EU dream team -- von Rompuy and Ashton
Today is not just the day Prez O explains his already explained Afghan strategy, or details his already detailed "surge" of 34,000 troops to Afghanistan. ("God help our troops," writes Ralph Peters.)
Today, December 1, 2009, is also the day that, as my friend Paul Belien writes at Brussels Journal, "the Lisbon Treaty comes into force and the European Union (EU) takes on the status of a genuine state with its own President and Foreign Minister."
That would be President Herman von Rompuy, and Paul, author of the essential history A Throne in Brussels, having known and worked with von Rompuy in the past, profilesthe man here. Bottom line: "Herman is like Saruman, the wise wizard in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, who went over to the other side. He used to care about the things we cared about. But no longer. He has built himself a high tower from where he rules over all of us."
The new foreign minister is, if anything, worse. In a separate article, Paul points out that in the1980s, the EU foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton was "the treasurer of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a British organization, infiltrated by Marxists, which advocated the disarmament of the West in the face of the Soviet Union’s arsenal of SS-20 nuclear missiles. It is almost certain that CND received Soviet funding for its efforts to thwart the policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher which would lead to the collapse of the Soviet empire and the liberation of Eastern Europe." He continues:
Exactly 20 years after this liberation, at last month’s secret meeting of the governments of the 27 EU member states, Ashton, now a Baroness, was appointed Europe’s Foreign Minister. It came as an insult to the brave men and women who fought and died for Eastern Europe’s liberty in the four decades between 1945 and 1989.
Don't miss the Youtube Paul has posted of the redoubtable Nigel Farage, a member of European Parliament from the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), in which Farage explains why it is that von Rompuy and Ashton are "political pygmies" imposed on Europe's citizenry, a speech for which he was severely reprimanded.
Is it really as bad as all this?
And whaddya know, first crack out of the box, the EU is looking to call for East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state.
EUSSR meets Eurabia.