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Thanks to National Review Online we have articles from Professor Victor Davis Hanson and Conrad Black, the subject in both cases being the emergence of Germany at least as the foremost European power and perhaps too as the one nation in the world that the rest now look toward for leadership during tough economic times!!
1. "The Hundred Years’ German War" - - VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
"Germany’s dominance was won by national character, not arms or handouts."
National characteristics to include: clean, order, work!
"The rise of a German Europe began in 1914, failed twice, and has now ended in the victory of German power almost a century later. The Europe that Kaiser Wilhelm lost in 1918, and that Adolf Hitler destroyed in 1945, has at last been won by Chancellor Angela Merkel without firing a shot"
2. "Germany Leads the World"
"And the U.S. is ‘the sick man of the West.’"
Embroiled with too much national debt, an inability to generate more taxes or revenue, a declining work force and again an inability to approach problems with gumption and moxie!! NOT able to do what is needed to solve the problems too hesitant and loathe to do so!
"Germany’s imposing a regime in which countries in default would admit the fact, make the best deal they could, and Eurobonds, essentially on Germany’s credit, would be used to alleviate their fate, as long as they took an economic-growth pledge, including work incentives, entitlement reform, and labor-market-flexibility measures."
The German now calling the shots, able to impose on "lesser" nations conditions that sometimes must seem humiliating and previously ONLY were part of a process involving war and surrender with terms dictated by the victor.
Der Tag! The German triumphant and the rest of the world acknowledging same. And this accomplished without war. The German twice in the previous century resorting to war and failing with all that meant.
Germany and Japan both too recipients of American largess in the aftermath of World War Two, rebuilt with democratic rule prosperous and FREE as that term is generally understood, the dictators and militarists of the past banished to the history books. And the world the better for it as well.
Who needs war when you have the economic power and the MONEY at your disposal?