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The Coronavirus Has Ominous Portends for the West European Powers

Updated on April 4, 2020
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An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.

Introduction

The coronavirus or as some call it the 'China virus' originated from Wuhan in China. The West European nations in particular France, Italy, Spain, and England were complacent as the virus has now taken a firm grip on them. It is on record that close to 40,000 persons in these countries have died of this virus. They may at some stage control the virus but the after-effects will be worse than the after-shock of an earthquake. These nations which became affluent have become soft and like Winston Churchill said about Italy, "the underbelly of the Axis" they are the underbelly of world civilization.

Classical Marxism- Leninism refers to these countries in Western Europe as part of the decadent world. One may or may not agree with this definition of the European powers but the fact is they are on the downslide.

Just about 100 years back these European powers were the big colonizers of the world. They had built up massive Empires and it is on record that almost 3/4 of the world was either controlled by them or paid obeisance to them. The British. French and Italian had built empires and even small countries like the Dutch and Belgium had their spheres of influence as well as colonies.

The empires were bound to disintegrate as they were part of a historical cycle. The catalyst for this was the Second World war and Adolf Hitler. The war ended in a Pyrrhic victory for these powers. The net result was they lost their Empires. The fulcrum began to shrink to the east with the rise of China as a superpower and to a lesser extent India.

For some time these powers rode piggyback on the USA but during the last decade and a half the USA is enmeshed in its problems and it is unable to look after the European countries like it had done at the end of World War II with the Marshal Plan.

The spread of this virus has exposed the West European colonial powers to their inadequacy. The virus is just a disease but underlying this is the state of a decadent civilization that appears to have gone to seed.



Europe Falls

Thanks to the Marshal plan the European powers could still prosper despite the loss of the colonies. The European powers rightly began to take pride in their economic prosperity and charter of rights. Prosperity and emancipation can sometimes be a deadly concoction. The birthrate in Europe began to fall. Demographic experts caution that the minimum birthrate for a population to sustain itself is 2.1. In most countries in Europe, it fell between 1.25 and 1.5. In other words, there were lesser births and with better health facilities the older population increased. The younger population also did not wish to do menial jobs with the result that people were not available to man the social services and the factories.

The West European nations thought they had a way out. They began to outsource all their manufacturing activities to China which could produce the same goods at 1/3 of the price of what they could have produced in Europe. They also needed labor to man their essential services and for this, they thought they could get a limited number of people from the Middle East as workers to do the dirty jobs. Germany was the 1st to start this when it began to import 'guest workers' from Turkey.

With conditions in the Middle East deteriorating an overwhelming invasion of Europe by young Muslims looking for work began. The Europeans were nonplussed by this invasion by people from not only the Middle East but from faraway countries like Pakistan and Africa. It is on record that the minority community that migrated to Europe in countries failed to integrate with the ethos of European culture with the result we are seeing frequent terrorist acts there.

By outsourcing their manufacturing activities to China the European powers in a way mortgaged their future to the Dragon. China has always considered itself the "Middle Kingdom"-the center of the world. They ensured that the West European nations would fall in its lap and effectively reduced them to a shadow of what they were.

Social intercourse between China and the European nations increased and millions of Chinese visitors began to tour western Europe and the USA. When the virus broke out in China, the Chinese for at least 6 to 8 weeks hid the news from the world and allowed their travelers to continue moving all over Europe and the USA. They were the harbingers of the virus which spread in western Europe. The same thing happened in the USA which recorded almost 3,000,000 visitors from China to its shores in 2019. This social intercourse was inevitable because the West European powers had put all their eggs in the Chinese basket and once the virus spread they did not have even the means to control it.

As they were not manufacturing anything they had again to turn to China and requested to supply face masks and other ancillary equipment. It is sad that the once-great colonial powers are now at the beck and call of China. The Western nations must be very clear that China does not give anything gratis. The Chinese view of world history is that the western powers spread imperialism and exploited the third world and now they must payback for their sins.



Last Word

The situation in western Europe is like a Catch-22 situation. The European powers are faced by Hamlet's eternal question "to be or not to be".The virus will definitely be controlled but what will happen next?. Will they go back to the old situation wherein they had outsourced all their manufacturing activity to China?. Maybe they would like to change but it is not easy as young people are not available to do the work.

They cannot also allow more Muslim migrants to enter the EU. We should not forget that for two decades the EU had stalled the entry of Turkey into its fold because they felt that the Christian ethos would be disturbed. With the birthrate having fallen the European powers have been left with very little options. It has already eroded billions of dollars of their wealth in stocks. One cannot hazard a guess about the future but definitely the end of this virus will mark the end of western Europe as a force in world affairs.

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Denise for commenting. Sadly all this happened in so-called democracies. I wonder how different they are from dictatorships.

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      Denise McGill 

      8 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      This is actually a good overview of what brought us to this point in time. The part I hate most is that the general public had no say in this. It was the large manufacturers and world leaders who make the rules and did the deeds, the rest of us then are paying the price for their thoughtlessness and lack of wisdom.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Kyler, Thank you for your comment. You have read the situation correctly. In addition, one must not forget that the Tibetan people are seething for independence and tens have immolated themselves while an active insurrection is on in Sinkiang by the Uighurs.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      8 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      With China's rampant xenophobia they'll also have a lot of issues keeping any regional allies for the long-term, I'd put money on them struggling for oil if they don't keep the Russians appeased. Russia would sooner turn to the US and bring its proxies to the negotiation table than bend the knee to the sleeping tiger that is China.

