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27th January, 2016 (Updated)
EU Myths Part 2
The next major EU myth:
“The EU has prevented war in Europe for the last 71 years”
Wrong again- The EU has played no part in preventing war nor conflict in Europe, the fact that war in Europe has been avoided results from a number of other factors, mostly related to oversight by the Allied powers initially. Subsequently the USA, in particular, has been instrumental in the development in the various stages of the ECSC (Treaty of Paris (1951), then EEC (Treaty of Rome (1957)), the EU (Maastricht Treaty (1992)), and finally the Lisbon Treaty (2000)
Taking account of the fact that fighting between European countries had brought about the horrors of WWI and WWII, the Allied powers compelled Germany and France to share joint responsibility for the resources needed for warfare; steel and coal, under ECSC (1951) and these were joined by Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. This was done so that neither Germany nor any other country would ever again be able to re-arm in secret, as Germany had done under Hitler in the 1930’s - not exactly a sign of contrition from any side.
At the end of the WWII West Germany was only partially disarmed due to the perceived threat from the Soviet Union and Allied preparations for a proposed plot against the Soviet Union, code named “Operation Unthinkable” but that was shelved - and may be about to be revived in an updated form.
The Cold War between the USA and the USSR began, arguably in 1946 over a dispute between the USA and USSR involving the withdrawal of Soviet combatants from Iran. By August 29th,1949 the Soviet Union had tested its own Atomic Bomb and this led to increased tensions during the Cold War.
In 1954 West Germany was fully re-armed after being invited to join NATO, which it did on the 9th of May, 1955, and on the 14th of May,1955 the Soviet Union established the Warsaw Pact, in response to the perceived threat from West Germany.
However, the Cold War did not lead to major conflict within Europe nor between the USA and the USSR; the potential for mutual annihilation seems to have prevented war during that period. Perceived external threats to the West from the Soviet Union dominated the following 45 years, and persist today.
Presumably, working on the basis that my enemy’s enemy is my best friend there would not be the return to major conflict between the nations of Europe (even if they had the means to re-arm) during the entire period of the Cold War, up until 1991 or for almost 50 years out of the past 71 years since the end of WWII.
After the Cold War
Since the end of the Cold War conflict in Europe has included the Bosnian War (1992 – 1995) which was part of the break-up of Yugoslavia, linked to the break-up of the Soviet Union, and was ended largely due to the intervention of NATO, not the EU who, if anything made the situation worse.
The Kosovo War (1998-1999) once again related to the break-up of Yugoslavia, once again NATO was involved, rather ingloriously, since it was also accused of war crimes after bombing civilians following a controversial decision to make NATO pilots bomb from an altitude of 15,000 feet. The Serbian TV civilian headquarters in central Belgrade was also bombed, killing 16 – an act which Blair claimed was entirely justified.
Unrest in Kosovo began again in 2004 with the North Kosovo crisis and lasted until 2013. NATO again intervened with the EU acting on the side lines.
Other small scale conflicts also occurred until the next potentially major conflict in Ukraine began, in which the EU was fully involved in the interference in the politics of that external sovereign nation.
The fact that the EU was awarded a Nobel Prize for promoting Peace - not for preventing war, nor playing any significant part as a moderating force or even in a leadership role - it had no such role, and says more about the politics of the Nobel Prize committee that it does about the EU - which had also previously nominated Hitler Ghandi, and Stalin - none of whom were successful.
It might also be worth noting that individual members of the EU ruling class have received prizes, for example, Angela Merkel and Herman Van Rompuy, have each received the Coudenhove - Kalergi European Prize “For promoting the cause of European Union."
Which oddly enough seems to be very similar to the cause promoted by the UN through Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, who has been doing his best to create a migration crisis, which is being subsequently facilitated by Merkel.
Finally, it should be pointed out with all this talk of Peace that the original European - the belligerents of WWI and WWII are just as militaristic now, as they ever were in the past - they have not learned any lessons that would suggest they should be venerated.
Up until 2010, Germany was the third largest arms dealer in the world - behind the USA and Russia, and was then taken over by China
(Ironically, many people still believe that Germany has never been rearmed because of its WWII actions)
Germany's principal clients are in the Middle East, and it has even admitted (in 2011) to selling duel use chemicals to Syria. France is number four on the list of arms exporters followed by the UK, Spain, Italy, Ukraine and Israel. “China overtook Germany, France and the UK in exporting weapons between 2010 and 2014, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)”.
However, the principal weapon of choice in the EU, since WWII, has been economic, which it was used to devastating effect against Greece and the southern countries of Europe, (and which continues today); it is also the means by which the EU expands its borders, rather than military force. Nevertheless the EU plans to have its own Armed Forces, as prescribed in the Lisbon Treaty (2007) and intends to become a Superpower, as alluded to by the former US assistant secretary of Defence Joseph S Nye recently (Jan, 2016).
Peace in Europe over the past 61 years (1955 – 2016) has been almost exclusively maintained by NATO, and prior to 1955 by the presence of Allied troops in Europe (following WWII) and the continued stationing of US troops in Europe up until April, 2013.
But it is worth noting that, In fact the Cold War should take more credit for keeping peace within Europe than the EU.
The EU has not played any significant part in preventing war nor conflict in Europe or anywhere else in the world over the past 71 years, but it may well create World War III; as it continues its obsession with expanding along its borders into other sovereign nations, and building its own EU Armed Forces, which would include French Nuclear weapons, under the control of Germany.
More EU Myths
“Britain is safer inside the EU”
Nothing could be further from the truth.First though it is important to clarify that the EU and trading with Europe are not the same thing, and those who have most to gain from being in the EU, are the banks, big business and the Politicians themselves who have entered into a Faustian Pact with the EU.
It is not necessary for the EU to exist in order for European Nations to trade freely with each other - that is the big lie that is being perpetrated - the EU was brought into existence (by the Maastricht Treaty (1992)) for a very different purpose (to rule over the member states) - courtesy of the Lisbon Treaty (2007)
It is also worth noting that eight ex-Goldman Sachs employees or advisers occupied leading positions in the EU in 2011, that does not include the Bank of England’s Mark Carny. No wonder the bankers are putting money into keeping Britain in the EU project. A report at the time from the Independent illustrates the trend. “What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe” Stephen Foley Friday 18 November 2011
The EU is a political project which affects every aspect of the lives of every person in the EU, the EEC was just the EU’s Trojan Horse, a means of enticing nations of Europe to join a “Club” designed to trade for the mutual benefit of its member – but it was never meant to be anything of the sort.
The real rules of the “Club” were hidden from the populations of the EU member states by their politicians at the time that most of larger more prosperous countries joined, and that has been largely maintained ever since. Next Page