Americans remain mystified about one of the landmark events of this year: the terrorist bloodbath in Madrid that changed the result of the country’s election. Why, they wonder on this side of the Atlantic, wouldn’t the Spaniards stand firm? But what’s to stand firm for? To fight for king and country is to fight for the future, and a nation with Spain’s fertility rate — 1.1 children per couple or about half ‘replacement rate’ — has no future.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
The same could be said of most other European countries, particularly Italy and Germany. As Vittorio Dan Segre once said to me, referring to Europe: "It is an intellectually dishonest exercise to try to resuscitate a dead horse."