Thursday, January 31, 2008

Historically Speaking, It’s Par for the Course

It must be something in the water. On the most basic level, very few European politicos are aware of their false modesty, their unsubstantiated claims of having some sort of superlative humanism, and their hypocritical criticism of any other culture’s notion of having rights or the state of their political freedom.

I have come to expect hypersensitivity to criticism, flouting of rules, intolerance of dissent, authoritarianism. But nothing had prepared me for such blatancy.

Hans-Gert openly admitted that the behaviour of his Euro-sceptic opponents was within the rules. And he wasn’t asking to change those rules – a procedure that would take time. No, he simply wanted permission to disregard them. Permission was duly granted, by 20 committee votes to 3.
Never mind what they say, watch what they do. Their impulse is toward despotism. Next thing you’ll know, they’ll get nostalgic for a pogrom.

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