Beyond the Cusp

May 10, 2017

European Surrender Signs Stronger

 

It should not be surprising that one of the glimmers of life comes from Britain simply due to their BREXIT vote but the real test there will be the next elections. Should Britain swerve leftward and elect Labor to lead the coalition and choose the next Prime Minister, then we can fully expect a new referendum asking whether or not BREXIT should be followed through or abandoned and have Britain return to the loving and safe arms of the European Union (EU). That will be the message carried throughout much of the British media and many of their media darlings will come out supporting a return to normalcy and the EU. Returning to the EU will be the new normal and the previous BREXIT vote will be caricatured as a one-off temporary insanity where people lost their heads and abandoned all reason. We at BTC pray that such a referendum would go down in glorious flames as the people who were even in doubt fearing an end to the British Isles would soon follow any affirmation of BREXIT policy would now realize that the world does not end if one leaves the Brussels bureaucracy and allow a reaffirmation of BREXIT to win overwhelming support. Even better would be the reelection of the Conservatives and retaining the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May and follow through on BREXIT to the very end. Britain could, as a result, once again rise to be the leader of all Europe. The question would then arise as to who would desire to be next to join the club of independence and liberty?

 

France. What can be said when they had the opportunity to defend their nation and take control grabbing the steering wheel and turning ever so bluntly toward nationalism. But no, they shied away and ran back to the comfortable do nothing and hope for the best while guaranteeing the worst. France is not alone as the Netherlands also had a choice and more than usual voted to protect their national heritage. But the Dutch elections still left Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) falling short and once again being denied a place in the ruling coalition. What is it about Europe that when given the opportunity to actually stand up and defend their lives and the freedoms they have come to enjoy, they simply close their eyes and believe that doing nothing will be sufficient, as it has worked thus far. Have the Dutch completely forgotten the story about the little boy who plugged the hole in the dyke with his finger waiting for somebody to come and repair the hole? Perhaps they are the ones who passed by and patted the youth on the head and pleaded that he continue his good work counting on his stamina and ability to stand in that spot forever. That does not work any better than it would, had the youth not received assistance before getting too tired to continue plugging the hole. The Dutch decided the lad needs no assistance and just continuing as they have in the past which created their emergency situation will somehow address the problems without their having to actually change their attitudes and actually seek different solutions to the bromides which make one feel great listening to how multiculturalism will broaden their views and bring a whole new set of horizons into their lives.

 

This statement is true but it misses the most important point, many of the new arrivals do not desire widened horizons, they do not even care about the horizon one single bit, they care about Sharia and its implementation and the obedience of all around them. They demand complete and unadulterated surrender to Allah by everyone, just as Geert Wilders has predicted and continuously warned. But why listen to somebody the media tells you is a right wing fascist when he is warning about the importing of radical Islamic totalitarian radicals who will impose something far worse than Geert Wilders as Prime Minister. The warnings he expounds about Imams dictating your lives, wearing specific approved Islamic style clothing, praying to Allah prostrated towards Mecca or facing execution by some of the most brutal methods imaginable, these could come true should any in Europe continue on their current path. The signs are everywhere and nobody is paying even the slightest bit of attention because they are all too busy chasing their next hedonistic pleasure and then the one after that in such a rush to make themselves thrilled and exuberant forgetting that there are things one is expected to do. Believe it or not, but with all the copulations which are being performed across Europe there is a complete dearth of children. Strollers being pushed along with two more children walking along with mother once was a typical sight throughout Europe, especially in Italy or so Giulio Meotti has reported. Look as you are out strolling the boulevards today when you are out, count the numbers of strollers or even the numbers of children, and then ask yourself, where did the children disappear? We can tell you.

 

You have filled your lives with things which though titillating and scintillating thrilling your brain with serotonin and endorphins making for your greatest pleasures but have missed out on the most natural means of satisfaction, giving meaning to everything in your life, having and raising children. Living for the moment and for only your own pleasure is a life wasted. Living and bringing up children is a true means of reward and satisfaction when they accomplish and do well. When they make trouble, which is a sign that there is something you have missed which they require and this allows for introspection and an assessment of how you are living and what example are you providing. Children are a form of mirror in which you see your actions reflected in their lives and this often will give you better life counseling than that thousand dollar per hour psychiatrist you visit twice weekly and get nothing but a prescription for drugs your brain is lacking for. Children will give your brain all it needs and often quite a lot more. They also provide a future for your society because without children, you are inviting invasion by foreign peoples whose ideas will become the majority ideas and the basis for the future of your nation.

