(My title is a tribute to Зияющие Высоты by Aleksandr Zinoviev which I read years ago. We all now live the Total Ism in New Ibansk.)
As the West spirals down the toilet there are occasional – well, truth to tell, not so occasional – signposts of decline along the way. One is this piece from The Guardian; the title is pretty self-explanatory. "Europe is in crisis. Once more, America will have to step in to save us." By one Natalie Nougayrède, she starts off comparing Joe Biden to George Marshall. To which one can only say !.
In essence Washington has to save Europe from Brexit; save it from Russia's "military offensive" (such a slow-moving one, isn't it? still not past Donetsk airport after months of fighting and dozens of invasions.) And take a few more Syrian refugees.
Oh, and US President Obama maybe should put Churchill's bust back in the White House.
There. Fixed that, didn't she?
But the interesting fact is not that the editors of The Guardian thought it worth while to devote space and, one assumes a fee, to this pitiful tripe but the reactions of the readers. I invite you to look through the comments – 800+ so far – and find one that is not completely scornful and contemptuous of what Nougayrède has written.
Here are some:
So then: to 'save' the EU, the US should attempt to influence a UK referendum, take some unspecified military action against Russia, and accept many more Syrian refugees even though most migrants entering the EU are not Syrians.
Yes, that sounds like a plan.
Bonkers logic there again from Natalie Nougayrede.
Yep,cos it's not as if US foreign policy has triggered crisis in the middle east or prodding the bear has resulted in Putin's actions in Ukraine. America can do no wrong,of course.
the last thing is to let the USA into our problems, it was they who started it in the first place
So the EU is a complete failure get out now and lets make our own decisions
Europeans can perfectly well look after themselves thanks... given that they get rid of the impenetrable layer of self serving fuckwits that run the place. THEY are the problem - not 'Europeans'.
It seems that Natalie, whom I may have assumed wrongly is French, has fallen off the edge of her right wing flat earth and not heard that among many thinking people the U.S. has acquired the title of the 'empire of chaos'. Europe could certainly do without any more of that.
I don't know if the Europeans will rise up, march on Brussels and raze it to the ground some day or whether they have become so morally emaciated that, as many Americans apparently are doing, they drink themselves to death in despair.
But, eventually, one way or the other, this will stop and New Ibansk will fall as Old Ibansk fell.