The tower of Babel

Millions of words have been written about the historic vote by Great Britain to leave the European Union. What was shocking is that the average Brit knew little or nothing about the EU. Millions of them scrambled to their computers the next morning to google it. After 43 years as a member of the EU, they did not know what they were voting for. What they did find out however, is that the British Isles is now a dis-United Kingdom and wondered if their country, would in future, be referred to as Great Britain.

The European continent is the landmass that lies, geographically, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains, but must, politically, include Asiatic Russia that stretches to the Pacific Ocean. It recognizes nationalities with roots planted deep in the past.

To understand Europe, we need to focus on certain historic moments. In 1095, Pope Urban II called for the Crusades to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem. On their way, the Crusaders massacred Jewish communities. Many a Crusader wondered why he had to travel hundreds of miles when the Infidels were right there. Thousands were murdered, Hundreds of Jews committed suicide rather than be seized by mobs and forcibly converted to Christianity. The Crusaders rationalized the killings of Jews – Christ killers – to be an extension of their faith.

In the ensuing battles fought in the Holy Land, Richard the Lion-Heart had kept about 2700 Muslim prisoners as hostages against Saladin. While being holed up in Acre, he believed his campaign could not advance with the prisoners in train. He therefore ordered all the prisoners to be executed. Many believe they were beheaded. The killings, including some women and children, were carried out in full view of the Muslim army.

As the world entered the 12th. century Christian Europe began to view Jews, not as human beings, but an evil presence. Jews were accused of desecrating the host, poisoning wells and spreading the Plague. It was an age when Jews lived in fear. In 1215, the Fourth Lateran Council stipulated that baptized Jews may not observe Jewish customs; Jews may not appear in public during Easter week; Jews must give tithes on their houses and other properties to the Church and pay a yearly tax at Easter; no Christian prince may give an office to a Jew under pain of excommunication and Jews must wear a distinctive dress to distinguish themselves from Christians.

Europe moved on but not before Catholic clergy persistently called for the conversion and destruction of Judaism. For centuries, Visigoths, Romans, Christians, Jews, Muslims and Gypsies had lived in the Iberian peninsula, creating a unique and pluralistic society. Yet, in a short while, Spain would transform itself from a multicultural nation to the least tolerant country in Europe. They believed the Second Coming of Christ will take place only when Jews accepted Christianity. Religion was a matter of faith, not race and since doctrine held that baptism altered the soul, the stain of Judaism was instantly blotted out and the baptized Jew was a member of Christianity in an officially declared Christian land. It made conformity to Christianity an unquestionable condition for residing in Spain. In later centuries, Nazis, taking the cue from their spirited, fellow Christians in Spain, declared that only Aryans could live in Nazi Germany and committed unspeakable crimes against humanity, exterminating 6 million Jews.

The end of the 19th. century brought about one of the worst examples of Imperialism that saw Christian Europe commit acts of such depravity that plunged it into the very heart of darkness. By the middle of the 19th century, every nook and corner of the African continent was colonized by Europeans. King Leopold II of Belgium possessed an insatiable greed for money, land and power — and looked to Africa to find it. Like other European Christians, he wanted a slice of the African cake. Rubber was plentiful in the Congo and could be systematically gathered and shipped to Europe. He ran the Congo with an iron fist without ever visiting it. Labor was plentiful and more important to Leopold, it was free. The Belgians forced  the Congolese into slave labor by means of torture and intimidation. Women were often kidnapped and held until their husbands and sons gathered sufficient quantities of rubber. They comprised an unforgiving and hateful force, determined to make the most money by exploiting the natives — often whipping them with pieces of dried crocodile hide, chopping their hands off and killing them, dozens at a time. In his study of the Congo, historian Hochschild, estimates that during the time of Leopold, the population dropped by 10 million people. Disease, starvation, outright murder and other acts of savagery that included placing rebel heads on posts, all combined to turn Christian Europe into a dark continent.

As time marched on, it became morally darker. Marriages of convenience for political and strategic advantages were blessed by the Church. These loveless unions soon led to monarchs taking on mistresses and their wives taking on lovers. Decay soon settled in and before long, Christian Europeans were slaughtering one another.

