In June 2008 Sinn Fein made a submission to the Irish Government on reforms to the Lisbon treaty. Some of the suggestions are interesting. They suggest, for example, that national parliament should elect (And recall) commissioners, which is an interesting if flawed idea. But some suggestions, however, leap off the page in terms of how Sinn Fein view the World. Consider this amendment they suggest:
1. The tasks referred to in Article 28 A(1), in the course of which the Union may use civilian and military means, shall include joint disarmament operations, humanitarian and rescue tasks, military advice and assistance tasks, conflict prevention and peacekeepingtasks, tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peace-makingand post-conflict stabilisation. All these tasks may contribute to the fight against terrorism, including by supporting third countries in combating terrorism in their territories. All these tasks may contribute to conflict resolution.
The scorethrough is by Sinn Fein, and the red is a proposed amendment. Why would they be so opposed to the EU fighting terrorism? Or does the suggested phrase about conflict resolution tell us everything we need to know? That the Omagh or Madrid or 9/11 bombers are not “terrorists” but just misunderstood individuals whom need to have their internal turmoils “resolved”?
By the way, you know the way Sinn Fein talk about small countries being bullied by the EU? Check out this proposal:
7. If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have consider towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. This shall not prejudice the specific character of the security and defence policy of certain neutral or non-aligned Member States. Commitments and cooperation in this area shall be consistent with commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which, for those States which are members of it, remains the foundation of their collective defence and the forum for its implementation.
So, Sinn Fein is telling Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, three small newly free nations like Ireland, who joined NATO as a democratic bulwark against Russia, that they can’t have their needs recognised. Ireland must have its special status recognised, but others can’t.
Hmm. Sounds like bullying to me. But here’s a bigger issue. Sinn Fein demand that the Irish government get the Estonians et al to drop these references to their national defence. Why do Sinn Fein think Estonia et al would agree to that? Unlike Ireland, where neutrality is all a cod anyway (Cue mental image of a US marine trying on an aran sweater in Shannon.) Estonia and the other NATO countries take this stuff seriously, and are not going to sacrifice a key guarantee of their freedom as a nation to suit our geopolitical hangups. Despite Sinn Fein bullying.