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Post time 2007-2-20 20:25:05 |Display all floors
The EU has been the most successful transnational political project in
history. The continent that was riven by bloody conflict for centuries and
spawned two world wars has enjoyed unshakeable peace among its
constituent members for 50 years. Its economy is larger than that of the US and
its fledgling currency, the Euro, is well-placed to challenge the dollar as the
international currency of choice. It is also responsible for the greatest share
of international trade.

Such is the success of the EU that more than 7 countries await the go-ahead
to commence the membership process and join the exisiting union of 27
countries. Turkey, for example, has been told it needs to make liberal political
and economic reforms before it can join. The use of membership benefits in
this way provides a peaceful (and more effective) means of regime-change than the American policy of "shock and awe".

However, the EU needs to firm-up its policies in the areas of defence and
foreign affairs. A joint, binding EU foreign policy would have prevented
Blair's catastrophic involvement in the Iraq debacle. Furthermore, the
overdue substitution of an European Army for the obsolete political
idea that is NATO, would allow the Europeans to veto the placement
of American anti-missile technology in the Czech Republic and Hungary,
which has provoked the Russians into reciprocal action.

The EU is certainly strong enough and smart enough to make its own
strategic security decisions independently of the whim of the occupier
of the White House.

Europe, and the world at large, would benefit from greater assertiveness from
the EU on such matters.

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Post time 2007-2-21 11:42:47 |Display all floors
The continent that was riven by bloody conflict for centuries and
spawned two world wars has enjoyed unshakeable peace among its
constituent members for 50 years
.

No small thanks to Uncle Sam.  But I know I know its too darn hard to show gratitude and appreciation these days.

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Post time 2007-2-21 18:41:58 |Display all floors

Living n the past

diabaloist,

Few Europeans would demur on the subject of America's contribution to the
liberation of Europe in the Second World War.

However, that was then and this is now.

Bush's neo-imperial adventures shame the legacy of more enlightened
American military interventions in the past.

It was Vera Brittain who uttered the phrase: "Politics is the executive
expression of human immaturity". The juvenile demeanour and actions
of Dubya Bush seem to fit that description perfectly.

The EU needs to insulate itself from the malevolent world view emanating
from the Oval Offce.

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Post time 2007-2-21 19:39:14 |Display all floors
johnners,

You would wish it was just the liberation during WW2.

The 50 years of peace Europe enjoyed came at a price.  Its not because most of Europe shunned their military past and actually downscaled their armed forces during those post war years.  Its not because they had such an accomodating Soviet Union for neighbors.  Europe didnt have to run themselves into bankruptcy beefing up and maintaining a credible defense because someone else was picking up the tabs.  Wonder who that is?

Europe could sit back and toyed with socialism without being swallowed up because of that same malevolent worldview that recognized the threat Europe pretended didnt exist but were perfectly willing to see neutralized as long as their wine drinking abstract art appreciating parties are not being interrupted.

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Post time 2007-2-22 21:04:51 |Display all floors

Merci beaucoups, mon Americain ami!

d,

Thankyou for your contribution; which has emphatically made my point about
the malevolent world-view of many Americans and the politicians they elect.

This is the world-view that thinks America has "saved civilisation" and that the
world should be eternally grateful, no matter the scale of the tragedies visited
on the world by American foreign policy. It also priviliges American values and
traditions above those of other countires and regions.  Your contemptuous
remarks about  European culture also confirm your antagonism toward
anything that falls outside of American culture and values.

And Americans wonder why they are most unpopular nation on earth...
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

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Post time 2007-2-23 04:28:40 |Display all floors
johnners,

Do you know your Europeans are an endangered species, by their own making and design yet!

According to some, because of their overly warm and fuzzy approach to multiculturalism, their own low birth rate, by the end of this century, the Europeans as we know it are going to pretty much disappear.  And Europe may become a muslim society, all the immigrants they have without the need for them to assimiliate, because its not political correct to suppress this diversity in any way even if it means its happening at the expense of indigneous culture.  And the muslims are a fertile lots themselves.

You ask me, this is a failure of a culture, the inability or even unwillingness to stand up for your own civilization against alien intrusion and immigrant dilution.

And its a damn shame because there was so much thats good in Europe.  Truly I mean it and I dont really hate nor am I contemptuous of Europeans.  I look on their occasional smug pretentiousness with only amusement.

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Post time 2007-2-23 10:31:47 |Display all floors
I fully support greater assertiveness by the EU but I wonder, would an organization with such disparate members really have the same cohesiveness as a nation with a more unified culture and government?  Perhaps they need to develop a way to reach decisions before they become another UN, one that yells but does nothing.
"When I am White, I win because I'm White.  When I'm Black, I win because I am Bogoljubow."

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