In the last two centuries Europe colonised countries in Africa and Asia and now Karma is hitting them.
The renowned historian Neil Ferguson compares the fall of Rome in the 5th century to the decline/ fall of Europe now.
Gibbon’s “History of the Decline and fall of the Roman Empire” represented Rome’s demise as a slow burn over a millennium.
Gibbon’s “History of the Decline and fall of the Roman Empire” represented Rome’s demise as a slow burn over a millennium. But a new generation of historians, such as Bryan Ward-Perkins and Peter Heather, have raised the possibility that the process of Roman decline was in fact sudden — and bloody —rather than smooth: a “violent seizure. . . by barbarian invaders” that destroyed a complex civilization within the span of a single generation.
Uncannily similar processes are destroying the European Union today, though few of us want to recognize them for what they are.
Let us be clear about what is happening. Like the Roman Empire in the early fifth century, Europe has allowed its defences to crumble. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. It has grown decadent in its shopping malls and sports stadia. At the same time, it has opened its gates to outsiders who have coveted its wealth without renouncing their ancestral faith.
Europe was 25% of the world population during the First World War.
Now it is around 10% and expected to decline to 3% by 2050. But the influx of refugees from all parts of Islamic countries will change the demography dramatically in the next 20/ 30 years. In every European country now the Islam population is around 12 to 15%.
The youth unemployment rate is at an abnormal level in Europe. In Britain the rate is 16.9 percent. The comparable rate for Americans is 12.2 percent in 2014. Most of them do not have skills.
Important: Youth Unemployment rate in Europe as on 2014
The level of unemployment with huge influx of refugees is a sure cocktail for violence and conflicts
We have been telling since 2013 that…
The root cause of the issue is the attempt in Europe to nationalise families and privatise business.
The root cause of the issue is the attempt in Europe to nationalise families and privatise business. Old age issue/ health issues/ child care issues are all normal family activities that have been taken over by the state and the state is broke. Funded security schemes are facing crisis since not enough numbers are getting in to labour force due to low reproductive rates and unfunded security system is in difficulty since taxes are not adequate due to low population growth.
Coupled with economic and demographic crisis is the crisis of civilisation in Europe. It has renounced the Church and has become secular. Church attendance has fallen significantly and churches have become tourist attractions rather than places of worship.
Most of the migrants, particularly those doing ‘brown colour work’ – like garbage removal, cleaning plates in restaurant, porter jobs, and grape-picking — are people from Mauritania/ Somalia/ Algeria etc. and most are Muslims by faith. Due to a high degree of employment, there is resentment against migrants and this anger is turning into anger against Muslims. Added to this is the new front started by France in Mali to fight Islamic fundamentalists. Africa may become a new Vietnam for Europe.
Europe is sitting on a time bomb and any small spark could ignite it. Remember that all conflicts in the last 2000 years have started in Europe and became ‘world’ conflicts. India has already given $10 billion or Rs 56,000 crore in 2010 – nearly one per cent of GDP at that time to help Europe. Not a single European paper or leader has thanked us openly. One can only hope that we need not give more of our GDP or become cannon fodder in Anglo-Saxon conflicts.
But let us be clear. Europe has lost the will to fight. It has grown decadent in its pubs and sports stadiums and malls. It is effete and can’t fight the third son of Abraham. It is not the Christian Europe to wage a crusade but a liberal modern agnostic confused Europe to fight a war against an enemy it will never name or accept.
Islamists are against all that Europe upholds — Homosexuality to pre-marital sex to multiple unwed partners.
Hence when Eurobia is formed by demography or war – the role of India should be to keep quiet. It is not our war and in the two world wars – which was also not ours — we lost thousands of our soldiers and are yet to be compensated.
The prize British gave was partition.
Let us not forget that when the then Bombay was ravaged by the barbarians of Pakistan-planned and executed by Pakistan- the western powers just made a cursory / standard sympathy statements. Eiffel Tower was not lighted with colours of Indian flag and actually after that more billions were given to Pakistan by US to terrorise us.
Let us be clear. If we can have relations with Saudi Arabia — which is Barbaria in practice – nothing can prevent us having relationship with Eurobia. Our interests are more importance to us than that of Europe or the US.
Cho S Ramaswamy Visiting Chair Professor of Public policy[CRVCPPP]
An expert in Finance and a two times Fulbright Scholar, Prof. R Vaidyanathan is a much sought after author, speaker and TV commentator on all items related to Money and Finance.