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PostBrussels Attack and Belgian Officials; MEP Hannan on Brexit (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 03/29/16 7:48 am)
Brussels' justice and interior ministers mishandled the known security risks behind the twin bombings of Tuesday, March 22. Consider too UK MEP Daniel Hannan's presentation on the disadvantages of a EU Superstate. Unless a new treaty is signed addressing the concerns, Hannan argued that the UK must leave the EU.
See: Daniel Hannan MEP--Britain Is Too Good To Be In The European Union
According to Hannan, the EU's ultimate goal is a EU superstate with a single European military, a single European police and a common European taxation system, goals that Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker made very clear.
Leaving the political institutions in Brussels doesn't mean leaving Europe's free trade zone composed of some 40 countries, including the 28 member-nations of the EU. The UK will remain military allies and trading partners of European nations, whether they are EU members or not.
It was revealed that Turkey alerted Belgian authorities about Ibrahim El Bakraoui's terrorist ties when he was deported to the Netherlands last year. His brother Khalid El Bakraoui has a warrant of arrest in connection with the Paris massacre. The brothers were convicted and imprisoned for carjacking and bank robbery in Belgium.
It's not a good idea to have bureaucrats of Brussels running the UK's domestic and international affairs when they cannot even handle their own domestic front.
See also: Brussels Attack Lapses Acknowledged by Belgian Officials
By Alissa J. Rubin and Rick Gladstone, March 24, 2016
JE comments: Hannan's "Too good to be in the EU" won't make friends and influence people elsewhere in the Bloc.
I asked this question before, but never got a satisfactory answer: how would a disintegrated EU play to the interests of IS?
And a happy belated Easter to my dear friend Bienvenido Macario, and his sons Gabe and Drake.
Why Would IS Want EU to Disintegrate?
(John Heelan, UK
03/31/16 2:57 AM)
JE asked on 29 March: "H would a disintegrated EU play to the interests of IS?"
It is true that a lack of coordination of intelligence services within a disintegrated EU would make protection against terrorism (i.e. asymmetric warfare) substantially more difficult. However, this might be cured by a more efficient cooperation between the national intelligence services within Interpol.
Apropos Daniel Hannan, "In a furious tirade, the Prime Minister is said to have threatened Syed Kamall (the UK's most senior MEP), that unless he supported him he would be ousted as leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament...Mr Cameron told him: 'You're finished. I made you and now you're finished.'"
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3513243/PM-s-astonishing-warning-Tory-MEP-finished-backed-Brexit.html#ixzz44J1XKhK2
JE comments: On the other hand, the restoration of pre-Schengen border controls would conceivably hamper IS operations in Europe.
That "I made you and now you're finished" sounds like Godfather or a Latin American caudillo-talk.