      A very precarious situation for China, indeed.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Kyler, You are right to put your money on China but and If... Everything does not go as per the rule book. China is a communist dictatorship and it has suppressed the people of Tibet and Sinkiang, which are vast areas. China is vary of India, I could sense it when I visited China. This is the only nation that can stop China, not that India wants to do it but in the region countries like Vietnam, the Tibetan people look up to India. Marxism -Leninism as modified by Mao has flaws and as and when they surface it will be different ball game.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Ken, I agree with most of what you have written. However, I have been to Russia many times and I don't see it becoming satellite of China. On the contrary, though at the moments they are allied to China, yet they worry about the dragon. There is sometimes a fly in the ointment and the rise of China has a fly in India which is now getting into a strategic partnership with the USA. It should not be forgotten, that India for long was an ally of Russia and relations are pretty strong. Let's see how the dice rolls but sadly W Europe is in eclipse.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Dear Flourish, well said, I also look for the silver lining and hope some good comes out.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      8 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Ken makes some great points, I think the true tipping point for power is going to be in fusion technology. Whoever gets to fusion first is going to take back the long-term lead in the world. Hopefully it doesn't come at the cost of millions of lives, or more.

      Sadly, my money is on China in the long-run. They put more money into international students than anyone else and are poaching tech and manpower all over the world. America set its sights on military power, China set its sights on infrastructure.

      Truly a riveting, bleak game to watch play out.

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      Ken Burgess 

      8 weeks ago from Florida

      I agree, everything is cyclical, so ultimately the fall of the Western World was/is unavoidable.

      The biggest factors to this has been International Corporations becoming more powerful and wealthier than most Nations in the world, International Banks the same. They have no loyalty to any nation or any region, they care about profits and power.

      These entities, in their greed, helped build up China in a mere 30 years to be a Industrial and economic super power, China however is a nation totally controlled by the CCP, which nationalizes all corporations and banks.

      It was only a matter of time, with China becoming the world's Industrial and technological leader, that its corporations and banks become as powerful as any in the Western World.

      The major difference being, in the Western World, corporations and banks influence and control the governments, and this has been the case for centuries.

      In China, the CCP ultimately controls all, and as their banks and their corporations grow to the point where they can rival any in the West, China (the CCP) ultimately becomes the most powerful force in the world.

      We have arrived at that point, where the scales tip, the West fades and Asia rises to dominate the globe, with China (the CCP) as its absolute leader, and satellite states like Russia, Vietnam, etc. being the first to ally themselves and pay fealty to China.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      My hope is that this pandemic will inspire innovation like never before in a number of spheres (technology, medicine, manufacturing). Strong people find a way to turn horrible situations into opportunities for positive change in ways they would not have previously imagined.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Kyler J Falk, Nice points made, I agree with you.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      8 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      I won't argue the decadence, it is apparent. It is the outcome of all this decadence I was trying to draw attention to.

      I don't see much beneficial outcomes for either side as the way things are now, just destabilization, a lot of figurative smoke and rubble for all sides. It seems like a short victory, but the powers that be will still have a firm grasp of their control in the region.

      This has inspired me to write my own article about conquering nations tomorrow. So many factors that go into it, and it is the long-game that is all that counts.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Dear Kylar J Falk,Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your views. In my article I have basically highlighted two facts. Firstly, after World War II, the West European powers rode piggyback to prosperity, on the back of the USA. What if there was no Martial plan? Again, the victory over Germany was not of these aging powers but of Russia and the USA. Just look, France sat at the table when it was defeated inside 40 days and was occupied by Germany.

      The rate of population growth is important for a nation. It depends on the birth rate. Even Japan is in trouble with an aging population. Europe is in bigger trouble and young men are just not available to do menial jobs like sweepers, janitors etc. They don’t want to do such jobs also. That is the reason they allowed Muslims from supposedly war-torn nations to enter. But it has backfired. Even in this time of crisis, two men are stabbed to death in France by a person from Sudan. Draw your conclusion.

      Classical Marxism talks of a decadent world, especially it refers to the west European nations and means perceived decay in standards, morals, honor, religion, and discipline. West Europe after this pandemic ends will have to look inwards.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Road Monkey, nice comment. Thank you

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      RoadMonkey 

      8 weeks ago

      Interesting thoughts and certainly what has happened so far has prompted discussions of how and why and what now?

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      Kyler J Falk 

      8 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      MG, you are always so focused on birth rates and it is a topic I never exactly touch on enough in my own thoughts, and for this I appreciate your writings.

      As it concerns the "ethno-cleansing" or ousting of "native" populations through increased birth rates of "opposing" ethnic groups and cultures, I find it is very important to realize that this is less an ousting and elimination and more a destabilization that works more in the favor of the opposed group.

      It is inarguable that the heads of state in Western powers are predominantly Christian and/or Caucasian, and with an increase in the middle eastern/Muslim population this only increases the infighting between that cultural Muslim group. If I were a leader I would let my enemies breed rampantly and fight for resources, offering one side a hand of aid and the other a weapon with which to take that aid for themselves, much like we see occurring these days.

      Much of what you see as a boon, is in fact a bane. If victory is an unstable system, born of much rubble and choking smoke, then major destabilization is the proper tool. But that rubble and smoke gives the opposition more reason, and they shall appear just and righteous in their actions, in taking more extreme actions in the future much like what we see with bombings in the Mid-East now.

      Touch back on the wisdom of taqiyya, immersing in the enemy and their culture, and you will see a more stable victory with lasting returns. Winning certain battles can lose you the war.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      8 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Manatita, sir, ìts always a pleasure to read your comments.

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      manatita44 

      8 weeks ago from london

      Very powerful and visionary statements. Overall this piece is less harsh and I commend you for this. You show a lot of journalistic promise as you have always done, but it can be useful to remember the mantle of impartiality, that's all. You have not done too badly here. Not at all. Om Shanti!

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