Professor Krauss on Europe's "Munich Moment"
Europe faces a defining moment in the aftermath of recent violence in the Mideast as it now must muster forces and will to carry out UN directives for the disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, says Professor Michael Krauss in an op-ed appearing in TCS Daily.
Europe's Munich Moment, TCS Daily, August 29, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.
"Underlying Europe's amemic military laisser-aller is the problem of moral will. Even if one does not embrace the thesis of Bat Ye'or, whose Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis nonetheless makes a compelling read, the gradual transformation of European morale since the 1970s is striking. Leftist European political and intellectual elites subtly, sometimes openly, embrace the same radicals in the Levant who imperil Europeans as in this month's barely-foiled airline bombing plan. Bruce Bawer, no conservative reactionary, eloquently summarized the stakes in his recent book While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within: 'Now, once again, Europe is at a Weimar moment. Poised between the aggressive reality of Islamism and the danger of an incipient native neo-fascism, it is governed by an elite, many of whose members, even now, remain determined not to face reality.'"