Barbarians at the Gate: Europe Faces Russian Ambitions

The Russians have rejected the ambivalent attempts at Trans-Nationalism that has so characterized Europe since the end of World War II.  The Russians have many of the same problems as the rest of Europe but they’ve found in Vladimir Putin a strongman who is evocative of their self image and ambitions in the world. They have a demographic crisis, like the rest of Europe, but they also have a national leader who has the force of will to deal with the issue and restore Russia to superpower status. Russia has no intentions of self immolation in favor of a shared regional identity but seeks to rebuild the Soviet Empire with itself as the center of a New Russian Empire.  Mr. Putin will doubtless embrace the best of both capitalism and socialism and organized crime. Life in Russia is still more elemental then the western Europeans who have been made soft and helpless by their many luxuries. Russia has in Vladimir Putin a reason for hope and inspiration which is far beyond what Western Europe has dreamt of in decades.  The Russians will not submit to the stifling of all national ambition lest the demon of war emerge unbidden and bring eternal night to Europe. The Russians don’t have the luxury or the time to be afraid of what the implications might be they just want to have a direction that’s meaningful again. Vladimir Putin has restored an authoritarianism that seems to be welcomed by the Russian people. Russia is raising Cain with their neighbors again, cutting off oil and gas and trade if the neighbors don’t play ball and once again they are as happy as a pig in mud. Nothing wakes up a national identity as much as intimidating your neighbors and resuming cold war air patrols! Russia looks at Europe and sees a people who have the courage to protest air pollution and rally against Islamophobia but little else.  The World is Russia’s Oyster: America is on the verge of an economic meltdown and the Europeans are weak and spineless and even now the Russians make plans to regain their rightful place in the world.   

 

 

 

 

With life and spunk returning to the Russian Bear Europe finds itself in need of a savior who will do what the various national leaders have failed to do: Unite Europe financially, culturally, politically, and militarily.  It seems difficult to think of the Europe of today becoming a true player on the world stage but the Bible assures us that some version of the Roman Empire will rise again.  The man who finishes half hearted unification of Europe will return Europe to a stature it hasn’t enjoyed since the conclusion of World War II.  He will have to be a very dynamic, charismatic, messianic, (Like Obama I mean!) kind of guy to banish the malaise of Europe and give it a sense of purpose again. When was the last time that Europe found inspiration in one of its leaders instead of a worldly scorn and sullen contempt?  They say that nature abhors a vacuum and with America facing an economic tsunami Europe might want to get off its butt and prepare for the dynamic leader that will rescue them from their own post nationalist depression and give them a shot of regional Prozac.  Something has to change for this vision to come true and I suspect it is the end of the American era.  Europe will rise when it’s forced to and I fear that time is coming soon.  Who will be the European Savior who will manage an economic crisis of global proportions, create a European government instead of the remains of the nation states? Who will raise a European Army very quickly to doubtless protect them from the Russians?  Your guess is as good as mine.  His coming has been foretold and he will solve a lot of intractable problems in the beginning…..  And create a lot of problems in the end. Who is he? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. 

Europe is in need of a leader who can consolidate the gains made toward a European identity but instill the people with a purpose and will that the national leaders used to do.  Europe is caught between nationalism and regionalism and the world is still a very dangerous place. This is even more imperative if the United States is destroyed by a currency collapse and the sheer weight of all its debt.  If the United States were removed from the equation and NATO was no more what would the Europeans do with an ambitions strong Russia on its borders? Europe may have the financial power of being the next reserve currency but they will have a bunch of segmented, conscripted separate armies instead of a single integrated European Armed Forces.  In a world without America they need a European Army not the French army, the German army, the British army, the Italian army and so on.  Anything short of a European Army won’t get the job done and once you have a true European Army then you’re going to need a “European” Leader to wield it.  The Europeans are still stuck between two worlds: the nationalism of the past and the regionalism of the future.

 

With life and spunk returning to the Russian Bear Europe finds itself in need of a savior who will do what the various national leaders have failed to do: Unite Europe financially, culturally, politically, and militarily.  It seems difficult to think of the Europe of today becoming a true player on the world stage but the Bible assures us that some version of the Roman Empire will rise again.  The man who finishes half hearted unification of Europe will return Europe to a stature it hasn’t enjoyed since the conclusion of World War II.  He will have to be a very dynamic, charismatic, messianic, (Like Obama I mean!) kind of guy to banish the malaise of Europe and give it a sense of purpose again. When was the last time that Europe found inspiration in one of its leaders instead of a worldly scorn and sullen contempt?  They say that nature abhors a vacuum and with America facing an economic tsunami Europe might want to get off its butt and prepare for the dynamic leader that will rescue them from their own post nationalist depression and give them a shot of regional Prozac.  Something has to change for this vision to come true and I suspect it is the end of the American era.  Europe will rise when it’s forced to and I fear that time is coming soon.  Who will be the European Savior who will manage an economic crisis of global proportions, create a European government instead of the remains of the nation states? Who will raise a European Army very quickly to doubtless protect them from the Russians?  Your guess is as good as mine.  His coming has been foretold and he will solve a lot of intractable problems in the beginning…..  And create a lot of problems in the end. Who is he? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.  

 

 

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