EU Numbers

May 31, 2005

All of the posturing around the French Non obscures the nasty reality: the Brits and the Germans pay for EU, and the Brits get the least back.

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I mention this to anticipate the first move of the creepy new French Prime Minister, Justin de Vile Pin – he’ll demand the Brits pay more.
Watch this space.

Only Resting

May 30, 2005

The unelected President of the EU, one M. Juncker from mighty Luxembourg, had this to say about the French Non.

“If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said No, would have to ask themselves the question again,” “President” Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

To paraphrase M Python:

Citoyen: Look mon brave, I know a dead Constitution when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

President Juncker: No no scum. It’s not dead. It’s resting!

Who cares? Much more importantly, see the transcript of the entire immortal sketch here.


NAFTA Anyone?

May 30, 2005

The EU is about to be consumed by in-fighting & isn’t going anywhere good. Austin Bay re-raises the suggestion of offering the UK membership in NAFTA. It’s aways been a good idea for all the long-suffering free-trade nations trapped in the EU – not just the UK but Holland, Ireland and maybe Scandinavia. It could also fix a chunk of the US trade deficit. Here’s why.

The US trade deficit is now about $500 billion and trending lower.

Here are the January to November 2004 trade numbers for the EU (excluding the UK), the UK and the US (Converting Euros to $ at 1.20):

$ billion US UK
Imports from EU 191 226
Exports to EU 125 156
Surplus (Deficit) (67) (70)

So, if the UK joins NAFTA and switches its trade deficit to the US, the US gets a boost to its trade balance of $67 billion – over 10%. If, perhaps when the EU played tough, the US were also to shut down its trade deficit with the EU, that’s another 10%.

Things are never this tidy. But a good rule in management is to head out to where things are better. And the UK in NAFTA is better for all parties. Same applies to the other nations I mention above.


German Home Truths

May 30, 2005

David’s Medienkritik has done a great job highlighting the shameful comments the German Ambassador to the US made just before Memorial Day.

I just sent the German Embassy in Washington the following missive.

Sirs

I am writing to request that Ambassador Ischinger retracts forthwith the three false statements he makes in his recent New Yorker article.

His statement, amended to correct his “unfortunate omission” of the phrase “(since 1990)”, reads as follows.

“In the last year or so, as we’ve engaged in discussions about the transformation of the Middle East and democracy, I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe (since 1990)–without shedding a drop of blood. So don’t preach to us.”

1. The ambassador ignores the slaughter during the 1990s of an estimated 200,000 people in the Former Yugoslavia plus rape, mutilation and torture on a level not seen since the Nazis. This happened a short flight away from Germany. The ambassador’s omission is all the more regrettable given Germany’s role in this tragedy, first in fermenting the Serb/Croat civil war during its WW2 occupation of Yugoslavia, and then in 1991 triggering its break up by premature recognition of Slovenia.

2. The ambassador next falsely claims that German wisdom caused the transformation of the former Warsaw Pact nations to democracies. In fact the relatively peaceful victories in the East were achieved by the steadfastness and sacrifice of the America and its allies in the worldwide war against Communist tyranny. Germany played little part in this.

3. Finally, the ambassador falsely claims that modern Germany has a superior political wisdom to the US. Yet the current German state is less then 50 years old, having been created after the defeat of its Nazi predecessor, by Russia, the US, Britain and their allies, at enormous cost in blood and treasure. By contrast, the US and UK together possess almost 500 years of experience as functioning democracies – over 10 times that of ambassador Ischinger’s Germany. German politicians would do well listen to the “preaching” of these more experienced nations.

By choosing the week before Memorial Day to publish these false and patronizing statements, the ambassador highlights his nation’s contempt for the American sacrifices to which Germans owe their liberties. After withdrawing his false statements, he should resign.

I shall be publicizing this letter, in the hope that future German administrations will learn from this offensive episode.


French Reject EUnuch Constitution

May 29, 2005

The blogosphere called this first!

No Pasaran just after 10:00 PM French time.
England Expects a few minutes later.

Drudge didn’t report for another 30 minutes & the MSM is nowhere.

I’m happy to admit that my forecast of a Yes was wrong.

Now we’ll get a Chirac/Blair death-fight. Which is great, because nobody cares who wins…


In German “No Drop of Blood” Means “Under 1 Million Dead”

May 29, 2005

The German Ambassador to the US uses the Nazi definition of “no drop of blood” to mean “under 1 million dead”.

Writing in the New Yorker (and adding the “since 1990” after getting pounded) he says.

“As older societies, we tend to think of ourselves as more experienced in the way societies evolve, and we tend to be skeptical of Americans who seem to think that if you believe hard enough, and you muster enough resources, you can change the world.”

“In the last year or so, as we’ve engaged in discussions about the transformation of the Middle East and democracy, I have told my American friends that the region in this world that has seen the most transformation and change is Central and Eastern Europe (since 1990)–without shedding a drop of blood. So don’t preach to us.”

David’s Medienkritik dissects this mendacious garbage. But he is too kind. The break-up of Yugoslavia was triggered in 1991 by the German government’s insistence on recognizing Slovenia, against the wishes of the rest of NATO. The EU then stood helpless while hundreds of thousands were murdered and raped as the society collapsed. Finally, the US fixed the situation.


Whack A Mullah

May 29, 2005

Iran’s barbarous rulers do this to women and girls. Slaughter of the defenseless was the hallmark of Hitler, Mao and Stalin. So the Mullahs CANNOT be allowed to get nukes.

Current plans are to bunker-bust their facilities, but the Mullahs have had plenty of time to hide and protect them. It’s worth a try, but if it fails, how do we remove the Mullahs without harming the Iranian people?

Here’s a solution that could be deployed within three years: use drones to track and kill the Mullahs. Then help the Iranian people to take control of their lives. If, as a democracy, they then decide to keep nukes, that’s fine.

The technology works like this.

1. Micro Drones

You need drones that are small & quiet enough to get inside a building undetected; that supply good imaging in low light, and can kill one individual. They need secure communications that will work from inside the buildings (palaces etc).

The Israelis are close to this. I suspect you’d need a 2 tier system with the hunter/killer drones talking to a nearby repeater drone that had satellite uplink.

2. Targeting Data

To enable the drones to find targets autonomously, you’d need automatic target recognition. I’d use the facial recognition currently deployed by the Brits against the IRA & now planned for ID Cards. For this to work, all you need is a reasonable resolution full-face image of the target.

Pictures of many of the Mullahs are available and US and UK intelligence services should be able to fill in gaps.

3. Software

Co-ordinating thousands of drones is a big but well, understood task. I’d modify a modern Air Traffic Control system – perhaps the UK one if they have the bugs out of it.

4. Operator Training

Each drone needs a skilled operator who can keep it undetected, reconnoiter areas to locate likely targets, home in, then carry out the attack. Possibly in swarms with others. Interestingly, teenaged videogamers are very good at these tasks.

So now all you need is a training program that gets you thousands of potential operators, so you can select the cream of the crop.

My suggestion is a commercial videogame called, say, Whack A Mullah providing a simulation of all of the above. Combining the flight and combat genres should make for a highly popular game. It would use best available simulations of the Mullah’s palaces & a regularly updated image database of the targets.

Players would be pitted against all the countermeasures the Iranians and their allies (Fwench, Russians) might deploy. From simple things like nets and disguise all the way up to micro-radar and lasers.

Finally, you’d need the supporting website to download pix of new Mullahs, maintain scoreboards, run tactical discussion forums etc.

This sounds so good, I might just build it myself…