Some elites are stunned by the outbreak of the Ukraine war. It seems that they believed that such violence could never come to a European country. They have no sense of history. They don’t know that Europe was the most violent place on earth till 1945. In the twentieth century, they had two World Wars which claimed millions of lives. In the last 2500 years, Europe had more wars, crusades, pogroms, riots, bloody revolutions, enslavements, and genocides than any other place on earth.
Here is a sample of the naive statements that the stunned folks are making in the media:
“They seem so like us. That is what makes it so shocking… War is no longer something visited upon impoverished and remote populations. It can happen to anyone.” ~ former Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan talking about the Ukrainian refugees in an article in The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s very emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed, children being killed every day by Putin’s missiles, helicopters and rockets.” ~ Ukraine’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor, David Sakvarelidze, talking about the Ukrainian casualties in an interview with the BBC.
“The unthinkable has happened…This is not a developing, third-world nation; this is Europe!” ~ Lucy Watson, ITV news correspondent.
“What is compelling is that just looking at them, the way they’re dressed. These are prosperous, middle-class people, these are not obviously refugees trying to get away from areas in the Middle East that are still in a big state of war. These are not people trying to get away from areas in North Africa; they look like any European family that you would live next door to.” ~ Peter Dobbie, presenter at Al-Jazeera English
“This isn’t a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan that has seen conflict raging for decades. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European city where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that it’s going to happen.” ~ Charlie D’Agata, foreign correspondent at CBS News
These people need a crash course in Europe’s violent history. Europe even had a 30-year war and a 100-year war. The Roman Empire was in a state of war throughout its existence.