WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an exclusive interview with the Geller Report, British MEP Daniel Hannan — the other “Mr. Brexit” — said that the European Union (EU) is collapsing under its own weight because its borders are not “ethnographic.”
“Conflicts all over world are about belonging, and are ethnic in nature,” Hannan said.
“The Balkans, Kashmir, Chechyna, Israel and Palestine — anywhere in the world — nine times out of ten, it’s an argument about borders not being ethnographic.”
Hannan believes the EU is imploding for two main reasons: because of the systemic instability caused by multiple waves of unscreened Muslim refugees, and lastly, because EU member countries lack a shared culture that is genuine.
“And this is the central problem with the EU. It’s an attempt to create a democracy where there is no shared culture,” remarked Hannan.
Recent headlines confirm Hannan’s dire outlook for the EU. Rape legalization (or active decriminalization of Muslim perpetrators) is effectively being implemented in France, Germany and Sweden.
As for the absence of “shared culture,” Europe’s history reveals “shared culture” that is marred by war and genocide. Such an absurd proposition is akin to a burglar merging households with one of his previous victims because of their “shared culture.”
The increase in borderless terrorist organizations and lone wolf incidents are further proof that “Europe” is still very much a collection of nations, not a standalone entity.
Consider that when Syrian refugees ravaged Germany, when Paris burned, and when Brussels was bombed by ISIS, internal borders were closed and the EU quickly morphed back into 25 separate countries at breakneck speed. Borders closed because Britain, France, and Germany never ceased being independent nations with fully independent identities. The same is true of all other EU member nations.
“We are trying to create a democracy, without a ‘demos,’” Hannan explains. “Democracy works best in units where everyone has enough in common with each other to accept the government.”
And national governments, “where everyone has enough in common,” are still the best known vehicles for delivering the blessings of democracy to the greatest number of people. “Democracy is the worst system, except for all others,” former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once quipped.
So, if nations do it best, why does the EU keep trying to fill the shoes of its member nations? The EU is based on a flawed premise: namely, that nationalism is evil and the primary cause of global conflict. The argument falls apart when it is considered that no democratic nation has ever fought against another democratic nation. It was internationalism which caused WWI & WWII, not nationalism (rigid regional alliances in the previous – the League of Nations in the latter.)
The destruction of nationhood was an aim of Nazism and Communism. It is unsurprising then, that Communists love the EU. Mikhail Gorbachev jokingly refers to the EU as the “European Soviet.” When the former leader of our Cold War arch-nemesis is supportive, it may be time to pause and reflect.
An old joke captures the essence of longstanding European national rivalries:
“Heaven is where the police are British, the lovers French, the mechanics German, the chefs Italian, and it is all organized by the Swiss.”
“Hell is where the police are German, the lovers Swiss, the mechanics French, the chefs British, and it is all organized by the Italians,” the punchline reads.
In short, nations still matter. And nations at their most basic, are a collection of people with shared ethnic, religious, and cultural heritage together constituting a singular national identity. Immigrants to a host country traditionally are expected to adopt the characteristics of this shared identity, or be sent home.
When European host countries open their doors today, reverse assimilation arguably occurs. The hosts are in many cases expected to adopt the identity of the guest, or risk death.
For Hannan, the failure to assimilate and integrate new prospective “Europeans” is due to the lack of any ethnic “European” identity. “Europe” is co-opting the functions most efficiently performed by nation-states, and chaos is the result.
“Overseeing the economy and securing the national territory are primal functions of any government, but both on monetary policy and immigration, European member states found themselves powerless,” Hannan told The Daily Caller News Foundation in March. “Now, that wouldn’t matter if people came together as ‘Europeans.’”
“When the EU turned 60,” there was no “sign of anyone thinking or voting as Europeans. In fact, since the first European Parliament elections in 1979, we’ve seen an unbroken decline in participation,” Hannan told Geller Report.
“If you look at all the conflicts in the world now, the biggest problem people have today is feeling like they’re in the wrong country, either that they are a minority that feels no loyalty to the national government, or that they are cut off from the community,” Hannan argues.
Beyond the immigration and security issues raised by Hannan deriving from the nebulous and basically nonexistent “European” identity, EU member states are also partly to blame for the widespread ethnic conflict permeating Europe.
In the case of the United Kingdom, a nation that once controlled over a quarter of the Earth’s surface, “open borders” policies dating back to the seventies challenge conventional British assumptions about immigration. Traditionally, any prospective resident or citizen wishing to enter the UK must want to be British — or at the very least harbor no plans to cause inhabitants grievous bodily harm.
Not so today. Common sense is considered “insensitive.” But, then so were the London Tube bombings.
Muslims were historically viewed by the British as a case of oil and water where it concerns assimilation. Afterall, a faith that fanatically adheres to a system wholly opposed to British values is irreconcilable, certainly.
Where it was once painfully obvious to a majority of British citizens that large-scale Muslim immigration is a death wish, staggering and willful ignorance is the new normal.
“If this turns out to be an act of Islamic terrorism, I think the fact that the man is a Muslim is utterly and completely irrelevant,” remarked Lord Digby Jones, ranking member of the House of Lords, after the March terror attack in London. He added: “You’re safer in London than you’ve ever been.”
Muslim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told the media that Islamic terrorism was “part and parcel” of living in a big city. He forgot to add, “when populated by Muslims.”
Churchill once compared Islam to “hydrophobia in a dog” in his unabridged book, The River War, adding that, “Insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.”
Words like those written by Churchill earned another famous Brit his walking papers only a few decades later.
Nowhere is the transformation of British public opinion on the issue of immigration more evident than the tragic political suicide of statesman Enoch Powell. Forty years ago, Powell delivered the courageous speech that would end his career. Called the “Rivers of Blood” speech, his words are nothing short of prophetic.
“It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre,” Powell lamented.
“Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants,” Powell continued.
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood,’” Powell said.
Powell was more correct in his predictions than he could even imagine. Britain’s Muslim population is now so aggressive that the British government recently began enforcing Islamic “Sharia” law alongside British law in the UK.
“If Sharia is implemented then you can turn this country into a haven of peace …Once a thief’s hand is cut off, nobody is going to steal. Once an adulterer is stoned, nobody is going to commit this crime at all. This is why we say we want to offer it to British society,” remarked the chief Justice of London’s Sharia Court in a chilling statement.
Muslims are projected to be a de facto majority in Europe by 2050. Democracy in Europe cannot survive when the fastest-growing ethnic demographic fundamentally rejects the core democratic values of European countries.
Hannan agrees. “The refugee crisis exposes the democratic weakness [of the EU], the extent to which European integration is purchased at a democratic price,” he concludes.
One thing is clear to all who study the EU: it is a foolhardy attempt to undo the natural order in pursuit of a Utopia that can never exist as long as human beings are involved.