A Note on Unwitting Light-Bearers at the Times

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From
the New
York Times'

editorial on Ireland's rejection
of the (Not So) Nice Treaty:

u201C…the
Irish vote should remind Europe's leaders that they need to do
a better job of selling the benefits of further integration. Otherwise,
voters will reclaim their nations' sovereignty with a vengeance.u201D

u201CReclaim,u201D
now that's a curious usage. Its definitions include u201Cto recall
from wrong or improper conduct,u201D u201Cto rescue from an undesirable
state,u201D and u201Cto regain possession of.u201D If Irish voters may reclaim
Ireland's sovereignty, then that implies Ireland's sovereignty is
currently compromised.

The
Times is right: Irish sovereignty is in a precarious
condition. A historically beleaguered country to begin with, Ireland
now faces hegemony by a supra-national Leviathan seeking to internationalize
a statist slew, coupled with a domestic leadership complicit in
the Leviathan's objective.

Ireland's
rejection of the (Not So) Nice Treaty attests its obstinacy against
imperial ambition. The Emerald Isle's not going to let a bunch
of alien bureaucrats dictate its political destiny.

Clearly,
the New York Times supports European u201Cintegrationu201D; yet its
usage reflects cognizance of what that pernicious project entails.

A
people cannot reclaim what is already theirs, and insofar as the
Times has identified Ireland's crisis of autonomy, we owe
it our thanks. (Smile.)

June
15, 2001

Myles
Kantor [send him mail]
edits FreeEmigration.com
and lives in Boynton Beach, Florida

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