Europe's Amazing Vanishing Act

by EDWARD CLINE January 12, 2017

"Now you see it! Now you don't!" the Super Star Magician recites the magic words, "Allahu Akbar!" (in lieu of "Presto!").

The Islamic magician, sporting a magnificently bejeweled turban (in lieu of a top hat), and a handlebar moustache (not strictly halal)with lascivious grins, first gropes the prone near-nude form of Europa in its intimate parts to prove to the audience that it is a real person and not a mannequin. Then the lights dim, he waves his baton, and sweeps his cape with its blood red lining before the table, and snaps it once with a deft flick of the wrist. When he jerks the cape away, the table is empty. In fact, the table itself has even disappeared.

How did he do that?? The audience applauds and wonders.

No one suspects that the table and its captive assistant vanished through a stage trapdoor.

It's not exactly rocket science. Every week or so we read of another episode of Europe's Amazing Vanishing Act. I also call it - and I'm sure I'm not alone in this characterization - The Great Self-Erasure. Europe, the alleged apogee of Western civilization, is rapidly erasing itself from existence. Why? It's the altruist thing to do. Without the act of immolation and penance, it could accrue no "virtue." The catch is that by the time Europe fades completely from existence, nothing will be left to claim any virtue.

I do not envy the chroniclers of this drawn-out Western-style act of cultural Hari Kari, such as Soeren Kern and George Igler of Gatestone, who have for some time provided us with details of this suicide where the MSM has not and refused to. It's not an inspiring task they've taken on.

George Soeren reports in his January 2nd article, "The Islamization of Germany in 2016" the pathetic dhimmi actions of Western governments in the face of the Islamization of Europe, and especially of Germany, which brought on the phenomenon and is paying the price:

Mass migration from the Muslim world is fast-tracking the Islamization of Germany, as evidenced by the proliferation of no-go zones, Sharia courts, polygamy and child marriages. Mass migration has also been responsible for a host of social disruptions, including jihadist attacks, a migrant rape epidemic, a public health crisis, rising crime and a rush by German citizens to purchase weapons for self-defense - and even to abandon Germany altogether.

"There are written instructions ... today we are not allowed to say anything negative about the refugees. This is government journalism, and this leads to a situation in which the public loses their trust in us. This is scandalous." - Wolfgang Herles, Deutschlandfunk public radio.

In Germany, and also in Sweden, Germans and Swedes are not allowed to get a glimmer of the peril their governments have put them in, in the name of multiculturalism, even though Muslims especially laugh at and dismiss the vaunted value of multiculturalism, and proclaim that Islam will dominate and that Sharia-defined "culture" will set the terms of a country's existence. Muslim committed crime rates are not to be reported or publicized for fear of "offending" Muslims, or for creating a prejudice against Muslims and all "migrants" (a.k.a. invaders).

A Cologne police superintendent revealed that he was ordered to remove the term "rape" from an internal police report about the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve. He said that an official at the North-Rhine Westphalia Interior Ministry told him in an angry tone: "This is not rape. Remove this term from your report. Submit a new report."

January 6. Former Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said it was "scandalous that it took the mainstream media several days" to report on the sexual assaults in Cologne. He said public media was a "cartel of silence" exercising censorship to protect migrants from accusations of wrongdoing.

What was I saying about erasures? "Your clothes were never ripped off of you, you were not held down and several smelly migrants had forcible sex on you, you were not robbed, spit on, beaten up, and left naked in the cold. You were being ‘culturally enriched.' Don't laugh. That's now a hate crime. Five hundred Euros!"

So "rape" is no longer a reportable crime? Especially if a migrant commits the crime? To report a rape is now considered a form of "Islamophobia"? Europeans are no longer permitted to express a fear of violence against them. It's not "patriotic." They are no longer allowed to say anything "negative" about; Islam or Muslims in public without penalty. They are no longer allowed to even discuss the subject among themselves, for fear of being accused of "Merkelphobia."

January 26. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk public radio, retired public media personality Wolfgang Herles admitted that public broadcasters receive "instructions from above" when it comes to reporting the news.

February 16. Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a leaked police report. This figure represented an 80% increase over 2014 and worked out to around 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, between January and December 2015.

The actual number of migrant crimes is far higher, however, because the report included only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). Statistics show that only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote). This implies that the actual number of crimes committed by migrants in 2015 exceeded 400,000.

Soeren sounds Germany's death knell in many more instances in just this one article. On the whole it is a very depressing and terrifying read.

George Igler reports on the refusal of the European Union and many of its member states to face the apocalyptic consequences of their "come one, come all" migrant policies. In "The EU vs. the Nation State?" he writes:

The question remains, however, why any nation would want to throw out its sovereignty to institutions that are fundamentally unaccountable, that provide no mechanism for reversing direction, and whose only "solution" to problems involves arrogating to itself ever more authoritarian, rather than democratically legitimate, power.

The Netherlands' Partij Voor de Vrijheid, France's Front National and Germany's Alternativ für Deutschland are each pushing for a referendum on EU membership in their respective nations.

Given that the EU's institutions have been so instrumental as a causal factor in the mass migration and terrorism that are now dominating the minds of national electorates, some might argue that the sooner Europeans get rid of the EU, which is now doing more harm than good, the better.

