the new york times logo The New York Times: Expect the World (and only the world)Jochen Bittner is a political editor for the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit, and he has an editorial in today’s New York Times about the terror in Belgium.

Following a three paragraph introduction, Bittner says that “Everyone has his own solution, none of them good.”  He goes on to define as bad anything that weakens the centralized political power structure of the European Union.

Yes, there is a connection between Islam and terrorism, Bittner writes covering his political bases, but, he says, the real problem is that Europe’s Muslims continue to cling to their Korans instead of Brussels.

Official Europe has worked hard to move past nationalism, so that there is no German or French Dream. But there’s no European Dream, either, not yet. So new migrants have no spirit to tap into, as they do in the United States. Instead, some Muslims find it more attractive to give their loyalty to Allah, their fellow believers or the Islamic State.

I’m not sure what spirit he’s referring to in the United States, but I get the impression he’s not talking about the Holy Spirit.  Nonetheless, since I think what Islam says about Jesus is a lie, Bittner hasn’t lost me yet.  But as far as that European Dream goes, what’s his recommendation?  Bittner ends his editorial saying:

[Angela Merkel] should lead Europe past its outmoded data-protection concerns and push for coordination among security services. And she should make integration and opportunity a common value for everyone in Europe — a European dream that is more appealing to immigrants than any afterlife kingdom could possibly be.

So the solution is better surveillance systems and a more centralized military?  Oh that and a European dream more appealing than any afterlife kingdom could possibly be.  Thus spake The New York Times.

I’m reminded of something Ian Markham wrote some years ago: “You cannot assume a rationality and then argue there is no foundation to that rationality.  Either God and rationality go, or God and rationality stay.  Either Nietzsche or Aquinas, that is [Europe’s] choice.”