Border situation between Turkey and Greece remains highly tense

The very tense situation at the border between Greece and Turkey continues; but Austria and the Visegrad group are among those helping to reinforce the Greeks.

See also: Turkey weaponizes refugees against Europe | The Hill

Turkey, as many will known, is attempting to send large numbers – maybe tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands – of migrants (“refugees” is a euphemism for a group most of whom are young, strong, military-aged men, in good health) from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa into Europe via Greece. Greece, needless to say, has no desire to allow this to occur. Nor, for that matter, does Europe, which has apparently (if somewhat belatedly) learned a lesson from the “refugee” crisis of 2015.

Indeed, the President of the European Commission (of the EU, of all things!), Ursula von der Leyen, has called Greece the ασπίδα (aspida, meaning “shield”) of Europe. And several countries, including Poland and Austria, have sent police and border guards to reinforce the border between Greece – indeed, Europe – and Turkey: formerly Anatolia, sometimes also known as Asia Minor, and through much of ancient and medieval history reckoned as part of Europe, but since the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, firmly in the Eastern (and Islamic) camp.

The players in this are interesting: on the one hand, we have Turkey, home of the Ottoman Turks who not only captured Constantinople, last – save Rome! – of the Five Patriarchates of ancient Christianity, four of which were in the East, and all of which fell to Islam, but also invaded Europe on multiple occasions, the last significant attempt of which was defeated before the Gates of Vienna in 1683 by the combined armies of the Holy Roman Empire (the Habsburgs, with their seat in Imperial Vienna) and the Holy League, lead by King Jan III Sobieski of Poland, whose Winged Hussars led the massive cavalry charge that finally and definitively broke the siege.

On the other, we have Poland, whose leadership of the armies of the Holy League I just mentioned; Austria, spiritual and ancestral heirs to the former Holy Roman Empire; and of course Greek herself, who was not only forced back across the Bosporus when Constantinople (capital of the Eastern, or Greek, half of the former Roman Empire) fell to the Muslim Ottoman Turks, but who (with the later Rome) was one of the fountainheads of Western / European civilization in the first place, and her defender against another menace from the East, the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

Watching what is going on at present, one thinks both of the Gates of Vienna, but also of the Pass of Thermopylae, in which the Spartans, with allies from other Greek city-states, held back the massed armies of the Persian Emperor, Xerxes the Great. It is not hard to believe that we are watching history in the making, and which was the battle will turn is still in some doubt. However, the fact that Europe as a whole seems (with some vocal exceptions) to be taking Greece’s side in this is encouraging.

Indeed, we seem to be seeing the beginnings of a swing away from globalism, open borders, free passage of any and all for whatever reason, etc., and back toward a more robust defense of national sovereignty and both territorial and cultural integrity. This is all to the good, in my opinion, and I hope it continues and increases!

Marcus Follin, the Swedish YouTuber known (with what I think is intentionally ironic hubris!) as “The Golden One,” points to this, commenting that the globalist lifestyle is losing its lustre; that people are beginning to decide that “maybe it’s better to create a local community, with people you trust and you like, create a family, etc.,” as “a natural response to a tougher societal climate” – both due to issues like the Turkey-vs-Greece situation mentioned above, and also the cononavirus pandemic (as it has now been officially dubbed by the World Health Organization).

Perhaps it can be said of Europeans as the quote frequently, but perhaps apocryphally, attributed to Winston Churchill said of Americans: that “they can be counted upon to do the right thing – once they have exhausted all other possibilities.”

Greece DEFENDS the Borders of EUROPE! | Dr. Steve Turley – YouTube

The EU – in the person of the President the European Union, of all people! – calls Greece the Ασπίδα (Aspída = shield) of Europe!