 

Another recent signal that all is close to lost in Europe was a vote taken in UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) removing any historic identity of the Jewish People with Jerusalem labeling Israel as being “the occupying power” in her own Capital City. While Sweden, under orders directly from Stockholm, was the sole EU nation openly voting in favor of the resolution, the remainder of the EU nations abstained with the proud exception of Italy allowing the Islamist block to pretend they represent the world simply because the EU nations refused to pick a side. A vote with more abstentions than all Yay and Nay votes combined allowing such a travesty speaks to the loss of identity and their loss of faith in anything. We have mentioned the source for European strength through the ages. Despite the troubles, which came from the misuse of the Judeo-Christian ethic by dictatorial monarchs and land barons, for gain of wealth or lands, a definitive misuse of the Judeo-Christian ethic, there were good results which largely came as a result of the Reformation making the Renaissance possible followed by the scientific gains and the industrial revolution. The entirety of the developed world came as a result of the core morality taught by the basics of Judeo-Christian ideologies and the eventual revolution, which separated government from religion allowing for freedom of religion, which led to all other freedoms enjoyed by the developed world. The abstentions by the EU nations, and Britain and Ireland, are simply another symptom of the loss of purpose beyond self-aggrandizement and the pure pursuit of pleasure over responsibility. To have taken a side, and the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe would point to support of Israel, not the sacrifice of Israel and the Jews, would have displayed at least some spine and value system. But Europe is forsaking everything it once believed and found worth fighting for and if this baselessness stemming from the lack of belief in anything, it will lead to a forced belief in a foreign system being imposed by a minority which believes in something strongly enough to kill and die for. This is what will eventually take over Europe should Europe continue to believe only in the self and that which pleases each individual being sought by individuals who care only for their individual pleasures and individuality. This does not make for a healthy society not one that can long survive on its own as there is no cohesiveness and thus no central spine or unifying belief.

 

There was another event where a secret ballot was taken to place Saudi Arabia onto the United Nations Commission on Women’s Rights (UNCWR). As it was a secret ballot, there are only a few things that are known. Foremost, we know that a majority affirmed the appointment. Further, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel gave an explanation for their affirmative vote of which the Brussels’ delegation was explicitly asked to vote in favor of the Saudi Arabia and to even let the Saudis know of their intentions where he appeared to apologize for the leak more than he was for the affirmation of Saudi Arabia. As reported in an article by Giulio Meotti “Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynder said the delegation sought to “inform the various candidates, including Saudi Arabia” about its support, despite the vote being secret.” Mr. Meotti further reports, ““Sweden has voted for the Saudis, 90% sure,” said Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, while Wikileaks has offered $10,000 to anyone who would reveal the Stockholm vote.” We wish we could assist Wikileaks on this one, as the reward would pay for one very fun weekend, or week. So now Saudi Arabia will sit and assist in deciding concerns brought before the UNCWR. We can soon expect the UNCWR to pass a referendum declaring that Israel is responsible for the horrific state of women’s rights in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (PA) areas where such practices as wife beating, honor killings, spousal rapes, forced child marriages and other related abuses are abundant. The UNCWR will soon become just another United Nations agency endeavoring to release as many papers and studies on the evils of being Israel, the lone Jewish State and ancestral home for the Jewish People joining the likes of the UNHRC, UNESCO, UNICEF and numerous others.

