Soros's ‘European values’ mean losing your national identity – Paul Craig Roberts
Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros has attracted attention once again, this time saying the European Union should take "at least a million" refugees every year to ease the mass exodus of desperate people from the Middle East and Africa.
Soros wants the EU to dig deep and pay an annual amount of "at least €5,000 per refugee, or €20 billion." And this coming at a time of severe austerity measures pushed onto the European people, not to mention the bailout of entire countries, like Greece.
Thus, it's little wonder that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says philanthropists like Soros must assume part of the blame for the current crisis.
"This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other hand by those activists who support everything that weakens the nation state," Orban told reporters. "This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros."
Soros responded by issuing an email statement to Bloomberg Business, claiming his international organization works to “uphold European values”, while Mr. Orban’s efforts to fortify the Hungarian border thereby halting a massive wave of illegal migrants “undermine those values.”
“His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle,” Soros added. “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”
Paul Craig Roberts offers his own interpretation as to what has precipitated this crisis of epic proportions as millions of foreigners now descend en masse on European communities, many of which are totally unprepared for the influx of foreigners.
It is “Washington’s wars,” not George Soros per se, that are forcing the refugees to flee their homelands and seek to enter Europe, Roberts believes.
“Since the Clinton regime, we’ve had three two-term American presidents who have been at war,” he said. “They have created millions of displaced people and they are now seeking refuge in Europe.”
Roberts also asks whether Soros’ advice regarding Europe absorbing millions of refugees is based on something other than just humanitarian considerations.
“We have to first ask the question whether Soros’ progressive causes are real or merely a cover for rule by the 1 percent,” Roberts said. “You see, when political boundaries are broken down the result is a power vacuum to which Washington and the 1 percent can move in their pawns.”
One consequence of Washington’s wars over the course of three presidencies has been to “destroy stable countries and leave in their place disorganized, small fiefdoms that war on one another,” Roberts said.
“What Soros means is: ‘European values’ means you lost your national identity and you become a hodgepodge of different cultures and different nationalities and your traditional historical existence is dissolved in this pot of diverse peoples.”
Roberts applauds Hungarian Prime Minister [Viktor Orban], saying he is “exactly correct that this is a threat to the existence of European peoples because they become dissolved in a so-called diverse society of different people, different religions, different cultures, different values.”
But for those individuals - like George Soros - who comprise the 1 percent of the global elite, their goal is to redefine what it means to be a European.
“George Soros is in effect saying: ‘We are redefining Europe. Europe no longer consists of Hungarians, British, French, Germans and Greeks, etc. It now consists of everybody. And all of you historical people to be European means you have to be part of everybody. You can no longer be yourselves.’ That’s the message.”
Yet there is little resistance to the agenda because Europeans have heard the same message repeated so many times they have been “brainwashed,” which then makes it “easy for their so-called leaders to open the borders and accept all of these refugees that Washington’s wars have created.”
Roberts also makes a dramatic claim, saying that every country that joined the European Union has committed “an act of national suicide.”
“It seems to me that of all the leaders of Eastern and Western Europe, the Hungarian prime minister is the only one that has any sense. He says: ‘We’re not going to commit suicide.’ If Germany wants to commit suicide, fine. If they want to follow Merkel into suicide, let them. But not us.”
Roberts then turns his attention to Ukraine and the political strife that has rocked the nation, arguing that that non-government organizations were busy behind the scenes destabilizing the country so as to prop up a Western-friendly puppet leadership.
Indeed, Western non-government organization have been operating freely in Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
According to Roberts, it should come as no surprise as to where the funding for such large-scale, operations originates.
“And all of these non-governmental organizations, they are funded by private donors, such as Soros, they are funded by the Department of State, the National Endowment for Democracy and they all serve as agents of Washington foreign policy. And this is the way that very wealthy individuals like Soros come together with the government.”
But this is not just an act of aggression against the Ukrainian people, but “an attack on Russia itself,” Roberts says.
“This is an effort to weaken Russia, to threaten Russia, to make Russia back off from its resistance to American hegemony over the world,” Roberts proclaims.
These behind-the-scenes operations, which work under the cover of lofty-sounding agencies, benefit the United States by “making it impossible for a European government to exist independently and therefore Washington does not have to worry about European governments – such as Germany – realizing that their own national interests are contrary to American national interests.”
Ultimately, the work of these philanthropists and non-governmental organizations “is designed to break apart European national identity in order to prevent any sort of loss of the American empire to independent foreign policies among European countries,” Roberts says.
“If you don’t have a country, you can’t have a foreign policy. What is the foreign policy of Libya [laughs]? What is the foreign policy of Iraq? What is the foreign policy of Afghanistan? What is the foreign policy of Somalia? They have none; they have no governments. They have no national identities.”
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