Greece – Europe's Aspida

Yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to post about politics… unless something occurred which was so egregious that it was necessary. And I’d say Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey’s attempt to flood Europe with a new wave of Third-World migrants via Greece, and Greece’s determination to defend both her own and Europe’s borders – and even more shockingly, Europe’s realization and support of this effort! – qualifies. I won’t say any more, just let you watch and listen to Dr. Steve Turley explain the situation, in his own uniquely and entertainingly bombastic fashion!

(P.S. I hope you like my new meme on the subject!)

For additional background information on what’s going on, see:

Erdogan’s Empty Threats | Dispatch: Foreign Policy

Erdoğan is reaping what he sowed: Turkey is on the brink of disaster in Syria | The Guardian

Erdogan and Putin: The end of the affair | Middle East Eye

Worthy of special note in the last of these:

“With 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees in Turkey, a resurgent Kemalist opposition that has seized control of the two major cities Istanbul and Ankara in the last elections and openly expresses hostility to the refugees, coupled with the splitting of his own conservative Islamist party base, Erdogan was cornered.”

And now I shall recede back into the woodwork, politically at least. For the time being, anyway… unless or until something else happens that draws me forth! Wishing everyone a continued blessed Lent.

 

Glories of the West: The Beauty of French Architecture | Architectural Revival

“The Beauty of The Kingdom of France: The Creation of the French People. Vive la France! Vive le Roi!”

“Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created. When we build, let it not be for our time, but all time. Real architecture stands the test of time, aesthetically & physically.”

Architectural Revival

Another example of what we are struggling for.

 

Melanie Phillips: David Frost’s reflections on the revolution in Britain

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Edmund Burke, by Joshua Reynolds (1771).

The inestimable Melanie Phillips comments on the recent speech at Brussels university by David Frost, lead UK negotiator with the EU over the post-Brexit trade deal. It was, as she puts it, “a belter.” She continues,

“Straightening his country’s spine from its five-decade scoliosis as a demoralised supplicant at the European table, Frost reclaimed, on behalf of the British government, the moral and intellectual high ground for Britain’s departure from the EU – and for doing so entirely on the UK’s terms.

“This magnificent speech, which deserves to be read in full (as you can mostly do in this edited transcript here) had three essential components: an unequivocal statement that if the EU continues to insist on its “level playing-field” manacles, the UK will walk away; a confident put-down of all those who continue to insist that going it alone would be catastrophic for the UK; and a magisterial statement of why it matters so much that the UK becomes again an independent and self-governing nation.

“Moreover, Frost framed his remarks in the context of Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France”. Remarkably for a British official, he thus anchored the UK’s restoration of its ancient freedoms firmly in the context of its own culture, history and traditions – as well as calling back into much-needed service the words of the philosopher-genius who gave conservatism its foundational and now almost forgotten purpose of upholding and defending the social contract between the dead, the living and the unborn.”

She quotes Frost as saying – in rather ringing terms, I must say:

“… I do think the EU needs to understand, I mean genuinely understand, not just say it, that countries geographically in Europe can, if they choose it, be independent countries. Independence does not mean a limited degree of freedom in return for accepting some of the norms of the central power. It means – independence – just that. I recognise that some in Brussels might be uncomfortable with that – but the EU must, if it is to achieve what it wants in the world, find a way of relating to its neighbours as friends and genuinely sovereign equals.”

Huzzah! She then continues,

“David Frost has given the EU a lesson in what democracy and national independence actually mean. It was a great speech. It was also the thinking of a patriot who actually has faith in his country. Among our post-national official class who have long believed that Britain cannot survive through its own efforts, this is rare indeed.”

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest! And, I might say, “Rule Britannia!”

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Netherlands: Outraged leftists protest against ‘Black Pete’ across the country | Voice of Europe

Christmas parades across the Netherlands welcoming the arrival of St. Nicholas and his helper, Black Pete, were the scenes of protests by leftists who say Black Pete should be removed from the tradition, because for them, he’s a symbol of racism.