 

Back to Europe and the EU. The EU actually is another institution, which often appears to be overly concerned with the purported evils of being Israel, as it often appears that the main crime of the Jewish State is the fact it exists. Meanwhile, while the EU is so concerned over the problems with Israel it ignores the problems facing Europe herself. The door was flung open to presumed “refugees” from Syria and the floodgates allowed heaven knows who to enter Europe, the only obvious item was that well over three-fourths of these “refugees” were unaccompanied males between the ages of sixteen and forty-nine. Since the entrance of these “refugees” the numbers of sex related crimes in the nations where the majority of these “refugees” relocated have tripled or even worse. The main nations facing these increases are Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France and others. One of the more interesting statistics comes when one observes the map of terrorist strikes across Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa and one will notice a near total absence of attacks in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia correlates to a far lower number of refugee asylum seekers in those same nations. On the other side of the scale, Germany and France have had the greatest problems and also are amongst, Germany actual being, the leaders in asylum seekers. One also need include the number of “refugees” which have entered and disappeared rather than seeking asylum instead opting to disappear falling between the cracks during the highest refugee phases flooding into mostly Germany, France and Sweden as these nations offered the greatest benefits and easiest entrance, especially Germany where Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her nation’s expectation to take up to 800,000 Syrian refugees and she opened the borders wide and immediately the country was inundated with refugees, and once again these refugees were largely males between the ages of 16 and 49. The correlations are evident in the two maps below.

 

Maps of Europe Top Terror Attacks Bottom Immigrant Assylum Seekers

Maps of Europe Top Terror Attacks Bottom Immigrant Assylum Seekers

 

Europe has lost its way and Islam has eyed Europe as their target to conquer Christianity. Where Europe may have given up on Christianity, nobody informed the Muslims of this fact and still view Europe as a Christian continent which must be conquered and transformed into a Muslim continent. The conquest will be done through immigration and Europe will find themselves in a war for the hearts and minds of the average European. Will Europe awaken and realize that which is occurring or will they sleep until it is too late and they face conversion to Islam or at best a quick and relatively painless death. On the other hand they may face a war fought brutally and the idea of offering Islam through force and conquest where those whose region has fallen to the insurrectionist Muslims will face an easy choice of converting immediately or falling to the sword or worse, face Inquisition style coercion as an influence to convert where there really is no choice. European thinking for a moment that they can accept Islam but continue to live their lives as they currently are living chasing after pleasures and a social life and other hedonistic pleasures will find that when adopting Islam the entire area changes and those things so many Europeans are accustom will simply be closed and permanently disappear. No more bars, dance halls, drug coffee houses, movie theaters, homosexual bath houses, theaters or many of the things which make spring in Paris or throughout the year in Amsterdam unrecognizable. Life will lose all its “fun” and be replaced with prayers five times every day and memorizing the Quran. Schools would no longer teach math or chemistry or language other than Arabic and the only schoolbook will be the Quran and the Hadiths. Religious police will walk the streets assuring that everybody is dressed appropriately and often there will be stop and ask one to repeat a quote from the Quran and punishment for lack of knowledge is severe, immediate and final. This is the end result if Europe does not awaken and realize that perhaps the ways of the past might be worth preserving otherwise the current social norms will soon be forcefully cancelled. That will be permanently cancelled and that future many would see as dark, very dark without any light signaling there is an end to that tunnel.

 

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May 2, 2017

Germany, Breaking the Silence, and the Lies Europe Sells

 

A few days ago we wrote about the German Foreign Minister deciding insulting Israel was more important than meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu while in Israel. The end result was he met with the leadership of the NGO Breaking the Silence when given the choice of them or the Prime Minister. This was not a slight taken lightly as Chancellor Angela Merkel backed up the German Foreign Minister’s choice making it the choice of the German government. This insult should weight heavily on the campaign for the position of Chancellor of Germany allowing the people of Germany to hold Angela Merkel, her party and all the parties who remain in her coalition as supporters of her administration intentionally rebuking Israel through intentional insult and actions which are above and beyond just this insult alone. Germany is also the main financial supporter of Breaking the Silence, an NGO dedicated in making false claims about Israeli Defense Force (IDF) actions even to include their humanitarian activities but more about that soon. What need be added is that Germany is far from alone amongst European governments supporting NGO’s working to defame Israel by all and any means possible usually largely through lies and inference. That includes everyone from Sweden to Britain to Italy and everywhere inbetween. They disguise these NGO’s by abusing the open and unrestrictive free speech laws Israel applies to NGO’s and their ability to register themselves as Israeli NGO’s. That’s right, Breaking the Silence is registered as an Israeli NGO’s despite getting a plurality of their funds from Germany and according to NGO Monitor, European governments cover 65 percent of this NGO’s funds, but when Israel attempted to correct this foreign financing of Israeli NGO’s by changing the laws such that any NGO which received a majority of their funds from foreign sources would be required to register as a foreign NGO, Europeans erupted with indignation claiming that if this law passed then Israel would no longer be a democracy. When Israel was discussing this change the European Union and numerous European governments went absolutely orbital in their threats and sheer furious outrage claiming that Israeli democracy was under threat by this law. Did we mention that every European nation requires NGO’s registered by their governments be financed by a majority of their funds from within the nation, some place a higher than fifty percent requirement for NGO financing to be recognized as indigenous.

