Another Blow to the NWO

"The Irish People have Spoken. Lisbon is Dead"

Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly . . . All the earlier proposals will be in the new text, but will be hidden and disguised in some way.

— V.Giscard D’Estaing, Le Monde, June 14, 2007

Irish voters delivered a knockout punch to European elites and corporatists last Friday by rejecting plans for an EU Superstate. The so-called Lisbon Treaty was nothing more than a dolled-up version of the failed European Constitution that was defeated by French and Dutch voters in 2005. The treaty was loaded with the typical “democratic” gobbledygook to conceal the vicious neoliberal policies at its heart. If it had passed, the treaty would have paved the way for greater privatization of public services, diminished workers rights, less state control over trade policies and civil liberties, and an aggressive plan to militarize Europe. Ireland’s entire political and corporate class stood solidly behind the treaty, but the Irish people shrugged off the fear-mongering and bogus promises of prosperity and voted No. The referendum results showed 53.4% voted No, while 46.6% voted Yes. Despite the massive public relations campaign; the vote was not even that close.

A spokesperson for the No campaign put it like this:

“The Irish people have spoken. Contrary to the predictions of social and political turmoil, we believe that hundreds of millions of people across Europe will welcome the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. This vote shows the gulf that exists between the politicians and the elites of Europe, and the opinions of the people. As in France and the Netherlands, the political leaders and the establishment have done everything they could to push this through — and they have failed. The proposals to further reduce democracy, to militarize the EU and to let private business take over public services have been rejected. Lisbon is dead. Along with the EU Constitution from which it came, it should now be buried.” (Socialist Worker online)

Europe’s political class tried to ratify the treaty via a stealth campaign which intentionally obscured the implications of the new regime that would be put in place. Former Irish Taoiseach, Dr. Garret FitzGerald, summed it up like this in the Irish Times on June 30, 2007:

“The most striklng change (between the EU Constitution in its older and newer version) is perhaps that in order to enable some governments to reassure their electorates that the changes will have no constitutional implications, the idea of a new and simpler treaty containing all the provisions governing the Union has now been dropped in favour of a huge series of individual amendments to two existing treaties. Virtual incomprehensibilty has thus replaced simplicity as the key approach to EU reform. As for the changes now proposed to be made to the constitutional treaty, most are presentational changes that have no practical effect. They have simply been designed to enable certain heads of government to sell to their people the idea of ratification by parliamentary action rather than by referendum.”

Hmmm. In other words, European policymakers figured the only way they could pass the pro-business treaty was to make it as unreadable as possible. It’s no wonder, too. According to multiple sources, the treaty contains language that would restore the death penalty and override national decision-making on critical issues. So much for sovereignty!

The observations of blogger Paul from Dublin seemed to epitomize the feelings of a great number of people who expressed deep suspicions over the agenda behind the treaty:

“I am also deeply concerned at the direction the EU is going. Whereas it seemed originally to be an idealistic and benevolent project for Europe, accentuating all that was best about Europe, in recent times it seems to have fallen into the hands of the globalist gangster capitalist cabal of neo liberals, following the US philosophy of everyman for himself, and the devil take the hindmost.

I also discovered some very sinister organisations none of which the mainstream media informed us about. Organisations such as the Transatlantic Economic Council, the Transatlintic Policy Network & the Streit Council, which seeks a union between the US and Europe, and whose agenda is clearly a political as well as an economic union. In the fall 2007 journal of that body, a world bank economist said that you could not have economic integration without political integration.”

Whether Paul is right to be skeptical or not is beside the point. The truth is that many Europeans think that the EU no longer operates in the best interests of the people. Clearly, this had a dramatic affect on the election’s results.

News of the defeat has not been well received in England where the neoliberal government of Gordon Brown has already indicated that it will reject the election results and “press ahead” in an effort to ratify the treaty. Neither Brown nor his friends in Brussels are likely to be deterred by anything as trivial as the will of the people. Labour MP and former Europe Minister Denis MacShane summed it up like this:

“I personally think that a vote in a foreign country should not determine the democratic decisions taken in the British Parliament.”

MacShane’s view is apparently shared by EC President Jose Manuel Barroso who said that EU member states should continue ratifying the Lisbon treaty even though more than half of Ireland’s 43 constituencies rejected it outright. So much for democracy.

Also, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement Friday saying they hoped the remaining countries would continue the ratification process:

“We are convinced that the reforms contained in the treaty of Lisbon are necessary to make Europe more democratic and more efficient.”

