Thursday, 12 September 2013

A history lesson for Snr. Barroso

So Mr Barroso thinks that a Europe of sovereign, independent nations is a continent poised on the brink of repeating the Great War. Only the Empire, the EU, the European Federation can guarantee peace it seems. Perhaps it's a perspective distorted by the growing hostility towards the EU from the peoples of Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Hungary. Increasingly, the nations of Europe are interested in training their artillery on only a single target - the Berlaymont in Brussels. 

Ninety-nine years and eleven months ago the unwilling subject of a land held within an unwieldy Federation of nation states with different languages, cultures and peoples protested against the European Union (an alliance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Germany) by shooting one of its bosses. The 1914 EU was headed by the equivalent of Mr Barroso and Mr Rumpoy, a German emperor whose ignorance was hidden by bluff and bluster and a weak Austrian emperor who dithered. The 1914 EU, like the 2013 one, saw the domination of the European land-mass as a legitimate objective 'to secure peace and prosperity', even if it meant suffocating a historic diversity of national and cultural identities. And in 2013 just as in 1914 the evil of the European Empire has the potential to be a cause of war - not its preventative. If Serbia had been free and independent, Franz Ferdinand would not have had a reason to be in Sarajevo and Gavrilo Princip would not have shot him. 

Snr Barroso                                       Kaiser Wilhelm II
 

7 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

And if the rest of Europe had been proper Sovereign Democracies as well, there's at least a reasonable chance that the war would have been contained to a small backwater of The Balkans.

Wildgoose said...

Serbia was free and independent - Sarajevo is in Bosnia. (Serbia had previously successfully fought to free itself from Ottoman Rule).

Serbia was blamed because Gavrilo Princip was ethnically Serbian, i.e. a Bosnian Serb. Much like Serbia unfairly copped for all the blame in the recent Balkan Conflicts.


G. Tingey said...

Err ... Serbia WAS independent (It probably wasn't "free" ...
Gavrilo Princip was a PAID AGENT of the Serbian Guvmint, who wanted bits of someone else's land. ( Reminds one of Milosovic, doesn't it? ) And, by killing Franz Ferdinand, he did-in any hope of a looser confederation in Austria-Hungary, as Ferdinand had realised that the then present structure was unstable & untenable. And, Franz Josef had only 2 years to live, anyway ....
The actual cause was the governing clique inside Germany at the time - in fact Wilhelm II tried, much too late & at the last moment, to stop the whole thing - he realised that going through Belgium would bring Britain in ... but he was over-ruled by his generals.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Barroso?

where to start?

There is the matter of what colour he is on the political spectrum - but smelly and brown isn't a valid colour...

Hubris is getting bandied around quite a bit at the moment - but there's not a superlative word that gets close to nailing this twerp and his Gullumy sidekick ...

EU mainstream politics has attracted bottom feeders on a scale rarely seen and it's a problem for all of us - only the most wilful of Europhiles can say it's all wunnerful.

Barroso is (to refresh a word the original Raedwald might have been familiar with) - a dolt. We've just had "99% of climate scientists" thrown at us by this berk. It strikes me that whatever parameters for high office are used to select high EU nabobs - competence, honesty and diligence obviously aren't part of the selection matrix.

One might be forgiven for thinking that these idjits are a side show while the colleagues get on with whatever takes their fancy behind the tacky stage show?

Anonymous said...

Bit of a stretch Radders but true there are parallels.

Barroso, this abominable pipsqueak, to threaten war if their precious 'grand projet' is sundered - that was pure idiocy and a shameful comment - even for a twat such as he.
Does he not see it, the zero pet currency of the grand projet is more likely to cause war than to hold the peace. €Zero=division.

Anonymous said...

Must be running scared in Brussels if they think this nonsense will make any difference to people's opinions about the EU.
Jaded

Bob Layson said...

A further parallel to be considered is that the EU wishes to be a world power - a player on the world stage - and therefore in a similar position to that of Germany in 1914. It, the EU would therefore be drawn to form an alliance with other world powers to prevent the rise of...(the Russian Federation? China?...).