Return to Common Sense
June 24, 2012
Section: Foreign – Europe
“As Europe wakes up to the threat of terrorism and the immigrant’s refusal to assimilate into the country culture, recent elections reveal a more conservative, pro-American leadership trend.”
“We in America have learned bitter lessons from two world wars: It is better to be here [in Europe] ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.” Ronald Reagan.
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Europe is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, based on Europe's borders.
- Physically Europe is a subcontinent or large peninsula forming the westernmost part of Eurasia.
- Europe covers about 4.0 million sqare miles in 56 territories, or 2.0% of total land area.
- Land relief in Europe shows great variation within relatively small areas.
- It contains a population of more than 710 million, or about 8% of the world's population.
- The most popular religion is Christianity, with about 5% of the EU identify themselves as Muslims.
- The Maasticht Treaty established the European Union (EU) under its current name in 1993.
o The Common Market was created in 1957 and grew to a Single Market in 1992.
o The euro, the Eurozone single currency adopted by 17 EU member-nations, was adopted in 2002.
o The constitutional basis of the EU, the Treaty of Lisbon, came into force in 2009.
Economically Europe has stagnated, and is changing in ethnic composition.
- Much of Western Europe has adopted socialistic economic systems.
- The governing of European economy is emblematic of the overly rigid macro-economic approach.
- The number of private sector jobs in Europe has not increased since 1970.
- European Social Democrats have begun initial structural reforms to welfare their states.
- Holland has begun trimming entitlements and reducing the size of the state (retrenchment).
Islamic country domination strategies evolve as the Muslim population increases:
· As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone.
· At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
· From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.
· When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.
· After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning.
· At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare.
· From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels.
· After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide.
· 100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace -- there's supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim.
European leftists are allying with Islamists to undermine culture and capitalism.
- With European birth rates less than replacement rates, Muslims are increasing percentage.
o Muslim immigrants have flooded into Europe for jobs which have since disappeared.
o Muslim rioting in France continues against alienation, unemployment, and discrimination.
o There are an estimated 2,000 identified al-Qaeda inspired terrorist suspects in the UK.
o England has implemented Islamic Sharia Courts by portraying it as a a matter of “civil rights” and multicultural “diversity,” despite incompatiabilty with English law.
§ Arbitration is permissible when both parties consent, and waive their rights to a judge and jury.
§ Sharia courts treat men and women disparately, despite British secular law.
§ The U.K. has been unsuccessful at integrating Muslims into mainstream society.
§ A Civita study demonstrates a correlation between Sharia courts and honor killings.
- Muslim Brotherhood strategic planning document describes escalation steps required to create urban violence (intifida) as part of a Muslim jihad.
o First assemble a network fo jihadists who escaped prosecution in the Middle East and North Africa.
o Next “peaceful revolutionaries” groups and networks openly express their opposition to systems of government, but does not confrom to sharia.
o Finally the large base is occupied by groups that publicly purport to support democracy and the integration of Muslim communities, but quietly work to radicalize Europe’s Muslims.
- Since 9/11 there have been 2,300 arrests connected to Islamist terrorism in Europe.
o European Muslims have attacked individual Jews, synagogues, and Jewish or Israeli institutions in Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium, Spain, Greece, and Britain.
o The rate of arrests on terroism charges per capita among Muslims is three to six times higher in Europe than the United States.
- Spain has been attacked by both al Qaeda, but also their homegrown Basque ETA terrorists.
o 12 militant Muslim Pakistanis were arrested for Barcelona subay bombings.
o Although still active, the ETA is losing popular support after governmental reforms.
Ireland and Estonia have grown with balanced budgets, low taxes, and economic openness, and Sweden is reversing its socialist past practices.
- Ireland lowered corporate income tax to 12.5%, with 20% tax credit on R&D.
- Ireland attracted the headquarters of 1,000 international companies, with unrestricted EU immigration.
- Meanwhile Ireland slashed spending on helathcare, education, roads, military, and housing.
- Ireland now boasts the highest per capita GDP in Western Europe, with 4.5% unemployment.
