The last decade of the 20th century saw the peak of post-modern ideologies. With the disappearance of the eastern block disappeared the main cause of tensions in the wordl as well. Everything was set for the world to enter the "global community" era where national identity would remain merely as a folklore detail, and the expression of national culture would be considered as entertainment for the masses. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia shattered the idillical image somewhat and was an inconveniant obstacle but certainly not insurmountable especially when the ideological matrix was established.
The policy of the new western elites towards Yugoslavia lokked only on surface illogical and schizofrenic. If the world is looked at from their ideological angle it is quite sensible. The will of the Serbian people to continue to live united and not carved up in several artificial states, especially living under those who trried to physically exterminate them several times was deemed by new rulers of Europe and the US as "being mired in the past" and "excessive adherence to national myths". The conflict in Kosovo and Metohija was described in a simillar way. On the other hand, aspirations of other ethnic groups were represented not as a nationalistic project(which they were) but as their will to join the "global international democratic community" and that will had to be met, wothout getting into any senseless debate about legal and historical basis for something like that. The lack of a balancing act against the western post-modern ideologues, whether ideological, or in a form of a state, made sure that the Balkans conflict ended the way they did.
The headless jump of eastern Europe into western social processes lead quickly to a disappointment. The peoples of the former communist block soon saw that there is something rotten beneath the surface. Economic deterioration due to uncritical liberalisation was just the tip of the iceberg. For the first time Czechs, Poles, Hungarians and others could see the part of the west wich the "iron curtain" (albeit inadvertantly) kept concealed: the breakdown of family and morality, decadent and obscene works that mocked christianity and religion in general, tradition, history, culture, which globalist-liberal media proclaimed the height of artistic achievement, emphasis on sexual deviance, growing crime rate and the change of the ethnic-religious strusture due to uncontroled immigration. In spite of the rude awakening nobody ever thought of giving up the new "road to bright future". "Are we to revert to communism?" they would rationalize whenever some social behaviour on the west began to seem a bit outside the pale. The artifical dychotomy marxism-globalist liberlaism impeded them to find a rational way of developing their nations, one that does not include erasding national history and culture and national suicide.
The afore mentioned uncontrolled immigration is a logical product of a post-national society. When a country is stripped down to only a geographical concept and the connection between the population only that they live on a certain territory and nothing more, then this territory becomes no man's and thereby every man's. The severing of the emotional connection with the territory a antion populates was being done gradually and by various methods. It began by equaling any desire to preserve national territory with the hitlerite concept of "blutt und boden", and was continued by imposing "historical responsibility" on European peoples for the oppression of third world countries during the colonial period(in case of the US it is white responsibility for black slavery). This created a general feeling that European nations have an obligation to offer all the benefits of their society to third wordl immigrants because, it is obvious, the rich countries are responsible for poverty in Africa. New immigrants made no attempt to assimilate into the new environment. And why should they? First, nobody asked them to, and besides, if the so-called elite of their new countries debases their achievements, and praises immigrants as "the greatest contribution to the country" what possible incentive could they have to renounce the culture of their land of origin? Europe, especially western Europe, therby turned form the stronghold of Christianity into a mish-mash of religions and idiosyncratic belief systems from all over the world.
Not only did the new immigrants, with rare exceptions, did not take in European customs but also many native Europeans began to adhere to immigrant culture. This development should come as no surprise. Supression, abasement, even demonization of the European cultural tradition left a vacuum in the spiritual component of Europe's inhabitants. In an attempt to fill the void, the people in western Europe, especially young people, came face-to-face with untraditiona religions, pseudoreligious post-modern ideologies and sects, in short anything but Christianity which was the traditional spiritual base of all European nations, and which those that decide about social values in educational institutions and the medai proclaimed backwards and repressive.
Eastern Europe was somewhat spared such tendencies, partly because it wasn't interesting to potential immigrants потенцијалним имигрантима due to poverty caused by communism, partly because under the communists christianity was violently persecuted and being a christian was a way of resisting the totalitarian ideology. Besides this, the people exposed to the rule of an atheist dictatorship learned to cherish their traditional faith. The unconditional copying of everything from the west, however, took it's toll. The young people from eastern Europe, who are least aware of their nations' traditions (since they could barely learn it from anyone by the time the communists fell from power) were an easy target for post modern ideologues of all colours.
And so largely unnnoticed by the common man the Christian tradition was being ousted from Europe. Christianity did not seem capable of resisting those who tried to wipe out it's influence on European culture and tradition whether ideologicaly or technically. Who knows what fate might have befallen on it had the eleventh day of september of the year 2001 not changed our world from it's foundations.
(to be continued)