Now mr. Trump is criticising the strategies that mr. Obama and I have laid on foreign policy as incoherent. Well, they are not.
Then he says that we are rattled. Well, we are not. The strategy is a strategy, it cannot be rattled.
I like a good fight, and I would love to fight mr. Trump, just because he seems to be a worthy adversary. But I will not, we are friends, remember?
Denmark and the US have been standing side by side for many, many years now. Toiling, fighting even dying.
Now, and then that is abuse, as mr. Trump says.
Listen Donald, I have sacrificed my career, I do not take a single penny for the job I have done for the US. Helping you in your troubled times. I do this because in my view, that is what you do with friends. You help them if they are in trouble.
You did the same to us in the second world war, you helped us. So we owed you.
We do not abuse you, we are friends. We fight together, as one.
I know that there is an economic burden to the US in Europe. I really support the American pressure on European countries to ramp up the defence expenses. Not at least to prepare for the infight with the Islamic state in Europe. That is going to be costly in all ways.
But it is not all about money, it is actually also about using your others ressources as intelligence, strategic insight and diplomatic influence. In all these areas, I have supported mr. Obama from day one, and given him the best we had.
This is an alliance, and friendship.
We are going to keep that friendship whatever happens, because the relationship we have is deep.
G-d bless the international comradeship between Denmark and the United States of America.
There is some discussion in the UK on the issue of a nation. Mr. Roger Scruton who blessed us with his presence here in Denmark a week ago, has the idea that you can differ between nationalism that is a vile and dangerous creed and being in connection with the nation, that is an identity.
Well first of all, a nation is simply a system of government. It comes from the Middle East and was invented in what we today know as Iraq. Invented by different semitic peoples like the Assyrians and the Jews.
Especially the Assyrians were some of the first to invent the nation. Things like the rule of law, a social state, kingship, organised religion, literacy, science and so on, was invented in Assyria.
We still have a vital connection to this first step of civilisation in what we in Christianity call the old testament, and in Judaism call the Torah. In Islam, it is written in the Koran.
Religion was designed to be a vital part of nations wellbeing. Take the story of Babylon, this story is about the downfall due to too much liberality. If there is no one language, a common belief system, the nation will turn into a tower built higher and higher, until everything breaks down.
This is a vital story that we can learn a lot from today where our nations are falling apart, and the European Union has been unable to make a common frame for all.
It is like the tower af Babylon in each individual nation, breaking down due to incoherence.
So, in the most of history a nation has been a positive thing, because it gave its citizens peace, prosperity, order, justice, freedom, spirituality and science.
So seen from a historical/philosophical angle being afraid of the nation is like being afraid of a wise architecture that man has built upon for thousands of years, lately building a new version called democracy.
But I do know where the antagonism comes from, it comes from the European Union, who has been in war with the nation as a simple equation; more power to the nations, less to the European Union.
Well, why dont you then just say so?
A nation is, when it works, and unfortunately often it does not. But when it works, it is what makes people happy and satisfied. It is what brings order and symmetry, harmony and justice.
G-d bless the central nation of Israel.
There is a lot of talking about “disruption” these days. How IT tech startups, and grownups are changing the way we see the world. As Apple, as Facebook, as Amazon, as Spotify.
The same happens in the academic life. It has happened numerous times; Anaxagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, Walden, Kierkegaard, Adam Smith, Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Voltaire, Newton. Great, great thinkers who saw a truly different world than everybody else, and by their superior intellect as well as drive changed the world.
When that happens, all the pharisees and old guard members will roll off the same incessant drivel about the stupidity of the ideas. They will often persecute the intellectual, while as the intellectual will have his supporters and disciples.
“Disruption” is not only in IT these days, it is also in intellectual life, and the thinkers will change the way we look at the world.
In this situation I think it is vital to reflect on the philosopher and his motivation. Take Newton, he REALLY changed our world, he, more or less, put the church into the grave, singlehanded.
