The Lamps Are Going Out Again
By David Semple
On Monday August 3, 1914, almost one hundred and three years ago, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey was looking out of his window in the Foreign Office at the sunset across St James Park, talking with the editor of the Westminster Gazette. The great Liberal statesman could see almost a hundred years of European imperialism and liberal democracy coming to an end. For on the following day Britain would find itself at war with the Second German Reich of Kaiser Wilhelm ll in a struggle for the mastery of not just Europe, but the whole world. “The lamps are going out all over Europe”, Grey uttered as he noticed the lights coming on along the Mall, “And we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.
Twenty-six years later, in 1940, Great Britain and France were once again at war with Germany, a country which had almost won the First World War, were it not for the intervention of the United States. This time Britain and France faced an even more powerful and dangerous enemy, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany, a nation at war with everything which the Western powers were fighting to defend, democracy, freedom and the rule of law. But this time, Britain and France were much weaker than they had been at the outset of the First World War. And this time the United States stood aside in isolation as Europe plunged into the darkest chapter in its history. Adolf Hitler had been in power for seven years, during which he took Germany out of the League of Nations, re-armed the Third Reich in preparing to fight a war for the domination of Europe, re-militarized the Rhineland in breach of the Treaty of Versailles in the face of indifference from the other Great Powers, annexed his native Austria into the German Reich, took the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia with the consent of Great Britain and France and thus made Germany the dominant power on the European continent.
After watching Hitler annex the rest of Czechoslovakia without Britain and France going to war against Germany, Hitler was convinced the Western powers would do nothing to stop his takeover of Poland in September 1939. But Britain’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, whose policy of appeasing Germany had collapsed in failure in March 1939, had no choice but to go to war with Germany as public opinion in Britain turned against Hitler. The British people had only one year earlier supported appeasement, but now they were beginning to realise that appeasement was only going to bring the Nazi tyranny to the streets of London. They still hadn’t woken up to the dangers that Nazism posed to the British way of life. They were, however, beginning to see that Winston Churchill had been right about Nazi Germany all along while the British political establishment and the anti-war Labour left were completely wrong.
Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3 1939, but continued to allow Hitler to take the initiative. The so-called phoney war of September 1939 to May 1940 was a dismal failure for the British and French, who did little to stop Germany apart from starting an economic blockade of the Third Reich. In May/June 1940, Germany invaded Western Europe, and the defeatist French, along with the small British Expeditionary Force, collapsed in the face of the Nazi military steamroller. France had not recovered from the mass slaughter of the Great War and its people had lost the will to save their country. New French President Petain, a hero of the Great War, agreed to an armistice with Germany. Surrender was humiliating for French honour but offered the French people a quiet life and saved Paris from destruction. In effect, the French valued the architecture of Paris over the fight for freedom. Totalitarianism became sexy.
And the lamps went out across the whole of the dark continent of Europe for almost five long brutal years of mass murder on a scale not seen before in history. The fall of France in 1940 brought an end to the European Enlightenment.
The British people, although perhaps too complacent in the face of the evil tidal wave of Nazism, still had the will to fight for their freedoms. As a result, British Jews were the only European Jews not to suffer in the Holocaust. Great Britain and its Commonwealth Allies were now alone after suffering their worst military defeat since the American Revolution, with the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from Dunkirk. British and French incompetence allowed Germany to turn Europe into a huge prison camp, wherein the Nazis proceeded to destroy the old Europe of the Enlightenment and drag the continent into a short but deadly dark age from which Europe has not recovered to this day. Nazi Germany’s victories marked the death of Western civilisation in Europe for five years. If Hitler had won the war, European civilisation would have been utterly destroyed and replaced by a primitive totalitarian empire of death. It took six weeks for Hitler to conquer Western Europe, but it took an alliance of the British Empire, the Soviet Union and the United States five long years to destroy the Third Reich.
The Germans enjoyed a relatively easy war during 1939-1940 as Hitler stood triumphant over Europe and France collapsed like a house of cards in May/June 1940. Hitler was the most popular German leader in a thousand years. When war was easy and the enemy was weak, as it was in 1939-1940, the Germans totally supported their new totalitarian Reich without reservation. They paid the price for their love affair with Nazism when they suffered the worst military defeat in history in 1945, with Germany left in ruins as the Nazi government signed an unconditional surrender to the Anglo-Americans and Soviets, humiliated and disgraced in front of the world. Yet, most Nazis got away with horrible war crimes without being punished. And those crimes marked a new low point in human history, with the extermination of six or seven million Jews in factory-like concentration camps.
