Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Ezekial Option

The author of The Ezekial Option, Joel Rosenberg, gave a presentation on Russia, Iran, and the Nuclear Bomb. In his presentation he covered 4 major options for the Bush administration to react to the threat of Iran creating nuclear weapons; diplomacy, democracy (overthrow regime and insert democratic government), do nothing and accept that Iran will get the bombs, or direct military action.

Out of all those the use of diplomacy seems the best to me. The problem is that we have been using diplomacy with them from the beginning, and they still won't listen. One of the factors of their being bold is that they have Russian support, after all it is Russia that is selling nuclear technology to the Iranians.

If that doesn't work I think we should sit back and let them do there thing. The public wouldn't be too happy if we found ourselves getting involved in overthrowing yet another regime.

The EU and the US

This all day event was one of the best I have ever attended. Present were many distinguished guests, like Judge Bork, Lord Pearson, David Heath-Coat Amory, Daniel Hannan, Chris Booker, Edwin Meese and Senator Smith of Oregon. It was a real treat to hear these men speak, especially Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament, who was the most articulate and well-spoken man I have ever seen.

Much of the conference was devoted to the instability of the EU, the EU Constitution, and how the EU has affected and will affect the US.

What I found the most amazing is that there is a real beast behind the mask the EU has made for themselves. Hannan commented that last year the EU was only able to account for about 9% of its spending, which gives an obvious hint to some of the corruption and abuse of power within the EU.

I'll agree that the concept of the EU sounds like an ideal. The problem is that there are too many factors to creating something like what the EU wishes to create. I can't see it happening.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

EU Constitution

Today we listened to a presentation at the Heritage Foundation by Dr. Fox, member of the UK parliament. He spoke on the EU Constitution and on the good/bad effects of the EU, particularly on the US.

What I mainly got out of it was the great struggle in uniting the European Union. One of the big rifts in the European union is that some want it to be completely centralized, while others want countries to maintain more of their own identity. It is hard on many European countries that want to maintain their identity, especially economically. The Euro was the best possible way to trash the economic identities in European countries. If things don't start working out for the EU (and it really doesn't look like they will), I think they will have to take steps backwards towards more country individuality.