Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Contra Jean-Pierre Lehmann


I am moved to challenge the monstous piece by Jean-Pierre Lehmann in the editorial section of 11th November.

Mr Lehamann would do well to actually consider the question of why western Europe has not torn itself apart since the end of WW2. It had nothing at all to do with the EU, and rather a lot more to do with the power of the American military harnessed under NATO. Without NATO, western Europe might very well have been crushed by the Soviet Union.

Then there is this statement, in reference to Jacques Delors fear that the EU could "unravel":

"While such an outcome may be improbable, it would be complacent folly to dismiss the possibility. No institution, society, or civilization can survive purely on autopilot."

To conflate the European Union, a monstrous uber-tier of government teetering over the heads of the European peoples already struggling with the burden of their own governing elite, with "civilization" itself is precisely an attempt to conceal the real nature of the EU.

Government is not society. To conflate the two is to admit to looking upon one's fellows through totalitarian eyes.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Fagan

(Sent Wednesday 11th November 2009. Unpublished by the Taipei Times).

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