EU: Pariah State
Happily, it seems like I was wrong and the Americans are rather more committed than I first thought to ending these barbaric farm subsidies and tariffs that protect inefficient farmers in the rich world and promote poverty's vile cause in the most disadvantaged parts of the world. George Bush once again proves that - despite being a big government authoritarian - he walks his talk. No wonder the European political elite hates him; they're all elegantly full of shit. And what do you know, it's the humane, lower class-supporting (don't call it The Mob), egalitarian French who are trying the hardest to kybosh attempts to remove the economic shackles from the world's dirt poor:
Reports from Europe indicate that France is leading a push among EU members to wind back the negotiating mandate of the EU's trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, who has been working assiduously to take the process forward.Now there's a surprise, eh, folks?
It's time to call the EU on its hypocrisy, which is killing people at a far greater rate than the situation in Iraq. Rich Europeans - ineffectual Live8 supporting, head-tilting rich Europeans - sat back and watched events unfold in New Orleans with a mixture of horror and I-told-you-so smugness, yet do they realise their own leaders have caused the deaths of an untold number of poverty-stricken humans? Simply put, the European Union is a pariah state that actively works against the interests of the world's poorest people, to protect a tiny minority of its citizens. The Euros have precisely ZERO moral capital to spend on lecturing any nation or any organisation or any individual about anything.
I should also mention that Australia's early abandoning of farm subsidies and nearly all import tariffs is one of the best reasons I can think of to be proud of this country.