For a great cause

In War and Peace [chapter 38, Book Ten] Tolstoy cites these words written by Napoleon during his exile on the island of  St Helena:

“The Russian war should have been the most popular of modern times: it was a war of good sense, for real interests, for the security and tranquillity and security of all; it was purely pacific and conservative. It was a war for a great cause, the end of uncertainties and the beginning of security. A new horizon and new labours were opening out, full of well-being and prosperity for all. The European system was already founded; all that remained was to organise it.

….. Europe would in this way have soon have been , in fact, but one people, and anyone who traveled anywhere would have found himself always in the common fatherland …..

On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable, all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement anti-national. I should have associated my son in the Empire; my dictatorship would have been finished, and his constitutional reign would have begun.

Paris would have been the capital of the world, and the French the envy of the nations !”

After concluding this quotation, Tolstoy then comments:

“Napoleon, predestined by Providence for the gloomy role of executioner of the peoples, assured himself that the aim of his actions had been the people’s welfare, and that he could control the fate of millions and by the employment of power confer benefits.”

We know that Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 to enforce the European economic bloc which he had created. He maintained that the Tsar was failing to comply with his Europe wide demand that every country strictly observe his continental system.

That system shut out the British whose economic power Napoleon intended thereby to break.

Napoleon rose inexorably to the place of Emperor as a result of his military and political aptitude. He came to notice when his strategic assessment broke the British siege of Toulon. He established himself as the guarantor of the French Revolution when he turned his artillery on civilian counter revolutionary demonstrators in Paris – manifestly heedless of the cost in human life. He deftly exploited the upheavals caused by the Revolution to establish himself as the Autocratic defender and promoter of the Great Cause.

In which position he exported the Cause all over Europe and of course thereby entrenched himself as Emperor of France and Master of Europe.

The Great Cause clearly served an even Greater EGO.

Little has changed in 200 years. Human nature remains the same. Idealism and idealists remain the same. Politics and politicians remain the same. The economic imperatives driving the great powers of the world to domination and war – yes, they too remain the same.

As does the refusal by human beings to face facts they don’t like.

In November 2018 the truth about a European Army was finally announced. Macron trailed it during his week long Centenary tour of the battlefields of the First Word War. On Tuesday 6th November, Macron spoke  on Europe 1 Radio about a “true European Army”, and said that, “we have to protect ourselves with regard to China, Russia and even the United States of America”.

On 9th November his Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire told an audience of German businessmen that Europe should become an Empire – a peaceful one of course – but an empire in the face of other empire type nations like China and Russia. He was talking about complete economic independence for Europe.

On 10th November 2018, President Macron and Chancellor Merkel reviewed units of the Franco-German army as they commemorated the signing of the armistice of November 11th 1918. Just the two of them. The costly British engagement was entirely removed from the record.

At this Franco German event, President Macron told a young person that Franco German co-operation had prevented war in western Europe since 1945, and that this co-operation had led to the founding of the European Union.

On 11th November, Macron lectured world leaders – including Presidents Trump and Putin – on the way forward for the world at the Centenary Armistice day commemoration in Paris. It was a very French take on the world …

On 13th November 2018, Angela Merkel told the EU parliament that it was time to think practically about an EU army…

These announcements were patently co-ordinated. It is naive to think that preparations for an EU Army have not been going on for some time. In fact, the Brexit vote in June 2016 appears to have been the catalyst for pursuing a thorough going EU military policy and capability. Andrea Jenkyns MP, a member of the UK Parliament’s Brexit committee revealed in August 2018 that the UK government has been pursuing negotiations with the EU to submit all UK military policy, supply and capability to the EU Army project – since the Brexit vote.

In other words, the UK’s ability to stand up for itself as an independent nation would be surrendered. Our entire defence and security would be dependent on the very organisation we voted to Leave. So much for democracy …

Were the people of Europe ever consulted about a European Army ?

What do they think ?

Were we not entirely misled by Remainiac’s like Nick Clegg who insisted that no such project existed ?

Just what does creating another super power Army do for the prospects of peace ?

Are we going to suffer the same fate as the USA whose government budgets and domestic economy are so Defence industry oriented ?

Who is the most likely candidate for Europe’s number One enemy  ?

Just how will the world’s existing ’empires’ react to this development ?

What this has to do with a UK leaving the EU on 29th March 2019, you may ask.

The proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement deal negotiated by Theresa May and the proposed Declaration on the future relationship with the EU both make provision for UK subsidiarity to EU super power military forces.

Even if that Agreement and Declaration fail to be agreed by the UK Westminster Parliament in 2019, the UK  government could still sign up to this under its prerogative powers. Whether such use of the prerogative can now be constitutionally or morally justified remains to be seen.

It is incredible that an ostensibly Right wing, UK Conservative government should have even entertained the idea, let alone pursued serious talks about the submission of all UK Defence capacity in such a way.

But it has happened.

In complete contradiction and denial of the clear direction given on June 23rd 2016.

The bureaucratic and autocratic mentality of the EU  ideology is manifestly alive and well in the corridors of UK power…

Ray Catlin

Reference “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy – 2015 BBC books, an imprint of Ebury publishing at