May 09, 2005
Margot’s speech as reported in the Telegraph seems very odd. Apparently if the Constitution isn’t signed then all the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals and Disabled get herded into the gas chambers. Anyone got a link to the full text of the speech? Similarly, a link to the Commissioners’ press release would be appreciated. It’s not up on the main EU site yet.
Update: From Margot’s Press Officer I have a full text of the speech.
"We also came to this terrible point in our history through nationalistic pride and greed, and through international rivalry for wealth and power. It was precisely to put an end to such rivalry that the European Union was born – the first ever supranational organisation in which sovereign nations voluntarily share their sovereignty.
European nations may well disagree over all kinds of issues – but instead of fighting we now sit round a table and discuss them until we reach an agreement. It means a lot of compromises, but it works!
Yet there are those today who want to scrap the supranational idea. They want the European Union to go back to the old purely inter-governmental way of doing things.
I say those people should come to Terezin and see where that old road leads.
We rejoice today at the ending of the Second World War and all its horrors.
We celebrate 60 years of peace – but we must never take peace for granted.
Each generation of Europeans must renew our collective resolve never again to allow war and enmity to come between us.
Nor must we allow intolerance, xenophobia and antisemitism to rear their ugly heads in our midst today."
So Margot was the victim of, shall we say. selective editing. She was also guilty of some pretty silly statements. As the European Union was born in 1992 the fact that there were no camps in the free and independent nation states for the previous 47 years and yet there were camps in those countries that were part of a supra-national entity.....well, it doesn’t really seem to support her contention. She also does seem to be making the general point that she is accused of, that only the EU, that sharing of sovereignty, can rid us of the horrors resultant from nationalism....that is, the very horrors of the camp that she is speaking on the site of.
One final point:
"but it works!"
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Tracked on May 9, 2005 10:07:15 AM
It seems the main lesson she has learned from the Second World War is that taught by Dr Goebbels - tell lies repeatedly and as big as possible.
Posted by: David Wildgoose | May 9, 2005 9:49:11 AM
This is that the same EU which subsidises Palestinians in such a way that money might well leak out to terrorists who blow up Jewish children in Israel: or is it some other EU?
Posted by: dearieme | May 9, 2005 11:26:05 AM
You've heard of Godwin's Law right? Anyone who mentions Nazis or the Holocaust to win an argument automatically loses. Full explanation here.
tim adds: Well, not quite Godwin’s Law states that as the length of a Usenet post grows, the probability of someone making reference to the Nazis approaches one. But I take your point. Eurosceptics as Nazis is not a happy argument.
Posted by: EasyJetsetter | May 9, 2005 12:07:30 PM
We are not only Nazi's but according to the Dutch we are thretening a new Balkans crisis across the EU, and according to one French commentator on TF1 a couple of weeks ago we will stop the search for a cure for aids.
Nazi's is nuffink
Posted by: Elaib | May 10, 2005 11:52:45 AM
"Yet there are those today who want to scrap the supranational idea. They want the European Union to go back to the old purely inter-governmental way of doing things.
I say those people should come to Terezin and see where that old road leads."
The argument by insinuation is clear enough, in my opinion.
Posted by: valachus | May 10, 2005 2:06:02 PM
Posted by: Elaib | May 10, 2005 3:13:51 PM
Guess her infamous speech shows some desperation among the Kommission...
Hopefully Sweden will get it's chanse to vote "No" in a referendum.
Posted by: Anders | May 12, 2005 10:47:22 PM