By Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog
For many years Europeans have said the European Union was the only way to have peace on the continent. I always had a tough time seeing the direct correlation.
I often wondered if the thinking was: Europeans are so bloodthirsty and savage that they have to join themselves together just to keep from killing each other. It reminded me of English critic A.A. Gill’s explanation of why the English line up in a queue so well – because, “if they didn’t, they’d kill each other.”
So how on earth did they make it India – where there is a line to the front, but it’s a horizontal one – without killing them en masse? Oh wait….
I’m not one to be down on human nature – something very English – but sending arms to Ukraine, the first time the EU has sent lethal weapons, seems to explode the idea that the EU is a peaceful venture.
How many Nobel Peace Prize winners have sent guns to one side of an armed conflict? Besides Barack Obama.
“But ultimately, the EU is institutionally programmed to favour peace and not the use of military force,” recently wrote the UK’s The New Statesmen.
This completely ignores the EU’s role in sanctioning – and profiting from -the breakup of Yugoslavia but the main problem is that such a statement – inexplicably – comes before this one: “Though it can and does leave the challenges of confronting violence directly to other organisations (NATO particularly), the EU signals a pacific intent.”
If the EU is inherently attached to NATO – responsible for three of deadliest wars in the 21st century (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya) – then where has been this alleged favouring of peace?
The claim that the EU is a force for peace only works if one looks at it this way: There has not been a war between the current members of the EU since 1945, therefore, all one needs to do in order to enjoy peace is to join the EU – those who won’t join will either get invaded, destabilised or forced to join. Basically, join the “universal value” of the EU or face a “humanitarian intervention” of some sort – people behave as if these ideas are passé just because the politicians who originally uttered them have aged out of office, but they are truly part and parcel of EU ideology.
The claim that the EU is somehow pacifist and benevolent was always nonsense but it was an idea pushed endlessly by the UK’s Remainers and Europhiles. They will have much more difficulty now. Even if a definite European army isn’t going to come out of the current two-day meeting at Versailles of EU leaders, there’s going to be a giant step towards that.
The average European knows – via the Age of Austerity – that the EU is not at all benevolent, and many of them want out, still. A February poll conducted by France’s top polling agency found that a whopping 63% of France are favourable to a referendum on Frexit.
What’s interesting is that only 11% of respondents were totally opposed to a referendum – it’s truly just a small minority which is strongly attached to the EU. That minority is the hardcore half of the “Bourgeois Bloc” in France, which is led by Emmanuel Macron.
Macron and the Bourgeois Bloc are thrilled over current developments: France is set to profit immensely, as it’s the EU’s largest arms producer by far. From the very start of his term Macron has pushed for an EU army, and the massive rush to arm Ukraine shows that the EU’s 1% and their Bourgeois Bloc lackeys have been ready and waiting for an arms race opportunity.
It’s extremely fitting that the meeting is in Versailles – the very symbol of autocracy and anti-democracy – but not for the most commonly reported reason: that it’s where the peace treaty for World War I was signed. Versailles is also the little-understood birthplace of the neoliberal empire which is the European Union. It’s perfect the EU army takes it’s big step there.
Versailles is synonymous with absolute monarchy and anti-democracy, but in 1871 it was the place where France’s 1% ended their collusion with Bismarck in waging a 4-month siege of Paris, in an event known as the Paris Commune. Adolphe Thiers led the French traitors who colluded with occupying Germans to attack the capital of their own country – is that not treason? Theirs was rewarded with the presidency of the new Third Republic.
The 1% of European countries colluding to attack Europeans – this is exactly what has happened to the peoples of Greece, France and everywhere in Europe during the Age of Austerity – thus, 1871 truly marks the birth of the neoliberal empire which is the EU. The Franco-Prussian army which worked together to defeat the sovereigntists and progressives in the Commune – those are the first troops of an “EU army”.
But wait, there’s more – it also marks the true birth of neoliberalism.
