Revolt brews in France
as this story in today’s NY Sun states. The story also explains the revolt’s ramifications.
Normally Americans would be tempted to treat all this with indifference, if we were to treat it at all, but it seems that the approaching referendum is not unrelated to America. According to the Economist magazine, the Socialist Party in France selected the following billboard slogan: “Yes to a strong Europe facing the USA,” and the magazine quotes a deputy from Monsieur Chirac’s own party as quipping that a good yes line might be, “A no vote to Europe is a yes to Bush.” It has more than a little element of truth, owing to overlap between the factions pushing for the European Constitution and the factions opposing Mr. Bush’s strategy in the war on terror, including the liberator of Iraq.
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We say that well aware of the history of barbarism among the Europeans, whose lands are dotted with graveyards to those who died for the monarchies and bigotries that have gone on the march every few decades. We understand that the idea of a European union was animated partly by the hope of, finally, conquering the savage strain among the Europeans from which so many here in America barely escaped. But plowing through the nearly 200 pages of the European Constitution, one can’t help but sense that the whole enterprise has become a contraption much like the United Nations, one that is, in the end, going to be a disappointment and a cover for a new round of mischief. If the French vote “non” the bet here is that it won’t be only the French people who will sigh with relief.
Last Friday The Economist was saying,
The members of the constitutional convention, after some debate, omitted any reference to God in the preamble. They might now be regretting that decision, as it looks like the constitution may need a miracle.
EU Referendum predicts “that a referendum in the UK of the EU constitution is highly unlikely if the French vote “no” on 29 May.”