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Requiem for Europe: the Apprentice Sorcerer's Work is Never Done

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Support a group of jihadis in order to weaken Russia. When they turn toward you, cut off their life-line. Pause. Repeat.

Feign surprise, innocence, ignorance while continuing the drone kills (momentarily turn off the cameras that could be inopportunely filming ISIS oil trucks headed across the Turkish border").

Targeting Mullah Mohammed Omar -- Taliban numero uno
Targeting Mullah Mohammed Omar -- Taliban numero uno
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Zbig laid out the plan almost twenty years ago, when he published "The Grand Chessboard". Better late than never, the book is making waves in Germany. Will publishers elsewhere in Europe follow suit and put the blueprint for what is happening out there, finally?

It's probably too late. Europe is a little peninsula at the Western end of the Eurasian continent that crushes too many nationalities and languages, histories and traditions together, with no breathing space in which any two or more contestants could have the sweat wiped off their brow and take a swig of water before stepping back into the ring.

And no credible information to guide voters: Before the latest Republican debate, Chris Matthews referred to it as "the fight before Christmas", while a petition circulates pleading with the major networks to stop promoting Trump, and John Nichols documents an 87 to 1 difference in minutes of coverage accorded to Trump versus Sanders. click here)

Yesterday Kerry finally agreed to cooperate with Russia on condition that Russia stop supporting Assad, the only secular leader in the Middle East! (For once, he did not suggest that it was Russia that was withholding cooperation.) In other news might Sunni leader Saudi Arabia poses as a mature, responsible power ready to dialogue with the Houthi (i.e.,Shia) rebels it's been bombing in Yemen.

Still no sign of anyone, on any political front, suggesting that this whole show may be nothing other than the eternal left/right standoff. You mean 'revolutionary' Iran against the Wahhabi puppet regime in Ryad? No! Really? You mean "social' Russia (according to Russia expert Gordon Hahn) against oil sheiks who beat their Thai housemaids and sequester their passports? I mean the allies of secular Assad, who practices such a diluted form of Islam that until a couple of decades ago it was considered outside the faith: social Russia and 'revolutionary' Iran, whose subjects are as clever at hiding hair-dos as they are centrifuges. Both support Mediterranean coastal Syria, a great place for a pipeline to connect their energy supplies to Europe, as opposed to those of Libya's Ghaddafi, who dreamed of uniting all of Africa and was swiftly put out of the way.

I mean Angela Merkel's Germany, still trying to disown its past as torchlight parades under swasticas greet Middle Eastern workers fleeing NATO, i.e., US-led coalition bombs, while its agro-business takes over yet more prime land in Africa, propelling former residents onto makeshift craft launched over the Mediterranean with a hope and a prayer.

And the Greeks, to whom Germany refused financial rescue after the Cyprus banks made a bundle on its back, and now must somehow cope with the thousands of refugees launched by Turkish traffickers onto their shores, while Hungary claims the year's award for best NIMBY, closely followed by Serbia?

Europe's social democratically-inspired programs for students and workers to experience life in each others' countries, its Eurail Passes and support for an audiovisual industry in which a Croatian will direct a French singer and an Italian orchestra in a feel-good romance set on a Greek island adapted from a Danish novel with English sub-titles""all this is going down the drain as Europe's weary leaders backtrack from a US-inspired Ukrainian wet-dream in which the characters speak Polish, wondering how simmering resentment of 'Brussels' endless font of 'directives' could have exploded into torchlight parades against Muslims who practice their faith while 'white Christian' European abandon theirs.

For more than half a century, Europe refused to admit that by acquiescing to US-led globalization they were cutting the rest of the world off from their own lofty principles. They never realized that the open borders that had replaced centuries of internecine strife would enable the brown people they implicitly excluded from their progress to enter and claim their share of the dignity promised by the European Charter of Human Rights.

As six thousand migrants camp in the Calais cold looking out at the white cliffs of Dover, hatching revenge, how long will it take for France's philosopher-in-chief Bernard Henri Levy and the Dutch political leader Geert Wilders' to admit that 'human' rights shackle freedom to responsibility, and that denial is a sickness from which societies do not recover?

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Born in Phila, I spent most of my adolescent and adult years in Europe, resulting over time in several unique books, my latest being Russia's Americans.

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