On Suckerfish and Suckers
Novopress reports this latest development on the inevitable accession of Turkey to the EU (inevitable because Sarkozy and America, not to mention the entire pro-Obama world desire it). The article is entitled "Sarkozy sends his suckerfish". I have kept Lellouche's words in red:
Now that he has moved from a position of opposition to Turkey in the EU to one of support, UMP deputy Pierre Lellouche (left) has been appointed by Nicolas Sarkozy to "relaunch Franco-Turkish relations", by giving a series of seminars in Turkish universities. He has recently declared:
"We are in the process of joining the European Community with the last European Empire. This is a major event, an historic step as important as the accession of Great Britain. At the time, as now, France was in the front ranks of the opposition."
The last European Empire??? Does he mean the Byzantine Empire? But it's Turkey, not the Byzantine Empire. Does he mean the Ottoman Empire? In that case it is not European.
Tunisian-born of Jewish heritage, the self-promoting Lellouche appears to be one of numerous useful idiots to the cause of multi-culturalism and the Islamization of Europe. He is useful for obvious reasons - he wants to "suck up" to Sarkozy. An idiot because he thinks the entry of Turkey will somehow bring about an end to Islam!!!
A webpage devoted to remarks he has made in the press provides these gems:
"We would be crazy to say no to Turkey."
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, then Prime Minister, said to him: "Do you want the river of Islam to flow into the bed of laïcité?"
Lellouche: "I believe, on the contrary, that everything must be done so that the river of Islam drowns in the ocean of democracy and human rights. Moreover I am convinced that Islamism will be defeated in this way: through equality of men and women, through separation of Church and State. We have next door to us, a great secular Muslim country that wants to share our values. It is making the necessary reforms. We would be crazy to say no. It would be a major strategic error. The objective of the Union is not to manufacture a Christian club or a rich man's club, but to reunify Europe in peace and prosperity."
When the UMP party opposed Turkey he said:
"In this matter, I am more in agreement with Jacques Chirac. To make of Turkey a stake in French politics or in the next referendum, is to pollute the debate. Some play around with the fear factor: that is unworthy. Turkey is not Islamism or terrorism. Because of the fear of Islam and of Arabs, we are saying no for the wrong reasons."
When the European Commission gave the green light to Turkey:
"(...) the main requirements have been fulfilled by Turkey: the Erdogan government has passed no fewer than 460 laws, a considerable effort. What also struck me during a recent trip to Turkey, when I met key political figures, and leaders of the Jewish and Armenian communities, as well as intellectuals, is to what extent the country has mobilized to enter Europe."
(Apparently some Armenians suffer from the same illusions as Lellouche regarding the admission of Turkey - an example of how the passage of time can alter one's vision of events. They no doubt feel they will be safer as part of Europe, but will they? Do they not run the risk of being in even greater danger as Turkey becomes the largest country in the EU with the greatest number of votes in the EU Parliament?)
According to the same webpage, Lellouche has often been disgruntled at being rejected for offices he was seeking, blaming his losses on anti-Semitism, something that has endeared him to no one (except Sarkozy who always recognizes a potential confederate). He has also accused the French Foreign Ministry of being pro-Arab! (Of course, it may be true, but people who live in glass houses, etc...) From his remarks he seems to be unstable and hot-headed, moving from atheism to the claim that he has a "hot-line" to God, from Marxism to a fiercely anti-Communist pro-American neo-conservative position. He counts among his friends Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Ted Turner, Condoleeza Rice, and others of the ilk, and he regards traditional conservatives as out of touch with the changing times (he has a point there).
Twice divorced, his alimony duties lead him to claim he is poor:
"I am too poor to be a left-winger".
As his remarks go that one isn't too bad,
but he receives 6000 euros on a monthly basis as stipend for his terms as deputy and Paris city councillor.
Here are a few more gems in closing:
"I am a solitary boar, but free. When you are on your guard, you have the impression of being an animal, you let yourself be guided by your instincts."
According to the article in the left-wing Libération (February 2006) from which the above quote is taken:
He likes to smoke a cigar a day and to speed in his Clio. He has little time for leisure. This right wing ideologist has decided to devote his life to fighting French Utopias:
"A dream is toxic in the conduct of men. Hitler too had dreams..."
Who is more confused? Libération or Lellouche? His remarks have no connection to right-wing ideology. And isn't the entry of Turkey into the EU one of the most toxic dreams to emanate from European politicans?
As for Lellouche, I leave him with the dilemma of being... Lellouche.
Now back to Turkey for a moment.
On October 18 Yves Daoudal posted this item indicating that for the United Nations, Turkey is already in Europe:
The UN Security Council includes five permanent members, but also ten provisional members, half of whom are renewed each year.
The General Assembly elects representatives of large regions. One for Asia: it will be Japan. One for Africa: it will be Uganda. One for America: it will be Mexico. And two for Europe: Austria and ... Turkey.
We should add that Turkey won hands down, while Austria barely won the required two-thirds majority.
The top photo is an old one from my files, taken after a Turkish election a year or so ago.
Update: March 3, 2009 - I have modified my own editorializing in this post. Re-reading it, I found it too crude, and too biased without a basis for being so, since all I really know about this man is what I have posted here. His own words speak for themselves, and more information about him is needed. My comments are still sharp enough, without the recklessness of the original post. None of the translated material was in any way changed, nor were my essential thoughts changed, just the language.