The thing about Newton was that he, as a man, was an extremely nerdish and not a very likeable character. He was often souped up in his dabbling with magic and alchemy, and had very few friends.
The world he made was such a world; a clinical, non personal world we still live in today.
Therefor, I believe, if I realise my project fully, that the world that we create after my ideas are fully implemented, is a world, where family, friendship and human warmness is at the core of how we look at the world.
We need to wheel in what Newton started. Not to forget his many truly astonishing exploits, but to soften the edges. Find friendship, spirituality and warmth again.
Because we may be on the top of the world, but if that is a place of coldness, then it is not worth it.
G-d bless the wisdom of the familymen.
Now, we have been criticised a bit, Barack and I on some of the decisions we have made. Well, we are not perfect, and we have done some mistakes. That is only natural when it comes to making international decisions in an environment as difficult as the current political one.
It is not like in the 16 and 17 hundreds, where European manufacture and industrial items, weapons and intelligence were vastly superior to everybody else’s. In this world, our opponents are as skilled as we are, and often more skilled in some ares.
Fighting is extremely complex, and as a consequence the strategies must evolve.
Let me give you a historical example.
When Alexander the Great attacked the Persian empire, it was a showcase in intelligence in opposition to brute force. The persians basically commanded gigantic slave armies, and the Greek were free citizens fighting for a cause.
At the battles there were, many times over, odds stacked in favour of the Persians in an extreme numerality. 2 million persian soldiers against 50.000 Greek.
Alexander won by reinventing strategy. He put up modern positions of soldiery. Some amazing ingenuity. How could he do that? He could do it, because he represented the epitome of Greek thought. The strategies he used were developed in the Greek wars, he was supported by Aristotle, one of the wisest men in human history.
So ingenuity opposed to raw strength will win the day, if the ingenuity os good enough.
Fast forward to George Bush. What did Osama bin Laden do? He made one brilliant attack, and Bush reacted by dragging the US into two costly wars. Wars that dragged the US economy to its knees, and gave no real result. Remember, mr. Obama killed Osama bin Laden with the secret service, not using much money in comparison. So it is smartness compared to brute force.
This is the way we need to fight the jihadis. Not by using brute force, but continuing using the cold war methods that the fight with the Soviet Union gave us.
After all, that is how IS fights, by infiltrating, subterfuge, pinpoint attacks and so on.
A war fought with an elusive opponent is not won by brute force, but by fighting them with intelligence, cunning and subterfuge. Countering their recruitment, forcing our European allies to take the threat serious (we cannot fight in Europe, if the Europeans are not willing to fight), drying our their monies. But most important of all, in these internet times; winning the MORAL war.
Winning the moral war will bring us support from all around the world, because who would not fight along side us against a foe os such immoral behaviour?
That is the mindset we need to use to fight this elusive opponent. Skill, cunning and intelligence.
I think that is why the general public never really caught on to what we have done, because it is such a masterful, difficult chess fight where the overall progress is drowned in the complexities of the moves on the chessboard.
G-d bless the will to win against the terrible enemy.
There is a great Nordic summit going on in Washington right now, probably the accustomed Washingtonians do not think much of it, after all, things like these happen all the time.
But, instead of just letting it pass as another thing in the endless parade of international occurrences happening in DC, lets have a look at it at a deeper level.
You came from us, remember? When our great, great grandfathers took a single ticket on one of those crammed boats, braved the prairie, plowed the earth, that had never been plowed before. Dying, surviving making a new home in an often hostile world.
My great, great grandfathers brother became a known academic a hundred years ago. His children became American, and were not Danes anymore, except for the memory of a fatherland long forgotten, but still the roots are there.
This is what it is about. A shared memory, and a shared history. Because my great, great grandfathers brother he had his roots here. In Denmark, and that reflects on the culture of the US today, as it is a memory in Denmark still, loosing so many sons and daughters in a time of scarcity.
