Sunday, August 02, 2009

Lisbon, Ireland...

Against the Lisbon Treaty

"At the behest of the European Commission, the EU’s powerful unelected executive, member state governments are busy dismantling welfare states, enhancing their military forces, enacting illiberal political measures and neoliberal economic policies, and expressing undisguised contempt for anyone who disagrees with them...

"The Common Agricultural Policy has ravaged Europe’s countryside and handed agriculture en masse to corporate farmers.

"The Common Fisheries Policy has emptied the seas of fish, throwing families that in many cases have relied on the sea’s bounty for generations of employment out of work.

"Trade and development policies have benefited EU-based corporations, with no thought given to the social, economic, and environmental consequences for developing countries...

"If the Irish reject the Lisbon Treaty a second time, they will not be rejecting cooperation between European nations, but rather a specific vision of Europe’s future that is tilted in favor of military and corporate power."

- Against the Lisbon Treaty

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At , Rick Rozoff, an investigative journalist specialising in NATO affairs, has an article entitled: EU, NATO, US: 21st Century Alliance For Global Domination

Among the points made:

1. The EU and USA are in bed together, with the USA being the dominant partner.

2. The NATO-EU-US military alliance has imperial ambitions and aims to encircle Russia.

3. Three years ago, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said:

"NATO and the EU are making rather good progress in coordinating the development of modern military capabilities. I am optimistic that we can extend our cooperation to additional area ... such as the Caucasus and Central Asia."(NATO International, March 31, 2005)

4. In 2009, Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, spoke of the "need for a new form of world governance in which NATO, the EU, and other major international organisations have a part to play." (ADN Kronos International [Italy], February 13, 2009)

5. The main EU and European NATO states are the former colonial powers - Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Italy and Germany.

Imperialism 1800

6. British troops are back in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sierra Leone; French ones in Haiti and Cote d’Ivoire; American armed forces are back in the Philippines.

All 26 NATO states have military personnel in Iraq.

7. In 2005, the EU’s Javier Solana, former NATO Secretary General, spoke about the EU’s expanding military buildup.

He said that "by becoming a stronger and more capable international actor, we will be a better partner for the United States."

He spoke of the Balkans as the original testing ground for this triumvirate, “Through our concerted efforts, with the United States and NATO...."(Defense News, November 10, 2005)

8. In 2008, the EU’s presidency was held by France and Nicholas Sarkozy 'was the prime mover in pushing for the EU-NATO-US axis at the Bucharest summit'.

Bush’s speech at the summit pointed out that "NATO is no longer a static alliance....It is now an expeditionary alliance that is sending its forces across the world...." (USA Today, April 1, 2008)

9. After the summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, "This attempt to form some new global union with a Western core wishing to claim all but UN functions." (Interfax, April 17, 2008)

10. The EU is training security personnel in Afghanistan.

11. In December 2009, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed the EU’s role in supplementing US and NATO arms and military involvement in the South Caucasus.

12. The EU is becoming integrated with NATO.

"The US is ... the central foundation, of NATO."

Thus, the EU is "in effect subordinated to Washington."


1 comment:

Franz said...

Thus, the EU is "in effect subordinated to Washington."

... and Washington is Israel's bitch which leaves us in quite a pickle.

Still, it's going to fall down. The EU and US, whatever either PLANS to do, are broke. NOW. The ruling elite of "both", to be redundant about it, have shown total rat's tail about the economic and cultural concerns of their citizens. The citizens are becoming paupers except for the part of the US I live in (we're already paupers here.)

The null-point just might have been where some of us thought it was long ago: Ron Reagan's firing of the air controllers (hence all but destroying the US labor movement) back in the 80s. Remember how THE ECONOMIST crowed all day and night about that?

Let's de-ball our workers, they said, and roll on to victory! The global economy scam did all the rest. And took away all our fun: Can't yell TOLD YOU SO at holes in the ground more than once. Sad, dammit.

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