The European Union's super nanny state takes a bold stand
in defense of its core values:
The justice minister of the European Union, Franco Frattini, announced this week at the EU parliament in Strasburg that member states which do not eliminate all forms of discrimination against homosexuals, including the refusal to approve “marriage” and unions between same-sex couples, would be subject to sanctions and eventual expulsion from the EU....
“Homophobia is a violation of human rights and we are watching member states on this issue and reporting on cases in which our efforts have been unsuccessful,” Fratti said. In this way “the Commission and the European Parliament seek to make any refusal to grant homosexual couples the same rights as a married couple a crime of ‘homophobia’,” the report warned.
For the past decade now everyone from David Horowitz to Mark Steyn has been trying to explain the cozy relationship between the European left, with its assault on all things marital, fertile, and reproductive, and militant Islam, with its passion for creatively maiming and killing aberrant women and homosexuals. Although we can explain how this comes about (various petit pont
"-ismes," post-colonial guilt, etc.), the structural "why" remains elusive. But, just after I read the above, the image of Franco Frattini, M. de Villepin, and Yassir Arafat relaxing together in a tub of Mr Bubble flashed through my mind and it became clear!
Like the Hell's Angels at Altamount, militant Islam is the EUrocrats' "security" detail. Unlike the reliably rightist military or national police forces, non-assimilating Muslims are irregulars whose political advantage can generally be plotted as the antithesis of the traditional European Right. With the Hell's Angels the Stones had no worries about the cops coming down on them for their back-stage drug-fueled antics; with militant Islam, the EUrocrats keep the always restive and potentially nationalistic middle class in its place without raising the profile of the military (and the potential for awakening national/rightist fervor that goes with it).
For years now the bargain offered by the EU has been clear for all to see: on one side of the balance sheet are billions in low or no interest loans, open markets, easy immigration, and unprecedented access to higher education. On the other side are state-mandated homo-matrimony, abortion, and curtailment of free speech. For many in both old and new Europe this already seems like a bargain that can't be refused. Still there remain a great many, especially in new Europe, for whom no amount of Euros is worth destroying marriage, family, and national identity.
Now, throw in an angry unassimilated Muslim population and the calculous changes. For those used to recurring to the state for self-defense, pension, health care, education, and all forms of welfare where does one turn but the new super state. With their own atrophied militaries the effectively border-less EU member states have little choice but to trust to the EU bureaucracy for help in shuffling their immigration problems around among all the member states. Enough has been written on Europe's demographic catastrophe to see that this protection racket can't last too much longer. But why should it? The rampant fraud
exposed and then silenced in Brussels suggests to me that the EUrocratic left are in this to make all they can and get out. In countries where (as in Spain) over 20% of the workforce is state-employed, there is a reliably pro-bureaucrat rump electorate to keep expanding the role of the super state. I am hardly saying that every stoned hippy and anarchist protesting for the Palestinian struggle is in on the racket, but their adolescent irresponsibility and refusal to consider the bigger picture are just as useful to the EUrocrats as the intimidation that reigns in the banlieus
. And, these radicals must be temporarily bought off as well, hence the sops to gay rights and the other NGOs of the self-destructive left.
"Nanny come save us!" scream the helpless children. To whom she answers, "Only if you play nice and do exactly as I say."