Please read this article from the Asia Times Online and let me know your thoughts


By Robert Snodgrass
May 23, 2011
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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ME24Ak01.html

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"Israel's success is a horrible reminder of European failure; its bumptious nationalism grates against Europe's determination to forget its own ugly embrace of nationalism; and its implicitly religious raison d'etre provokes post-Christian rage. Above all, it offends Europe that Israel brims with life. Some of Europe's great nations may not survive the present century. At constant fertility, Israel will have more citizens than any of the Eastern European countries where large numbers of Jews resided prior to the Holocaust. "

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Ian Kramer

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 09:10

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I think the following, by Nietzsche in "The Dawn", most apt here:

“And where shall this wealth of accumulated great impressions, which Jewish history constitutes for every Jewish family, this wealth of passions, virtues, decisions, renunciations, fights and victories of all kinds – where shall it flow, if not eventually into great spiritual men and works? Then, when the Jews can point to such gems and golden vessels as their work, such as the European peoples with their shorter and less deep experience cannot produce and never could; when Israel will have transformed its eternal revenge into an eternal blessing for Europe; then that Seventh day shall come once again on which the ancient Jewish G-d may rejoice in himself, his creation, and his chosen people – and all of us, all of us want to rejoice with him!


StevenKalka

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 13:04

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This essay is refreshingly candid and right on the mark. Previous US President George W. Bush referred to today's Europe as "Old Europe". Maybe it wasn't the most diplomatic term, although I think it was substantially appropriate.

I actually wonder who suffer more if Israel initiated a reverse boycott of Europe and refused to license the use of computer and medical technology developed in Isreal to Europe. Who would howl the loudest?

I don't know if generous European welfare states are a cause or effect of low birth rates, but either way they work in tandem. The problem may be the combination of the welfare state and the closed society. If immigrants are not expected to assimilate and prosper, the future just has to be grim. Europe seems to the birthplace of so many of the world's failed "isms".


simoneq

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 14:54

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what absolute rubbish to say that -Some of Europe's great nations may not survive the present century.
The way Israel is going it will very lucky to survive. Thisn racist apartheisn state that thinks it is always above the law. By the Snodgrass the Palestinians are "breeding" much more quickly than the Israelis.


StevenKalka

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 17:17

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If Europe doesn't change course, it may survive, but not as western style democracies. Let's see how the lefties like living in a post western nation.

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