Roland Shirk - Ignorance tops arrogance!

Please take note of this article on the jihadwatch blog:

"There is no other attitude to have, when you have grown up in a wealthy nation at peace--one that dominates world events (the U.S.) or lives largely disarmed as its friendly dependent (Western Europe). Apart from relatively minor conflicts like Vietnam, the West has enjoyed such a peace for almost 70 years: a lifetime, and time for two (nearly three) new generations to have been born. That isn't as long as the great "truce" that prevailed in Europe from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 till August 1914, but we have managed to become quite as complacent."

Although I do like Robert Spencer's blog, I think his co-editor Mr. Roland Shirk is shameful.

Now, let us check the facts. "Truce prevailed in Europe from 1815 to 1914? What a load of crap.

Let us look at French history;-) 1830 Civil uprising, establishment of constitutional monarchy. 1848 Revolution, proclamation of the second French Republic, 1852 Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed emporer, the second empire is established. 1870 Franco-Prussian war.; first treaty of versaille, the Third Republic is established.

What about German History? 1848 Revolution, establishement of parliamentary in Frankfurt failed. 1864 Prussian/Danish War. 1866 Austria-Prussian War; 1870 Franco-Prussian war,...

Italy? Oh, well, 1848 Revolution, Second and Third war of Italian Independence...

Then Vietnam a "minor conflict"? Considering that America is obsessed with this war and innumerable novels and movies have been produced about this war, this does sound a little hollow!

Europe "largely disarmed", hmmm. The poor Brits fight alongside the US in just about every war, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, but they are "largely disarmed". Sure, Aircraft carriers, Submarines, Royal Air force,...This puts total active and reserve duty military personnel at approximately 404,090. The French are probably rubbing their eyes too? Hugh? What about our force de frappe (nuclear force), rafale, ....The total number of military personnel is approximately 347,000; Germany the Bundeswehr employs 200,500 professional soldiers, 55,000 18–25 year-old conscripts who serve for at least six months under current rules, and 2,500 active reservists at any given time. Roughly 300,000 reservists are available to the Armed Forces and participate in defense exercises as well as deployments abroad.

Total U.S. military spending in 2008, more than $600 billion, was over 41% of global military spending and greater than the next fourteen largest national military expenditures combined. Well that's an achievement, but it is frankly crazy and the US is broke.

The European Nations are neither militarily nor economically "dependent" on the US. Next time the US needs military help in its military adventures, we'll just say: Oh, but we Europeans are "largely disarmed". How do you expect us to help you? Ha ha ha;-)

Roland Shirk, you are condescending and ignorant. Shame on you!

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