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Anyone who spends any amount of time visiting canadiancomment knows that I'm not a big fan of the European Union.

Today I provide another reason to dislike the EU by pointing out that according to the EU itself, voting against the new constitution will make you and your country turn into genocidal murderers:
A senior European Commissioner marked VE Day yesterday by accusing Eurosceptics of risking a return to the Holocaust by clinging to "nationalistic pride".

Margot Wallstrom, a Swede and the commissioner who must sell the draft constitution to voters, argued that politicians who resisted pooling national sovereignty risked a return to Nazi horrors of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mrs Wallstrom, vice-president of the commission for institutional relations and communications, was speaking in the former Jewish ghetto of Terezin in the Czech Republic.

She blamed the Second World War on "nationalistic pride and greed, and … international rivalry for wealth and power". The EU had replaced such rivalry with an historic agreement to share national sovereignty.

Her fellow commissioners also issued a joint declaration, stating that EU citizens should pay tribute to the dead of the Second World War by voting Yes to the draft constitution for Europe.

The commissioners also gave the EU sole credit for ending the Cold War, making no mention of the role of Nato and the United States.
All I can say it that these people have to get their heads out of their asses. So let's see here... we have the European Union being encouraged and promoted by the likes of France and Germany. Germany of course was the country that performed the Holocaust. France, on the other hand, turned a blind eye to the Holocaust and for the most part were willing participants to it.

But hey, why bother fussing over historical details.

Then, by claiming that the EU should get sole credit for ending the Cold War they show to what lengths they will go to rewrite history. Would you trust a group of people, so ignorant of and disdainful of history, to prevent a second Holocaust? I sure as hell wouldn't.

And let's be honest here. Germany's goal under the Nazis was the same as that of the EU: to unite Europe under one government.

Trust it at your own peril.

Update @ 11:00pm:

Richard Bernstein writes this interesting article titled History's End Scares Europe. It provides some interesting quotes concerning European views of the future:
Europe is more peaceful, prosperous, healthy and secure than ever in its history. Nevertheless, the French are crabby. The British, a majority of whom in recent polls also opposed the European Constitution, just voted to keep Tony Blair as prime minister after an idea-free campaign dominated by the issue of his credibility, or lack of it. A recent poll of Germans showed only 28 percent expecting life to be "very good" in the next 5 to 10 years and 40 percent saying they are unhappy.

"We look at the future as an opportunity," said Jeffrey Gedmin, an American conservative who is director of the Aspen Institute branch in Germany. "They look at it as a risk."

Perhaps an explanation for the current European spiritual condition was provided in that famous 1992 essay by Francis Fukuyama, who argued that history has ended. His idea was that the last great ideological struggle ended with the fall of Soviet Communism and the triumph of the liberal democratic idea, and that there could be no more advanced idea.

That is a cause for rejoicing. But as Mr. Fukuyama wrote, there was also something dispiriting about a post-historical world in which the Big Question no longer revolves around freedom but over how much New Zealand butter a nation could import.


Europeans aren't happy. They are anxious, threatened not just by the Brussels bureaucracy but by immigration, economic stagnation and unemployment. "It's a nightmare of the end of history," said Alexander Adler, a commentator at Le Figaro, the French daily. "I don't think that Fukuyama thought it would lead to a foundering of historical optimism."

Mr. Hassner added to this idea: "The mood is not one of satisfaction or boredom but one of threat."

"In this sense," he said, "it's not the end of history but the beginning of a world that one doesn't understand. It's this feeling of having a big wind carrying us forward but we don't know where we are going."
Go read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What’s the root cause?

The root cause of the Holocaust was fascism not nationalism.
The root cause of terrorism is terrorists not abstract issues like poverty.
The root cause of intolerance is ignorance not religion.

I recall in high school and university in the 60’s a lot of negativism about nationalism. Hence the baby boomers have ended up cheerleading the EU, the UN, the ICC and a lot of other un-elected, trans-national bureaucracies that are supposed to help us avoid tragedies like the Holocaust. But the common thread on global travesties is “un-elected”.

We actually need more nationalism when used in the sense of sovereignty. Why do we see lefties being against NAFTA and for the EU that monitors New Zealand butter? Because it’s a disguise for anti-Americanism, which in turn is really about anti-capitalism and anti-democracy. These fascists are simply continuing their fight under new marketing slogans.

The root cause of fascism is a lack of freedom caused by democracy deficits. Does Canada want to be more trans-national or more sovereign?