The time has come for Europe to help a troubled globe – from Kenya to Pakistan to Palestine – to understand that democracy, human rights, the rule of law and economic freedom – the EU\’s founding principles – offer more lasting peace and prosperity than the simplistic Bush formula.
That\’s the EU he\’s describing? Democracy? The Commissioners are appointed, not elected, the Parliament, which is elected, has no power (and the authorities actually complain when you try to count the votes properly) and there is no European demos, without which it is really rather difficult to have democracy.
Human rights? That\’s, err, the Council of Europe, isn\’t it?
The rule of law? Remember what they did to Bowland\’s Dairy?
Economic freedom? Under the Roman Law system they are imposing?
No, I don\’t think that Bush\’s vision of the world is perfect either but this is absurd.