The European Union was intended in the beginning to be a solution to European problems and to be a "Great Unifier" of the disparate European nations. But the EU over a period of decades evolved into an authoritarian overlord that caused more problems than it ever solved and which overrode virtually any and all claims of national sovereignty, which were viewed by its unelected "Politburo" as challenges and threats to the "common good." Europeans are reluctant less and less to sleep in the bed they made.

For all the discussion of a populist revolt in European politics, the parties agitating for change against the continent's open borders, and its centralized, unaccountable and un-transparent law-making - originating from the institutions of the EU - continue to face an uphill climb.

In Germany, despite the calamities associated with the decision of its Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to accept 1.5 million Muslim migrants into her nation in 2015, she is seeking re-election.

Never mind the fact that Merkel (and her opposite numbers in France, Scandinavia, Southern Europe, and even in Canada) has made her country dangerous to live in now, her bubble world view has fueled a hubristic confidence in her, in spite of the carnage and misery she caused, that she can be reelected.

The increasing levels of support being enjoyed by Europe's populist Eurosceptic parties are clearly associated with issues which are coming to dominate popular concern. Previous worries over unemployment and the economy have been side-lined: the issues now vexing European voters the most, according to the EU's own figures (pp.4-5), are mass immigration (45%) and terrorism (32%).

Breaking these Eurobarometer numbers down further, country by country (p.7), Dutch voters picked immigration as their greatest concern by a startling 56%, with terrorism following at 33%.

French voters, despite being subjected to more recent terrorist atrocities than any other European nation, picked immigration and terrorism by a margin of 36% and 35%, respectively, according to the latest EU report. The parlous state of the French economy continues to be a major concern to French voters.

The elections scheduled next year in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, are doubly significant in that they make up three of the six original signatory nations of the founding treaty which eventually gave rise to the EU.

The Local reports that it's significant that Hitler's Mein Kampf, now available in Germany after decades of censorship, is rising in popularity. It has been popular among Muslims and Arabs since WWII. No surprise.

For 70 years after the end of the Second World War, the brutal dictator's manifesto remained unpublished in Germany.

Its copyright was owned by the state of Bavaria, which prevented new editions from being printed in Germany for fear of reinvigorating Nazi sentiments.

But when its copyright expired - 70 years after the death of the author, as is standard - an annotated version was printed for the first time again last year by the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich. And the publisher quickly began to sell out, rushing to print more copies to meet the high demand.

Over the past year, around 85,000 copies have been sold, much to the surprise of the institute. The IfZ had at first only printed 4,000 copies, and now it's heading for its sixth print run.

In April, the book become number one on Spiegel's bestseller list.

"The number of sales has overwhelmed us," the director of the IfZ, Andreas Wirsching, told DPA on Tuesday. "No one could have really predicted it."

No one could have predicted it - except a philosopher who understood why Germany is still mesmerized by and hankering for "strong leadership," else why would Merkel have ever been elected or feel confident now that she could be reelected?

So, who sired the EU juggernaut?

Signed in March 1957, by Italy, France, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the Treaty of Rome established both the European Economic Community - proposing a single market for goods, labour, services and capital within the bloc - and also, crucially, brought the European Commission into existence.

The executive body of the EU, which also has the sole remit for initiating legislation at the European level, is led by the controversial Jean-Claude Juncker, whose own grim opinion of the nation state's role in the likely future of the European continent was made clear in a speech on December 9.

The paramount issue, writes Igler, is why any nation would wish to become or remain under the thumb of faceless, power-wielding bureaucrats.

The question remains, however, why any nation would want to throw out its sovereignty to institutions that are fundamentally unaccountable, that provide no mechanism for reversing direction, and whose only "solution" to problems involves arrogating to itself ever more authoritarian, rather than democratically legitimate, power.

It must be a strain self-eradicating sadomasochism. "We are not worthy of preservation. We must atone for our sins. Therefore we will allow millions of savages and primitive peoples to invade us and transform us into tolerant maquettes of nations. Our people will suffer and even die, but, "On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des oeufs."

Despite voters' concerns about mass migration, in the absence of presenting their electorates with a compelling economic vision outside of the EU, polling numbers still favour the political mainstream.

Given that the EU's institutions have been so instrumental as a causal factor in the mass migration and terrorism that are now dominating the minds of national electorates, some might argue that the sooner Europeans get rid of the EU, which is now doing more harm than good, the better.

The EU's metaphoric rule of thumb saying is attributed to either Robespierre or Napoleon. It is appropriate that the EU would adopt it from two of the most egg-breaking tyrants in recent history. And then they had their cheerleaders.

As Fascism rose in Europe, and Japanese jingoism emerged in the East, Duranty (Walter Duranty, the Communism-loving reporter of the New York Times) wrote glowing accounts of Stalin's Five-Year Plan. Almost single-handedly did Duranty aid and abet one of the world's most prolific mass murderers, knowing all the while what was going on, but refraining from saying precisely what he knew to be true.

He had swallowed the ends-justifies-the-means-argument hook, line and sinker. Duranty loved to repeat, when Stalin's atrocities were brought to light, "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." Those "eggs" were the heads of men, women and children, and those "few" were merely tens of millions.

Stalin was another kind of magician. He made people disappear. Hitler made people disappear. Duranty made the truth disappear. No one should be awed, no one should be surprised if they have examined their agendas.

Merkel, Hollande, and others are all birds of a feather, magicians who belong to the same elitist union. Their passion is to pull the wool over everyone's eyes and pick your pocket at the same time.

Allahu Akbar! First you are free, and then you're not! For my next trick, First you exist, and then you don't!

Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.     


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