April 6, 2009
Last Sunday I have watched in disbelief the BBC debate between Declan Ganley, the founder of Libertas, and MEP Richard Corbett. The way Libertas tells it on their site, Mr Corbett was “savaged” by the would-be saviour of European democracy, i.e. Mr Ganley. As I saw it, the British MEP was barely allowed to reply to the diatribes and vicious attacks coming his way from an over-inflamed debater. Most of the arguments he used against the European Parliament and Commission are, to be sure, hogwash.
Before the debate got on its way, the BBC introduced Ganley as a possible CIA man and Pentagon partner in Europe. This aroused my curiosity. The following day, I did some research and found that Ganley is far more familiar with Washington – where he flies regularly to attend to his business dealings involving the supply of sophisticated early-warning equipment to the US Army’s Northern Command – than with Brussels. In the ’90’s, Ganley was involved in business ventures in Latvia and Bulgaria, where he made his first millions. These days he lives in Ireland with his American-born wife and devotes large sums of money to promoting Irish talent abroad and to fighting the Lisbon Treaty.
If the BBC’s comments about Ganley’s CIA and Pentagon connections are correct, this means that the US are actively undermining the EU’s political integration process by proxy. For a while now, American officials have engaged in divisive strategies in Europe, pitching the political leadership of new member countries – such as Czech, Polish and on occasion Romanian – against that of more powerful, Western European countries, on issues such as European enlargement, monetary union or military interventions.
During the ’50’s and ’60’s, the US have contributed economically and politically to making the European Union work and prosper. Since the ’80’s, however, the Americans have started to act against the better interests of their European partners, preventing the Union from maturing politically, diplomatically and militarily. Such policies have a lot to do with a mistaken belief that the US can play the same role for Western civilisation that the Roman Empire did two thousand years ago. I have diagnosed that development in the 1990’s and wrote an article, “De nobis fabula narratur”, which is included in my eBook “Who’s Afraid of the Euro ?”. Treating the European Union more like a competitor than a partner is downright wrong and could have unforeseen, boomerang consequences for the US officials involved in this.
Nor is that all. Between 1997 and 1999, I have witnessed firsthand how quite a few American researchers and bankers fought a rearguard battle to quash the euro before it got off the ground. This is one more reason why I’m inclined to believe the allegations about Ganley aired by the BBC. In any case, my advice to would-be sympathisers of Libertas within the EU is to think twice about joining, or better give it a miss altogether.Florian Pantazi