In these internet times, things seem to go the other way again. The great Democratic party seems to have had a path to the source of their own shared history with the Danes, and my G-d is that a healing thing!
To feel the connection to what you are, the culture that, in many ways, spawned your own.
We are friends, more than just friends, we are family, and as family we stick together.
This shared destiny, is, I hope, deeper than just flags hanging on poles, or empty promises, it is a shared path. A path we trod down on together.
We are not perfect, often we do things wrong, but we have values, and we have a shared destiny, for now, and in the bright future.
G-d bless the great nation of the United States of America.
There was a time when we philosophers did our best to kill G-d. Remember? When Nietzsche told the story about the man that came down from the mountains and told some people that he met, that G-d is dead. Have´nt you heard?
These days it is the other way around, we try our best, we strive, we sacrifise ourselves to make G-d alive again. To prove his existence, to give him a platform, to make people believe again.
Have´nt you heard? G-d is alive. Read it on this blog, and rejoice in the fact, that you are not alone, spirit will carry you to your final destination, and after that he will carry you in his arms to a place of joy.
Then why? Why is it, that we do this? As our civilization is threatened, some will ignore it, but there are a few people, that will stand their ground. People who have not given up, who still stand by their culture and will fight and sacrifise themselves. They are the last of the last, the fine line between obliteration and renewal.
We do it, because if we do not believe in our culture and our values, then we are finished.
That is what it is basically all about; faith. Faith in our values, in our system, in our religions, in our G-ds.
And it will be by the measure of the strenght of that faith, that we will be either doomed or saved.
G-d bless the wisdom of Socrates and Jesus Christ, the redeemers. (Said as a Jew)
There has been a renewed discussion of the economic skills of the great Us of A. Well there is no discussion that the skills are there, the discussion is just; how does that translate into jobs?
First of all, the Republicans, and most of the Democrats does not really seem to understand the underlying philosophical discussion under what we today have come to term “Obamanomics”.
Remember the last election fight, when mr. Romney was deemed “outsourcer in chief”? Before that election campaign, no-one had discussed the outsourcing as a problem, because there were no theoretical basis to do that from. We made that, Obama and I, and that saved not only the American economy, but also the British, because mr. Cameron got the tools as well, and has made a resurgence of the british economy too.
What is it, that made this possible.
It is, as then stated, a discussion on the two books of Adam Smith. Smith developed the free trade ideas, that drove most of the expansion of British empire. In its core, it argues, that free trade will enhance the overall production and consequently wealth for all who are in the free trade zone.
This is off cause true, and no-one doubts it. We saw it in the crisis of the thirties where trade barriers were put up, here the overall production simply fell, and the wealth and jobs fell away as well.
Then a war came, and that motivated the production again.
But there is another book of Adam Smith, that I have pointed too, that misses its application. Coming from a philosophical world, I know that freedom always goes hand in hand with responsibility. If you have no responsibility to anything, then the freedom you have will make you weightless and disconnected. It is the freedom from something that gives the feeling of freedom.
So, usually there is a kind of trade off or balance in the equation between freedom and ethics.
Being a philosopher, Adam Smith off cause knew the same, so I looked for the ethical part of his philosophy, and found it in his works on moral sentiment.
Smith really was a brilliant philosopher, and he had the balance in his philosophy, we just did not understand it well enough to really implement it. This is our current problem.
So what does Smith say about ethics? He says that the moral sentiment must be attached to the nation to work. In other words, while there is free trade among the nations, there should be a loyalty between those who produce goods and the nation. This is the key, and that is the current problem. When American manufacturers moves production to China, the US looses wealth.
It is not good for China either, because if the system is ruined, then there will be no-one for them to sell their goods too. So it is in all nations interest to keep a sound an loyal production base. In fact, it is a vital a part of the Smithsonian equation as free trade.
So this is the key, and unfortunately it has only worked to some degree, and not all the way through. It needs to be reinforced, with good measure off cause.
