.

Hun­gary fa­mously built a big, beau­ti­ful wall to keep out un­wanted mi­grants. Coun­tries of the Balkans quickly fol­lowed suit, as they bore the brunt of the Mus­lim in­va­sion of thou­sands of men of war-fight­ing age. The new, eastern mem­bers of the EU clung to their re­li­gion as well, push­ing so­cially con­ser­va­tive poli­cies such as re­duc­ing abor­tion and pro­mot­ing Chris­tian­ity.

In­cred­i­bly, these Eastern Euro­pean coun­tries now find them­selves more closely aligned, from a cul­tural stand­point, with the poli­cies of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin than with the bul­lies of Brus­sels. Rus­sia has of course taken ad­van­tage of the West’s stu­pid­ity by high­light­ing the fact that adopt­ing the val­ues of the West’s new glob­al­ist elites means los­ing your cul­tural soul, your her­itage, and your per­sonal safety.

The Krem­lin is giddy as it watches Europe go the way of the Weimar Repub­lic, tri­umph­ing with­out even hav­ing to fire a shot. And make no mis­take about it, the Rus­sians’ vi­sion is a valid al­ter­na­tive no mat­ter how skin-deep their com­mit­ment to re­li­gion may be. We are wit­ness­ing the de­struc­tion of the EU be­fore our very eyes and the dam­age is self-in­flicted.

Ms. Merkel, with her mis­guided open im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, will go down in his­tory as a leader who de­stroyed her own cul­ture and coun­try. Pres­i­dent Obama came very close to do­ing the same thing, and a Hil­lary Clin­ton vic­tory might very well have been the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for our coun­try.

Thank­fully, with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, it looks as though Amer­ica will once again be able to show Europe the true path to free­dom and se­cu­rity. The only ques­tion is how much blood and trea­sure we will have to ex­pend to get there.

● L. Todd Wood is a for­mer spe­cial op­er­a­tions he­li­copter pi­lot and Wall Street debt trader, and has con­trib­uted to Fox Busi­ness, The Moscow Times, Na­tional Re­view, the New York Post and many other pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached through his web­site, LTod­

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