 

Now to give you a taste of the bile odium with which Breaking the Silence attempts to paint the IDF’s actions. The IDF sent a rapid response search and rescue teams and were the first nation to have a working complete field hospital complete with an entire diagnostic department, neonatal, OBGYN, surgical wards and other medical services all even before the United States arrived in Haiti after their devastating earthquake. One of the Israeli acts which received international acclaim was their going the extra steps to restore dancer George Exantus such that he was able to return to the love of his life, dancing, despite having lost his leg from the knee. For some of his story and others about the reputation of the IDF covering more than sending aid to disaster regions, we would like to suggest you read our article Time for Nations Saved by Israel to Demand United Nations Halt and even some of the links found there if they pique your interest. Also, there are videos with British Colonel Richard Kemp who was an international observer during the War with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists in Gaza including his report given to the United Nations Human Rights Council. We doubt that his report made many of those sitting in the chamber overly happy. Breaking the Silence regularly claims that the IDF has its soldiers harvesting organs from the Palestinians. Breaking the Silence was caught by nationalist group Ad Kan, as reported here by Arutz Sheva, spying on the IDF, or people they believe are IDF veterans, in attempts to gather internal secrets and planning by the IDF along the GAZA border. What Breaking the Silence did with the information and there are fears that they were working for Hamas, Islamic Jihad or possibly even Iran, is unknown and may constitute as espionage, a criminal act. We would be very grateful to any powers that be that actually would prove in a court, military or civilian, within Israel that Breaking the Silence has conducted espionage so that they could be delegitimized completely and made to disband. But, the problem is not just Breaking the Silence, they have allies who similarly are largely financed out of Europe with some financed by the European Union, others by individual nations, and some, in order to hide their financial origins, use other NGO’s through which they receive their funding.

 

One of the main NGO’s through which funds are channeled is called the New Israel Fund (NIF). By funneling through the NIF, they can claim that most of their funding comes from within Israel. We suspect but have yet to find sufficient evidence that there is the funneling of funds in both directions such that many of the NGO’s be sharing the same funds and repeatedly can show a higher percentage of funding from within Israel. For example one NGO receives a million Euros from any European source and then slide one third to two other NGO’s who then in return send the same amount back to the initial NGO. After doing this again with two other NGO’s they will have received one and one-third million Euros from other Israeli NGO’s and one million Euros from a European source and thus claim they received approximately fifty-seven percent funding from within Israel while actually only receiving one million Euros from a European source. They can then continue in using the one million Euros in efforts against Israel and still claim to be an Israeli funded NGO with holy credentials to prove such. Further, all European funding of the NIF immediately becomes Israeli funding when granted to other NGO’s in Israel and this is considered to be one of the main endeavors of the NIF. What is truly astounding are the number of NGO’s and intragovernmental agencies mostly attached to the United Nations which have as their main agenda the criticizing and denouncing of Israel. The German Foreign Minister also met with B’Tselem, another anti-Israel NGO. B’Tselem was founded as a Human Rights organization and has published over a hundred reports on various issues such as torture, fatal shootings by security forces, restrictions on movement, expropriation of land and discrimination in planning and building in East Jerusalem, administrative detention, house demolitions, violence by Israeli settlers and Palestinians, and Israeli operations in the occupied territories. Hiding behind a claimed Human Rights platform is a popular ruse used by numerous other organizations and most famously by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC got to a point where they would open their biannual meetings with resolutions to criticize Israel for human rights abuses. They would fill in the particulars at a later time likely given to one of their staff to enter the desired accusations.

