Old Europe and Tolkien's Ents
Over at NRO, Victor David Hanson displays one of his best essays to date, comparing Old Europe to author J.R.R. Tokien's Ents:
These tree-like creatures [Ents], agonizingly slow and covered with mossy bark, nursed themselves on tales of past glory while their numbers dwindled in their isolation. Unable to reproduce themselves or to fathom the evil outside their peaceful forest — and careful to keep to themselves and avoid reacting to provocation of the tree-cutters and forest burners — they assumed they would be given a pass from the upheavals of Middle Earth.If you see something similar happening to the "traditional European powers," you'll want to read this piece.