Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Profoundly Undemocratic

I have only been peripherally paying attention to Europe and the EU lately since most of the countries there seem rather irrelevant to world events. But this article makes me wonder what in heaven's name is going on there (hat tip: Free Thoughts):

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.

This seems like a major rewriting of history to me AND suspiciously like a psychological projection. As one British MP commented, it also sounds "profoundly undemocratic."

I have a bad feeling about those running the EU and about its future prospects.

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