"AnteBragd" was upset by my article on the illustrious M. Van Rompuy. His/her arguments are incorrect, illogical or just plain silly. They are worthy of a response, however, because millions of Europeans are being force-fed such platitudes every day - as relentlessly, in fact, as we are being force-fed les victimes du jour by The Morning Edition...
- "Just because a lot of the paleos repeatedly claims that the EU is some kind "prison of nations" and rally or mock it by calling it EUSSR does not make it so. It is not so, by the simple reason, that all member states has [sic!] chosen to become members."
"Chosen"? Just ask the Danes or the Irish. When the people of a state say "no" to membership, or to an ever-tighter Union once their country is inside the Lager, they will be subjected to relentless pressure by the ruling elite to change their mind and say "yes"; but if and when they do succumb - as the Irish did to Lisbon last year, having been subjected to a massive barrage of Brussels-endowed Agitprop - now, that decision is treated as irreversible. The Euro-elite treats "democracy" as the process of manufacturing ideologically desirable outcomes determined in advance of the ostensible decision. The failure to produce one equals the failure of democracy; ergo the process will be fine-tuned and reactivated until it performs as expected.
- It is not only silly to call it EUSSR, but also insulting to almost half of Europe, who has struggled to free themselves from the Soviet Union and have aspired to once again become members of the "European Family".
As for the "European family," Brussels explicitly and resolutely rejects any suggestion that such a thing exists. It smacks of blood ties, collective memories, and emotional bonds of culture, faith and kinship that are literally verboten in their "Europe."
- When the EU uses formulations like "respect for diversity" it does not have to interpreted as the very same ideas the average liberal professor is committed to.
Really? Well, here are five key red flags that the EU formally defines as "Islamophobic":
- Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
- Islam is seen as separate and "Other."
- Islam is seen as inferior to the West, barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
- Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, linked to terrorism, engaged in a clash of civilizations.
- Islam is seen as a political ideology.
Needless to say, each and every one of those five "red flags" is accepted as true or reasonable by each and every sane and decent person out here in the Dar al-Harb.
- There are of course a lot of legitimate critique that can be raised against the EU, but childish rants about "EUSSR", "Neo-Marxists" or "multicultural fanatics" does not count as such.
Oh, dear... Let's see what "counts," and let's leave rhetoric aside altogether.
As I wrote in Chronicles almost two years ago, under the "European Arrest Warrant," which is to be implemented under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, every citizen or visitor of a member country the European Union will be liable to arrest and extradition at the behest of a judge in any other EU member-country, under one of 32 vaguely defined categories of "crime."
Those 32 offenses, according to the drafters of the Treaty, "if they are punishable in the issuing Member State by a custodial sentence or a detention order for a maximum period of at least three years and as they are defined by the law of the issuing Member State, shall, under the terms of this Framework Decision and without verification of the double criminality of the act, give rise to surrender pursuant to a European arrest warrant." The list of 32 offenses includes criminal conspiracy, terrorism, human trafficking, child pornography, smuggling of drugs, weapons and explosives, fraud and money laundering, murder, kidnapping, forgery, etc.
It also includes "racism and xenophobia," as well as "computer crime" and "crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court." The local police will be obliged to arrest the indicted person and have him transferred to the issuing judge's court for trial-and they will have to act regardless of their country's judicial system or penal code. Once the person is at the local court, he will be at the mercy of the local laws.
The inclusion of "racism and xenophobia" brings an emotion, a sentiment, into the category of major crimes, such as murder, arson etc, which is a legal and logical absurdity. The European Arrest Warrant does not define "racism and xenophobia" as such, but its drafters have relied on the European Commission's "Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia" which criminalizes "belief in race colour, descent, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin as a factor determining aversion to individuals." The Decision mandates that "racist and xenophobic behaviour must constitute an offence in all Member States and be punishable by effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties." This framework decision will apply to all "offences" committed within the territory of the European Union, or "for the benefit of a legal person established in a Member State."
Some Europe, some family...