It’s a frequent claim espoused by the over educated academics and elites among us, that the current behaviours of Europeans and the policies of their political leadership, will lead the continent to repeat its past horrors of both World War 2 and the Holocaust.
While I don’t see Europe as being destined for such a fate, there are certain similarities between the events leading up to World War 2 and the modern day. But whereas Islamic victimhood campaigners portray Muslims as the ‘new Jews’, the real reasons as to why modern times bare similarities to a bygone era, are very different.
We’ve all heard the story of the rise of Adolf Hitler and how an initially appealing, charismatic politician, ultimately brought humanity into its darkest chapter.
It is crucial to examine the causative factors behind Hitler’s rise so we can utilize historical lessons to approach the modern day.
For many, the events leading to Hitler’s rise and Europe’s subsequent path to destruction, began after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
After the unprecedented destruction wreaked by German imperialists in World War 1, as consequence of their victory, the Western allies were given the opportunity at determining the post war order.
But instead of seeking closer ties and cooperation with their former adversary, the allies wasted this great opportunity at achieving long term and lasting peace, by pursuing revenge via the punishing Treaty of Versailles.
These vengeful motives were reflected as the treaty saw Germany stripped of its colonial possessions, the separation from Alsace-Lorraine from its country, the enforcement of an incomprehensible war debt and the abolishing of its political system.
But above all and perhaps the most lingering and ultimately deadly characteristic of the treaty, was the famous war guilt clause.
The clause read: “The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.”
Of course there is no denying the scope of the German crimes in World War One and their prime responsibility for the tragic events.
Nonetheless, it was from this weakened and guilt- laden position which Germany was forced into by powerful external actors in the treaty, that Hitler was able exploit the humiliated hearts of German people, who turned National Socialism’ radical alternatives in a bid to ease their suffering. Due to the treaty, average German people, regardless if they were civillian or soldier, were punished for actions that they truly could not be held responsible for, something that came back to haunt allies some 20 years later when Hitler invaded Poland and caused World War 2.
Clearly, the lead up to World War 2 demonstrated the extraordinary dangers when the forces of patriotism, national pride and honour of a great people are forced into submission by an overriding, external actor.
Fast forward to 2016 and in a different yet similar manner, Europeans again find themselves being severely degraded by a powerful external actor.
This might be more subtle than the post World War One Germany, but its presence, as seen in the common characterizations of Europeans as being ‘intolerant’ and ‘racist’ in response to valid concerns over Islamic immigration, is undeniable.
Only now, the external power subduing the will of European nations and imposing tremendous dishonour upon European people, is the ruling elites of the EU.
Initially, the EU demanded for Europe to accept hordes of Middle Eastern migrants by the millions. Germany quickly followed suit, accepting 1.3 million Syrian migrants in 2015.
However as the realities of the migrant crisis became clear, vigilant Eastern European countries such as Hungary and Poland, formed a strong opposition to the intake of new Middle Eastern migrants.
In response, the EU ridiculed these countries, depicting them as backward, isolated and xenophobic. In June, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans epitomized these disparaging remarks.
“We should know more about Central European history. Knowing that they were isolated for generations, that they were under oppression by Moscow for so long, that they have no experience with diversity in their society, and it creates fear in the society”, he said.
“Any society, anywhere in the world, will be diverse in the future — that’s the future of the world. So [Central European countries] will have to get used to that. They need political leaders who have the courage to explain that to their population instead of playing into the fears as I’ve seen Mr Orbán doing in the last couple of months”.
Despite virtually no humanitarian assistance from the oil wealthy Arab nations towards the Syrian civil war, the EU has routinely sought to shame European nations into cultural extinction throughout the ongoing migrant crisis. These incessant demands for open borders, have even regressed to the point that EU nations may be potentially be penalized by up to 290 000 Euros for every migrant they refuse settle.
While there once was a time when candid concerns over security were reasoned with, under the guise of the EU, and the broader incorporation of regressive pro- migrant advocates into its globalist worldview, any opposition to such a suicidal plot is met with slurs of ‘racist’ or ‘Islamophobe’.
Whilst this EU oppression has been mostly met with courageous, well- intended resistance, as famously witnessed in the June Brexit victory, there are some frightening movements who hark back to Hitler’s Germany, that are quickly rising in today’s climate.
Ronald Reagan once described the price of liberty as ‘eternal vigilance’ and whether this be in terms of countering extreme forces on the side of Islamists and their left- leaning surrogates, or on the side of open advocates of Nazism, we must be equally wary when examining these genuinely extremist forces.
While we all pray that yesteryear’s horrors will remain in the past, given Europe is to a degree replicating its past woes by unnecessarily shaming ordinary, well- meaning people, we cannot rule such a future calamity out.