Businesses should feel appreciated, there should tax reduction for those business that keep their production in the US, and so on. Use your imagination and it is quite simple to make it happen.
A stronger focus on patriotism overall would also help, be a bit more patriotic, let the flag unfurl again and be happy with your great nation, because in all fairness, you should, because it is so great.
G-d bless United States of America.
There has been a lot of discussion about the aim and the purpose of the foreign policy of the Obama administration. Mr. Trump says, at one hand, that it is absolutely without aim, at the other hand the EU administration has just admitted that the policies are much deeper and better than their own!
Well, one cannot be true without the other.
I am not the only one Mr. Obama listens to, there are others, so it is not only my advice that has been heeded. But in the Arab spring Obama and I were pretty much inseparable, and the idea behind the fight against IS were strategic considerations that we both agreed on.
Many people see Obama as against Israel, this is absolutely and totally wrong, he just believes in the same values as the liberal camp in Israel. He wants peace, and to his credit you must be open to the fact, that Obama has never really engaged in the fights between the Gazans and Israel, giving Israel a wide berth here. If he had supported the Palestinians more, the last intifada (that with the bombs) would have been devastating.
He has held on to the idea, that the peace process should be met at the source. This was the entire idea behind making peace with Iran.
If you zoom out a bit, you will find the basic fight that we are in right now; the reclaiming of Western values.
What is so terrible about IS? It is the fact that they hate democracy, and love the caliphate. So the fight against them is much more than just a fight against terror, it is at the same time, a fight for our own values.
And this is what it basically all about; the reclaiming of our own values.
In a world where western interest are threatened and we are loosing ground, we should both put up an ideological as well as a physical defence.
That is crux of the strategies that I have made, and that has influenced Barack a lot; the rise of the West again.
So we have defined the enemy; the Islamic State, and has put together a wide alliance behind it. It has been so strong, that the problems we have had with Russia, that could have developed into a third world war, was eased out by the fact, that we are kin, and we are fighting for the same basic ideas.
The world according to Samuel Huntington is a world where civilisations fight, and we have sought to strengthen our own civilisation, and we have failed in some areas, but also won a lot. Egypt is now a democracy, we have brought momentary peace to Israel, we have changed the mindset of the Europeans, we have forged a friendship with Russia that was extremely important in the wake of the last crisis.
All in all, we are poised for a comeback as a civilisation, if the next president knows how to play his cards wisely.
Not to mention that we have done all this while saving money and making jobs.
G-d bless the United States of America.
To develop the world, the world needs to have peace. Otherwise most of the ressources and the ability to invest in the betterment of humanity is forfeit.
It is like a lake, if there is war, the ressources are sucked up, the dams breached will take away water. If there is peace, the dams will hold, and the lake will swell, full of water.
So plugging the holes of the dam, will give prosperity. In this way, peace and prosperity are two sides of the same coin.
Now, that may be simple, but the actual peace making is extremely difficult. It all comes down to inspiring the world to do good. Usually enemies portray their enemies as evil. This is wrong, enemies are not inherently evil, they are just in disagreement of how things should be run.
We in the West believe that freedom, democracy and humanism are good things. There are other that have competing systems. That is the way it is with human beings. We all believe our model is the best.
So peace comes from looking at the systems at hand, and find the good elements in them.
Like democracy. There are good and bad things about democracy, so we need to inspire people to do the good things. If the bureaucracy starts corrupting and hiding things, making things intransperent, then we are dealing with the bad elements of democracy. If you have the freedom to act, you need a high ethical standard.
We have to remember this, when we search for peace in the Middle East. There are a number of competing systems there, and we need to align the good virtues of each system towards each other to create a positive flow.
This is difficult, and will require both patience and persistence two work. There are no easy fixes.
We have come far, by focusing on the sources of the conflict between Israel and “Palestine”. Making peace with Egypt and the rest of the Sunni Arab countries. (Egypt is originally not Arab, but Egyptian, but they are allied).
