(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)
Making a permanent impression since 1994
September 30, 2002
A plea to the Irish to save civilization again
By Kieran Holland
Last summer, in the only national
referendum on the Nice Treaty that would make it easier to enlarge the European
Union, the people of
You would naturally assume that the June
7 vote was the end of that.
But it isn’t.
The present administration of
The reason we must vote “Yes” on the
second referendum day, Oct. 19, is so our eastern European neighbours can be
admitted to the union, supporters say.
Those nations, which once lay behind the
iron curtain, are vying for membership so they can enjoy the benefits that
In the 1970s, Ireland joined the Union
and from there on was given billions in aid to resurrect our outdated
infrastructure, free trade got rolling and we were given enormous sums to help
build up our own industries to bring Ireland up to the standard of the other
None of this has been done, by the way.
Thanks to years of incompetence by
successive Irish governments,
The government’s goal was the “quick
So instead of building up Irish
industry, leaders wasted millions trying to attract foreign multi-nationals.
Instead of properly building a good transportation system, they spent a menial
proportion of European Union grants on infrastructure updates.
But the Nice Treaty – signed in the
As Romano Prodi, president of the
European Commission has said, “Legally, ratification of the nice treaty is not
necessary for enlargement. It’s without any problem up to 20 members, and
those beyond 20 members have only to put in the accession agreement, some notes
of change, and some clause. But legally, it’s not necessary. This doesn’t
mean that the Irish referendum isn’t important. But from this specific point
of view, enlargement is possible without Nice.”
When the Irish people rejected the
treaty, they were denounced as “selfish, narrow sighted, ungrateful” by
foreign ministers and prime ministers throughout
How could the Irish, those people who
most benefited from the E.U. not allow others to join in on the fun? Because the
Nice Treaty isn’t really about enlargement.
The underlying reality is that the Nice
Treaty is about changing the way the E.U. operates.
Right now, all member states have an
equal say. However, with the Nice Treaty, that will change.
The larger nations like
The interests of small nations, just
like the interests of the Irish people on the treaty itself, will be
conveniently ignored. From there on, the E.U. will be governed in favor of
This transfer of power is alarming.
It’s a contradiction of the initial
purpose of the E.U., to cooperate together in harmonious unity and end the
Yet here, the Nice Treaty is erecting
the very divisions that allowed two world wars to happen in the last century.
So why is this happening? What do the
French and Germans plan to do with the increase of power?
They plan to coerce every other E.U.
nation into the “United States of Europe.”
This wouldn’t be a bad thing, this “U.S.E.”
if it was built fairly and with the full consent and cooperation of all the
members, but it’s not.
The United States of Europe concept
built by the Nice Treaty would be founded on inequality.
The reason that other nations have to be
coerced, with whatever means necessary, is because those with the power will
exploit the smaller nations.
Just as kings and kaisers had done in
the 18th and 19th century, chancellors and presidents will do in the 21st
century if the treaty goes through.
Instead of member states, Ireland,
Greece and the rest of Eastern Europe, will become economic colonies, subject to
the desires of the Big 2 - Germany and France.
Ireland, after a long and bitter
struggle, won her independence from the U.K. in 1921.
Now in 2002, if we go along the treaty
terms, we will blindly enter our hands into chains and once again become a
What those in control of the United
States of Europe plan to do after they have finally dominated and enslaved all
other nations is anyone’s guess.
Most likely they’ll start World War
III, in an attempt to further subjugate other peoples across the globe.
If the Nice Treaty is accepted on Oct.
19, the final nail will be struck in coffin of the E.U.
The salvation of democracy is in the
hands of the Irish people.
Holland lives in Portloaise, Ireland
and attends secondary school at Ballyfin College.