US President Donald Trump gave an extraordinary speech in the EU on 6 July in which he clearly identified the European Union’s underlying problems and identity crisis. Pointedly, he chose not to give it in Brussels or Strasbourg, or even in front of the Brandenburg Gate like his predecessor Mr Obama. Rather, he spoke in the heart of “New Europe” in Warsaw, Poland.
President Trump clearly intended addressing the broader EU and not just the Polish people. Naturally, most mainstream European media either completely ignored this important speech on European issues by the President of the United States, or wrote alarmist articles against Mr Trump, accusing him of trying to provoke a clash of civilisations.
The EU has spent much of the past decade struggling with a series of crises, from financial to migration. Underlying these crises are more fundamental, and existential, questions about what are the values that underpin the EU, what does it represent, what does it stand for, does it have a future. The liberal elites that run the EU institutions and most European media, refuse to accept that the free, democratic and prosperous societies that evolved in Europe are rooted in a Judaeo-Christian view of Man.
Donald Trump is completely unhampered by such self-destructive political correctness. He has no hang-ups about speaking publicly about the role of God and religion in our societies. He made it clear that belief in God and defence of Christian values are essential if Europe – and the West in general – are to survive: “We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.”
The choice of venue was very deliberate and rich in symbolism. President Trump addressed the crowds at the site of the memorial of the 1944 Warsaw uprising against Nazi occupation, an uprising that ultimately failed due to the complicity of the Soviet Red Army standing by while the city was destroyed. The Poles resisted under the two great European totalitarian systems of the 20th century – Nazi fascism and atheistic communism – and continue to resist the more subtle modern totalitarian ideologies that seek to destroy the family, marriage and the sacredness of human life.