They may say that the interests of the European Union
demands moderation, dialogue and diplomacy with Iran -- whatever.
January 13, 2005
I wonder what the European Union will think and say when its policy
of dialogue, a mixture of pleading and feeble threats, fails to
prevent Iran from accessing its cherished nuclear weapons or weapons-making
capacity (much the same).
I suspect, in various private interviews,
or perhaps in their memoires once retired, at any rate when it
is far too late, the various protagonists like Jack Straw, Javier
Solana, Christopher Patten or the lot of French charlatans and
Leftists who seem to be the evil geniuses in any dirty deal these
days, will state and write that they had no way of knowing, or
there was nothing else they could do.
They may say that the interests
of the European Union demanded moderation, dialogue and diplomacy.
They will say perhaps that Europe had to present an alternative
to the gung-ho methods of the Bush administration, if it were
not to fall behind and become an irrelevance in international relations.
They may say many things. But that is all for the historians,
will one day investigate the evidence, as they have with the
appeasement of Hitler in the 1930s, and, yes, conclude that Europe
do this, or should have done that -- whatever.
But what about
us, living now?
In the long term, as the economist Keynes said,
we will be dead. For now, we may conclude that the Europeans
seem to care not a jot for democracy outside their own borders.
another case of why-don't-they-eat-cake? No democracy? Try
some of our Teflon pans and washing machines instead. Wait
in your caftans for another 70 years, why don't you?
I have tried
to explain to many Europeans, Spaniards and Catalans more recently,
that numerous Iranians despise European states
for their hypocrisy, greed, and
conniving attitude to dictatorships, specifically one operating not a million
miles from the residents of Tehran. These Spaniards are baffled, convinced
the Europeans are admired in the world for standing up to
the Bush administration.
I would say this U.S. administration must receive
the credit it deserves. It is a measure of its principled positions
that it has provoked
the ire of little states like France, Syria or North Korea.
certain pride, Julius Caesar used to say, in having enemies.
The United States may
face difficulties in Iraq, but it has pursued the correct
aims, in contrast to that
cesspit of iniquity and thievery, the United Nations (Go on Condi:
push out that Annan, secretary-general of the you-scratch-my back-comrade-I'll-scratch-yours
pile of dirt called Non-Aligned states, and while you're at it that
sophist Muhammad El-Baradei ["There's no smoking gun," howzabout
a smoking gun up your a**e Mister? You're as dynamic as Neville Chamberlain
waiving that paper, saying peace in our time]).
Marvellous: now why is it that the United States considers the
existence of fascist states in the Middle East, which promote hatred,
against its national interests, while the European Union believes
that its national interests demand dialogue, and business-as-usual
the same dirt-bag
Can it be that the Americans, and Anglo-Saxons generally, have
retained a humble yet necessary trait called common sense, which
European offal have lost? The enemies of liberal democracy - we
know it, and they know it - are on the Left of the political centre.
generalize of course, but I do, time and again, and we all love
this type of muck-raking.
The news (pa-paam) corroborates my views. For example, the former,
conservative government of Spain took an unhesitatingly hostile
attitude to the Castro
dictatorship, and allegedly backed an attempted coup against
Hugo Chavez, the elected president
of Venezuela who may well use his votes to strangle democracy
in Venezuela (thanks to billions of petrodollars that pay for militias,
police, informers, sycophantic propagandists and newspapermen
-- can you think of other places where this happens?).
of Spain however has eased its stance on Cuba, and persuaded
to do the same, and received Chavez on a state visit. Well,
stuff the people, we don't see or hear them as often as Castro
television, so they don't exist.
You would have thought that a body of 25 wealthy, prosperous
states could throw its weight around a bit. It may not be
able to "give"
democracy, but it can do a bit more pushing and shoving (some
American-style), threaten a little more, promise less, stand
its ground, make demands: demand
the release of helpless individuals left in some dark cell
in one of these shit-hole countries, and leave the negotiating
Not a bit of
it, monsieur. They like to plead instead, engage in "critical"
dialogue, and finally kow-tow to the whims of little dictators
and evil men,
the dirty work to the United States.
Spinelessness: that is the moral legacy of socialism and
the Left. Still, every argument must be balanced, I say.
chandeliers and the Ritz hotel chain, for which I thank
them. Later, I shall go to
Ritz for tea ("Yow-gimme-ya-mutha-fucka-tea-widda-crumpitt,"
I'm all gangsta-rap today. They give you better service
if you speak