I’m not the only one to notice a certain cognitive dissonance between the current D-Day celebrations in Normandy and the actions of our leaders.
Out of the experience of World War came a determination that such an event should never happen again, never again would European and other major countries resolve their differences by war. This led to the creation of international institutions including the UN, NATO, WTO, and ultimately the EU.
So there we have the leading politicians of France and UK, M Macron and Mrs May, pledging future cooperation, while in the process of the appalling Brexit negotiations that have signally failed to produce cooperation. While at home the ‘colleagues’ who have connived in removing Mrs May, due to their failure to support her, argue over the minutiae of negotiating positions with the EU – like monkeys arguing over scraps of food. Supported by M Macron, the EU has concluded negotiations and is determined to ‘give’ nothing of substance. The two sides appear determined to not agree.
And of course, there is Mr Trump, determined in his course to undermine all those collaborative institutions, because America can be great again by bullying every country individually in one-to-one negotiations. And the Brexiteers are willing lambs to this slaughter, in the supposed name of making UK great again.
Sometimes current politics seems like Alice in Wonderland!
Graves are at the American Cemetery, Colleville su Mer, Normandy
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Reblogged this on Eyes in the back of my Head and commented:
This apparent dissonance has been and is bugging me a lot, with such a focus on the current D-Day 75th commemorations. Who – in the media especially – has made the connection between the cooperation of European countries and the vow never to allow war again following WW2, and has set it alongside the limping, failing, ridiculous Brexit “project”. Churchill was a founding member of a unified Europe. Words fail me…our future is within Europe, not as an offshore island of the US. Europe is our neighbour, and we’re European as well as British. Enough….
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