Fri 9 May 2008
EU May 1, 2008: Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Enlargement: "The enlarged EU should have a high level of ambition for its external policy…. The guiding principle to reinforce the EU's smart power is to project its values and interests in its own neighbourhood more effectively in order to extend the European zone of peace and prosperity, liberty and democracy. In enlargement policy, this projection of the EU method and model has had a transformative power over decades.
Let me explain what I mean by "smart power". Essentially, it is combining soft and hard power better in the EU's external relations by using the whole spectrum of our policy instruments and economic resources. This should be done in a forward-looking, consistent and unified way.
In recent years, we have seen the Union engage in a wider range of activities outside of its borders – not only in development aid and institution building but also in diplomacy and security missions. Since the 1990s, largely as a lesson learned from the disastrous Balkan wars and following the realisation in France and Britain that they cannot deliver by going alone, the EU's common foreign and security policy has become worthy of its name."
Comment: In this context one cannot help thinking of the ancient Roman Emmpire: Any time it had expanded it felt threatened by its new barbarian neighbours, until they were subdued and engulfed by the Empire - whereby the pax romana was created.
We have known it for a long time: The EUSSR called an Empire by Commission President José Barroso is very ambitious. Barroso has declared the laws and interests of the EU are to extend beyond the borders of Europe. To the smart power mentioned by Olli Rehn belongs making the Europol an EU Agency to work closely with the EU Parliament - to observe us dissidents as well as other EU terrorists:
The Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano (right), has called everybody opposed to the Lisbon Treaty a "terrorist"). The German President, Horst Köhler, who nodded in agreement at his comments, called the Eurosceptics demand for a referendum populistic and demagogic!!!
Now the EU apparently has ambitions to leave its status as a colossus with feet of clay and become an equal global player with a powerful military. The means is the Lisbon Treaty.
So, no wonder that ambitious Danish Prime Minister and 2 x Bilderberger (2000, 2003), Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left), who is increasingly mentioned as the favourite for the post as first permanent EU-President (of course unelected- and so undemocratic) , is keen on taking the Danish Justice and Defence Provisos - probably also Denmarks joining the euro - to the polls this autumn.
The purpose is, of course, to strengthen the position of Anders Fogh Rasmussen for the office as president. Besides this EU President has to contribute Danes as cannon fodder for
his own army so as to be able to play warlord to pave the road for the further expansion of the Union for the Mediterranean (so called from July 14, 2008) on behalf of his illuminist ( here - explanatory statement) masters, i.e. the New World Order, mentioned 5 times by Pres. Bush sr. 1990-91.
The following is extracted from an analysis by the British Think Tank "eurofacts"
eurofacts March 7,2008: "Defence is the next area for EU-integration"
It is becoming increasingly clear that the next push for European political integration will take place in the area of defence and that once the Lisbon Treaty is out of the way the British Government will meekly acquiesce.
A close reading of the text also demonstrates that the range and scope of the military tasks which the EU wishes to undertake are
growing like Topsy. The Treaty introduces twelve new areas within the CFSP (Common and Foreign Security Policy) where majority voting is to be introduced. …Perhaps the most significant innovation contained in the Treaty is the plan to allow “permanent structured cooperation” within the EU framework. This would permit the creation of an inner core of EU members interested in taking forward military integration in order to perform what are described as “the mostdemanding missions”
Within days of the French ratification of the Treaty on 10th February, President Sarkozy’s spokesman on defence matters, Pierre Lellouche announced that under the provisions for permanent structured cooperation the French EU presidency would bring
forward specific proposals to create a G-6 comprising France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland. Each would contribute 10,000 troops to a common intervention force and commit to spending two per cent of GDP annually on defence (at present among the EU- 27 only Britain and France do this).
This elite group would also create a European defence market, carry out joint anti-terrorist initiatives and participate in infrastructure programmes such as missile defence. Lellouche also called for the “Europeanisation” of external military Bases."
Given that Britain’s armed forces are over-stretched and under-strength this commitment would place obvious constraints on Britain’s ability to carry out its mission in Helmand Province of Afghanistan. It would also represent a quite flagrant breach of repeated British assurances to the US that the creation of an autonomous European defence force would not seek to duplicate NATO capabilities.