The Holocaust would not have happened had the Western powers – France, the United States and Great Britain – not stood by passively as the Third Reich gobbled up other nations unopposed. Hitler could have been stopped easily if the French had militarily intervened in 1936, when Hitler re-militarised the Rhineland. The Czechs were sold down the river by Britain and France at the Munich Conference in 1938, when war against Germany should have been declared. Czechoslovakia was a not un-formidable military nation with a large armaments industry and a nation willing to fight for their freedom. Appeasement led to military defeat for the West, with British independence saved only by the English Channel and North Sea. Nazi Germany lacked the naval supremacy necessary to successfully invade the British Isles in 1940 and 1941. Hitler, however, became over-confident and invaded Russia to make sure that the British, who had rejected overtures of peace in May and June 1940 with Winston Churchill newly-installed as Prime Minister, could not convince Stalin to change sides. Russia and Germany divided Eastern Europe between each other during first year of the war, with Russia providing arms to the Nazis for almost two years. Unfortunately for Hitler, Churchill embraced an alliance with his old enemy Communist Russia and continued to fight a war against Italy and Germany in the Mediterranean and North Africa, which prevented Germany from defeating the Soviet Union with the full force of its military and industrial might.
Appeasement of Germany became Britain’s official foreign policy during the 1930s precisely because British statesmen feared Soviet Communism more than than they feared Nazism. In this, men like Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax completely lost the plot and delivered the whole of continental Europe into the hands of the Nazis. For Chamberlain, Czechoslovakia was a small country far, far away, irrelevant to the interests of the British nation. The British National Government, formed in 1931, abandoned the nation’s centuries-old established foreign policy, which was to insist that no dominant power was allowed to achieve political hegemony on the continent. Thus, wars with Spain, France and eventually Germany brought British intervention in continental wars. From 1792 to 1815, Great Britain sought to destroy French revolutionary forces, and later Napoleonic France, to keep the balance of power in Europe. Napoleon tried to invade the British Isles, proving to William Pitt, the British Prime Minister known as “the pilot that weathered the storm,” that divide and rule on the continent was the only way to protect British security.
For the same reasons, Great Britain had no alternative but to ally itself with France and Russia to stop the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm from creating a continental customs union dominated by Germany. Wilhelm intended to destroy the British Empire in India and the Middle East by allying Germany with the Muslim Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire ruled from Constantinople. After a poor start to the Great War, the new Government of David Lloyd George tipped the balance in favour of the Western powers by conquering the Ottoman territories of the Middle East.
Neville Chamberlain, the son of a brilliant statesman who championed the case for Empire Free Trade, looked to the Commonwealth and Empire, deciding that German domination of the continent did not collide with British interests. This break with traditional British foreign policy allowed the Nazis to destroy freedom all across the continent. And it was a disaster for his successor, Winston Churchill, who watched Western Europe collapse under the Nazi steamroller.
Hitler wanted to destroy Judeo-Christian civilisation and replace it with a technological and scientific age married to the primitive instincts of pre-Christian Europe. Technology without ethics. Science without soul. To use the words of Churchill, Hitler promised a “new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of a perverted science.” Hitler wanted to destroy an entire civilisational era, which we now call the Modern Age, and replace it with a primitive and violent world of scientific totalitarianism, devoid of the Jewish ethics of the Bible which had been embraced by the Romans in the fourth century. Hitler despised the weakness he saw at the core of Christianity. But, most of all, he despised the Torah, Jewish teachings and the Jewish people, who he wanted to wipe off the face of the planet. At the core of Nazism, much as at the core of Islam, was a hatred of Jews and Judaism. That’s why Hitler found himself in alliance with infamous Muslims like the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The war aims of Nazism and Islam merged together during the Second World War, to destroy the British Empire and the Jewish people.
Neville Chamberlain’s government policy of appeasing Germany made possible Hitler’s conquest of Europe and the Holocaust. Churchill understood the threat that Nazism posed to the Western powers. Chamberlain did not. He was too confident in the British Empire, without which Great Britain would be reduced to the status a secondary power unable to compete with Germany. Churchill realised the importance that Europe played in British politics whereas Chamberlain thought that his island nation could stand aloof from problems on the continent.
