CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 11, 2017 – From afar it is difficult to tell whether Europe is imploding or whether the bickering among members of the European Union is just in the middle of a huge family squabble.
Traveling throughout the world for the past four decades, it has not been uncommon to hear complaints from other countries, not just in Europe, that international news gets little or no coverage, unless the United States is directly involved in a story. Americans are insulated perspective because we have been in the hub of global interaction for so long that most of us have little frame of reference for the perspectives of other countries.
What it means is that, in general, Americans are naive about global points of view and, therefore, frequently have no conception of the needs of other nations.
In the wake of the recent presidential election in France, a T
Polish MP, Krystyna Pawlowicz, wrote “The French no longer have the strength to fight for France. Compared to them, the Poles are mighty in spirit, channeling the full power of Polish patriots.”
The question is whether Pawlowicz is accurate in claiming that France is a dying country or is this nothing more than one EU member chastising another for its stance regarding the Middle Eastern and African immigration invasion. Poland has taken the opposite road by rejecting the quotas of other countries in Western Europe.
France, normally one of the top countries in the world for tourism, is reeling economically from a downturn in visitors. Much of that has to do with the number of terrorist attacks that has plagued the country in the past two years. Travelers are particularly leery of visiting Paris thanks to Muslim no-go zones and several serious terror incidents.
The same is true in Germany and Belgium, especially Brussels.
Many analysts believe that France, and other European nations, have become too secular while the Islamic community continues to growth and the faith intensifies.
Said Pawlowicz, “We are discouraged, the French are dying… without God, without faith in Mary.”
Macron has already countered with threats of retribution against the Poles if they do not go along with demands made by the EU.
Macron spoke out against Poland last week saying “When the rights and values of the European Union are not respected, I want sanctions to be taken. In the three months after I’m elected, there will be a decision on Poland.”
Mariusz Blaszczak, the Polish interior minister, rebuked Macron strongly, “The policy of multiculturalism in Western Europe is bringing about a bloody harvest in the form of terrorist attacks.”
Macron wasted no time in bringing Russia into the controversy stating that Poles are allies with “imperial Russia.”
In 2003, a British journalist wrote a scathing analysis of the United Kingdom and its secularism which sounds similar to the Polish stance against the French. Far fetched as it may have seemed at the time, there is no question that England is also staggering under the weight of massive immigration. London, like Paris, Brussels, Germany and Sweden, is in the midst of a major transition that includes the election of an Islamic mayor.
Given the current status throughout Europe regarding the immigration problem, it would do Americans well to have greater access to international news in order to better understand our own role in world affairs.
Rather we continue to debate the worthiness or lack thereof of Donald Trump to be president while seeking every possible excuse to run him out of office. It is time to pay attention to what is happening in the back alleys and side roads of the world where trouble is brewing on a daily basis.
Macron and Poland need to put aside petty differences and focus upon the dangers the immigration situation poses. Islamic immigration is a problem that isn’t going away any time soon.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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