Euro­pean Union’s pres­sure of its own shows ex­tent of its cul­tural rot

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - BY TODD WOOD ● 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

This week the ex­is­ten­tial prob­lems fac­ing the Euro­pean Union came into stark re­lief as Bel­gium threat­ened Poland and Hun­gary with le­gal ac­tion if they did not agree to com­mit cul­tural sui­cide by let­ting in hun­dreds of thou­sands of “refugees” from the Mid­dle East. This comes on the heels of Face­book-livestreamed rapes in Swe­den, truck at­tacks in France and other West­ern Euro­pean cap­i­tals, and ji­hadist bombs tar­get­ing the buses of fa­mous soc­cer teams in Ger­many.

This is not nor­mal; it’s not ac­cept­able; and the EU bu­reau­crats’ in­dig­na­tion is se­verely mis­placed.

“If mem­ber-states do not in­crease their re­lo­ca­tions soon, the Com­mis­sion will not hes­i­tate to make use of its pow­ers … for those which have not com­plied,” the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the EU’s ex­ec­u­tive arm, said in a state­ment aimed at Bu­dapest, War­saw and other restive East Euro­pean cap­i­tals.

The EU’s east­ern mem­bers are more con­ser­va­tive and more re­li­gious — Chris­tian, that is — than the coun­tries in the west, as “old Europe” sinks un­der the weight of sec­u­lar pro­gres­sivism. The east­ern­ers value their her­itage and their cul­ture. They don’t want thou­sands of mosques built while churches close. They don’t want the vi­o­lence that is in­her­ent with let­ting these mi­grants in. They don’t want the cost. They don’t want the ter­ror­ism.

This is not racist. It’s sim­ple self­p­reser­va­tion. Nowhere in the an­nals of West­ern democ­racy does it say a na­tion must com­mit sep­puku in or­der to meet some cul­tur­ally Marx­ist ideal. It didn’t say that in the Magna Carta, the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, or the foun­da­tion doc­u­ments of the Euro­pean Union.

If Brus­sels keeps push­ing its ul­ti­ma­tum, the Union will break apart. This was one of the main rea­sons be­hind Brexit, but the glob­al­ists in Brus­sels, liv­ing in their guarded lake­side chalets, ei­ther don’t un­der­stand or they don’t care.

Yes, Rus­sia is aid­ing and abet­ting the East Euro­peans’ re­sis­tance, per­haps hop­ing to help these for­mer Soviet satel­lites see their way back to Moscow’s in­flu­ence. How­ever, the Krem­lin is just jump­ing on the gift horse the Euro­pean Union has given it. And why wouldn’t Rus­sia do this? The West would do the same thing if given the chance.

The EU and Hun­gary are also at log­ger­heads over Bu­dapest’s mea­sures against a univer­sity opened by Amer­i­can lib­eral bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros in Bu­dapest af­ter the fall of the Soviet Union. Mr. Soros has been ac­tive in un­der­min­ing gov­ern­ments, push­ing open bor­ders and le­gal­iz­ing drug use across East­ern Europe. His large bank ac­count has funded a plethora of NGOs and other en­ti­ties push­ing his agenda.

His in­flu­ence ex­tended to the Obama State Depart­ment, and U.S. diplo­mats were ac­tively tak­ing mea­sures against cer­tain gov­ern­ments and po­lit­i­cal par­ties in East­ern Europe that do not fol­low, or prop­a­gate, the pro­gres­sive line. Gov­ern­ments in Al­ba­nia and else­where are ac­cused of turn­ing a blind eye to the drug trade or worse, be­ing com­plicit in push­ing opi­oids and other drugs on their cit­i­zens. In essence, the U.S. gov­ern­ment has been aid­ing and abet­ting the opi­oid epi­demic in Europe, through its ques­tion­able de­ci­sion to sup­port Mr. Soros’ ini­tia­tives.

Anti-Rus­sian hys­te­ria has reached full force in the West, but what’s been over­looked how lib­eral glob­al­ists are us­ing that hys­te­ria to shirk ac­count­abil­ity for their own ac­tions and poli­cies. Why take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the con­se­quences of your agenda when you can yell, “The Rus­sians are com­ing!”

There’s no ex­cus­ing Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in West­ern demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions, but there’s also no way to jus­tify the glob­al­ists refuse to ac­knowl­edge and refuse to cor­rect the hor­ror, ter­ror and cul­tural dis­lo­ca­tion they have put their pop­u­la­tions through.

Rus­sia doesn’t need to ex­pend trea­sure to top­ple the Euro­pean Union. The EU is do­ing a fine job all on its own.

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