Boris Johnson on the EU:
“The whole thing began with the Roman Empire,” he says. “I wrote a book on this subject, and I think it’s probably right. The truth is that the history of the last couple of thousand years has been broadly repeated attempts by various people or institutions – in a Freudian way – to rediscover the lost childhood of Europe, this golden age of peace and prosperity under the Romans, by trying to unify it. Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically,” he says.
“The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods. But fundamentally what it is lacking is the eternal problem, which is that there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe. There is no single authority that anybody respects or understands. That is causing this massive democratic void.”
Boris Johnson is being accused of hyperbole for comparing the EU to Adolf Hitler’s plan for Europe (because invoking the threat of a new world war if Britain leaves the EU, as David Cameron did, is completely reasonable).
The pro-Brexit Tory MP said that both Napoleon and the Nazi leader failed at unification and that the EU was “an attempt to do this by different methods”.
According to Donald Tusk, the European Council President, the former Mayor of London “crossed the boundaries” by making the comparison.
Pro-Remain campaigner Lord Heseltine labeled Johnson’s remarks “preposterous” and “obscene”.
However, Boris Johnson is completely correct.
The European Union is basically what the Nazis envisaged for the continent post World War 2.
In his 1940 book The European Community, Nazi Economics Minister and war criminal Walther Funk wrote about the need to create a “Central European Union” and “European Economic Area” arguing, “There must be a readiness to subordinate one’s own interests in certain cases to those of [the EC].”
Nazi academic Heinrich Hunke wrote, “Classic national economy..is dead…community of fate which is the European economy…fate and extent of European co-operation depends on a new unity economic plan”.
Fellow Nazi Gustav Koenig observed, “We have a real European Community task before us…I am convinced that this Community effort will last beyond the end of the war.”
Other top Nazis who called for the creation of a pan-European federal economic superstate include Ribbentrop, Quisling and Seyss-Inquart, who spoke of “The new Europe of solidarity and co-operation among all its people… will find…rapidly increasing prosperity once national economic boundaries are removed.”
In 1940, Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels ordered the creation of the “large-scale economic unification of Europe,” believing that “in fifty years’ time [people would] no longer think in terms of countries.”
Just 53 years later, the European Union in its current form was established.
The European Union always was a CIA project, as Brexiteers discover
It was Washington that drove European integration in the late 1940s, and funded it covertly under the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
While irritated at times, the US has relied on the EU ever since as the anchor to American regional interests alongside NATO.
There has never been a divide-and-rule strategy…
The Schuman Declaration that set the tone of Franco-German reconciliation – and would lead by stages to the European Community – was cooked up by the US Secretary of State Dean Acheson at a meeting in Foggy Bottom. “It all began in Washington,” said Robert Schuman’s chief of staff.
It was the Truman administration that browbeat the French to reach a modus vivendi with Germany in the early post-War years, even threatening to cut off US Marshall aid at a furious meeting with recalcitrant French leaders they resisted in September 1950.
Truman’s motive was obvious. The Yalta settlement with the Soviet Union was breaking down. He wanted a united front to deter the Kremlin from further aggrandizement after Stalin gobbled up Czechoslovakia, doubly so after Communist North Korea crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the South.
For British eurosceptics, Jean Monnet looms large in the federalist pantheon, the emminence grise of supranational villainy. Few are aware that he spent much of his life in America, and served as war-time eyes and ears of Franklin Roosevelt.
General Charles de Gaulle thought him an American agent, as indeed he was in a loose sense. Eric Roussel’s biography of Monnet reveals how he worked hand in glove with successive administrations…
In a sense these papers are ancient history. What they show is that the American ‘deep state’ was in up to its neck. We can argue over whether Boris Johnson crossed a line last week by dredging up President Barack Obama’s “part-Kenyan ancestry”, but the cardinal error was to suppose that Mr Obama’s trade threat had anything to do with the ordeals of his grandfather in a Mau Mau prison camp. It was American foreign policy boilerplate.
So there you have it: the EU is based on a Nazi blueprint – but it was also a CIA plot.
But I think that the point that Boris was really making was that for the past 1500 years since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there have been repeated unsuccessful attempts to reproduce it: Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon, Hitler, and now the EU.
I have a signed copy of Boris’ book on the matter: The Dream of Rome.
I have no idea which way next month’s UK referendum will go. For a while the Leave campaign was in front, but now the Remain campaign seems to be winning. For myself, regardless of the way the vote goes, I don’t think this latest EU attempt to reconstruct the Roman empire will fare any better than any of the previous attempts.