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Submitted by Michael S, Feb 5, 2017 at 00:38

Hi, Mitch

Daniel Pipes had made the comment,

"As is so often the case, Europeans lead Americans attitudinally by some years, maybe as much as a decade."

Daniel was, as he later commented, talking about our "behind" the Europeans with regards to attitudes towards the Muslims. Whatever he meant by that, it is where the talk about, as you say, "being competitive" came from.

Europe is definitely in "competition" with the US -- mostly in the form of being against us, no matter what we do. They didn't help us out in Vietnam, a war the French got us into, whereas the British were fighting a similar war in Malaysia at the time and also trading with the North Vietnamese. So much for "allies". It may have been payback to us for 1956, when the British and French teamed up with Israel to take back the Suez Canal, but our President Eisenhower conspired with the Soviets against them. Then the French dropped out of NATO, and De Gaulle got kicked out of Canada for agitating the Quebecois. Then we were humiliated by the Iranians alone, without help. We saw US flags being burned around the world, sometimes even in Europe; but never saw French or German flags being burned.

After the Soviet Empire fell, the Europeans started helping us out a bit, after MUCH coaxing and arm-twisting, seeing that they didn't have much of an alternative. Even so, we had to shoulder dome 80-90% of the burden in Kuwait, Afghanistan (the hot and dangerous times) and Iraq. We got dragged into the Kosovo War, a conflict that benefited mostly the Germans; and then into Libya, for the benefit of the Italians and French.

Is that competition? I would say so. We certainly aren't enemies; but sometimes, when I hear Merkel, Hollande and Juncker criticizing my President, I wonder if they aren't trying to restart World War II (NOT III), with the Russians, Brits and us against the Continent. I don't know how that matter will sort itself out. Hitler's gone, but his collective reincarnation seems to be meeting every year at Davos. George Soros is among them, Hungary's finest Nazi collaborator. Maybe he's itching for the "good old days" of his youth. We live in strange times, very strange; but geography hasn't changed much, and geography drives politics.

Back on the topic, you said,

"The practice in Italy is to shut down mosques or prayer rooms which are not registered and remove imams preaching despicable views from the country... Why can Italy do that?"

Nobody hates the Italians, so they can do as they please. I know why the US President doesn't do those things -- he would be sued, by Jewish lawyers and Counterculture "useful idiots", financed by George Soros, a group called the "Democratic Party". They are a very powerful group. You continued,

"For example, Islam is not a recognized religion in Italy; the right to practice a religion is not guaranteed by the constitution; there is no right of free speech; and, most importantly, a person can be accused of a crime 'by association'."

As I said, the Italians can do as they please, and nobody cares. If an American or Israeli sneezes, we are accused of starting an epidemic and poisoning the wells.

I don't know how the Dutch fare in all this, or the Swedes and some others. The French and Belgians seem lost in space. The Brits are separating themselves from the madness; and maybe the French and Dutch will follow suit. We'll see. Merkel keeps telling people to take in more Muslims: She's a complete nut case; but she may even get re-elected. Maybe she's Divine retribution against us, for our having allowed eight years of Obama. I just want to find the Wizard

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/40/64/5f/40645faa25104aea5aca890ed6608fd9.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)

so I can get back to Kansas! God help us... and God bless you and yours.

Yes, you've been helpful. Shalom shalom :-)

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