 

Beyond B’Tselem, NIF, UNHRC, and Breaking the Silence there are leagues of other anti-Israel NGO’s and committees. A short list would include but not be limited to Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Sabeel, Badil, Christ at the Checkpoint, Zochrot (research on these by NGO Monitor can be read here, plus financing by the European Union for BDS supporting groups such as Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Land Research Center, The Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), Edward Said National Conservatory and Music Association, Popular Art Center, Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Arab Youth Against ‘Honour Killings’, and a number of others also researched by NGO Monitor with the report here, and for a little extra, here is a report by JewishPress.com. If these are insufficient, well then, can we simply provide the link to NGO Monitor’s Home Page and you can spend the rest of the day simply realizing that Israel truly is the central nation, as far as the world’s attention, despite whatever is happening throughout the globe.

 

NGO Monitor Montage

 

Granted, one day the headline might read that North Korean missile launch went poorly and exploded upon takeoff. The next day the headline might read about a chemical attack in Syria against civilians. The day after that we might read about the launching of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at a Syria airfield and a Mother of all Bombs (MOAB or GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast) being dropped on Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. But, before any two-week period is up you will likely find at least one front-page headline reporting on Israel. It may only take a week and far less if anything even minor should occur. We have a President in Turkey not only taking over all the power and centralizing it in the Presidency that he holds but also declaring his intent to take Aleppo and Mosul as the southern borders for the new Turkey, there is the continuing five year long Syrian civil war and all that entails, there is the massive refugee and immigrant influx into much of Europe, terrorism around the globe, the slow disintegration of the European Union, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, North Korea’s Kin Jong Un and his dwindling family size, weather anomalies, Voyager I reaching the Heliosphere and so many other monumental news items not all of which are terrifying and yet the news inevitably returns to a nation the size of New Jersey that is not currently fighting a war with any of her neighbors, Israel. How can anybody explain this? NGO Monitor has a partial explanation in that many nations and organizations around the world invest large sums of cash, often money they do not really have to spend, all on denigrating Israel. This is why the news always turns back to Israel, the world is investing huge sums of money in attempts to destroy Israel and they must have the news constantly screaming about Israel has done this or that or the other and it is terrible. The Arab Palestinians all originated in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and even Turkey, the Sudan and Yemen; and these nations stopped accepting their countrymen back at the demands of Yasser Arafat and the Arab League such that they would have the refugee weapon to wield against Israel. The Arab Palestinians, and here is the dirty little secret, do not desire their own nations, they wish to return to where the rest of their families reside, but they are set on destroying Israel first and are willing to live forever in these camps because Israel must be destroyed. The Europeans agree with the Arab world on this point which is why they spend so much time, energy and money in efforts to discredit and demean Israel. The destruction of Israel has become the dream of the leftists who, it should be no surprise, are the modern fascists. The reason everybody has the desire to be rid of Israel is very simple and was given by Adolph Hitler as the reason for the Final Solution; he was going to rid the world of the “Jewish Conscience” which meant he also wanted to destroy all of the Judeo-Christian world. We have discussed this and shown how the left has been against the Judeo-Christian ethics for at least the past century. This was why they supported the Nazis up until Poland was invaded and they felt threatened, further one can simply research Charles Lindbergh and the Eugenicists of his era and their support for Hitler and Mousseline until the start of World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor. During and for a while after World War II the left fell in love with Communism for the same reason and now are admiring Islam and see it as the savior from the Judeo-Christian ethic which they see as the bane of civilization. We talked of this in our article It Can Get Worse But Why Wait?

 