We can do the same with Iran, I know people are against it. But so far, we have not had any atomic bombs over Tel Aviv. We should not be stupid, but if there is an opportunity for peace, we should take it.
This is how Israel should act; as a peace maker.
G-d bless Israel.
I think that the US must be the most reluctant empiremaker ever. I mean, it is as though the different candidates in the election almost fight over how to NOT be an empire. This is truly the greatest strenght of the US. The clean ethical view on power. Power is not to opress, but to be used for good. I think this is also the part of the weakness, because recently we have seen a few instances of disengagements, where engagement would have been better. Especially in Libya, we should have gone in there and helped rebuild the country. That was a mistake in my mind.
But, the strenght of the fact, that the US does not wish to impose its agenda on everybody, but is happy with the fact, that it can provide some progress and momentum for its own citizens is, to my mind a great boon to the world. It was what, at the end of the day, that stopped the Ukraine crisis from developing into a third world war. Off cause, mr. Putin never wanted the war either, so there were two parts not to really want war.
If you compare this to almost any other emperical power in history, it is truly unique. Just look at how the Chinese treats Africa. It is with contempt, the US has never treated Africa with contempt.
I know that there has been some bad blood in South America, but apart from that, the US has its hands, more or less clean.
I hope, that it continues in this way, that foreign involment has an ideological or protective motive, not a tyrannical motive.
G-d bless The United States of America.
If you want to fight, you have to be prepared to get hit from time to time, that is the way with fighting.
This is especially true with the renaissance of the Anglican church. You get a new message from here, another hit from there, but as when you do a pilgrimage, the difficulties of the walk should never stop you, but make you keep going.
At the end of the day, it is a matter of faith, you are always tried by fortitude, by evil, by all kinds of difficulties.
Yet, as a new mountain appears as a mirage at the end of the road, you just need to pray, get up and find a way over, beneath or around that mountain. There will another mountain to climb when you have climbed the mountain in front of you, but that is the way with work for spirit. It is a never-ending, continuous striving for at better world, and the strange thing is, you never find the end. It is just a road you have to travel.
Sometimes you meet someone on your pilgrimage, and you gather your wits and start a conversation with that person. This is your boons and your nourishment, to find companions along the road.
Sometimes, no, always in my experience, the companions you find on your road, will be there with you all along, and as you travel father and father, the torrent of people you meet on your way will swell.
If you are truly a good person, the persons that will accompany you will be fellows in that same spirit.
So there will be downfalls, and dark days, but do not falter in you belief, because spirit will always be there to support you, and help you find your way. Because that is what G-d is; a helper, a friend and a crutch when you need it.
Praised be Amun.
It is difficult for Europe to hedge its bets in this time of destruction and insecurity.
Germany has, lastly caught up with the new trends of Europe, and has had its very own islamic-critic party. The Afd. well, I do not do mudfests, and I refuse to start throwing ridicules and be the one pointing fingers. As Christians may remember, a lot of people pointed fingers at Jesus, and as Jews remember people did not like Moses much, let alone Mohammad.
This is the way it is, if things Change, people do not like it.
I understand, that the problems that confronts Germany are very difficult, especially considering the influx of migrants and refugees, that creates a lot of problems in Germany right now.
Ms. Merkel is trying to balance the scales in a situation where Germany has to cope with its history as murdering a lot of Jews, and at the same time making sure that the security of the land is working.
Right now, the dilemma seems to tear Germany apart.
There is a short term solution, and a long term solution.
First of all, take it easy. Do not panic, look at the situation, plan ahead and be careful not to lose the initiative.
Germany has the problem, that it is too strong lying there in the middle of Europe. So the minor states and other stronger states around it are vary about its course.
But, look at the way the world has changed these last ten to twenty years. Before the internet revolution, we had absolutely no idea about the ideas and history of the Middle East, even though it lies a mere stonethrow away! Imagine that. We were still, mentally, living in a time where the only transportation was boat and slow moving vehicles.
