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Europe - Thy Name is Cowardice
Die Welt ^ | November 20, 2004 | Matthias Döpfner

Posted on 11/22/2004 5:30:51 PM PST by quidnunc

Matthias Döpfner, Chief Executive of German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in the daily WELT against the cowardice of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat. Hartmut Lau translated the article for us.

Europe – Thy Name is Cowardice

Commentary 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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at welt.de ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appeasement; europe; germany; holland; iraq; islam; jihadineurope; kosovo; pales; sovietunion; tine
Read the English translation here:

http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2004/11/europe_thy_name.html

1 posted on 11/22/2004 5:30:51 PM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Wow, a German who actually gets it!


2 posted on 11/22/2004 5:34:31 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: quidnunc

EU's Europe hundreds of millions of cowards have accepted the mark of the beast, November 29, 2004


3 posted on 11/22/2004 5:35:46 PM PST by Truth666
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To: Unam Sanctam

Finally? A sane voice in the midst of capitulation, mediocrity and greed that had swallowed europe for the entire twentieth century? Could this be a sign of reason, or will this too, be snuffed out as Theo Van Gogh?


4 posted on 11/22/2004 5:39:33 PM PST by pipecorp (this space no longer exists)
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To: quidnunc

quidnunc, you are like the "poster of record", all high quality stuff. Thank goodness if they are growing brains over there, but heaven knows what they will actually DO about this stuff.

We think we got it bad here with our immigrant horde, hey, at least most of them don't want to destroy our entire CIVILIZATION, since they share it.


5 posted on 11/22/2004 5:40:49 PM PST by jocon307 (Jihad is world wide. Jihad is serious business. We ignore global jihad at our peril.)
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To: quidnunc

Dike Welt? What is that, some kind of German Lesbian S&M magazine?


6 posted on 11/22/2004 5:50:52 PM PST by USNBandit (Florida military absentee voter number 537.)
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To: quidnunc
Dike Welt

Freudian slip... it is Die Welt - "The World"

7 posted on 11/22/2004 5:51:12 PM PST by NCjim
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To: quidnunc

This is the choice: confrontation or capitulation. Appeasement is capitulation.


8 posted on 11/22/2004 5:53:51 PM PST by Savage Beast (PEST-sufferers of the world, unite--in North Korea! You'll get a big kick out of Kim Jon-il!)
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To: NCjim
NCjim wrote: (Dike Welt) Freudian slip... it is Die Welt - "The World"

No, just bad typing.

9 posted on 11/22/2004 5:55:14 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: NCjim

Mark for my German friends...


10 posted on 11/22/2004 5:55:29 PM PST by NCjim
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To: quidnunc
This is the choice: confrontation or capitulation. Appeasement is capitulation.
"Bush, supported only by the social democrat Blair acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic fight against democracy."

"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."

And this is why the American people re-elected him in a landslide victory and why Europeans and everyone else in the Free World should give them wholehearted support!
11 posted on 11/22/2004 6:05:15 PM PST by Savage Beast (PEST-sufferers of the world, unite--in North Korea! You'll get a big kick out of Kim Jon-il!)
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To: quidnunc

More and more Europeans will be speaking out against the muslims and the Liberal Socialist Governments that FORCES tolarance of the actions of the Muslims.

These Governments have accepted the Kerry Nusance Philosophy for the murders of their citizens!! I wonder how the Dems are accepting this philosophy now that they see it at work?


12 posted on 11/22/2004 6:06:46 PM PST by 26lemoncharlie (Defending America)
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To: quidnunc
This is how one astute person described the people of Europe:

"The European masses are a bunch of emasculated, feckless drones who think they are more sophisticated than conservative Americans. In fact, they are a people who are quickly going the way of the dodo."

13 posted on 11/22/2004 6:10:35 PM PST by rimmont
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To: rimmont

Where is Neville Chamberline when we need him?


14 posted on 11/22/2004 6:23:26 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: quidnunc

I can't believe that the Germans actually allowed this piece to be published--they restrict free speech, you know. To a German liberal, this is "hate speech".


15 posted on 11/22/2004 7:06:53 PM PST by hemi dawg
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To: quidnunc

bump


16 posted on 11/22/2004 7:10:33 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: quidnunc

Excellent. I'm afraid he's just a voice crying in the wilderness though. You have to wonder if europe will survive this.


17 posted on 11/22/2004 7:14:13 PM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: quidnunc

The writer, himself, reveals his own tragic materialism when he writes:
"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."

The most significant "asset" that our brave President has risked is the life-blood of our sons and daughters. This is worth more that all the dollars in the world. Truly, EVERYthing is at stake.


18 posted on 11/22/2004 7:16:12 PM PST by hemi dawg
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To: rimmont

"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. "

This is why they hate President George Bush and America.
Billyboy's feckless weaselling in the Balkans afforded them the figleaf of NATO multilateralism without actually expecting them to do anything(except, as always, the Brits).

George Bush made them look at themselves by challenging them to take multilateralism seriously. They were too cowardly to do it, and they hate him for exposing them as hypocrites, frauds, and moral cowards. (Clinton spared them this exposure because in this he was one of them.)


19 posted on 11/22/2004 8:55:17 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: quidnunc

Wow.......but I honestly think, many more are waking up... it is better late then never....


20 posted on 11/22/2004 9:11:29 PM PST by marmar (Faith is a beautiful thing.....)
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To: Truth666

What's happening on November 29, 2004? That day is my birthday; it's also the birthday of Gary Shandling, Howier Mandell, and Gina Lee Nolan.


21 posted on 11/23/2004 7:12:57 PM PST by carl in alaska (Once a Chargers fan, always a Chargers fan....)
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To: carl in alaska

Actually, it's Howie Mandell who has a birthday on 11/29.


22 posted on 11/23/2004 7:14:00 PM PST by carl in alaska (Once a Chargers fan, always a Chargers fan....)
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