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Libya: Yet another example of EU impotence.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 8, 2011 in European Union |

The most expensive movie set extras ever? The United States spends about €500 billion a year on defence. It surprises a lot of people, but the EU collectively spends around €200 billion, nearly four times what China spends. Yet look at our dicking around over a No-Fly Zone over Libya.

Do we think it is wrong that a despot is using airstrikes against his own people? Oh Yes, as the insurance selling dog said. No one does moral indignation like Europe does. But not enough to put our pilots or our soldiers at risk. 

Do we think we should do something about it? Possibly, but let’s try and talk it out long enough that it’ll be too late to actually help anyone, and Gadaffi will be secure once again.

Do we think we can actually do something about it militarily, having spent €200 billion on defence, without asking the Americans? Or are the Eurofighter and the Mirage just for show? Do we actually spend billions on defence just to provide a handsome looking backdrop for Sarko is preen against on Bastille Day? Tricky one this.

Of course, the Irish attitude sums up the EU attitude perfectly. Terrible and all as it is, what’s it to do with us? Someone else (the Americans) should deal with it. But we reserve the right to be sanctimonious about how they deal with it. Are there other options? Well there’s always this. Sorry, by the way, for becoming one of those bloggers who quotes himself, but I’m too lazy to rewrite.

Sometimes, though, I wonder would it just make more sense to just pay the Americans protection money. 

4 Comments

The Oncoming Storm
Mar 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

Your blog just sums up the contradictions in the EU, it wants all the trappings of superpowerdom but it is allergic to using hard power for fear of the domestic reaction. So it falls back on the old reliables of conferences, resolutions and that old cavities sanctions, which as Rhodesia, South Africa, Iraq and Burma should have taught us take years to have any impact and even then it’s on the poorest in society who you are claiming to be helping. The elites are always able to pay the premium for contraband.

You can sum up national approaches to diplomacy like this;

Annoy the Americans and they’ll send 5 Nimitz class carries and a wing of B-52′s to take your economy back to the Stone Age overnight,

Annoy the Russians and they’ll cut off your gas leaving you to die of hypothermia and starvation,

Annoy the Chinese and they’ll fry your phone system with a cyber attack,

Annoy the Europeans and they’ll write you a letter, a very nasty letter!!


 
The Oncoming Storm
Mar 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

Sorry that should be ” that old reliable sanctions…”

Damn autospell!


 
david morris
Mar 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Hang on, that letter will be signed by Baroness (sorry, that should be Cathy) Ashton.
I’ll bet that makes every unelected dictator tremble in their bedsocks…….

Kind regards


 
Jason O
Mar 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

Just once I’d love to see the EU bomb the crap out of one of these bastards. Just once.


 

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