Note on Unwitting Light-Bearers at the Times
editorial on Ireland’s rejection of the (Not So) Nice Treaty:
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.”
now that’s a curious usage. Its definitions include “to recall
from wrong or improper conduct,” “to rescue from an undesirable
state,” and “to regain possession of.” If Irish voters may reclaim
Ireland’s sovereignty, then that implies Ireland’s sovereignty is
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.
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.
the New York Times supports European “integration”; yet its
usage reflects cognizance of what that pernicious project entails.
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.)
Kantor [send him mail]
and lives in Boynton Beach, Florida