The No vote makes matters particularly difficult for Sarkozy who is scheduled to take over the EU’s rotating presidency next month and was hoping to beef up Europe’s military capability while making big changes to the EU’s immigration policies. The failed referendum will derail the French president’s plans to play a bigger role in the war on terror or to help out in security operations in Afghanistan, Africa or Asia. In the final analysis, the No vote will hurt Washington as much as Euro-elites who were hoping for a blank check for more “free market” looting and foreign adventurism.

Brussels Plan: “Quarantine the Irish”

According to the UK Guardian: “Germany and France moved to isolate Ireland in the European Union yesterday, scrambling for ways to resuscitate the Lisbon Treaty a day after the Irish dealt the architects of the EU’s new regime a crushing blow.Refusing to take Ireland’s ‘no’ for an answer, politicians in Berlin and Paris prepared for a crucial EU summit in Brussels this week by trying to ringfence the Irish while demanding that the treaty be ratified by the rest of the EU.

The Franco-German plan is to get all 27 EU states to ratify the treaty as soon as possible, to quarantine the Irish and then come up with some legal maneuver enabling the treaty to go ahead.

“We’re sticking firmly to our goal of putting this treaty into effect,” said German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “So the process of ratification must continue.” Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who devoted most of last year to getting the EU’ members to agree on the Lisbon Treaty after the failure of the EU’s proposed new constitution in 2005, said: ‘We must carry on.'” (“EU tries to isolate Irish after Treaty rejection,” UK Guardian)

The Luck of the Irish

The Irish have plenty to celebrate today. They’ve thrown a spanner in the plans of the bankers and corporate mandarins who want to replace representative government and national sovereignty with their own skewed vision of Capitalist Valhalla; a Euro-Utopia where short-term profits always take priority over the needs of ordinary people.

Bravo, Ireland.

* Quotes from here.

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Mike.

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  1. hp said on June 17th, 2008 at 8:55am #

    Three cheers for the Irish!

  2. rjones2818 said on June 17th, 2008 at 10:16am #

    God(s) love the Irish!

  3. Edwin Pell said on June 17th, 2008 at 10:47am #

    Yes, three cheers for the Irish.

    Why doesn’t the EU just cut out Ireland and continue on their merry way?

    Or they could do the U.S. thing and impose sanctions on Ireland and no fly zones, freeze their bank accounts, limit the amount of food they can import, do some random bombing, etc…

  4. Richard Parvey said on June 17th, 2008 at 11:09am #

    If only Americans had the balls of the Irish we could stop this fascist trend and hold these creeps accountable for the damage they have already done. When did the U.S. lose it’s capacity for critical thought?
    Wow! “America’s got Talent” is sure to be a hit.
    still hopeful,
    a disgruntled american

  5. bozhidar balkas said on June 17th, 2008 at 12:18pm #

    it had been noticeably to me that the plutocrats in europe have been striving to do to own and alien people what US had been doing for a long time.
    i’m very glad irish said no to these bastards. i’m both the Leftist and the Rightist.
    since we will always have more talented people than others i think it is ok for them to make more money as long as they don’t become politically stronger than the rest of us.
    nat., i’d prefer we all make same money, but we can’t force more talented to accept this premise.
    so, in this regard, i’m a rightist. thank u

  6. Giorgio said on June 17th, 2008 at 12:48pm #

    Yes, that huge tome of jargon, the Lisbon Treaty, got a body blow from the Irish!

    But this won’t stop the relentless march of that Zer0 POINT. Zero Zer0 Zero Zero Zero ONE per CENT, the world’s Super Elites, to eventually turn the infinitely lage majority of this word’s Humankind into their abject playground: to exploit, abuse and nuke to their heart’s content by whichever means is the most profitable….

    This is the Grand Democracy being shoved down one’s throat where One Elitist vote has the weight of TEN MILLION votes from the rest of us.

    This is why I’m a great admirer of that medical doctor and congressman
    Ron Paul who is dead against such megalomaniac schemes. As an obstetrician he has delivered over 4000 babies.



  7. hp said on June 17th, 2008 at 12:52pm #

    Anyone who grew up milking cows on a dairy farm in Pa. can’t be all bad.

  8. Arch Stanton said on June 17th, 2008 at 12:55pm #

    Think globally, act Irishly (?)