The US has been good at understanding the new reality, and is acting accordingly. But Europe, mired in its self-pity and inaction, simply has just done….nothing.
What we need to do now, is catch up. Look at our options and act accordingly.
We are not the rulers of the world anymore, that is over, and that is ok. We are living in a multipolar world. Where there are several powers. There is China, the Brics countries, India, Russia, the Middle East and so on. We need to get used to the new situation, and plan from there.
There is no shame in admitting that we are not the rulers of the world anymore, that is just the way it is. And honestly, would we like to be the rulers of the world again? No, why should we? We can be contempt in trying to develop our own world, and strengthening our own ways of doing things. To contribute to a peaceful and humanistic earth.
But in order to do that, we need to get out of that post colonial hangover, and start using our own strengths to our advantage. What are they?
First of all, it is a world class intellectual world. We have the best thinkers, period.
This asset is an asset that, potentially, can bring us back on the world stage as leaders in political, metaphysical and peace bringing theory.
Note that this strength is not a offensive strength, but rather a strength that will give us friends and not enemies.
This is also the strength that will save us in the current situation, the solutions we can find, can solve the problems, without us getting into conflict with the human rights and so on.
So we need to take a fresh look on the situation, define the positive aims we want to have. What is it we want to contribute with? How can we help our neighbours? How can we contribute solving some of the problems of the world?
At the same time, we need to solve the problems we face right now with migration.
As I have said, let us do within the limits of the Human Rights charter, and do it progressively. We should act, but with respect to our allies, our friends around the world, and most importantly, to protect our citizens. This being the main task.
G-d bless the light we must follow, and the peace we can contribute making.
I have, together with Obama, had a tremendous succes in the Middle East. The tactic; to focus on the sources of the conflict between Israel and the rest of the Middle East instead of focusing on the proxies; the Palestinians or whatever they are called, has really pulled of.
As of now Israel is hedging its bets with both Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If mr. Netanyahu had been a bit more trusting on Iran, we could have come somewhere with them as well.
I understand, animosity and so on. But we are the Chosen people, and we should not act as local power players, but rather as a moral player, as we are, right?
Now mr. Netanyahu and I are not always on the same page, but I love that man anyway, and do really respect his judgement.
But, be as it may, what is really the process behind these success?
First of all, I am not so self-indulgent, that I believe that is either my doing or Baracks for that matter. We are just tools in a process. Perhaps we are tools of spirit, but perhaps we are just there as a part of a development. The expression of a culture that evolves around certain principles.
Now, what I have been thinking about in the process, is, why really? What is it in the process, that gives us the ability to make peace where no-one else have succeeded?
I believe it is because as Zionist there is a piece that is missing. When Israel was originally founded by Herzl, it was a historic and democratic union of Jews. The state of the Jews, all Jews, and rested on a republican basis. There where some Cabalists that secretly tried to see Israel as a vehicle for peace, we still do. But this was only as private individuals.
The central western democratic blueprint Israel was formed on lacked something that was in existence in Denmark. Denmark is very, very similar to Israel in its construction, but we have one thing that differs; we are based on a historic understanding of the Danish Folk. The Danish people. The great Grundtvig being the master behind this construction. This has given us a historic awareness, and a cohesive disposition towards our neighbours. Instead of representing a state, we represent the Danish People.
Being the Chosen people as Jews, meeting our neighbours as what we are, instead of just a system, makes things much more down to earth, and also makes our neighbours feel they know us more. They know us as a people, not as a state, and if we behave like a people, and respect our neighbours as other peoples, things seem to fall in the right holes.
The Middle East is a very, very proud place. It is the cradle of human civilisation, and every people there remembers, with pride their contribution, even though the rest of the world has forgotten.
If we remember our own history, that is interwoven with our neighbours, we have common ground, and common projects to work with.
And as the Chosen people, there is one mission that will elevate us to where we should be, and that is the fight for G-d. That he may live again. If we do that, we will be friends with our neighbours.
