Did you see that John Hutton has become the first defence secretary to back a French plan for a European army,
branding those who dismiss it
So, who will fight and die for the EU? Would you? The prospect of the British Army included amongst the massed ranks of the French and Belgiums may cause Hutton's heart to flutter - but in truth it is a pathetic idea and the mark of a rabid europhile.
Of course the question of a Euro-army raises a number of interesting questions that Hutton does not answer.
1. Will the citizens of Europe be prepared to PAY the necessary costs for such a major undertaking given existing
reluctance to even commit resource to NATO? Higher taxes for a Euro-army strikes me as a unlikely political
proposition. The truth is that the US has been underwriting European expenditure on its military for decades and as
the US starts to pull back from this, the costs for the Euros will escalate. Given the condition of the European
economy, where will the cash come from exactly?
2. Who will the Euro-army fight, exactly? And who will decide? Might it's remit be more of a function of keeping the citizens of Europe under control - in their own interests, naturally?
3. If there is a Euro-army, why retain a National army? Without a national army, without a national currency, without a national defence of foreign policy, what is a nation?
The truth is that Hutton is whistling in the Euro-breeze but at least it lets us see where the Euro-tyrants would
like us to go.
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