Give Ireland back to the Irish
The Irish Parliament is scheduled to decide on Tuesday whether to accept the Euro Zone (EZ) and European Central Bank (ECB) bailout package of about $100 billion. It will be a crucial vote deciding the future Irish sovereignty. The Irish Parliament will be standing at the Rubicon.
In 49 B.C., Julius Caesar stood with the provincial XIII legion on the northern bank of the river Rubicon. The river divided the province of Gaul from Italy proper, which prohibited, on pain of death, any provincial general entering with troops under command.
Facing death or glory, Caesar decided that it was a point of no return. Allegedly uttering the legendary phrase " alea iacta est " (the die is cast), he crossed the river with his men. The audacity of this dramatic move caused his political enemies, including Pompey, to flee Rome, contributing to Caesar's eventual victory in the civil war.
Why is Ireland facing a similarly crucial decision?
The central concept of the EU was hatched covertly in the late 1940s mainly by French and German leaders. The aim was to create a single super state to compete on equal terms with the United States and the former Soviet Union. Apparently, key founding fathers, such as Jean Claude Monet, felt that the forces of nationalism were too powerful to be faced head-on. They urged small incremental steps camouflaged by deception and subterfuge.
The innocuous-sounding European Coal and Steel Community evolved into the European Economic Community, into the European Common Market, then the European Economic Union and finally into today's European Union. Each subtle step was accompanied by a panoply of official lies, duplicity and deception.
Democracy was trampled underfoot mercilessly whenever it threatened progress. Today, even members of the European Parliament are censured officially for expressing "embarrassing" disagreement with the "European Dream." The introduction of a single currency, the euro, was conceived as crucial to forcing economic and thereby political European union by stealth. Some observers foresee that, as the far most powerful nation, Germany effectively will run the European Union, fulfilling its century-long dreams of empire.
Unwittingly, Ireland became a pawn in this ruthless superpower game.
Possessing much infertile land, Ireland was downgraded to relative poverty by the agricultural revolution. But her people fought successfully for independence. Initially, the EU regarded Ireland as a less-developed area. Massive EU grants allowed rapid development. Wisely, Ireland held down its tax rates, encouraging high inward private investment. However, as the EU expanded into the former Soviet Union, other more undeveloped countries benefitted from EU largess, funded largely by Germany and Great Britain. Less money flowed to Ireland.
Initially, the Irish people voted down membership of the euro. But their vote was reversed under EU pressure. The same undemocratic reversal happened when Ireland voted against the new superpower Lisbon Treaty. As in England, the Irish Parliament encouraged the surrender of national freedoms for no apparent benefit.
To its great credit, Ireland ran a fiscal surplus and incurred little debt. However, when the German-dominated ECB ran a low-cost, easy-money policy to rescue the German economy from slump, it sparked massive speculation in Ireland. The Irish banks played leading roles. With the current downturn, the Irish banks became insolvent, threatening to bankrupt their country.
The EZ/ECB rescue package has been ordered, not to help the Irish people, but to rescue international banks. The draconian price is effective EU control over Ireland's economy -- threatening Ireland with severe austerity and increases in its inconveniently competitive tax rates. Arrogant EU officials announced these conditions even before the Irish PM could inform his people.
If Irish parliamentarians reject the EZ/ECB offer, they will regain some hard-won freedoms by being forced out of the Euro Zone. That, in turn, might threaten the euro. The stakes are awesome. Ireland is at the Rubicon.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States. FDR labeled it "a date which will live in infamy." In two days, Ireland faces a stealth attack on its national sovereignty. If Ireland's politicians yield to the tyrannical terms of the EZ/ECB financing, Dec. 7, 2010, risks also being remembered in Ireland as a date of infamy.