German chancellor Merkel recently made a statement that mirrors sentiments voiced by virtually all European leaders and EU proponents:
“Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails,” Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.
“We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe’s unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail.” [emp added]
So, as an American, I have to ask: How crazy dangerous are contemporary Europeans anyway?
I mean, from reading the statements of these EU leaders and EU proponents, people outside the EU could easily get the idea that the majority of the EU population are nothing but a bunch of war crazed psychos quiveringly eager to drop the hammer on their neighbors at the slightest provocation. And here I thought you Europeans were all better now and so morally advanced compared to the rest of the planet. Have you been keeping secrets?
If Europeans are so irrationally war prone, is the EU really a good idea?
I mean, I can attest from personal experience that if you have a problem with a pickup full of drunken rednecks looking for trouble on a Saturday night, the solution isn’t to round up all the other drunken rednecks in the county and organize them. If Europeans are so bloodthirsty, organizing them all together in the EU would simply amplify their dangerousness to the rest of the world by making them a deranged superpower. The Germans and Italians were bad enough on their own, back in the day, but now we have to deal with all of Europe going nuts at once?
Maybe the Russians are right to be paranoid and we should probably keep our bases over there. I mean, if European leaders are so afraid of their own populace I guess the rest of the world should be as well.
I suppose cynical Europhobes will say that this depiction of a bloodthirsty European populace is just a cynical attempt by European elites to terrify their own population into supporting more risky Euro spending. Nah, it couldn’t be that because Europeans are so sophisticated and all. They’d never fall for a scam like that.
Nope, it must be that Europeans are just a bunch of barely restrained thugs. The next time you see a European coming towards you down the street, play it safe and cross the street out of their way. You don’t want them going all gangster on you.