Towards A Good Samaritan World

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

As Mark Steyn reports, supporters of the European constitution are using increasingly desperate rhetoric:

With the new constitution flailing in most polls, the Dutch government is being rather vicious already. Bernard Bot, the foreign minister, dismisses the electorate's objections as "a lot of irrational reaction". Piet-Hein Donner, the justice minister, warns that Europe will go the way of Helga's orchestra if the constitution is rejected. "Yugoslavia was more integrated than the Union is now," he points out, "but bad will and the inability to stifle hidden irritations and rivalry led in a short time to war."

Scornful of such piffling analogies, the prime minister, Jan-Peter Balkenende, thinks a Balkan end is the least of their worries. "I've been in Auschwitz and Yad Vashem," he says. "The images haunt me every day. It is supremely important for us to avoid such things in Europe."

At the Theresienstadt (or Terezin) concentration camp in Poland, Sweden's European Commissioner, Margot Wallstrom, declared: "There are those who want to scrap the supranational idea. They want the European Union to go back to the old purely inter-governmental way of doing things. I say those people should come to Terezin and see where that old road leads."

Golly. So the choice for voters on the Euro-ballot is apparently: yes to the European Constitution, or yes to a new Holocaust.

One great legitimizing myth of the European Union is that it has saved Europe from the scourge of war which tortured its history for so long. Baloney.

First of all, since World War II, western Europe has been democratic. There has never in history been a war between two democracies.

Second, western Europe was occupied by American troops, which obviously would not have allowed, say, France and Germany to go to war.

Third, any such war would have been exploited by the Soviets, and so would have been obviously suicidal.

Fourth, since WWII, Europeans, far from wanting to acquire territory, were eager to surrender it, giving up millions of square miles of colonial territory in Africa and Asia.

Fifth, inasmuch as the Euro-project emulates the federal project of the United States, this is hardly encouraging to those who see it as a guarantor of European peace: it took a bloody civil war to secure the enduring unity of the United States. If there is a future European war, the most likely cause will be the European project. At some point, someone will want to secede, and someone will want to use force to defend the integrity of the European "state."


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