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That’s Some ‘Union’: EU’s ‘Care-less’ Ear to Human Suffering

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 0:56 AM
May 10, 2012

      Decades ago, founders of the European Union (EU) believed they were building an economic powerhouse that would eventually overcome the United States in wealth.  But some economists said that the EU would never work.
Those thoughtful naysayers said the EU needed more than common currency to succeed, that ‘Union’ also means one unifying language.  And, they said, the group had to forge enough unity to become one nation, that a jangled group of disjointed nations with different priorities, cultures and values would not work.

Those naysayers were dismissed.  But the inference in their answer is ‘the great experiment,’ the United States of America.  What EU founders did not accept is that the ideal of one nation is for every individual (i.e. voter) to have value.

Such value of the life of every citizen is why Greeks voted so strongly this weekend against the EU’s ‘heartless’ austerity plan.  Europe’s Central Bank (ECB) cared less that a Greek professional set himself on fire because EU’s austerity plan had shriveled his retirement to below poverty level, or that a fired janitoress Greek mother put her children in an orphanage, because they were evicted with no food.

The EU, and especially Germany, believes such tragedies are Greece’s problem, and that, while each nation must solve its own internal dilemmas, it still must repay its debts to the ECB.  Or, to borrow a line from French history, staunch EU advocates say “let them eat cake.”  In fact, they insist, Greece must pay its interest-laden debts, and stick to the austerity plan, or else leave their elitist Union!

Just yesterday in their New York Times article, “German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin,” Nicholas Kulish and Liz Alderman quote economist Carsten Hefeker:  “Germans are now predominantly of the opinion that they would be better off if Greece left the euro zone.

“If the country really is continuing on the path they are taking now, it would be hard to justify keeping them in. How do you deal with a country that says we don’t want to keep any of the commitments we have made?”

The word ‘commitments’ sounds like a marriage.  But isn’t a true marriage held together through ‘for better or worse.’  Is Germany saying keep these financial commitments even in the face of suicides and family break-ups caused by imposed poverty, because the power of money is more important than human life or family?

EU members had best dust off their used Christian Bibles and turn to Isaiah 10: 1- 4:  “Woe unto them . . . that write grievousness . . . ; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!  And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?”  Any nation, even ‘the great experiment,’ that turns so heartless awaits God’s horrific judgment!

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