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.

 

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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Brexit Day: end of an era as United Kingdom leaves EU!

Britain’s Independence Day! At 11pm GMT on 31 January, Britain officially left the EU after 47 years of membership.

Here’s a celebratory tweet from Prime Minister Boris Johnson:

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And a video of his comments:

Montage of Brexit Day celebration images:

And from The Anglophilic Anglican (meme inspired by a friend’s FB timeline comment):

Congratulations to the British people who voted for Brexit, on this day of independence from the EU after more than three years of struggle and uncertainty (ABC news notes that the departure comes 3½ years after the country voted by a margin of 52%-48% to walk away from the European Union).

I pray it will be the beginning of not only a new, but a positive and successful era in British history, as I have always believed it would be!

And for those who didn’t… hold your pints, mates, and watch this!

 

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!

European elections results: Far-right and pro-Green parties win votes | Metro News

Italy's Matteo Salvini, France's Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage

Europe saw a coming-of-age moment for the eurosceptic far-right movement in the European elections results 2019.

Source: European elections results: Far-right and pro-Green parties win votes | Metro News

Four days of voting for national representatives to the European Parliament ended Sunday with major gains by nationalist / populist parties (“far right” = eurosceptic, opposed to globalism, mass migration, and other aspects of the Left-wing agenda).

Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister, and de facto popular leader Matteo Salvini “told RAI state television that his League [Lega, formerly Lega Nord, the Northern League], Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party together should control 90 seats and that other populist parties could bring the number to at least 150.”

Meanwhile, in Britain, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s weeks-old Brexit party won 28 seats, against 16 for the Liberal Democrats. Traditional powerhouse Labour took only 10, and the once-mighty Conservative Party, known as the Tories, four. Even the Greens beat the Tories, with seven!

Although the linked article notes that “Despite making gains, the vote was hardly the watershed anticipated by Europe’s far-right populists” [see above…] “who have vowed to dilute the European Union from within in favour of national sovereignty,” it was a very definite wake-up call – indeed, a hard slap in the face – to traditional “centrist” parties.

An interesting point is that the other major gainers were Leftist parties, including the Greens; clearly, much of Europe’s population is tired of “business as usual.” With the sloppy center on record as refusing to make alliance with the nationalist / populists, it will be fascinating – to say the least – to see where European politics goes from here!

The West Is Stirring | John Waters | First Things

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The people of the West are stirring in their slumber.

Source: The West Is Stirring | John Waters | First Things

In response to a recent “Manifesto” by “30 Pro-Europe Intellectuals” (informally sub-titled in many media reports, “Europe is coming apart before our eyes”), John Waters writes,

“It soon becomes clear that what we have here is not ‘30 Pro-Europe Intellectuals’ but ‘30 Pro-European Union intellectuals,’ an entirely different kettle of drummer boys…

“These intellectuals sarcastically dismiss Europeans’ current craving to ‘reconnect with their national souls.’ ‘Abstractions such as ‘soul’ and ‘identity’ often exist only in the imagination of demagogues,’ they declare.”

Must be nice to be able to so blithely dismiss the highest aspirations of not only Europeans, but humans, over centuries and millennia as “abstractions” that “only exist in the imagination”! But indeed, these so-called, self -defined “intellectuals” do seem lacking in both soul and identity, so it’s no wonder they find these things irrelevant or dangerous. In Waters’ words,

“The failure of the E.U. project is causally related to Europe’s retreat from its rich Christian heritage. That retreat has left a vacuum that economics, liberalism, and materialism have failed to fill. A bogus liberalism has attacked and all but destroyed the three fundamental pillars of human society in Europe: family, Church, and nation. Yet all three are capable of resurgence at any moment. Early signs of such resurgence are what scared the E.U. intellectuals into print.”

The irony is that these “intellectuals” think they are avant-garde, cutting edge. In reality, it is they – not those they mock and decry – who are the dinosaurs, lurching toward extinction. Europe – the ordinary people of Europe, replete with both soul and identity – is on the verge of a major Awakening; indeed, it has already begun. As Waters points out,

“A revolution is happening across the free world. It is not a revolution of the ‘Right,’ ‘alt-right,’ or ‘far right,’ but a revolution from the concrete center, from the places where working people live and work to build, fix, paint, and clean the world as their antecedents did for thousands of years. It is fundamentally a reaction against lies, intimidation, official stupidity, and political correctness.

“It is already sweeping Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, and the countries of the Eastern bloc. It is at the back of Brexit and Donald Trump. It may not be an ‘intellectual’ movement, but it is a movement rooted in a deep and ancient intelligence — the intelligence of the human heart — which has beat for several thousand years at the center of the greatest civilization the world has ever seen. 

“The people of the West are stirring in their slumber. Yes, Europe is coming apart at the seams, but not in the ways the E.U. intellectuals divine. What they call ‘the bonfire of our freedoms’ has already happened” – indeed, they and their ilk were the ones doing the burning – “and the people who make and fix things are building a new Europe in the ashes of the old.”

