The Second Thirty Years’ War


“After having colonised other peoples in the name of universalism, Europeans are now in the process of being colonised in the name of the very same principle against which they do not know how to defend themselves: if all men are brothers, nothing can stop the arrival of others on our doorstep.

In the past, when Europeans were strong and powerful, when they dominated the world, they had made of their Christian or secular culture, which in both cases was universalist and individualistic, the tool by which they conquered, intending to impose it upon the entire world. This was shattered following the upheavals of the twentieth century: both world wars in Europe, de-colonisation, and the reawakening of ancient civilisations. What had once been a source of strength has become the cause of their weakness. Their old universalistic worldview has removed their moral defences, in spite of their economic strength and a few vague stirrings of illusory power. Europe has been thrown, naked and defenceless, into a world aching to vengefully humiliate her.”

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“[I]t could be said that between 1914 and 1945, Europe experienced a repeat of the Thirty Years’ War, ending with the undisputed victory of two foreign powers: the United States and the Soviet Union. These two powers divided Europe between themselves at Yalta, imposing their respective ideologies upon her. Since that era, torn by her mistakes and excesses, Europe has entered a ‘state of dormancy’, cast out of history and imprisoned in remorse.”

 – From The Shock of History by Dominique Venner