In June of 1940, General Weygand, the French supreme military commander, placed blame the French Army’s speedy disintegration upon the school teachers “who have refused to develop in the children a sense of patriotism and sacrifice.” Two world wars, both resulting in inter-European industrial-level slaughter, contributed to the decay of “patriotism and sacrifice” across Europe. The United Kingdom, threadbare and battered in Basra and Sangin, was the last to succumb.
No European nation will rearm either physically or morally. Europe is unable to balance or sustain revenue inflows by capitalist growth and outflows to socialist transfer payments. There are no resources to support credible military forces, and no will to employ them. NATO is a necessary geopolitical institution, not a credible military force.