European liberalism was fully installed for the first time ever in 1848 with France’s 2nd Republic – it was the only victory in the Revolutions of 1848. By 1851 European liberalism, or what I term “Western Liberal Democracy” had already been totally discredited: President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte initiated a self-coup (setting up the Second Empire) against WLD’s always-awful and always-elitist parliamentarians, a self-coup which was later overwhelmingly approved by what was then the largest popular vote ever. 1871’s at-gunpoint restoration of Western Liberal Democracy, via the Third Republic, is thus the true (finally, the true!) origin of “neoliberalism”, a term which is bandied about constantly but which is neutered of this true birth and thus its long true history of failure. Neoliberalism did not begin with Thatcher and Reagan – it began in Versailles in 1871 with the treaty to end the Franco-Prussian War.
Western Liberal Democracy should have been gone for good after it was voted out after just three years; European elite violently colonising the European masses must be included in the definition of neo-imperialism – what’s going on in Versailles right now is a continuation of these concepts, as would be the creation of an EU army.
It’s all in the book – Western Liberal Democracy is not peaceful, nor is the European Union. Ask a Yellow Vest.
Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.
What happened to the SMITH MUNDT ACT? Maybe SNOWDEN should interview Putin and reveal what was A Pandoras box in 2013?
Obama shut that much needed Act down, and Trump did nothing to bring it back…
Trump was just an unconscious opportunist.
the bourgeois bloc EU is threatened as never before in history. Now the numbers present a curious “coincidence”:
World War I
World War II
Invasion of Ukraine
The initial concept of the European Union, coming from France and later Germany, did intend to create peace and collaboration between both coutries and extend it to other neighbouring countries.
At the final stage of its conception it was an American initiative to back up NATO and the idea to create a common front to Russia.
The EU is an economic and political side of NATO, where unelected leaders follow the dictates of Washington.
If you compare GDP and debt/GDP of the entry dates of most European countries, you will find out there are poorer and/or more indebted now, especially France.
A recent example of the American dictat is the COVID-19 vaccine policy, which only allowed Pfizer & Moderna and never licensed Sputnik or any of the Chinese vaccines.
The whole idea of having a common currency on countries with huge differences in fiscal policies and requirements is eventually suicide.
Let’s see how long this common “dream” lasts without having Russia as a supplier of energy and vital commodities.
“The EU is an economic and political side of NATO, where unelected leaders follow the dictates of Washington.”
Yes, the Europeon Union is not a peaceful union–it never has been and it never will be.
The Europeon Union is an economic protectorate of the North American Terrorist Organization (NATO), which itself is not a defensive alliance but rather an alliance of the greatest war criminal nations on this planet led by America, the Anglosphere nations, France, and Germany.
US means war all around the US and even within since long
EU means war all around the EU since not so long (and within next ?)
You guys are doing great work you should check out Michael salla at EXO politics.com
Putin is liberating Ukraine from Child traffickers, drug traffickers and evil
deep state plots against humanity
. Michael Salla at exopolitics. Com does good work regarding this! Everyone should check it out. George
Except the world really needs to be disarmed and de-natzified, not rearmed and in constant conflict.
The elite are fine with war in another country, they still smile and profit handsomely, but i’m just as certain that instant panic would ensue if it came to their country being disarmed and de-natzified.
Your autocorrect acted up. It’s Adolphe Thiers, not Theirs.
The situation is turning sour in the PG.
JCPOA talks suspended
US seized Iran oil cargo as Biden considers easing sanctions
Unfortunetaly it seems the EU is going to be screwed big time…
Personally I don’t believe that Europe (i.e. the nations of Europe) can be truly sovereign and free,and most assuredly Russia can’t.As long as the EU and it’s NATO war dog remain in existence. NATO much be abolished,and the EU if not abolished be returned to what it was first meant to be,a trading common market. Only then can peace have a chance to really exist. Otherwise we are only talking of peace in the style of a “Roman peace”.
The “Hague” is a kangaroo court. The Americans have a law that Bush Jr created, if the Hague ever tried to detain or try any American person, the entire US military will invade the Hague and destroy it.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et. al. were declared guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, which the US does not recognize.
