Saturday, November 25, 2006


I can't decide if it is self-delusion or deliberate amnesia. Or panic. Edward Lucas is Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist, writing in the Times of London, that the West should fight Putin's menace. By?
"the West must stick together." [And] "British eurosceptics must drop their defeatist disdain for a common European foreign policy, especially in the field of energy security. "
The problem is that, in all reality, Britain and the rest of the EU are no longer part of "the West." The common European foreign policy is dictated by France and Germany, both firm supporters of Putin. Any deviancy is not tolerated without generating strong EU pressure on member countries to confirm. Witness Poland's attempt to exert pressure on Russia and how quickly that spark of independence was squashed in the interests of "harmony". Not to mention, gas supplies.

That Britain is no longer a self-governing nation is evident. An example will suffice. New rules from the EU will cost city regulators £1bn with no discernable benefits and no actual legislation having been passed in Britain. Consequently, there is no recourse for British citizens to protest the newest EU Rule-that-nobody-voted-for. That's one of the joys of international socialism - you suffer under the same insufferable rules and regulations dictated by petty bureaucrats. And, when you think about it, there really isn't much difference between East Germany as a Russian satellite and Britain as an EU-satellite country. The independence is pure illusion.

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