The only conclusion which can come from this is even leftist Jews who mostly have left their faith mostly outside their lives with special exception for their loved holiday parties such as dress-up costumes for Purim, jelly donuts on Chanukah and really dressing up for the High Holiday services, have joined in the anti-Semitic hatred for Israel. The hatred for Israel is largely fueled by anti-Semitism which is easily proven by simply asking those anti-Israel demonstrators what other nation they hold to a similar standard as Israel. Mostly they will sputter or perhaps be honest before they check themselves and name the United States. Hatred of the Judeo-Christian ethic is both anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity and often couched as anti-Western culture. The weird thing is the most ardent advocates of these particular poisonous hatreds are people living in Western Society. Why the natives of Western Society and the people who benefit the most from the Judeo-Christian ethics from which we get such niceties as private property rights, civility, polite culture, the Ten Commandments and nearly everything they find pleasant about their life all of which is kept safe due to the legal systems which were derived from Torah and the teachings of the Rabbis (Jesus was a Rabbi) and the philosophies which followed from their leads. Of course, the leftists will claim that religion has murdered more people than anything else in history. What they are doing is repeating a lie which by its repetition has become accepted truth, but it is still a lie. The first thing they need to take in is that World War I was not started over religion but by treaties, World War II and the Holocaust had nothing to do with religion, at least not Judeo-Christianity as the Nazis were anti-Christian and, need we add, anti-Semitic and then we have the Stalin Purges and then the disastrous policies of Mao which murdered more people than anyone has ever been able to estimate and that alone accounts for over three-quarters of the deaths due to war and governments. Only one killer even approaches these counts, disease. The current war against Israel is simply a continuation of a hatred which has existed for over four-thousand years and if only it could end and Israel be given the lands promised her in 1922, well before the Holocaust thus not having such as the reason, and allowed to live in peace, then everything discovered by Israeli scientists and physicians and engineers would be shared with the world and used for the benefit of the world. If you think cherry tomatoes are cool, imagine what other things Israel could invent.

 

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July 18, 2013

Britain Should Ignore United States and Quit the European Union

Ever since Britain tied their fates with that of the Continent joining originally the Common Market and later its mutated big brother, the European Union, they have had a rocky relationship with Britain considering breaking off numerous times. Every single time Britain considered going off on their own the United States hit their panic button and rallied to keep Britain economically and financially tied into the Continent. Once again Britain is having second thoughts especially with the European Union once again complaining and blaming many of their ills on the British membership. Many British Parliament Ministers and a plurality if not an outright significant percentage of the population have basically come to their wit’s ends with their animosity further aggravated by consistent attempts by the Brussels bureaucracy to marginalize the City of London through hostile regulations. Add to that the economic perils now threatening the European Union are simply another reason to depart before Britain becomes dragged down because of their ties to the European Union. Add to that the ultimate insult the European union pushed upon the loyal British subjects when they instituted fines for anybody utilizing standards weights and measures requiring all transactions and weights, distances and all other measures in metric weights and measures laying steep fines for anybody caught utilizing the English Standard Measures.

The British have one great advantage over almost every other member of the European Union in going their own way in that they never adopted the Euro and retained their own currency, the Pound Sterling. They would not be required to go through a massive inconvenience of having to print and reissue their native currency and change out the Euros as they never quite got all the way into the morass that is the European Union, especially tying one’s economy and monetary system to the unified monetary Euro system which is what has been at the base of the financial failures of many European Union members. For everybody in the European Union who chose to replace their native currency with the Euro, which is almost all of the older members on the Continent, they no longer had complete control over fluctuating monetary difficulties and the rates of inflation and deflation of their currency was now tied to the European Union’s consolidated financial health. This was doomed from the beginning to run into a very basic and simple problem, if every nations GDP, productivity, production, cost of living and virtually every other macroeconomic indicator did not closely match the general average of the European Union, then their economy would drift away from the worth of their currency as the Euro was valued equal in every nation. A country like Germany where they had an industrial growth curve ahead of the rest of the European Union simply because when the two halves of Germany, the East and West, merged together Germany experienced a great opportunity for economic growth as they modernized and rebuilt much of the communist neglected infrastructure and modernized East German industry. This allowed Germany to have a higher cost of living increase than was reflected in the Euro’s value thus allowing Germans to live with an overly-valued economy to currency ratio, an envious position to be sure. Take any of the nations whose GDP and economy are heavily based on tourism such as Italy or Greece and you find the opposite situation. When the United States led the world into economic near oblivion in 2008, it had a disastrous effect upon the tourist industry which drove the economies of nations such as Greece and Italy to fall way behind the worth of the euro which followed the average of the European Union. This problem would have eventually come to bear and have slowly torn the European Union supposedly common economy and currency apart but the economic ailments from the 2008 real estate crash in the United States which was felt worldwide quickened and accentuated this effect. Without being able to allow their currencies to slide with respect to other currencies of the world because of being tied in using the Euro, those nations who were most affected by the downturn experienced overvalued monetary situation which magnified their potential for inflation which resulted in increased unemployment which in turn pushed inflation higher as they spiraled unable to adjust their currency and balance their troubled economic situation allowing for increased demand for items and manufacturing in their country because of lower cost of business. Keeping their own currency, the Pound Sterling, allowed Britain to adjust the worth and exchange rates against the rest of the world, including those other countries in the European union who were utilizing the Euro, and keep a balance between their economic growth and health and their currency worth against the rest of the world.