The age of European ‘passivism’ seems to be over. Germany has publically stated that it’s re-arming… massively. With plans to produce a new generation of fighter jets, tanks, missiles. Tripling their military budget… this will require ‘sacrifices’ from all, their leaders say. Germany re-arming? What could possibly go wrong?
perhaps things are not always what they seem ” weapons sent to Ukrain from Germany old and mostly useless” it has been suggested perhaps Germanys push to up its military strength is to be used to free itself from its current occupiers. hmm
Yes, my country wants it, but it’s basically bull talk. We don’t have neither resources, brains,industries nor manpower to do this. Do you really believe, those climate hoppers and “I-clue-myself-to-the-street” – idiots could be that productive?
They can make war against the own people and instigate crimes against humanity, but when it comes to create,our woke are just nut awake enough.
Thanks Ramin Mazaheri for bringing a class analysis into the picture.
I look forward to reading your book.
Pourquoi on est arrive la, c’est simple et clair : ∑ silences 911 + ∑ silences covid = ↑WW3Nuk:
Maintenant on est ici “la Russie est en guerre avec les usa”, le pire est a venir, préparons nous a ne pas faire taire la vérité au moins nous mourrons en Martyres.
***L’encre du savant est plus précieuse que le sang du martyr***
**notre salaire n’incombe qu’à Dieu seul et Il est Témoin de ce qu’on fait et ce qu’on dit**
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I’ve been saying this for a while now. MMT economists for more than 30 years.
You will find this interesting. It is a US talk show from the 1990’s called Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.
Ramin , why you will find it interesting is it is the only” live TV ” case I have been able to find when they admitted a new economics paradigm was going to be created to represent NATO expansion.
Which in hindsight is of course the economics that We all now know pushed by the IMF, World bank and the Bank of International Settlements.
Who admitted it on the show is no other than Mr John O’sullivan. He was the architect of Thatcherism pushed through all her reforms and wrote her memoirs.
This reminds of similar claims by Indian politicians, who unashamedly claim India to follow the Gandhian principle of “Non-violence” known as “Ahimsa” in Hindi. While being the largest importer of weapons, a huge military and military budget, nuclear weapons, torture and genocide of minorities, non Hindus and marginalized low caste Hindus. No match between words and actions, just like the EU. The Europeans’ have a bloody history,their hands and mouth dripping blood, perpetrators of two world wars and many other wars, not to mention the annihilation of the indigenous population that they colonized.
This is Diplomacy and the West has mastered this lowly art.
EU cannot be pacifist and benevolent while its members are also in NATO, as NATO is an organization that supports wars of aggression and destabilization.
Thank you for your always incisive observations. For me, the failed revolution of 1848 is the German ur-tragedy. In that moment of defeat and despair, the German people turned their backs on politics forever. Instead, they embarked on an absolutist cultural journey to the heart of the German soul. And we all know how that turned out. Amazingly, people still turn out in their droves, from all over the planet for the Wagner festivals in Bayreuth.
Rectification du lien
Pourquoi on est arrive la, c’est simple et clair : ∑ silences 911 + ∑ silences covid = ↑WW3Nuk :
Maintenant on est ici “la Russie est en guerre avec les usa”, le pire est à venir, préparons nous à ne pas faire taire la vérité au moins nous mourrons en Martyres.
***L’encre du savant est plus précieuse que le sang du martyr***
**notre salaire n’incombe qu’à Dieu seul et Il est Témoin de ce qu’on fait et ce qu’on dit**
If the Brits chose “Brexit” for themselves, why did they get so up in arms against Yanukovych for making the same choice…leading to a now actual hot war?
From far, Germany between 1871 and 1914 appears like a perfect capitalist country. It wasn’t, because Germany had managed to combine a modern economy and a then-modern society with old-fashioned feudalism. I won’t go into detail here how they could do this but the outcome was that the government was independent from capital and did even control it.
“How many Nobel Peace Prize winners have sent guns to one side of an armed conflict? Besides Barack Obama.”
Come on man, its not hard to make a convincing case the US was sending guns to both sides while Barack Obama was the lead figurehead of the show. Whats more worthy of the peace prize than fomenting war?
EU means will of power, it is an empire with an imperialist will. Like all imperialists it will bring war, but will say that they are “good” war for democracy and liberty, when it is only about oligarchy and plutocracy, making of people slaves.
I hope your book will be translated into French.
It will be! In book and e-book form.
As the notable Slovak historian and political scientist Eduard Chmelár succinctly summed it up: “The European Union exports war.”