This Wednesday morning Colonel Gadaffi has taken flight, while the world awaits his capture, perhaps now is a perfect moment to pause and consider, in the light of the Gadaffi years, when and why morality disappeared from the EU’s world view.
The economic domination of the EU by a re-unified Germany was always inevitable, as foreseen at the time by both Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterand. The French eventually locked Germany into the EMU with the Euro currency and thereby insured that for the medium term their deficit economy could thus be supported and underwritten by German industriousness. This era seems to be about to end this evening when Prime Minister Fillon is scheduled to announce further austerity measures for France. Britain, which became the clear loser in this tripartite European power play, saw its wealth, independence and assets, be obtained and divided between France and Germany. Thus today nearly all Britain’s strategic industries and utilities can be seen to be owned by French and German corporations, and middle income British citizens now live only barely above the bread line, as reported in The Independent, of this Wednesday morning.
Many readers might imagine, that the primary concern of my recent postings on this site, centred upon the democratic deficit that now exists within the EU, and while this has recently clearly been an ever growing worry, it is noteworthy that my very first post to Ironies, illustrated below, was on the obvious tendency of Europe’s larger states to turn a blind eye to tyrants and despots, in that particular case concerning Saddam Hussein and Iraq but also relating to President Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
By their friends shall we know them! (First posted 23rd February 2003)
Germany’s Bild newspaper reported the following last Monday.
“Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz praised German leaders for their anti-war stance, saying they were doing “a good job,” Aziz called German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder “a clever politician” and said Fischer was doing “a good job” by upholding his country’s position in the U.N. Security Council, which Germany is chairing this month.”
Yesterday it was the turn of President Chirac of France to bask in the praise of a despot.
The Washington Times reported the following “President Robert Mugabe, an international pariah for his increasingly authoritarian rule, yesterday ended a visit here for the Franco-African summit hailing the “tremendous hospitality” he found in France.
“We’ve had tremendous hospitality. We felt at home,” he told Radio France Internationale (RFI), praising French President Jacques Chirac for inviting him despite a global outcry over Mr. Mugabe’s poor human rights record.
“We leave with a very good impression of France,” he added.
In Mugabe’s view Mr Chirac is not just a great leader, but apparently of the sort of which the world needs more, the paper’s article continues “Chirac insisted that we attend, because some members of the EU didn’t want Mugabe to attend,” the Zimbabwean leader told RFI, speaking of himself in the third person. “He put his foot down on principles,” Mr. Mugabe added, saying the world needed more leaders of great stature such as Mr. Chirac.
“That is the kind of leader we regard as very important for this stage … in the international community,” he noted. Unquote
Chirac recently tried to scare the world with the prospects of multiple mini Bin Ladens, now we have another self-opinionated bully terrifying us with the prospect of many Little Jaques Chiracs cropping up all over the place, telling us all to shut-up, wearing their bleeding hearts on their sleeves and waving their UN vetoes.
posted by Martin at 2/23/2003 03:33:00 PM
The first visitor to Gadaffi’s Desert Tent after the West had decided he was worthy of re-habilitation, after decades of sponsoring terrorist murderers across the globe, not least the IRA, was German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, see the photo gallery here. This week Canada’s Globe and Mail carried a photograph of Gadaffi being greeted by President Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace. Yet the corruption of politics by the EU and the lust for cash at any cost, had by then spread most worryingly to the UK, where it was a British Government, that undertook who knows what, to curry favour with the Libyan leader, even to the extent of releasing the biggest mass murderer ever found guilty of his crimes upon our shores. We must hope that he is now soon returned to his Scottish cell and all the details of the undertakings made by Brown, Salmond and any others are fully revealed.
One small element of hope comes in this sorry story, unlike in the EU economic crisis where no glimmer of light can be discerned. It was President Nicolas Sarkozy who first grasped that a massacre of the citizens of Benghazi would be unacceptable and credit goes to David Cameron for grasping the nettle and joining with him to prod the UN into action, subsequently at first largely undertaken, by these two almost totally bankrupt nations. The attitude of Angela Merkel’s Germany, since February, has surely given further proof, that a Europe run on German lines, (now obviously the desired destination across mainland Europe,) is not anything at all to be desired! Who can doubt what would have taken place in Benghazi had majority voting on foreign policy already prevailed within the EU Council?
Can any EU citizen be proud of this institution, whose name compulsorily appears on their passports, as they travel, heads bowed, in the wider world? When has the EU, in anything it does or attempts, become a source of pride?
THUS Britain will never be able to hold its head up amongst the nations of the world, as long as it remains within the EU. Having destroyed our fisheries the EU now uses its economic muscle to impose onerous fishery regimes onto small island nations, even as far as into the Pacific Ocean. Its CAP and especially its sugar regime, where most of the proceeds are targeted at huge conglomerates, condemn third world small farm producers to poverty across the globe. Were we gaining enhanced income for the people of our country, or increased exports, or building a worthwhile asset base, some of the constraints from betraying our Commonwealth partners, who in the main share our most basic gut reactions and basic beliefs, might be seen to have some value – but they clearly do not.
The UK has been within what is now the EU, for almost forty years, almost as long as the Libyan people suffered under Gadaffi. Yet the Libyans have contrived to break free. Britons remain constrained, increasingly impoverished and condemned to impotence in every sphere of life, even domestic politics, where the three main parties are all subservient to EU diktat, and all significant decisions are taken beyond our shores.
In spite of looming economic collapse across the EU, its corruption, its false Parliament, the terrible consequences to our democracy and independence of decision-making, the betrayal of those with whom we share roots and value sets across the Commonwealth, and elsewhere in the world such as the USA, our leaders have no intention of granting the British electorate a chance to have a say whether they wish to stay in harness to a concept that is bankrupt not only in the economic sense, but in morals, ideals and the human attributes that generally serve to make living life worthwhile, the striving towards a better world for our children and grandchildren.
I posed one question at the head of this posting, I would welcome commentators to refute my arguments and if possible list some tangible benefits Britain has derived from forty years (next year) within and controlled from Europe?