  9. bozhidar balkas said on June 17th, 2008 at 1:23pm #

    what is happening to us, the unwashe, would have never happened had yahweh not slai n baal, the best god one could ever have.
    instead we r stuck w. yahweh god, and the devil.
    i do not know which of the 3 gods is nuttier, vainglorious, stupid, bloodthirsty but all 3 r cauisng us much trouble. thanx

  10. Michael Kenny said on June 17th, 2008 at 1:34pm #

    First of all, the idea that the Lisbon Treaty had anything to do with creating “an EU Superstate” is utterly absurd, although the underlying idea of squaring up to the US is undoubtedly positive. US neocon propaganda (which US “progressives” always seem to swallow unquestioningly!) has presented the thing as such, but even if the Constution, never mind Lisbon, had been adopted, it would have changed very little. 90% of what was in the treaty is already in effect or will come into effect very shortly by virtue of earlier treaties. 90%of the rest can be enacted into law without the need for a treaty. About the only thing we will not have is the presidency, his superfluous excellency, as Ben Franklin said. The only loser there is Tony Blair, who had his eye on the presidency! And, of course, since all the EU institutions are functioning very smoothly, it’s hard to see why any “reform” is needed at all.

    Beyond that preliminary point, what Mr Whitney says is essentially correct but he only vaguely grasps the “own goal” that US neocons have scored against themselves. Let me count the ways.

    – The whole idea of meddling in the vote was to hamstring the EU, but that has not happened. The defeat of the Constitution had no negative effect, so why should the watered down version cause any problem?
    – The Lisbon Treaty was the brainchild of Sarkoky, “pro-American” in neocon mythology. It was supported by Blair, Brown, Merkel and others of the same ilk. The neocons have humiliated every EU politician who was even vaguely friendly to the US!
    – The Irish were opposed principally to the US-imposed militarisation of the EU and, like the French, to US-imposed globalisation. A referendum in almost any other Member State would have gone the same way. Thus, the idea the Irish are “isolated” is just not true. Thus, instead of suppressing opposition, the Irish “no” has re-animated it, and on the very themes that the neocons were trying to avoid!
    – Libertas, the main “no” organisation, and its leader, a certain Declan Ganley, born in England (sic!), resident in NY (sic!) and a US military contractor (sic!), are in serious trouble with the law for refusing to reveal the sources of Libertas’s financing, contrary to Irish law. Rumour has it that the money came from US military and intelligence sources and that Ganley is a man of straw for some nasty neocon (if you’ll pardon the redundancy!) think tank. He is also said to have connections to some very nasty people in Russia. Libertas is currently being investigated and the whole thing will probably end up in court but if even a fraction of this is true, the US will be seriously discredited in Europe and, on top of all that, Vladimir Putin will be proved right as regards the sinister activities of US-funded NGOs, meddling in European democracy and openly flouting our laws!
    – The new Irish PM, Brian Cowan, has been humiliated and he will want to shift the blame for the debacle. The obvious victim is Ganley and his American backers. Rich foreigners steamrolling us and, even worse, Irishmen who take the foreigners’ money are old themes in Irish politics. The “yes” camp, Cowan in the lead, will jump at it, many of the “no” people will be furious at the idea that they were manipulated. It will take years for the current investigation to play out, with the full gamut of hearings and court cases.

    In other words, US neocons have shot themselves in the foot several times over!

    What will happen now? Well, nothing, in fact! Everybody is shouting their heads off for the moment but when they cool down, they’ll realise that all the various suggestions are cures worse than the disease. It took three years to get from the French to the Irish referendum. I would guess little enough will happen for a few years. Anything that can be enacted by legislation will be (quietly!) and the rest will be left to one side.

    One thing it does prove though: the EU is VERY democratic! Ireland is inside and it stops the EU in its tracks. Serbia is outside and it gets crushed under the American jackboot! Q.E.D.

  11. D.R. Munro said on June 18th, 2008 at 6:23am #

    I think this is a case of the battle has been won, but clearly not the war.

    So, for today, well done Irish public. For tomorrow, though, we’ll have to see. “Capitalist gangsters” are not known to take defeat likely.

  12. Lloyd Rowsey said on June 18th, 2008 at 7:14am #

    FYI, Sunil et al.

    “Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday or holiday observance in 26 states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas; for more than a century, the state of Texas was the primary home of Juneteenth celebrations.”


  13. Don said on June 20th, 2008 at 6:02pm #

    The proud Irish can stand tall. Hopefully we in the U.S. can stand tall and somehow block the N.A.U.

  14. Me said on September 8th, 2008 at 12:53pm #

    Thank God… Now we just need to start undoing all of these other constraints on our liberty and national sovereignty…

  15. Me said on September 8th, 2008 at 12:54pm #

    Oh and Don… I wish you luck but feel that the N.A.U will come whatever… The US won’t stop just because the people don’t want it… You guys are in far more trouble than we are currently. Least it seems that way?