It was a historic trip, that of US President Donald Trump in Poland. He said that “Poland is the geographic heart of Europe, but more importantly, in the Polish people, we see the soul of Europe”, speaking to thousands of people in Warsaw. “Your nation is great because your spirit is great and your spirit is strong”.
“The Poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to God”, Trump also said. “You came to understand what to do and how to live … You stood in solidarity against oppression, against a lawless secret police … And you won. Poland prevailed. Poland will always prevail”. Along with Islamic terrorism, the West faces the threat of a “steady creep” of Western bureaucracy. He then warned that “the fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive”.
Trump asked the single most urgent question: has the West the will to survive? Let’s see what happened in the last two weeks in the four most important countries of Western Europe.
Germany approved gay marriage. It was one of the last European countries which refused to dismantle the traditional and natural marriage between man and woman, a pillar of Western civilization. It is grotesque that Angela Merkel gave her green light for such a vote in the Parliament. Didn’t Germany had more urgent priorities? Terrorism? Migrants? Merkel wanted to go ahead with gay marriage exactly to avoid answering such difficult questions. It was a distraction.
In France, the new President, Emmanuel Macron, announced that in autumn he will abrogate the state of emergency, under which France lived for two years after a series of deadly terror attacks. Macron didn’t decide to abolish it because his country had defeated the radical Muslims who want to overthrow the French Republic. Nothing has changed since April. No, Macron choose to lift the emergency because Islamic terrorism is not serious for him. During the electoral race, Macron never talked about the mortal threat France is facing under Jihadism and Islamic extremism. “Let’s play again”, Macron is implicitly saying.
Britain is facing its biggest political crisis since the Second World War, not only for Brexit, but for the rising of “the terrorist-sympathising, absolver of anti-Semites, 500-time voter against his own party, refusenik of anthem and servicemen tributes, Jeremy Corbyn”, as the magazine Standpoint defined the leader of Labour.
Then my poor country, Italy. It is facing a demographic and humanitarian catastrophe, with 500,000 migrants who landed on its shores in the last four years (20,000 only in the month of June). Italy invoked European solidarity to manage this crazy situation. France answered by refusing to help. Germany just did so at the G20 summit. Austria sent its tanks at the border with Italy to seal it. Such a show of European unity. What was the Italian government doing during this crisis? Working at a new law to open the gates of citizenship to the migrants.
Meanwhile in Poland, the UNESCO, the UN office for science and culture, approved another anti-Semitic resolution to erase the Jewish links with Jerusalem.
Trump was right in raising that question in Poland. But the answer looks clear. And no, the West has no will to survive.