It would raise questions about the viability of NATO - to which, Britain apart, EU countries are increasingly unwilling to commit combat forces. US spokesmen have repeatedly warned that NATO could not survive if some members left the fighting to others.
A hard strike considering NATO wishing to rule the world politically and militarily
Reports in the European Voice suggest that Britain has already signalled its approval of the French plan, but will not say so prior to the ratification of the Treaty. In the past those in authoritative positions within the EU have avoided the suggestion that a European defence force could ever be used for the territorial defence of Europe (NATO task). But the inclusion in the Lisbon Treaty of a mutual defence clause - very similar in kind to that contained in the Washington Treaty of 1949 which created NATO - raises doubts whether this still remains the intention
The EU becomes more and more militant
1. “Petersberg” s the name of the hotel where European defence ministers met in 1992 under the auspices of the WEU (Western European Union - defence organisation). On that occasion they agreed to contribute national contingents to a European defence force which would carry out “…humanitarian and rescue tasks, peace-keeping tasks and tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peacemaking”.
2. Seven years later the scope of the European security policy was enlarged and fleshed out at the June 2004 European Council when for the first time the tasks included anti-terrorist
measures. The Headline Goal defined the role of the ESDP (European Security and Defence Policy) as follows:“…humanitarian and rescue tasks, peace-keeping tasks, tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peacemaking. As indicated by the European Security Strategy this might also include joint disarmament operations, the support for third countries in combating terrorism and security sector reform”.
3. Article 28 B of the Lisbon Treaty now defines the “Petersberg tasks” as: “…joint disarmament operations, humanitarian and rescue tasks, military advice and assistance tasks, conflict prevention and peace-keeping tasks, tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peace-making and post-conflict stabilisation. All these tasks may contribute to the fight against terrorism, including by supporting third countries in combating terrorism in their territories”.
The Lisbon Treaty marks an important milestone in the creation of a permanent and autonomous European defence force. It also lays the foundation of further measures of military integration which are capable of fatally fracturing the Atlantic Alliance.
The European Army may not exist - yet. But the drive to create it is moving into higher gear and the response of the
British government is following a familiar pattern: initial resistance followed by meek acquiescence, coupled with an attempt to conceal from the public what is going on and just how high the stakes have become.
It could have a disastrous conclusion.
Overseas deployments of the EUFOR (EU Force)
Main article: Overseas interventions of the European Union
The first deployment of European troops under the ESDP, following the 1999 declaration of intent, was in March of 2003 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. "EUFOR Concordia" used NATO assets and was considered a success and replaced by a smaller police mission, EUPOL Proxima, later that year. Since then there have been other small police, justice and monitoring missions. As well as Macedonia, the EU deployed peacekeepers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EUFOR Althea mission, which is still deployed as of November 2007.
Comment: Recently, in 2008, the EU deployed 1800 policemen in Kosovo in favour of the Muslim Albanians, the EU dividing a free country, Serbia, at will.
Between May and September 2003, "Operation Artemis" began in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under UN Security Council Resolution 1484. This laid out the "framework nation" system to be used in future deployments. The EU returned to the DRC in 2006 with EUFOR RD Congo which supported the UN mission there during the country's elections. It ended in 2006.
Geographically, EU missions outside the Balkans and the DRC have taken place in Georgia, Indonesia, Sudan, Palestine, and Ukraine-Moldova. There is also a judicial mission in Iraq (EUJUST Lex). There is to be a deployment in Chad and the Central African Republic together with the UN in 2008.
Now the question is: What is the purpose of such a European army army? Who is the enemy? We have been told time and times again that the cold war is over. So, our military is now largely not at home to protect us from the Russians, but has been sent out in the whole world to protect Muslims from the Religion of Peace. The peoples of the Union for the Mediterranean?The peoples, who- like Serbia - defy the wishes of the EU to bring them the EU-distorion of democracy? The peoples sitting on the oil sources? Does the EU intend to meet the USA in Iraque some day?Or is it all for humanitarian purposes? Then why not start now in Myanmar?
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