The European Union is unique among the nations of history. Most governing bodies are built around a culture and language that is shared amongst the people they rule, which is then followed by a shared system of laws, courts, defense forces, currency etc. Or, in the case of an empire, the system hinges upon military dominance, which then enforces those conditions on every culture it can gobble up.
But the European Union is the only nation (to my knowledge) that attempted to use monetary and economic policy (the Euro) to unite a diverse set of culture, before turning into a real government in its own right. The only thing missing from the EU, is its own standing army. While each EU nation has a military, they still exercise some degree of sovereignty over their defense forces (at least on paper).
The European Commission chief has called for the creation of an “EU joint army” that would “react credibly” to any external threat and defend the bloc’s “values.” While the UK and France are wary it could undermine NATO, Germany has backed the idea.
“An army like this would help us to better coordinate our foreign and defense policies, and to collectively take on Europe’s responsibilities in the world,” the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview to Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
He added the EU’s image “has suffered dramatically and also in terms of foreign policy, we don’t seem to be taken entirely seriously.”
“A joint EU army would show the world that there would never again be a war between EU countries,” Juncker said.
Of course, this has nothing to do with creating a peaceful European superstate. It has everything to do countering Russia, and expanding the economic and military influence of Brussels.
“You would not create a European army to use it immediately,” Juncker said. “But a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union.”
Juncker’s proposal has been supported in Germany, where last month Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen also spoke of an EU army, calling it the main goal for the bloc.
In her comment on Junker’s proposal, she told Deutschlandfunk radio station that a “European army is the future.”
I can’t help but draw a comparison to the United States. When our Constitution was ratified, I wonder how many colonists, who at the time were wary of standing armies, expected their fledgling nation to one day become a global military superpower? Likewise, I wonder how many Europeans supported the EU, and never expected it to expand beyond an economic block. It just goes to show you that no government starts and ends as a minor endeavor. You give them an inch, and they will eventually take a mile.
But I digress. Besides countering Russia, this appears to be Europe’s subtle attempt at undermining American power. It’s no secret that many Europeans are getting fed up with America’s meddling on the continent. The situation in Ukraine has created a serious rift between Western Europe and the United States, which probably started with the whole “Fuck the EU” fiasco last year.
It’s become painfully clear to every European leader, that America does not view them as equals. They are mere vassal states to the American empire, and they must do as they’re told.
However, the leaders of Europe don’t want to be a cog of the American empire. They want their own empire. And with the exception of France and Britain, they don’t much care for NATO, which is so thoroughly dominated by the United States, that it acts as nothing more than America’s Eurasian war dog.
Though these two forces share a common enemy with Russia, they want to deal with Putin on their own terms. Countries like Germany derive a third of their energy needs from Russia, as do many other European nations. So war is really not in their best interest. While the US sits thousands of miles away, gleefully positioning its pawns on the chessboard of Eastern Europe, and practically begging for another world war, it’s the people of Western and Central Europe that will face the wrath of Russia. They’ve been there and done that before, and I don’t think they’re ready for another round.
It appears that the EU feels it is better suited to taking on the role of NATO. They want to defend their economic block against Russia, but they know there’s a chance that war can be avoided. The US on the other hand, is treating World War Three as a foregone conclusion.
But no matter what happens, the common people of Europe are going to lose. When it’s all said and done, they will either be dominated by America, the European Union, or by Russia. That is the real foregone conclusion.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple,where this first appeared. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.