The following op-ed discusses the demonization of Russia by the European Union as a deflection from looking at the danger of the real enemy — Islam.
Many thanks to CrossWare for translating this piece from Hungarian news portal 888.hu:
The EU wants the Russians as an enemy and not Islam
by Tibor Kovács
Europe is targeted by a significant portion of Islam as enemy and was attacked by it. The European population reacted like everyone else would: started to be afraid of Islam and started to looking at it as the enemy. But European politicians think hating Islam is not presentable, so they would like redirect it and would love to establish the Russians as the enemy.
Good enemy, bad enemy.
Putin can be called many things, but not innocent lamb. There are good reasons to hate him and be afraid of him. It is almost too perfect for those would like to create an enemy of him and the Russians. In Europe there are many who afraid of them. Of course it is a cliché to call someone who builds politics on people’s fear a demagogue, but if anyone dared to use this word to describe Merkel, he would be immediately called one.
I take the risk to write it down: the European politicians under the leadership of Merkel are using all of their strength and influence to make the Russians look like villains. There is an overwhelming need to redirect and suppress the hostility against Islam, to somehow unite the fragmenting EU, and gain the favor of the Eastern member states. The best way to unite different countries and nations is to find a common enemy, and that would be the Russians.
The only rub is: the voters already have an enemy, and they chose it themselves. A avowed version of Islam already formally declared war on all Christian citizens of Europe, and in its own way already started the war; I mean it started killing its enemies with great dedication. The citizens of Europe, after many decades of tolerantly receiving and accepting Muslims, became frightened. They were afraid of them, and more and more openly consider them their enemies. Not all Muslims, only the ones wants to kill them. The problem is that not many killers show signs that they want to murder someone. Totally normal-looking second- or third-generation beer-drinking young Muslim guys killing people and heaping up corpses. So it is much safer to be afraid of all of them and look at them as the enemy rather than make one mistake. This what evolution taught us, and it is hard to deviate from that. For the European politicians this is distasteful, and it is easy to understand why. The Muslims as enemy would be very unpleasant for the EU. The percentage of Muslims in the population is already too high on the continent, and is continuously increasing. They can’t be removed easily, and it is impossible to live in a world where the majority goes about in constant fear of a minority, and the groups mutually hate each other, and the minority from time to time starts to massacre members of the majority. This would sooner or later fragment and destroy the society, and in the long term it would eliminate the EU’s Holy Grail of principles: the tolerance and openness — and with that their entire European Union.
EU haters unite!
In Mama Merkel’s witch’s brew she cooked up the “solution”: the hatred must be redirected from inside the EU to outside it. They need an external enemy the people can be afraid of, and the hatred of this enemy can unite the EU. The hatred towards the Muslims must be sublimated into a higher level of hatred towards the Russians. Convert it to a hatred which no longer contains racist elements — as Merkel defines it — because being afraid of and hating a real Muslim Arab killer is racist, while hating and being afraid of a possible Russian killer is not. The world is recovered. The multicultural ideology is not damaged.
The important part, that fear of Russia has a serious tradition in the continent and precisely in those countries that have lost their trust in Merkel. The most important of these is Poland, which can be swayed with a strong Russophobic politics onto the side of mainstream EU politics. If the Poles as a result of their fear of Russians were to distance themselves from their present allies (V4) and start supporting the Germans, the rest of the countries would not have enough strength to turn against the will of the EU. So far the plan is not working, because nobody believes that the Germans are really afraid of the Russians and especially do not believe that they would not able to defend Eastern-Europe from them (see Ukraine). So for now there is no big reunion. Instead everyone can hate the Russians individually.
The imperfect enemy
There is another problem. The Russians are not as good villains as they were before. Citizens of many countries — even nations who lived under communist regime — and especially, for example those who live in France, have a hard time understanding why we want have bad blood between us?! Of course, I would not want leave my unlocked bike close to Putin, but for money I would rather let Russians guard it.
Maybe these nations believe that Europe is finally living in an era of peace and cooperation where economic advantages are more important than historical hatred. The EU needs the Russians and the Russians need the EU. Until lately we, including the Poles, were doing good business with them.
I admit that what happened in the Crimea was probably pretty scary for some countries, but it was more the weakness of EU what caused that fear, rather than the bloodthirstiness of the Russians. The Russians have signaled many times with their actions that they will not let anything to weaken their geopolitical sphere of interests, but outside of that they are ready to cooperate. Somehow the common interests just can’t find each other. For that there is no other reason but the artificial generation of hatred and hysteria, or the guilty conscience of some EU politicians about Ukraine. Let’s forget about the Crimea and human rights, because this is never stopped the USA from cooperating with the Russians, and it has not stopped Merkel from brown-nosing the Turks, who been more serious violators of rights — which they now blame on the Russians.
Creating a villain will not save the present EU
The EU became a reality because we believed Europe had entered an era of peace and cooperation. That is why people accepted tolerance and openness as values. It does not matter if we hate Muslims or the Russians; these values cannot be preserved in an atmosphere of animosity. If those values will be lost, then it is better to face reality than believe in some propaganda.
We can’t get around the Muslim issue, and it will not go away by itself, and it will not disappear with the creation of an external enemy. The more the people are afraid, the more they will turn against those who are not part of their community. The interests of Europe would be to relieve external tensions, so that it could face the real internal problems, and not use up energy fighting some imaginary external enemy. But the reality is much more frightening for present European politics, and they would rather put their heads in the sand than face the music.
Taking away the people’s reflex of self defense about radical Muslims will place them in danger. To create a false enemy with propaganda, serving some individual political agenda, is even more dangerous, especially if the “enemy” has nuclear missiles, a huge army and happens to be your neighbor. Especially when it wants to be on good terms with you, because this is what its economic interests dictate. Politics always should side with cooperation and peace. If someone were t show hostile intent, our response should show strength and determination. Merkel sits backwards on the horse. Defend those who show clear signs of being our enemies, and try to demonize the ones who wants to cooperate with us. Our real enemy is their enemy, too, and our enemy also looks at them as their enemy. This should be enough, so that even we are not yet friends we could cooperate to defend ourselves from the common enemy.
The situation is so bad that whoever writes what I just did will be called a Russian collaborator and racist. Not a realist. While whoever creates a fiction of a villain will be called a humanist, and not an idiot.