Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brexit Fear-Mongering

Brexit Fear-Mongering

by Stephen Lendman

The European Union is fundamentally undemocratic, a flawed system, a sinking ship, a CIA creation. 

Paul Craig Roberts explained, citing Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s September 2000 article, saying:

“DECLASSIFIED American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe.”

CIA officials “work(ed) aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state…The State Department played a role.” Controlling Europe was and remains a core element of US imperial policy.

Union undermines national sovereignty, making it subject to a higher authority, a deplorable state for any country - accepting vassalage over independence.

Ahead of next Thursday’s vote, fear-mongering is intense, outrageous predictions of gloom and doom, economic and financial chaos, way over-the-top claims, gross exaggerations substituting for even-handed analysis.

Britain’s David Cameron absurdly warned Brexit means greater social service cuts, pensions and national health service benefits at risk, as well as continental peace threatened. 

He called support for the move “reckless and irresponsible,” risking Britain’s economic stability, leaving it “permanently poorer.”

New York Times unsurprisingly joined the anti-Brexit chorus, calling the move “dangerous,” fear-mongering substituting for unbiased commentary.

True enough, a period of adjustment would follow, short-term disruption for longer-term gain. Bilderberg movers and skakers warned of a “landscape of uncertainties” for investors.

Times editors tried having things both ways. On the one hand, they called the EU “a flawed (dysfunctional) institution.”

On the other, they twisted reality, saying it’s “an extraordinary achievement, a voluntary union,” ignoring the CIA’s behind-the-scenes influence, manipulating things to serve US interests.

Noted market analyst Marc Faber calls Brexit “good for global economic growth.” It would give France and other countries incentive to follow suit, he said, Switzerland an example of how a sovereign state can thrive independently, free from EU bureaucracy and control.

Brexit would encourage Britain to trade more with non-European countries, benefitting its economy longer-term, Faber explained.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard said Brexit “comes down to (choosing between) restor(ing) the full self-government of this nation, or to continue living under a higher supranational regime, ruled by a European Council that we do not elect…and that the British people can never remove, even when it persists in error.”

“Today’s EU is a deformed halfway house that nobody ever wanted.” He’s for Brexit, urging Brits make their own choice, saying they’ll have to “live with the consequences” of going the wrong way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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