The British are going to once again hold a popular referendum on whether to remain or pull out from the European Union. Once before when they tried to hold such a referendum the people voted by a slight but more than negligible margin to withdraw and go off on their own. Of course as soon as the results were announce the United States had a complete hissy fit and demanded they redo the vote. There were debates on both sides of the pond, heated phone calls and meetings, everything short of politicians jumping off the Washington Monument or the Tower Bridge with the British claiming the people had spoken and the United States claiming they did not realize what they had done. In the end they held another vote which was reported to have a different result where the people by the smallest of margins voted to remain in the European Union. Well, wasn’t that convenient for Washington and less so for London as London was struck immediately with a number of days of less than normal British stoicism in the form of agitated demonstrations against the European Union in particular and the continent in general. The polls and predictions for any ballot should one be taken is for overwhelming margin for those who wish the European Union and Britain to go their separate ways. The margin will hopefully be so lopsided that the United States simply resigns and accepts the dictates of the British people. Such might actually have a better than average chance this time since President Obama appears to make most of his decisions by inspecting what all the other United States Presidents have done in the past and then proceeding to do exactly the opposite. So, congratulations Britain, you may actually be allowed to do what is best for Britain and not so much what makes the United States and European Union happiest.

Now for a few notes on the European Union which will likely prove the British wisdom for picking this moment to finally depart the European Union. As Discussed earlier, the Euro as the unifying currency cannot work as long as each nation retains their independent financial policies. The European Union cannot act as if it was the United States of Europe unless it can find some manner of providing a unified overriding economic policy which is uniformly applied to all member states. One of the measures for nations is GDP which can be determined as straight GDP or GDP per capita which measures it against population. Looking at European Union nations in straight GDP for 2012 we find a disparity with Germany rated at the top with a GDP of $3,400,579 and at the bottom is Malta with a GDP of $8,689. Using the more balanced GDP per capita removes the bias against smaller nations and our 2012 results in this measure are, at the top Luxemburg with $107,206 followed by Denmark with $56,202 while at the bottom we have Bulgaria with $7,033 and just above them come Romania with $7,935. With such a disparity of GDP having the same currency which disallows independent adjustments to allow for these disparities the Euro as the uniting currency for the European Union was a guarantee of unavoidable difficulties. With these predictable stresses due to a unified currency and disparate economic outputs and productivities the European Union eventually had to come to depend upon the nations with the most powerful economic engines to uphold those who were destined to fall behind. This has led to high levels of distrust, resentment, dependency, and misgivings between the stronger nations and those who they prop up. Germany and France had been carrying the brunt of this burden and as long as these two were able to cooperate neither was overly resentful of their being put upon to prop up the weaker European Union economies such as Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy and Ireland to name a few. The problem is of late acrimony and mud-slinging has replaced Franco-German friendship. At one end, nations such as Greece have been heavily resentful of the demands put upon them by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for all the financial sacrifices and belt tightening she has demanded as the price for bailing them out over their previous profligacy. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Merkel is fed up and furious at French President Francois Hollande over the French government’s internal problems, particularly the evidence of corruption and rule-breaking by its members. While French President Hollande believes that government investment and increased spending is the solution to the European Union and its individual nations’ economic woes, German Chancellor Merkel is resolved to stick to her formula of spending cuts and austerity. These two have an animus that goes far beyond their opposite approach to solve the economic woes of the European Union but has apparently evolved into a personal dislike that guarantees to produce great levels of stress, smoke and noise and little else. As stated earlier. Britain has chosen a very opportune time to reconsider their membership in the sinking ship known as the European Union.

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