In the wake of the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris, French President Francois Hollande has asked for extended emergency powers and has promised an intensified assault on Islamic State in Syria. Hollande has further called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on combating terrorism as a basis for forming a “unified” multi-national anti-terrorist coalition.
France will also reportedly call for temporary “emergency internal border controls” within the EU, something this report calls a “radical” step.
The Telegraph, however, has noted that EU “Eurocrats” are in denial following terrorist attacks that killed 129 people:
The European project is collapsing around their ears, and yet still they desperately scramble to save the Schengen free movement zone . . .
[President of the European Commission] Jean-Claude Juncker’s response to the Paris abomination was extraordinary. At the G20 summit in Turkey, he lashed out at those—the vast majority of Europeans, if polls are to be believed—who think open borders might be weakening the Continent’s security. “My belief is exactly the opposite,” he declared, “and therefore there is no need to review the European refugee policy.”
As usual, he took the opportunity to chide his opponents for their narrow-mindedness. “I would like to invite them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions. I don’t like it.”
The Europe of the “Eurocrats” is a far cry from “Christendom,” the civilization whose foundations were formed in Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome. Today’s Europe does not even reflect the scientific rationalism of modernism, as post-modernism denies the existence of objective truth. A lack of will is evident not only in allowing the continent to be Islamified, but in the collapse of the family and the faith. Nihilism, an Eloi-like passivity in the face of mortal threats, prevails in much of the Western world. Western media seem generally more alarmed by Marine Le Pen than by ISIS or Islamic enclaves undermining their societies. Moslems, in contrast, are self confident and assertive. Some Westerners convert, joining the jihad as once jaded Europeans, jarred by the shock of the Great War, joined totalitarian mass movements, people who had lost their religion finding solace in the collective mass, a meaningful life and death in the Volk or the revolution. Such are the signs of an existential crisis in the developed world, one Aaron Wolf has traced to the rejection of natural law.
Denis Petrov is a Moscow-based journalist.