Nice article on appeasment

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    EUROPE -- THY NAME IS COWARDICE

    by Mathias Döpfner

    A few days ago Henryk M. 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 agreements. Appeasement stabilized
    communism in the Soviet Union and East Germany in that part
    of Europe where inhuman, suppressive governments were
    glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all
    other possibilities. Appeasement crippled Europe when
    genocide ran rampant in Kosovo and we Europeans debated and
    debated until the Americans came in and did 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 300,000 victims of
    Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the
    self-righteousness of the peace-movement, to issue bad
    grades to George Bush. A particularly grotesque form of
    appeasement is reacting to the escalating violence by
    Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere by
    suggesting that we should really have a Muslim holiday in
    Germany.

    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
    and directed against our free, open Western societies. It
    is a conflict that will most likely last longer than the
    great military conflicts of the last century -- a conflict
    conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by tolerance and
    accommodation but only spurred on by such gestures, which
    will be mistaken for signs of weakness.

    Two recent American presidents had the courage needed for
    anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush. Reagan ended the Cold War
    and Bush, supported only by the social democrat Blair acting
    on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic
    fight 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 the intolerant, as world
    champions in 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.

    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 everything
    is at stake.

    While the alleged capitalistic robber barons in American
    know their priorities, we timidly defend our social welfare
    systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive. We'd
    rather discuss the 35-hour workweek or our dental health
    plan coverage. Or listen to TV pastors preach about
    "reaching out to murderers." These days, Europe reminds me
    of an elderly aunt who hides her last pieces of jewelry with
    shaking hands when she notices a robber has broken into a
    neighbor's house. Europe, thy name is cowardice.

    "All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the
    world is for enough good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

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    Matthias Döpfner is Chief Executive of German publisher Axel
    Springer AG.
     
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    :clap: :clap:

    All that was going on yet it still took Pearl Harbor to light a fire under Roosevelt's rear end.
     
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    And it took 911 to light a fire under our government's ass. Clinton appeased all during his two terms and Bush has had to deal with those consequences.
     
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    Exactly!!!!!
     
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    the article tells how it is in most of Europe. The do gooders with their
    moral superiority can excuse anything.

    The Welt am Sonntag is a weekly conservative newspaper. Where did
    you get the English version?
     
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    True, it took 911 to get our full attention and now I wonder what it will take to get the whole free world involved? The countries that aren't involved are sitting ducks like we were. I'm thinking they believe it won't happen IN their country and before 9/11, I remember thinking the same thing.

    The way things are going Iraq, lots of people forget that we have troops in Afghanistan still fighting. It would be nice to have lots more help from countries that enjoy their freedom without war NOW, like we enjoyed ours before 911.
     
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    What about Clinton? He invaded countries, doesn't he get any credit for that?


    I don't see how Reagan wasn't appeasing Hussein. It was Reagan who took Iraq off the list of nations that support terrorisn. And Bush was appeasing Iraq right up until less than a week before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

    What about all this appeasement Bush is doing right now to North Korea? Millions of people are being murdered over there, and all Bush wants to do is appease?
     
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    You must not understand the definition of "appeasement".
     
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    Appeasement is the act of not invading a hostile nation, isn't it?
     
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    Nope. It is the policy of granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace. Which is exactly what the UN and the anti-war-with-Iraq folks wanted.
     

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