The Problem with Europe is...
I ask this question in the context of Europe's absolute inability to confront the rising face of terror in the world - namely Islam. I am just unable to understand. I used to basically think that it revolved around Europe simply not caring because they weren't the ones that had to stare the results of terror in the face. After all, no planes fell out of the sky and onto the French Palace d'Republic. But, now Europe has endured trains in Spain and the subway in London. Granted, these were smaller scale attacks, but they were still horrific. On top of that, the actual response to these attacks has been backwards. In Spain, the elections following the attacks resulted in the socialists once again rising to prominence and an absolute retreat from doing anything in response to the bombings. As a quick aside, the example of Spain is very reinforcing for Islamic propaganda - a weak, fat, corrupt society that will be incapable of responding to its attacks.
In fact, as time goes on the only real thing that Europeans want to stand against is the United States. This is baffling - Europeans rail and wail against the society that protected it from its last great threat, the evil empire of communism. I don't know how to break it to Europe, but "hey guys, the islamo-terrorists don't like you either, for some reason you can't understand this, but it's true anyway." On top of that, Europe has the problem of what I dub "the creeping jihad." This is the jihad of immigration, namely in the form of Turks, but also other Muslims pouring into Europe, but not becoming European. While Muslims pour in, Europeans, having abandoned the traditional family model of propagation, are not having kids. Europe is becoming "re-balkanized" by a new society springing up inside of it; this new society has the potential to quickly outpace it in terms of growth. This is something that I have noticed more and more in my travels in Europe throughout the past decade.
I would now like to direct my readers' attentions to a nice piece on windsofchange.net. http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/008539.php In this piece the author sort of looks at this same question. One big point that he makes is that "Europe is on a vaction from history." I tend to agree with this. I might say that Europe needs to remember itself. What I mean is that Europe needs to tear itself away from the self-defeating ,pinko-communist idealism that blames the west(more recently known as the US) for all of the worlds problems. It seems as though Europe believes that it has "enlightened" itself into a postmodernism that is quite incapable of dealing with the threats of a new pre-modern threat (radical Islam). Of course much of what I say here also applies very strongly to the United States as well, but at least we are 10-20 years "behind" Europe on that front.
Anyway, please read the piece on windsofchange and feel free to leave any additional thoughts and ideas.