- Ireland has also voted against the Lisbon Treaty in order not to lose the progress achieved.
- Estonia established a sound currency, balancing the budget, cut subsidies to state owned companies, opened the economy, implemented a flat tax, and established rule of law.
- Estonia’s reforms have lowered unemployment and inflation, improved living standards, ad improved living standards while the budget was balanced and showed a surplus.
- Estonia initially implemented a 26% flat income tax and has been reducing it ny 1% per year until it reaches a flat 18% by 2010.
- Sweden is paring down the statist excesses of the socialist era that was prevalent in the 20th century.
- In the last four years, Sweden reduced taxes and subsidies that encourage idleness.
- Sweden reformed education and health care with the adoption of choice and competition, returning power to the parents, students, and patients.
- Sweden also did a good job publicizing their multinational companies as engines of growth.
Russia has become an emerging market, but competition hinders progress in achieving common goals.
- Economically Russia has encouraged partnered business investments.
- Petrodollars are bringing Russia long term stability.
- Russia’s continental shelf hold one fourth of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves.
- The Sakhalin Island fields hold 1 billion barrels of crude oil and 500 million cubic meters of natural gas.
- Russia has seen a 12% increase in real incomes since 2000, and has averaged 6.8% growth since 1998.
- Politically authoitarianism and xenophobic nationalism drive political thinking.
- Russia has had its own exposure to the War on Terror, which as dealt with harshly.
- Militarily Russia has partnered with Iran to deliver arms and munitions.
North American Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the few multinational organizations that continue to work.
- In the Cold War NATO was focused on defense against the communist Soviet Union.
- Since the Cold War NATO has expanded to include much of eastern Europe.
- Europe as a whole spends two thirds of what the U.S. spends on defense.
- NATO has participated in the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
- European Security and defense Policy (ESDP) has established a military identity distinct from and independent of NATO.
Individuals, businesses, and governments must share the same economic transformation ambition.
European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) must complement, and not compete with NATO.
- Stop the flow of WMDs to countries and rogue terrorist organizations.
Encourage Europe to learn from the Ireland, Estonia, and Sweden economic experience.
- Lower taxes on both individuals and companies.
- Reject the welfare state as an unsustainable economic model.
- Embrace the global economy with public policy and good economic management.
- Invest in training for future needs, particularly science, engineering, and business studies.
Support Russia becoming full participant in global community.
- Support Russia joining the World Trade Organization.
- Expand nonproliferation cooperation that targets terrorists and rogue states.
- Expand energy cooperation and investment
- Champion democracy and human rights.
Redefine Europe as a major theater in the Global War on Terror.
- Abandon multiculturalism as a failed philosophy.
o Promote the values of Western democratic modernity.
§ Require immigrants assimilate into the countries culture and laws.
o Educate European public on true nature of Al-Qaeda jihad.
§ Deport individuals who engage in unacceptable behaviors.
§ Prosecute high profile Islamists who threaten public order.
- Encourage moderate Muslims to condemn terror as a tactic and Islamo-fascism as the cause.
o De-legitimize the immorality and hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalists.
o Label terrorists as the cowards and “useful idiots” that they are.
o Conservative Muslim Forum turned out to be neither conservative nor conciliatory.
- Cooperate and coordinate transatlantic information sharing.
o Approve the EU-U.S. Passenger Name Records Agreement.
o Accept U.S. data privacy standards as adequate.
o Add Hezbollah to list of foreign terrorist organizations.
o Share data relating to asylum and immigration.
Withdraw US from NATO since its mission is purely defense and Soviet Union is no longer a threat.
- NATO members must commit to being full and active members of the alliance.
o Match the ambitions of the Strategic Concept with military capabilities.
o Encourage NATO members to commit 2% of GDP to defense.
o Reserve NATO resources exclusively for NATO missions.
o Constitute an annual land exercise.
- Upgrade military capabilities to reflect global role and force projection.
o Reserve NATO resources exclusively for NATO missions.
o Create a new rapid reaction force to enable quick response around the world.
o Develop an in-depth cyber-defense policy.
- Encourage Britain to withdraw form the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP).
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