Viva Europa! May the new Awakening grow, burgeon, and flourish across that great continent and among its people, and beyond!

Brexit news: Furious Brexiteer warns of ‘REVOLUTION’ if May fails to deliver | UK | News | Express.co.uk

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“This is Britain, we are not Europeans. We have never been Europeans. This is our land and we are taking it back. If the political class doesn’t like it then they are going to see a revolution like they’ve never seen before.”

Source: Brexit news: Furious Brexiteer warns of ‘REVOLUTION’ if May fails to deliver | UK | News | Express.co.uk

The Express (UK) reports that “Seething Brexiteers have taken to the streets of London on Friday to demand Theresa May ditch her proposed Brexit divorce deal, warning refusing to do so could result in Britons ‘revolting’ to see their demands met,” and in the video on the linked site, interviews a “disgruntled Brexiteer” who states emphatically,

“Time to take up the spirit of Oliver Cromwell, it’s time to stand up, time to rise up, time to regain what’s rightfully ours. We ain’t going anywhere, the yellow vest is just the start. This is going to spread out to the whole country. We don’t want a deal, don’t want a deal. No deal Brexit…”

Now, I am no fan of Oliver Cromwell! But if his memory can inspire Britons to stand up against and overthrow, not the Monarchy, but those in the government who are attempting to sacrifice Britain on the altar of Leftist collectivism, globalism, and authoritarianism, then maybe that memory will have accomplished something worthwhile than the man ever did, to set against the havoc and destruction he wrought in the 17th century.

France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

  • “The French say, ‘Mr. President, we cannot make ends meet,’ and the President replies, ‘we shall create a High Council [for the climate]’. Can you imagine the disconnect?” — Laurence Saillet, spokesman for the center-right party, The Republicans, November 27, 2018
  • The “yellow jackets” [protestors] now have the support of 77% of the French population [by some reckonings, 84%]. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. The movement is now a revolt of millions of people who feel asphyxiated by “confiscatory” taxation, and who do not want to “pay indefinitely” for a government that seems “unable to limit spending”. — Jean-Yves Camus, political scientist.
  • European elections are to be held this Spring, 2019. Polls show that the National Gathering [a.k.a. National Rally, the party of Marine Le Pen] will be in the lead, far ahead of La République En Marche! [The Republic on the Move!], the party created by Macron.

Source: France’s Meltdown, Macron’s Disdain | Gatestone Institute

Europe is struggling, but Europe is also beginning to awaken from its long sleep, or at least, lethargy. This is still more evidence of that awakening. Will it awaken enough, and soon enough?

It’s like watching the Titanic churn toward that iceberg, but you can both see and sense the turning of the rudder and the backing of the screws beginning to bite. Will they turn the bow fast enough, far enough, to prevent a fatal collision? These are tense times, to put it mildly!

“Marine Le Pen, president of the right-of-center National Rally (the former National Front party, and today the main opposition party in France), said, ‘There is a tiny caste that works for itself and there is the vast majority of French people who are abandoned by the government, and feel downgraded, dispossessed.’https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7f/Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg/220px-Marine_Le_Pen_%282017-03-24%29_01_cropped.jpg

“The ‘yellow jackets’ [named for the yellow safety vests worn by the protesters] now have the support of 84% of the French population. They are demanding Macron’s resignation and an immediate change of government. Those who speak on radio and television say that Macron and the government are hopelessly blind and deaf.

“At the moment, the ‘yellow jackets’ have decided to organize a third national protest – today, Saturday, December 1st – with another march to Paris and the Elysée Palace. The revolt in the country is intensifying and shows no sign of slowing down.”

As Dr. Guy Millière, professor at the University of Paris and the author of this piece, points out,

“The ‘populist’ wave is now hitting France; it could well mean the end of Macron’s term as president.”

Au nom du peuple.

French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

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Source: French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

Finally, some good news out of France!

“Marine Le Pen’s National Rally has overtaken the centrist party of Emmanuel Macron, the French president, for the first time, according to an opinion poll released Sunday, in a further sign of the rise of the far-Right in Europe. The Ifop poll measured voting intentions for European Parliament elections next May, seen as a decisive battle between pro-EU liberals and Eurosceptic populists that could be pivotal in shaping the future of the European Union after Brexit.”

Remember, of course, that to the “mainstream” (Left-wing) media, anyone who is not hard-Left is “far right,” and love for one’s own people and nation is tantamount to Nazism…

Granted, the lead is not dramatic; but it is significant:

“The poll showed Ms Le Pen’s party, formerly known as the Front National, with 21 per cent of voting intentions compared to 19 per cent for Mr Macron’s La Republique En Marche (LREM) party.

“Together with the seven per cent of people planning to vote for a smaller far-Right party, Stand Up France, and two per cent going for two small “Frexit” parties, the French far-Right has won 30 per cent of voting intentions, a five-point gain since August, according to the poll…

Populist parties’ gains have increased fears in Brussels that anti-immigrant Eurosceptic parties may wield greater clout after the May elections.”

We can only hope.