Source: Netherlands: Outraged leftists protest against ‘Black Pete’ across the country | Voice of Europe

When will we learn that most if not pretty much all of those who claim to be “anti-racist” are, in fact, actually anti-traditionalist? Idiocy like this cheapens the the response to, and diverts attention from, instances (now blessedly rare) of genuine racism!

And of course, most of those who claim most loudly to be “anti-racist” have no problem talking and behaving in racist ways when it comes to people of European heritage. Including stunts like this, attacking traditional customs and traditions! It’s shameful. In any case:

“A group called Kick out Zwarte Piet (KOZP), protested in several cities on Saturday during the entry of Sinterklaas. The group didn’t protest at the national entry in Apeldoorn, however.

“The group contends that Black Pete is a racist caricature that should either be changed or done away with entirely. The majority of Dutch people, however, say there’s nothing wrong with the character, and that he’s simply part of the country’s long-held tradition.

“A recent poll revealed that 88 percent of the Dutch population doesn’t view Black Pete as racist and see no problem with the original appearance.”

Good for the Dutch! I only wish it was 98%…

Glories of the West: Dresden, Germany

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Source: deutschlandLiebe (Facebook group)

Almost entirely destroyed by Allied firebombing in World War Two that killed tens of thousands (estimates range from a low of 25,000 to a high of 135,000), Dresden has risen, Phoenix-like, literally from the ashes!

Encyclopedia Britannica article on the City of Dresden

Short drone video of Dresden, focusing on the restored historic heart of the city:

Click the link for a longer video!

 

A Tale of Two Germanies | Chronicles Magazine

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Under communism the State tried but failed to subjugate the Nation; under liberalism, the State gradually and gently destroyed the Nation.

Source: A Tale of Two Germanies | Chronicles Magazine

“An important foreign story consistently underreported in the U.S. is the remarkable rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern states of the Federal Republic…

“Immigration and asylum laws remain a very important issue for millions of Germans, although the mainstream parties and Germany’s uniformly liberal media machine pretend otherwise. It is the most important issue in Saxony, closely followed by the related problem of internal security, with the economy, education, housing, and social policy lagging far behind.

This order of priorities, eminently rational, confirms what we have known for a long time: that Soviet communism, with its crude Pavlovian methods of control, has been far less corrosive to the health of nations and communities than Western liberalism and internationalism, which rely on the implantation of subliminal messages by Freudian means.

“The key pillar of that message is that all nations are but social arrangements, artificial, temporary, and–especially in Germany’s case–potentially dangerous. This has made the liberal German state deeply hostile even to the most benign understanding of national or ethnic coherence. Estranged from their parents, ignorant of their culture, ashamed of their history, millions of young western Germans subjected to denazification were duly de-Germanized.”

The full article is well worth a read!

Glories of the West: Greece’s monasteries in the sky

Source: METEORA : Greece’s monasteries in the sky | Places and People (Facebook)

Once again, I would have hoped for better music: Greek Orthodox chant, ideally, or at least something recognizably Greek. But the (presumably drone) video footage of the monasteries themselves is splendid!

 

Nationalist Christian Hungary is thriving: rising marriage rates, falling abortions and highest birthrates in 20 years | Voice of Europe

While European nations languish with rapidly declining birthrates, Hungary stands out with rising marriage rates, falling abortions, and its highest birthrate in 20 years, Breitbart reports.

Source: Nationalist Christian Hungary is thriving – rising marriage rates, falling abortions and highest birthrates in 20 years – Voice of Europe

“Marriage is up by 43 percent since 2010, while divorce has dropped by 22.5 percent in the same period. This demographic turnaround has not been an accident, but the fruit of deliberate programs to promote marriage and the family while defending Hungary’s cultural identity and Christian roots.”

Well done, Hungary! Well done.

The Glories of the West: The Beauty of French Architecture

Lovely examples of what we’re fighting for, from “the eldest daughter of the Church” – la belle France.