From the Telegraph – British government won’t celebrate the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo:
The Government has decided not to celebrate the anniversary, on June 18th, 2015, for fear of upsetting the French. The Department of Culture has ruled out any official celebration, or a service of thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey.
It’s a pretty lily-livered decision. Would the French really care that much? Do we mind that the Americans celebrate Independence Day today – a commemoration, in part, of our ultimate defeat by American revolutionaries?…
The real notice of the Death of Europe is that Britain has a Department of Culture. When you’ve got that, it means you have no culture left. Culture isn’t made by government decree, it is made by people living. Part of “living” for Europe means a vitally important battle was fought in 1815 which ended forever Napoleon’s dreams of continental domination. It happened; it was important; it is an integral part of British and European culture…but the Department of Culture essentially says it didn’t happen. So, no official marking of the date.
As the linked article notes, would the French really care? Descendants of Confederates and Yankees gather to mark the anniversary of Civil War battles – it is no longer about the hatreds of war, but about honoring brave men, on both sides, who fought well for what they thought was right. It is part of history – part of what makes us a people. So, too, Waterloo…it is part of France, it is part of Britain; it is part of Europe. To not mark the date is to say that the men who fought did so in vain – and, I guess they did. Europe is dying – I don’t see how they can recover. They haven’t even the will to learn of themselves.
All right, signed in as a guest since my old pw does not work anymore.
Just wanted to say, as coming from British Isles stock, I am flabbergasted at this gutless politically correct bs from British government types. God, how the bureauctats in charge must hate their great history and accomplishments over the centuries. I take it as a personal insult. Imagine if the Allied nations stopped observing the end of WWII or Remembrance Day(Nov 11) or if your Mercans stop observing Memorial Day. Is that next?
Canuck – I guess, eventually, the Europeans will stop marking things like D-Day….after all, those racist, sexist, homophobic Americans were there…
As were the Canucks.
At least Holland still celebrates their liberation in a big way. I attended the 60 anniversary in 2005 in Holland. It’s amazing, and what really impressed me is that the Dutch make sure their children are well versed in the history of the sacrifices of the Allied soldiers.
europe is falling under sharia law and socialism more each day
the late great EUROPE!
Those of us who have studied and admired the steadfastness of WWII England are amazed and appalled to see the rapid erosion of backbone and courage since the end of the 1940s. As a lifelong Anglophile I am deeply ashamed of the Brits of today.
As for the squeamishness regarding celebrating a military victory, do they think the French won’t notice that they lost if no one mentions it this year? Gee, maybe if they tear down Nelson’s statue the Spanish will forget that they lost their armada to the big meanie English back in the day.
Somehow the image of the once-proud UK now tiptoeing around hoping no one will notice that they USED to have something to be proud of is quite disturbing. I just hope we can learn from their self-imposed humiliation and get our “leaders” to stop apologizing for OUR strengths and victories.