Europeans see themselves as "the sick man of the planet" whose pestilence causes every problem in the non-Western world . . . European remorse for the sins of imperialism, fascism, and racism has gripped the continent to the point of stifling its creativity, destroying its self-confidence, and depleting its optimism. . .(via Maggie's Farm)
Even as colonialism fades into the past, Europeans righteously blame themselves for the plight of once-colonized peoples. Eternal innocence means infantilizing non-Westerners; Europeans flatter themselves as the only adults -- itself a form of racism. It also offers a way to preempt criticism.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Daniel Pipes explains what happened to Europe: