There’s nothing more I like to see than the military imperialist class’s eyes light up like children at Christmas as they ensure a new spectral ‘enemy’ has been marketed and they secure the funding to stay rich & powerful and build shiny things that often don’t work and when they do they mostly kill people. War! Huh, What is it good for? Lots of lots of money, say it again!
George Bush, the US president, has won backing for his controversial missile defence shield to be based in Europe, despite Russian objections. A communique that Nato leaders are to adopt during their summit in Bucharest will recognise “the substantial contribution to the protection of allies… to be provided by the US-led system”.
The communique declaring Nato’s support for the shield calls on all Nato members to explore ways in which the planned US project, to be based in Poland and the Czech Republic, can be linked with future missile shields elsewhere.
A related US and Czech Republic deal was also reached on the stationing of a US radar in the Czech Republic to track ballistic missiles. “The radar will be linked to other US missile defence facilities in Europe and the United States,” the statement said. The document calls on Russia to accept US and Nato offers to co-operate on the system, which will also involve 10 interceptor missiles based in Poland.
You will co-operate! As old cold war commuphobics get their oats and the future application -power tussles with China- is assured. And Sarko ponders whether to put France back in (not a difficult call) and Canada’s neo-cons pledge more backing for the war of terror, the rejection of Ukraine and Georgia was not a big thing, just a delay, they have been promised a set of hoops they must jump through to join.
Yet what threat actually exists here and now in the real world that is afflicting 20% of EU children-
Some 19 million children live in poverty in the EU, about a fifth of the bloc’s citizens below the age of 18. While Gabriele Zimmer, a German left-wing member of the European Parliament (MEP), described the statistic as “almost unbelievable”, she indicated that it would be even higher if it was expanded to include young asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants. Zimmer is currently preparing an official report for the Parliament on child poverty.
At least 8 percent of each EU country’s national income should be spent on education, Zimmer said. At present, the average for industrialised countries is 6.2 percent. “You can’t treat poverty without looking at the questions of minimum income and minimum wages,” she added. “You always have to know what the consequences are if people are not paid enough.”
A December 2007 ruling by the European Court of Justice which attacked minimum wages in Sweden has “thrown Europe into disarray,” he said. In that case, the court ruled in favour of Laval, a Latvian construction firm, which won a contract to build a school in Vaxholm, Sweden.
Laval withdrew from the project after it became embroiled in a bitter dispute with Swedish trade unions because it sought to pay its workers Latvian wages, which were between one-tenth and one-fifth of those paid in Sweden. According to the court, efforts by the Swedish unions to force a foreign company to negotiate on pay violated the freedom to provide services.
De Rossa said that the Laval verdict has raised fears that ‘social dumping’ — the relocation of companies to countries where they can pay lower wages — “will become the norm.
“If we have social dumping, we certainly cannot deal with child poverty,” he said.
In a study published last year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) examined relative poverty among children — growing up in a household with less than half of the average national income — in 21 industrialised countries, mostly in Europe. It found that hardship was lowest in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden but highest in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Britain and the U.S.
Hey wait a minute aren’t those the most conservative and militaristic (post and current imperial powers too!) societies, some of which were ruled by openly fascist governments in the past? So again we make our choices, shiny weapons beat human welfare everytime. And when those shiny weapons become self aware killbots and begin exterminating us we can proudly proclaim, as they coral us into the omni death kill grinder, with tears in our eyes- just a chip off the old block. Go Arms Race!