G-d bless Israel.
Now there seems to be a bit of fashion in businessmen going into politics. We have mr. Naftali Bennet in Israel, and mr. Donald Trump in the US.
Both people most do not like much (mr. Bennet, as a Jew is not liked in the world, though we Jews off cause like him), and mr. Trump is getting a little more popular, but still has a long way to go to be accepted.
Now, this is not to help in the American election, it struck me because as a Zionist I read about the generation of Israelies, that boomed in the dot com time, and is trying to cope with the hard wrenched IT world, and politics.
I have a similar background, I started as a project leader in IT, and shifted after some years to politics and philosophy.
So perhaps my experience can be of a little use.
The reason why I quit the IT business, was because of a moral drive. In IT there is a lot of corruption and a lot of easy money made. After some years learning the ins and outs of that business, I quit it because in a world, you need to stay moral. You need to stay a moral person.
After that I became a teacher and then a philosopher.
That is really the link, as I see it, from business to politics. You need to have a mission, a moral mission. I know that people often despise politicians for being driven by the system. That is true, there are a lot of politicians that are more bureaucrats than politicians. But the good politicians are there to change the world to something better.
It may sound quite silly and obvious, but the truth of the matter is, that as you are grinded down in the political machine, you often lose the ideas as to why you started out. Why you began in the first place. Because you need money and you start doing deals to get something done.
That is natural, but as power corrupts, politics corrupts too. What you therefor need, according to the Romans, is a solid character. Something stoically indestructible. Some higher aspirations. It can be the quest for freedom, solidarity, justice or brotherhood of man. But you need to cling on to those values and virtues.
This is not to be condescending. I do not judge anyone. Just as a afterthought to the mechanics of politics in relation to business.
In business what you need is a fierce will, fighting skills and the ability to understand and analyse markets, competitors and the general layout of the world.
This you also need in politics. But you need something more, you need knowledge of two things; political philosophy and history. The first to get deep into the whereabouts of virtues, the second to avoid doing the same mistakes as leaders before you.
If you want to be smart, you need knowledge. Because you can only know your steps forward, if you know the general layout of the market, and in politics, politics is the market.
G-d bless the wisdom of the Romans.
Getting back on the world scene, will be a little taxing for Europe.
We have been sailing around in our own misery after the second world war, and a lot of self-pity put in as well.
It is time we suit up, get realistic about the challenges we meet, and start investing our ressources in security. Both domestic as well as international.
First of all, we need to clean up our own systems. Eastern Europe has already done this after the fall of the iron curtain, but in Western Europe, there are still numerous (ageing) KGB personnel sitting in vital positions in the state apparatus, including media, education, and culture. These traitors are now helping the islamists setting up shop.
So it is really a two pronged war that we need to face. First take all the ancient KGB agents, and the islamists.
After that we will see what is really left of the states.
But, if we succeed, and in some areas we will, then it is on to the next step, and that is playing a role in the international powerplay.
We have the ressources, but we have, mired in our own self loathing, not done anything about it.
But, first of all. Playing with Turkey, puts us on the wrong side of the conflicts in the Middle East. Turkey is one of the main sponsors of IS, and is in real trouble with the other Sunni powers, that is Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Add to this an animosity with Russia, we simply cannot put all our eggs in that basket.
I know we have bought som reprive from the refugee pressure by dealing with Turkey, but it comes at a steep price, and the refugees/migrants will just find new routes. Right now they are going through Libya instead.
We need to strengthen our borders, and start making deals with the countries they come from, so that economic migrants can be send back to their original countries, and we can put up some serious help for the true refugees.
So, invest in security, start cleaning up our states for moles, agents, and other enemies of the state. Put up borders, and start making some real deals with; Eritrea, Pakistan, Afghanistan and so on.
Probably they are unwilling, but we need to find a way. We need to move, as of now.
G-d bless the vision of peace we have to find.