First the Irish were attacked for being ungrateful. Then Ireland’s voters were criticized for being ignorant and infantile. Next it was all the fault of bloggers. Now we are told that the Irish who voted No to the Lisbon European Union Treaty are really CIA stooges.
The EU’s great and good (clearly crazed by continued and repeated referendum rejections) have embraced a new swivel-eyed conspiracy theory to explain why it is all a United States/Pentagon/CIA/Neo-Con plot against Europe after all.
The charge has been led this week by German Green Euro-MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a man who has long played the role of useful idiot to the EU’s political establishment. His barmy claims have been taken up by European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering, a German Christian Democrat, and echoed in the Commission.
“Last weekend, the Irish press revealed that there possibly exists a link between the financers of the no-campaign in Ireland and the Pentagon as well as the CIA. This was a very interesting story and the explanation given was that Europe should not become too strong,” said Mr Cohn-Bendit.
“If proved true, this would clearly show that there are forces in the US willing to pay people to destabilise a strong and autonomous Europe. If this can happen for the Lisbon Treaty vote, it raises grave concerns for interference in next year’s European elections.”
The lunatic idea (an amazing delusion of grandeur) that Washington would want to intervene in European elections is gently lampooned by Open Europe. Nobody really cares about euro-elections – except for MEPs. Everybody knows that.
Of course, as Mr Cohn-Bendit also knows full well, the US is a great supporter of the EU, its old Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty that replaced it. The EU of today (especially its foreign policy and single currency) was encouraged by the Americans, let alone the British and French, as a way of binding a unified Germany into the West. The idea that the Pentagon would want to block an EU Treaty that pushes Europe to assume more of the bill for security, defence and, ultimately, Nato is dumb, really dumb.
In fact, Mr Cohn-Bendit and Mr Pöttering’s resort to anti-Americanism, as England Expects notes, is for a German audience amid fears here in Brussels that the EU establishment will get a drubbing in Germany during European elections next June.
The EU fixation with the No campaign’s finances and the role of Mr Ganley is a complete denial and inversion of the real political balance of forces in the Irish Lisbon referendum battle. The entire political establishment in Ireland, with the Pope’s support, backed a Yes vote – a priceless coalition.
The No side won, not because of Mr Ganley or his cash, but because the majority of Irish people (as with the French and Dutch before) rejected the uniform outlook of their rulers that, on Lisbon or the EU Constitution, There Is No Alternative.
We should not be fooled. It is not about the EU versus the US, this is nothing more than a smokescreen for the euro-reactionaries who believe that EU referendums should only have one answer, Yes.
Mr Pöttering, backed up by the European Commission, has now demanded “transparency” – a Brussels weasel word.
“I have been following this whole matter very attentively for some time. We do indeed need absolute transparency on this because this is exactly what those who are attacking us demand. However, they must provide total transparency on what funds this organisation,” he said.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I deduce from your applause that we stand on the side of those who strive for absolute transparency in all of these questions in order to keep Europe from suffering harm.”
I, for one, can confirm that the Parliament President has “attentively” followed these claims. I have been pestered a number of times over recent weeks by his aides who have tried to place stories about Mr Ganley and the No campaign’s finances, the CIA and Albanian mafia.
Many in the EU think that we, the people, are stupid and that those who disagree with their world view can only be malicious, dangerous
As I have noted before, here and here, Brussels chatter about “hidden agendas” is code for not trusting people to be able to judge for themselves over arguments put forward by others. It is a call to set set up policemen over public life.
France 24 / AFP – EU chief urges next US president to work closely with Europe – “In these times of uncertainty, the EU needs the US and, yes, the US needs the EU more than ever,” said European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso.
U.S. White House: Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration Between the United States of America and the European Union– “We, leaders of the United States of America and the European Union (EU): Believing that deeper transatlantic economic integration and growth will benefit our citizens and the competitiveness of our economies, will have global benefits.”
The Guardian: New pact would give EU citizens’ data to US – “A comprehensive transatlantic pact clearing the way for the unprecedented supply of private data on European citizens to the American authorities”