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January 06, 2010

A dismal rejoinder to our own history

In light of recent unpleasantness, and our special brand of feckless reaction to it, Bret Stephens considers our incompetent civilization.

The obvious rub is that profiling goes against the American grain. We shudder at the memory of previous instances of it, particularly the internment of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s. Rightly so.

But a civilization becomes incompetent not only when it fails to learn the lessons of its past, but also when it becomes crippled by them. Modern Germany, to pick an example, has learned from its Nazi past to eschew chauvinism and militarism. So far, so good. But today's Multikulti Germany, with its negative birth rate, bloated welfare state and pacifist and ecological obsessions is a dismal rejoinder to its own history. It is conceivable that within a century Germans may actually loathe themselves out of existence.

They won't be alone. As to internment, read about the Niihau Incident and tell me different; Japanese-American treason has been lost to the Memory Hole and the mind reels as we are forced to conclude history is racist.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2010 07:27 AM


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