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PostEU under the Shadow of Empires (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 06/02/19 12:28 am)
Italian geopoliticians in recent days have been having a discussion about the American Empire being against a real, independent, efficient and United Europe. Of course, other ex- or new Empires may be anti-Europe as well.
The European Union has been the dream of many Utopians of the past centuries, from Giuseppe Mazzini with his Giovine Europa (Young Europe) in 1834 until the foreign Waffen SS, but the present one was decided by the ACUE (American Committee on United Europe).
The ACUE, sponsored by the US State Department, had as chairman W. J. Donovan, ex chief of the OSS, Allen Dulles as vice-chairman, and it received funds from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. To support the idea in Europe obedient lackeys were found: Winston Churchill, who sold out the British empire to the US, Konrad Adenauer who was smart enough not to participate in the assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944, Leon Blum, PM of the ill-fated French Popular Front 1936-40, Alcide De Gasperi, former deputy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who wanted the expulsion of Mussolini from Trento, and others followed.
The following year NATO was founded in order to complete the work and to "keep the US in, the USSR out and Germany down." Such two moves were extremely wise for the growing Empire, as not only Germany but all other nations were completely dominated.
A possible real independent Europe away from both the Western and Eastern Empires was for them an anathema and both superpowers were prepared to make Europe a nuclear desert in case of war. See the declaration of President Truman during the meeting prior to signing the NATO treaty: "there is the contingent possibility to use nukes against our Allies if occupied."
On 1 July 1991 with the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact it was the day of victory, but also of bewilderment among the US leaders of NATO: "And now how in the heck do we justify the pact?"
But then we had 9/11, and NATO and the Empire were saved as new enemies were found. Maybe by now the enemies are too many, but Mussolini said "Many enemies much honor" (per Battaglia's law), as at present Russia is back, China is approaching, Iran may be wanting war (perhaps it is planning to invade the shores of New York?), North Korea with its 10 nukes is a terrible menace for a country with "only" 8000 nukes placed at home but also in Germany, Italy and Japan. And let's not forget Maduro... is it true that he has a group of frightening natives armed with poisoned arrows?
Conclusion: as long as the Empire is strong the present EU will remain a bureaucratic colony and all the marvelous speeches about it are pure BS.
JE comments: I don't understand the logic of "many enemies much honor." Eugenio, if I may dig a bit, I sense you see less of a threat in Putin's "empire" than in the US version (I hesitate to say "Trump's"). Do I understand correctly?
"Many Enemies Much Honor"/"Viel Feind Viel Ehr"
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
06/03/19 8:49 AM)
John E asked about the expression "many enemies, much honor." It means never to back
down in front of many, but quite often this means that too many enemies will defeat
It looks like that the expression "Molti nemici molto onore" has a specific origin.
The famous general Georg von Frundsberg in the service of the Habsburgs is
quoted to have shouted, "Viel Feind Viel Ehr" to his troops when
fighting against overwhelming Venetian forces in 1513; the expression became
his motto. During WWII the Third Reich's 10 SS Division Frundsberg
fought very bravely at Arheim.
See also the writings of the Israeli Uri Ameri on 17 October 2011, but he gives the expression another interpretation.
About the dangers of Putin, so far his troops do not occupy Italy, he also does not impose any self-defeating sanctions or require Italians to serve as cannon
fodder. Anyway, I want independence against all who may want to impose their
will on Italy.
JE comments: It comes as no surprise that this motto is of German origin. No other nation has had such a taste throughout history for fighting against overwhelming odds.