Roland Shirk on European Union

Roland Shirk did it again. He posted an article on jihad watch, which is a cheap propaganda piece filled with inaccuracies and outright mistakes. This time he felt like giving his take on Europe.

"This seems to be truer in Europe than in America; on this side of the pond, we treasure a deep-seated suspicion of authority figures that often serves us well. (Though it sometimes encourages us to put faith in anti-vaccination crusaders, revisionists who insist that World War II never happened, and "truthers" who claim that the World Trade Towers still stand--but are merely being occluded by a Zionist hologram.) Sadly, while many Europeans are somewhat more vulnerable to official propaganda (and their political systems are less democratic, thanks to the oligarchic power of the European Union), they are also the very people most in danger from Muslim aggression."


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/02/we-regret-to-inform-you.html


Well well, he wasn't very sure about his blanket statement about authority figures since he felt compelled to add a long expose in brackets, which basically refutes his own claim. Let me remind our American friends that the American constitution had to be changed in order to prevent the American people from reelecting the same president over and over again until he dies in office (F.D. Roosevelt). This behaviour doesn't really bear witness of a "deep-seated suspicion of authority figures". On the contrary, it seems to indicate the desire to have a strong authoritative leader.


Now, I don't blame Roland for being an ignoramus about European political systems. But then he should refrain from making comments about European Politics. His statement about the European Union being an oligarchic power is frankly outrageous. The oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχίαoligarkhía[1]) is a form of power structure in whichpower effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, corporate, or military control. Last time I checked, every single member state of the European Union were democratic. The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states, which are located primarily in Europe.[7] Then, there is a European Parliament, which represents the people of Europe. The European Parliament together with the representatives of each member state (council of the European Union) effectively legislate in the European Union. In the US, the Senate and parliament effectively legislate, wherefore it is called  democracy. The political power in Europe rests on the people of Europe and not an oligarchy.

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