Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Vote for EU constitution or risk new Holocaust, says Brussels

So, European Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, what have you or other Eurocrats done to help your native Sweden lately?

Vote for EU constitution or risk new Holocaust, says Brussels

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. Richard Shepherd, the Tory MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, said it was "breathtaking" to link Nazism to the defence of national sovereignty. "It's a monstrous rewriting of history to promote a profoundly undemocratic project."


At May 10, 2005 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Margot Wallstrom has centered her argument in favor of the EU constitution on a host of self-defeating fallacies. Her argument is illogical because she would have Europeans believe that if they fail to endorse the EU constitution, fascism will reemerge and millions of people will be exterminated.

That’s a far reach, Ms. Wallstrom.

Did nationalism contribute to World War II? Yes. But so did several other important factors, not the least of which were actions by the European community that had serious long-term consequences.

But to scare people into voting for the EU constitution is one of the fallacious appeals to emotion and speaks poorly for the Commission on Institutional Relations (whatever that is). But there is more! There is a dogmatic assertion that “YES” is the only acceptable course of action, hasty generalizations, faulty causality, and begging the question.

Here’s a good idea: Present the facts to the people of Europe and let them decide for themselves what is best. Then, they go and cast votes, the votes are tabulated, and a decision is announced.

In other words, Ms. Wallstrom TRUST the people. I know that’s hard for socialists to do, but believe me, people are smart and they can make informed decisions IF you will just tell them the truth.

At May 10, 2005 4:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read statements like that I know that Ms. Wallstrom can smell defeat in the air. Panic time anyone?

At May 10, 2005 7:37 AM, Blogger simulev said...

Why not ask her directly?

At May 10, 2005 10:31 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

"Ms. Wallstrom TRUST the people."

European politicians never trust the people. What if the people are right, and the politicians lose some of their privileges?

At May 10, 2005 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The EU constitution seems to be another case of the emperor's new clothes. If only we were as intelligent as the Eurocrats then we would realise how wonderful a set of robes the apparently naked emperor is wearing.

A big cause of WWII was the "balance of power" type of politics that the Franco-German clique within the EU seems so keen to promote again in its efforts to counterbalance US "hyperpower".

A new war or a new holocaust is much more likely to come from the irresponsible anti-Americanism and its attendant anti-semitism that seems to be breaking out all over Europe like a bad rash.

Europe should be in partnership with the US, not in competition.

At May 10, 2005 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a remark is shocking and contemptible (almost) beyond belief. Yet it was made by a leading and supposedly responsible EU politician, and barely mentioned in the mainstream media.

The best thing for citizens of EU nations to do is to put all of these EU political bureaucrats out of work -- make it clear to them that while some sort of close economic cooperation may be desirable and beneficial, this does NOT make any sort of political union necessary. And it is certainly not desirable, in the view of most.

These people have a vested financial interest in widening the EU and its powers. They say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely; here you have a perfect example of the intellectual manisfestation of this -- anyone who would compare the desire to protect national identities and sovereignty with the Nazi holocaust is hopelessly intellectually corrupted.

At May 10, 2005 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a ridiculous argument that could easily be turned right back on Ms. Wallstrom. If she *really* thinks that the rise of a new Hitler to power in Berlin or Paris or London is a credible threat, then surely the rise of a new Hitler to power in Brussels is also a credible threat.

These hardcore EU-crats belittle French or British or Polish nationalism as backward, and (rightly) decry the historical use of nationalistic sentiment for political gain by Hitler, Stalin, and others. Yet do they not see that they are simultaneously promoting a Trans-European nationalism for their own political gain? Hypocrisy.


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