Thursday, June 26, 2008

French Europe Minister: Europe has 'powerful enemies' in US

It is just a pity that Barack Obama and John McCain are not two of them, for both support ‘ever closer union’, and Mr McCain is on record as expressing a desire for the Conservative Party to remain in the EPP.

According to France's Europe Minister, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the intervention of certain neocons ‘played a significant role in the Irish rejection of the Lisbon treaty’. In Le Monde (via EUobserver), M. Jouyet said: ‘Europe has powerful enemies on the other side of the Atlantic, gifted with considerable financial means. The role of American neo-conservatives was very important in the victory of the “No”.’

Well, good. The US came late into both World Wars, so it is about time they were as pre-emptive in liberating Europe from tyranny as they are in their incursions and invasions to limit the threat of Islamist terror.

Opposition Fine Gael MP Lucinda Creighton has stated that the businesses of Declan Ganley, who spearheaded the ‘No’ campaign, ‘are heavily dependent on contracts from the State Department, the Pentagon and US government agencies’. She concludes that he is ‘a lot less concerned about Irish sovereignty than (he is) about the potential hit to (his) own personal business interests’.

But Libertas dismisses this as ‘absolute lunacy’, stating that its funding ‘came from entirely within Ireland’.

So, let us see the accounts of the ‘No’ campaign. But let us also see the sources of the funding for the ‘Yes’ campaign, for Cranmer rather suspects that Ireland had ‘powerful enemies’ in the EU who were also ‘gifted with considerable financial means’. Let us see how much the Irish government contributed to the ‘Yes’, and how much the EU subsidised it with ‘information’, sweeteners and bribes. And let us see how much more the ‘Yes’ campaign was funded in proportion to the ‘No’, and how the whole referendum was rigged from the outset with disproportionate media coverage and overwhelming political support.

And let us then wonder that the Irish still voted ‘No’, and they did so simply because they meant it.

And let us pray that they vote ‘No’ again, for another referendum is now certain, and the likely date is next March, lest the Euro-elections become a de facto referendum on the Lisbon Treaty across the entire Union....

Now, there’s a thought.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're going to have to up your game Cranmer or I'm not coming here any more. This is a non-story.

26 June 2008 at 13:46  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

europe does indeed have big enemies , namely common sense and human instict

26 June 2008 at 13:56  
Blogger Mark said...

Well, good. The US came late into both World Wars, so it is about time they were as pre-emptive in liberating Europe from tyranny as they are in their incursions and invasions to limit the threat of Islamist terror.

Sir, I'm afraid I can't quite identify the tone you intend in this comment, but I'm inclined to resent it. My forbears spilled their blood for you. And I do not hesitate for one minute to expect gratitude for countless generations. Perhaps someday Europe will regain its former glory and remember how to defend itself. Of course, it would first have to regain something worth saving. America, I gather, will only tolerate the burden of rescuing lost causes for so long.

Good day, sir.

26 June 2008 at 14:15  
Anonymous alberich said...

"My forbears spilled their blood for you. And I do not hesitate for one minute to expect gratitude for countless generations."

Your forbears entered the European wars when and not before it served their interests to do so. There was nothing altruistic about the decision. Meanwhile this country had to sell everything not nailed down in order to pay for American arms, was compelled to forego its Imperial markets after cessation of hostilities and to send Maynard Keynes to crawl for an emergency loan after lend lease was terminated without notice, a loan which we only finally repaid three years ago. If economic castration of this country had been a tacit war aim of America then it is difficult to imagine how it would have behaved differently to the way that it did.

You can whistle for your gratitude. Sir.

26 June 2008 at 15:19  
OpenID yokel said...

@ Mark.

It may well be that your forbears did fight and shed blood in Europe. But be aware of the point that Cranmer did not make: that because the US does not like being a loser, it had waited until it knew which side was winning before joining the war on the winning side. My parents generation fought that war, and that view was widely held. They were in a position to know, without the rose tinted spectacles of the sanitised history book. They were also of the view that it was a very mixed blessing to fight alongside the Yanks, what with their habit of killing their "allies" instead of the common enemy.

We can get along quite well with each other Mark, so long as you do not take Islamic style umbridge because someone challenged your self awarded halo.

In the meantime just remember how much damage the US caused in Africa by chasing the colonial powers out (for their own US advantage? how dare I?) before the former colonies had the experience to govern themselves in a modern world. Just look at the mess that is Zimbabwe, Congo, and remember the US votes at the UN with pride.

26 June 2008 at 15:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark is quite right to remind us of the sacrifices made by American soldiers in Europe.

However, it is a mistake to think that these wars were strictly 'home grown' affairs. Here is a link that sheds some light on these murky matters:

26 June 2008 at 16:18  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

God Bless the powerful enemies!
Whatever the plan is, it can't we worse than the non plan.

26 June 2008 at 16:52  
Anonymous Stonemason said...

Mark ... "My forbears spilled their blood for you." ROFL.

Sorry, but the USA entered the war at the time it did because the USA concluded that the time was right to jump on board. It was "self interest", not a gift of blood. The USA is only interested in "self", it is the reason the pilgrim fathers left Europe, "self interest".

Time to leave the bull behind Mark, "self", it's the reason mankind operates so well, "self" comes first, have you ever cheated, that would be "self".

Self, except for his Grace .......

26 June 2008 at 19:45  
Anonymous james w said...

The US entered WW II because they were attacked by Japan. It begs the question, of course, whether they would have done so if that had not happened but all countries pursue their own interests, so to accuse just the US for doing so is illogical.

Despite the bleating from across the Channel, all the evidence is that the US wants us in the EU, unfortunately.

26 June 2008 at 20:09  
Anonymous some english bloke said...

anon 26 June 13:46
"This is a non-story."

Fool, it is the only story.

27 June 2008 at 03:33  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

"French Europe Minister: Europe has 'powerful enemies' in US".

I do hope so.

And perhaps we could do with a few more here, too.

27 June 2008 at 09:53  
Blogger Eric Rasmusen said...

This sounded so weird that I checked the original in ">Le Monde :

Une analyse étayée par le secrétaire d'Etat aux affaires européennes, Jean-Pierre Jouyet : "L'Europe a des ennemis puissants de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique, dotés de moyens financiers considérables. Le rôle des néoconservateurs américains a été très important dans la victoire du non."

The translation is accurate.

27 June 2008 at 11:38  

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