France

France's Failure

Paul Kengor, The American Conservative

We do not yet know what caused this tragic episode, nor whether the authorities and responders could have done a better job preventing the sickening level of destruction. Nonetheless, this seems, at the least, an undeniable symbol of France’s failure to protect its Christian heritage. The Easter season is about hope, about a Redeemer who rises again. If there’s a particular hope for Europe this Holy Week, it’s that the Cathedral of Notre Dame will be resurrected. And yet, given the state of modern France, it’s hard to be hopeful about what will replace it. We can’t go wrong placing our faith in the inspiration of that cathedral, but we will always find disappointment in the secular authorities who seek to replace it.

Suspicious Fire Destroys Cathedral Of Notre Dame

A number of churches in France have been vandalized during the early part of 2019. Vandals have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, burned an altar cloth, destroyed the Eucharist and smeared a cross with excrement. We urge the authorities in France to conduct an honest investigation into the cause of the Notre Dame fire with no taint of political correctness or prejudice.

What Lies Behind the Malaise of the West?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Western elites have welcomed foreign workers and left borders unsecured against mass migration. And the people coming in, almost all now from the Third World, are not assimilating as the children of 19th- and 20th-century European immigrants to the USA had largely done by 1960. A consequence and related cause is the rise of tribalism, or ethno-nationalism, the search for identity and community with one's own. Loyalties to family, tribe, neighborhood, culture and country appear paramount, rising above intellectual and political alignments.

The Mad, Mad Meditations of Monsieur Macron

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

While critiquing nationalism, Macron nonetheless talks and acts as though he is an insecure French chauvinist of the first order. Monsieur Macron posed as the European grandee implicitly schooling Donald Trump on the lessons of history and political science — and therein proved only that his supposed elite education and professional training proved no substitute for common sense, a basic understanding of history, and some practical experience in the world as it is.

Macron Trash Talks 'America First'

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In France, a poll of voters last week showed that Marine Le Pen's renamed party, Rassemblement National, has moved ahead of Macron's party for the May 2019 European Parliament elections. If there is a valid criticism of Trump's foreign policy, it is not that he has failed to recognize the new realities of the 21st century but that he has not moved expeditiously to dissolve old alliances that put America at risk of war in faraway lands where no vital U.S. interests exist. Why are we still committed to fight for a South Korea far richer and more populous than a nuclear-armed North? Why are U.S. planes and ships still bumping into Russian planes and ships in the Baltic and Black seas?

Could France's Islam Problem Happen Here?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Islamism or Islam in general seeks  to "represent itself as a victim of intolerance" not just in the cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, but equally in the dining halls of Harvard and Yale and we don't seem to be any more honest about it than the French. The warnings of French intellectuals should be heeded. They are ominous.

Trump’s One Step At A Time Iran Policy Fails

President Trump’s step-by-step approach to trying to repair the follies of Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran looks good on paper. However, it fails because to succeed it relies upon two feckless partners: the U.S. Congress and our European allies.

Trump Joins Churchill And Reagan With Warsaw Speech

Communism and Nazism were stymied in the 20th century by Churchill and Reagan, and when President Trump said, “every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life,” the Warsaw speech made clear that, after eight years of appeasement by Barack Obama, the enemies of liberty will be opposed in the 21st century by Donald Trump.

How Hillary Clinton Killed 22 Kids In The Manchester Concert Bombing

Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated the bomb that killed 22 at the Manchester concert and maimed dozens more, however, in creating an ungoverned space in Libya and Syria and, loosing Islamism from the suppression of secularists like Muamar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad, Hillary Clinton is just as guilty of the deaths.

Lessons From The World War I Centennial

Perhaps the most under-recognized lesson that Americans should take from our entry into World War I was the vast series of unintended consequences that were loosed by our involvement in the war to "make the world safe for democracy."

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

There is no evidence that the Putin government intends to start an aggressive war against Europe, and no alliance member, including the Baltic States and Poland, has boosted military outlays as if it believed conflict was imminent. Rather, the Europeans have concentrated on demanding that America do more.

President Trump Should Give NATO to the Europeans

NATO should be turned over to the Europeans, allowing them to handle their defense as they desire. This would not mean cutting relations. But it does mean Washington should stop subsidizing its wealthier cousins when the latter don’t feel like paying for their own defense.

Brexit was a Win for the Good Guys

The Brexiteers deserve at least a couple hurrahs. The European Union created a common economic market throughout the continent, an undoubted good, but since then has focused on becoming a meddling Leviathan like that in Washington, D.C. In the Brexit the good guys won.

Political Earthquake Hits as British Exit European Union

The impact of the British vote to exit the European Union will radiate across the continent. Some Eurocrats imagine that dissatisfaction with the EU is a uniquely English phenomenon. It actually is much more because “the EU is undemocratic not by accident, but by design.” Thus, the British are not the only Europeans desiring to escape from the EU’s smothering embrace.

Why are America’s Allies so Persistently Pathetic?

Washington’s allies generally are a pathetic lot. Benefiting from sizeable and capable populations and enjoying large and advanced economies, they nevertheless can’t be bothered to invest heavily in their own defense, so the bulk of Washington’s over-size military outlays are to project power for the benefit of its ne’er-do-well allies.

Poland Wants Britain to Help Stick Washington with Bigger NATO Bill

No one seriously expects the Dutch, Italians, or Spanish to provide permanent garrisons for Poland. The Germans, who publicly oppose the idea, won’t be coming. Only Britain and France are realistic candidates, and both only reluctantly halted further cuts in their military budget. Which leaves only you-know-who.

America and France turn right

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

The rightward shift in French politics is being replicated across Europe, as nations tighten borders and erect new checkpoints against the tsunami of migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. And the rightward shift is occurring here as well, propelled by the terrorist atrocity in San Bernardino. On immigration, terrorism, borders, crime and security, Americans are moving to the right.

Liberalism’s Gun Problem

Ross Douthat, New York Times

Despite their occasional sympathies for Gallic socialism, I don’t think American liberals necessarily want to “get to France” in this illiberal sense. But to be persuasive, rather than just self-righteous, a case for gun control needs to explain why that isn’t where we would end up.

America's Suicidal Muslim Immigration Policies

There are as many as 7 million Muslims in America. At what point does radical Islam hit critical mass and the kind of individual jihad we just saw murder 20 people in France become a regular feature of American life?

Vichy Republicans

Not only did Boehner and McConnell drop their rifles without firing a shot and run in the face of the enemy, they then joined the tyranny of the enemy in oppressing the patriots who wanted to keep fighting.