The official visit to Sarajevo in June 1914 by the Archduke of Austria and his wife was a celebration of the 14th. wedding anniversary. It was unfortunate they arrived on the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo. This aroused the emotions of the Serbs who took it as a personal affront and they were assassinated. The Austrians saw this dastardly deed as an opportunity to humiliate Serbia and enhance its prestige in the Balkans. It declared war on Serbia. Suspicion and distrust among European nations led to Russia, Germany, France and Britain to declare war on each other. In the ensuing conflict, better known as World War I, millions of Europeans slaughtered each other. The tragedy of this war was compounded by the fact that the King of England, the German Kaiser and the Czarina of Russia were cousins — all grandchildren of Queen Victoria. Soon, World War II would follow and the carnage would be repeated.

It miraculously dawned on the Europeans that this senseless slaughter had to stop. They had a dream. A dream of a United Europe that had tantalized monarchs from the distant past to present day rulers. Anchoring the united continent was a core of 12 nations that became known as the European Common Market whose members had been moving toward integration since the end of World War II. Despite misgivings, these 12 countries joined in a single market with free movement of goods, services and people. They enjoyed trading privileges – denied to impoverished countries of Eastern Europe that emerged from the long shadow of the Soviet Union. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland – all former communist states began reshaping their economies in anticipation of gaining entrance in the historic European unity.

In due course, 28 nations formed the European Union. Concentrations were heaviest in the prosperous nations of Western Europe where better health and other social benefits were available. Yet population growth tapered off since the postwar baby boom. The trickle of newcomers turned into a flood. Algerians moved to France; Turks to Germany; Iranians to Sweden; Indians, Pakistanis, Nigerians and Jamaicans to England; Indonesians to the Netherlands and Moroccans to Belgium. Most came to find work and a better future, while others were part of the so-called silent invasion of refugees, seeking political asylum from conflict-ridden developing nations. To add to the confusion more than 2.5 million refugees fled their homes in the war-torn republics of former Yugoslavia.

Today, Europe is home to millions of non-Europeans who are classified as immigrants, guest-workers or asylum seekers. In Europe where the labor pool is shrinking due to Europeans opting not to have children, these immigrants fill an important niche, providing unskilled labor at low wages and boosting productivity. Yet, these immigrants, the majority of them Muslims live as strangers in their adopted countries. They are easy scapegoats for critics who protest the cost of social services, crimes, loss of jobs and their alien culture.

All this serves as a severe stress to the openness of Europe to newcomers. It has also led to much soul-searching within the European Union which eliminated border controls among its members – meaning that not only impoverished nations of Eastern Europe, but all non-European immigrants could move freely and unfettered from one European Union country to another.

In their eagerness to expand the European Union and driven by their blind hatred and fear of the Russian communists who according to the Catholic Church would spread their godless errors across the globe, the WEST encroached upon Russia. Country after country, even if they were anti-Semetic or failed, Fascist states, or had rulers who openly expressed extreme right-wing attitudes, were allowed to join the EU and NATO. Soon, they were at the very doorstep of Russia. They desired to build an alliance that would protect and defend Europe against the godless communists, forgetting it was these very same godless people who in World War II, faced the might of the Nazi juggernaut. When the smoke had cleared from the scorched earth, more than 25 million Russians lay dead, including 20,000 who perished defending Crimea against the onslaught of the German Wehrmacht and Hitler’s dream of being master of Europe lay in ruins.

Instead of giving glory to God, the West built a Tower of Babel that changed the social, religious and linguistic life of all Europeans. With 28 countries and with as many languages, not to mention Arabic and other Mid-Eastern  tongues, it is only a matter of time before the EU that was meant to be a wonderful Mosaic will turn into a boiling cauldron.

Josephus tells us the Tower of Babel was an act of defiance against God and it was meant to be tall enough to reach heaven. God confused and scattered the people rather than destroy them because the annihilation with the  great Flood had failed to teach them to be godly.

It could be argued that the E.U. is another Tower of Babel. With the falling population of Christians in Europe and the rise in number of births by the immigrants, European Christians will be a minority in their own land and soon they will be the inability to communicate with one another. Perhaps they will have to immigrate to the New World, like their forefathers did a few centuries ago, fleeing religious persecutions. However, what is frightening is whether the poorly educated Europeans — as evidenced after the vote to exit the E.U. has shown, will qualify for immigration. The Jews have Israel and it is not far-fetched to think that Christian Europeans will immigrate to those Third World countries they once invaded, plundered, raped and enslaved.They will be given menial, unskilled  jobs and will be treated as second-class citizens.

What goes around, comes around and the beginning is nigh!

About the Author
Originally from Mumbai, India. Studied, trained and worked in Mumbai, Munich, Germany and Toronto, Canada. For many years, Leslie owned and operated a printing company where he printed everything, except money! Currently retired. Married with four children (four too many.)