- - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Does Europe have a death wish? Inquiring minds want to know.

If not, Europeans sure are acting as if they have a real attraction to suicide, as a culture and as a group of sovereign states. I watched and read several things this week that made me want to write on this subject. All of the incidents fall into a long-term pattern of self-hating groupthink and self-destruction.

Take Europe’s reaction to Vice President Mike Pence’s attendance at the Munich Security Conference.

I was amused to read the summary of the Lithuanian president’s conversation with Mr. Pence on the need for increased Baltic security. Let me first say that I agree NATO has to find ways to deter Russian aggression in the region. But also recall that Lithuania is not one of the NATO nations that spend at least the recommended 2 percent of gross domestic product on their defense.

The Lithuanian president told Mr. Pence of her “expectations” of American air defense assets that need to be brought to bear in the Baltics. She brought with her maps and charts, lecturing our vice president on what needed to be done. This all raises the question: Before a country gives Washington its expectations of what the U.S. needs to do to secure said country, shouldn’t that country be spending all it can for its own security? And not just 2 percent, but maybe 3 percent or even 4 percent, as the U.S. does? Then maybe we could talk.

On another note, does Sweden really believe it doesn’t have a crime problem linked to high levels of Muslim immigration?

If this problem doesn’t exist, then Sweden really needs to hire a good public relations firm because the image the world is getting of the Nordic country is one of Islamic immigrant crime and the destruction of everything Swedish. Riots, rapes and government cover-ups seem to be the order of the day. The pompous, aghast Swedish reaction to the U.S. president actually saying that the emperor has no clothes — Sweden’s identity as a Nordic nation is dying — is emblematic of a country that no longer believes its culture and history are worth preserving. This is globalist-style cultural suicide. Why do ordinary Swedes see this, and why do they put up with it?

Finally, there was the image of EU and NATO representatives whining like jealous girlfriends to Secretary of Defense James Mattis when he attempted to reassure the alliance that the Trump administration still had their back. Oh, the pomposity!

They didn’t say, “Yes you are right, we have not borne our share of the burden. We will step up our defense spending immediately.”

No, they acted the way elitists always do when confronted with an uncomfortable truth. They stuck their noses high into the air and expressed their anger at being told that they are not pulling their weight financially. They questioned the sincerity of the American delegation and demanded more proof from President Trump that he really meant to defend them.

I read last year that only 49 of Germany’s combat aircraft can actually fly. Yes, Europe needs to look in the mirror before it complains about the Trump administration’s behavior.

The United States does have a vested interest in a strong Europe and should continue to help defend the Continent. But before that can happen effectively, Europe has to show that it wants to defend itself.

Europe has to show it truly believes its own history and culture are worth saving. Europe needs to love itself more than it loves Shariah law. It has to show it is worth America’s while to spend its treasure to protect NATO’s borders.

The U.S. no longer can afford to give away hundreds of billions of dollars a year the way it has since the end of World War II. Yes, we can help, but only if Europeans show they have the will to work to defend their own survival.

L. Todd Wood is a former special operations helicopter pilot and Wall Street debt trader, and has contributed to Fox Business, The Moscow Times, National Review, the New York Post and many other publications. He can be reached through his website, LToddWood.com.

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