Our Colombian correspondent Diego sends this précis of the past decade of European history as seen from a Latin American perspective.
Alerta! The Abortion of Rome Reborn?
When I was a child, you could say my family had a pathological fear of the EU.
Why? Well, I grew up in a fundamentalist “Evangelical” family. I don’t know if the term carries the same connotations in the USA/Europe as it does in Colombian environment. Because we had no nearby church for most of my early childhood, we spent Sunday mornings watching people like Jack Van Impe and John Haggee, and when they turned to Bible Prophecy, there was one common theme:
The European Union was the Roman Empire reborn, where the Antichrist would arise in the End Days.
It’s been a long time since then, almost a decade. At the time, seen from Colombia, such a perspective seemed quite likely. The EU was overtaking the US economy. In Colombia, up until 2011-13, the euro was more expensive than the US dollar (I think the euro was around 2500-3000 pesos, versus 1900-2500 for the USD — now it’s nearly 3400 pesos the USD).
Politically it seemed to the outer world as if the EU was a cohesive unit, and migration was not even in the table. Back then we in Colombia did not even speak much of Latin illegals crossing into the USA, much less about Muslims into Europe.
What made this perspective begin to shatter? I believe it was the 2008 crisis.
Colombia was a lucky country. We heard a lot about how this would be a second 1929, but Colombia soldiered on, with a superb Minster of Economy (Oscar Ivan Zuluaga) and with a government (the Uribe Administration) that was competent overall. The crisis was felt in external commerce, but our everyday lives were not much affected. However, we noticed from here how the situation in Europe went downhill.
A second moment was Anders Behring Breivik’s attack on Utøya. It was big news, and it was definitely something unexpected. But it did bring to our attention the issues in Europe, beyond the mere economic aspect.
I think it is in “Mother Earth”, a short story by Isaac Asimov that deals with the final fall of the Terran Empire, where a very interesting perspective on history is presented. at the beginning of the story. A historian says that he is only waiting for the end of the Empire to publish his work, aptly named “The Rise and Fall of the Terran Empire”. During the conversation, he divides the end in three points, one that is a tiny nub that begins the process, a second point, where a bit of hindsight and the ability to read tell you what is going on, and — the least important — when the fall is finally obvious.
I am not experienced enough to place the first point with assurance. But I’ll take a leap in the dark and say that it’s the end of the Algerian War in the 1960s, and the shift in Middle East politics that accompanied it. Up until the loss of Algeria, France was Israel’s staunch ally, supplying her with weapons. The USSR did the same with the Arabs, and the USA looked on from afar (and supplied weapons to the Shah). However, one could say that France’s dream had been to rule an Empire of Sand. With the loss of Algeria, which was considered an integral part of Metropolitan France, French policy shifted to the attainment of political control over North Africa, using amongst their tools, a degree of appeasement. This led to a “rapprochement” between France and North Africa, which, mixed with the 1957 Treaty of Rome, and eventual French political supremacy (along with German in the economic sphere) in the EU, set the stage for what we are living now.
The second point is when these problems begin to become observable to the outer world. I’m tempted to say that, while some people have been aware of it since the 1990s, the problems were brought to the public attention in full strength only after 2005, and more significantly with the loss of internal cohesion — or the appearance of it — in the 2008 crisis, mixed with the deplorable actions of a Norwegian madman. This “storm” allowed topics that had been well under control by the PC elites to be suddenly brought back into public discussion.
The third — and least important — point is that moment when the fall is obvious, and complete — the moment where it appears like a great neon sign in the heavens for all to see…
Just like in Asimov’s story, we have not yet reached that third point, but it is approaching fast, way too fast. In the story, that third point is the main story line, a “final” war that ends with Earth defeated and isolated, and sets the stage for the Robot Series. The action unfolds in the month following the discussion that opens the story.
In real life, that final moment could surely be the collapse of the EU. This collapse wouldn’t occur by itself, and would most likely be accompanied by a situation in which most national governments west of the Oder-Neisse line would collapse (and probably some behind it), along with endemic violence in the levels, at best, of 1980s Colombia with racial and religious elements added in.
All in all, this would mean the end for the second Roman Empire, Rome reborn. The World Hegemon we have identified with Bible prophecy seems to have been aborted.
We may hope that what rises from those ruins won’t be a great evil, but the more time passes, the most likely it is that from the ruins of the EU and her globalist project, a truly evil World hegemon might arise.
Perhaps this is not truly the aborting of the rebirth of Rome, but only postponing it for a decade or two.
(P.S: Sorry for the pessimistic view, but something like this has to be said from time to time.)
Previous posts by Diego:
|2015||Mar||19||The Islamization of South America|
|23||On Rome, Russia and Multiculturalism|
|May||8||Traicion a la Mejicana|
|Aug||14||Latin America: Socialism, Tantrums, and Islam|
|2016||Jan||4||Jugando con Polvora, Or How the World is About to Burn