Coincidentally, Chamberlain ended Britain’s commitment to carry out the Zionist mission statement of the British Mandate of Palestine, terminating the Balfour Declaration with his 1939 White Paper for Palestine. Determined to appease the Muslims, and knowing that the Jews of Palestine had no choice but to support Britain’s now inevitable war against Germany, Chamberlain terminated Jewish immigration to Palestine just as Hitler was about to conquer Europe. Over a period of four years, a total of 70,000 Jews would be allowed entry into Palestine, after which further Jewish immigration would only be allowed if the Palestinian Arabs would permit it. The leader of the Palestine Arabs was allied with Nazi Germany and eventually became involved in Hitler’s Final Solution, the mass murder of all Jews. Thus, Neville Chamberlain’s unintended political legacy was the death of millions of European Jews and the Israeli War of Independence against Great Britain.
For the last eight years the United States, under the presidency Barack Hussein Obama, was doing to American power what the British governments of Baldwin, MacDonald and Chamberlain did to British power. They engineered a decline in British power by suffering from the delusion that Britain was still powerful enough to live in “splendid isolation.” Isolation was impossible for Britain during the Napoleonic Wars so how could Britain rely on a policy of “splendid isolation” in the 1930s? Traditionally, Britain had sought strength in the power of its alliances, with Prussia during the Seven Years War and with America and France during the Great War. Despite its military might France was no longer a match for the industrial power of Germany. Without America and Russia as allies, Britain’s status as a great power was undermined.
The implosion of British power between the two world wars was an act of national suicide committed by a weak political class who no longer had the drive to create empire and glory, the empire and glory which had spread freedom from our shores and planted it around the world as far away as Australia. They no longer had the will to defend their hard-earned freedoms. Hitler represented an alternative, safety guaranteed by complete obedience to the power of the state. Tyranny over humanity. The Nazi threat was defeated thanks to one man, Winston Churchill, bringing back the patriotism, and love of freedom, of the British people that had all but disappeared after the Great War. Had it not been for the political will of Churchill, Hitler would have won his war in 1940 and freedom would have been destroyed in Europe and Britain, perhaps forever.
That freedom which we hold so dear is under threat once again, this time from the totalitarians in the Muslim world. Like the Nazis, the Islamo-fascists of today want to destroy Judaism and exterminate the Jewish people. This is the driving force behind Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah and Islamic State, as it was the driving force behind Nazism. The Nazi torch was passed by Adolf Hitler to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during the Second World War. It is no secret that the Palestinian leadership in the 1930s and 1940s colluded and collaborated with Hitler. And it wasn’t just the Arab leadership which admired the Nazis. The Palestinian people and the Arab media were enthusiastic supporters of Hitler and his virulent brand of anti-Semitism.
After the defeat of Nazi Germany, the Nazi war on the Jews was carried on by the Muslim states. The combined invasion of Israel in 1948 by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, together with expeditionary forces from Iraq, was arguably the next chapter in Hitler and Husseini’s Final Solution. Since then, the Palestinian Arabs, with the support of belligerent Muslim states and terrorist groups, are continuing Hitler’s war against the Jews – both in the Middle East and in the diaspora. For decades, the Muslim world has been in a state of war with the Jewish people. The widespread desire to see Israel wiped off the face of the map is a continuation of Hitler’s vision of a world without Jews. Due to the malevolent influence of Husseini and other Nazi sympathisers in the Middle East, the spirit of Hitler lives on. Palestinian nationalism is not only historically intertwined with the Nazis, it is Nazism’s immediate successor.
The rise of Islamic State, the murder of Jews in Paris and Brussels, the tidal wave of Muslim terrorism now gripping continental Europe and the weak leadership of the West, are all reminders that our world faces a crisis eerily reminiscent of Europe in 1940. By appeasing terror-sponsoring regimes like Saudi Arabia and Iran, Obama did to America what Chamberlain did to Britain. We fear that there is not a new Winston Churchill waiting in the wings to save us from disaster. Even Theresa May recently acknowledged that many people in the West fear we are heading for civilisational collapse.
The rise of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, however, may change things for the better. President Trump, in his inaugural speech, uttered words that President Obama refused to say. “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones”, he said, “and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth”. These are brave words in this era of left-wing political correctness. All over America, the same forces of Marxist infiltrators which derailed a potential American victory in Viet Nam forty years ago, have emerged from the shadow world of failed academia to support radical Islam and Palestinian jihadis against the Trump presidency and the State of Israel. These anti-Western, anti-Jewish agitators are rioting in streets across the whole of America, from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast. For Donald Trump to defeat Islam’s jihad against the West overseas, he must first deal with the fifth column within America’ s borders.
The lamps are once again going out all across Europe, as the leaders of Germany, France and the European Union put more effort into undermining Israel than they do in protecting their own people. In fact, European leaders are doing more to Islamise Europe than to save their people from terrorist attacks. Once the lamps go out in Europe, they may never be lit again.