Run for your life

▪️ Run for your life ▪️ There it goes again

Europe’s young men and women, for all their lives fed, well-kept, educated, and let loose on the social and entertainment circuit, can hardly be expected to be emotionally overcome by Roberta Metsola’s and Manfred Weber’s call to arms, and be ready to defend what’s left of the continent’s self-claimed values.

The most likely retort would be the famous old “up yours” signal with the middle finger. Who the hell in the world, except the dictatorial regimes still around, would expect the young generation to give up all that was achieved for them by their forefathers after the horrors of World War I and World War II? Why would they willingly leave their present comfort zone to go and fight someone else’s war for the benefit of European weapons and arms manufacturers on the pretext Putin’s Russia wants to gobble down the whole of Western Europe? After all, many of the tyrant’s own young men and women are resisting conscription, and so would – and should – the young men and women of Europe if they are left with no choice.

Luckily, 21st century youth won’t be bullied as were their fathers and grandfathers into going out to kill or be killed. Hardly a glimpse persists of patriotism in the old sense of the word – my country is always right and I am ready to die for it. Human life and life on earth are too precious to be lost on politicians’ obvious personal, financial, and extreme ideological interests. Students everywhere protesting against Metsola, Von der Leyen et al over the Gaza debacle, for example, already show where the wind blows according to the younger generartion.

The whole issue also brings out an element of silliness. We’ve had an Opposition MP, now an MEP candidate, saying during a TV debate recently he would be ready to send his offspring to war if that is inevitable, only to later somewhat sugar his outburst. You could see the smile on the face of his debate adversary, MEP candidate David Attard, this time from the Labour side, widening as far back as the occipital bone of his trim-shaven head. Metsola wouldn’t have liked the spectacle and would probably have curled up with her microphone, her eyes shifting from the ceiling to the floor, as she was caught nervously doing in Vienna during the student protest.

Her sister-in-arms (no pun intended) Von der Leyen has also been exposed when it came to discussing the raising of an EU army. She has come out warning all EU states they “should be prepared for the risks of war” and need to “urgently” rebuild their armed forces, of course buying their software and hardware from German and Dutch manufacturers.

The Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Rob Bauer, a Dutchman, also recently said “NATO is ready for a direct conflict with the Russian Federation”, but many people’s reaction has been: will you be willing to let your kids or grandkids get conscripted and sent off to go fight a senseless war against Russia? When faced with this same question, Ursula Von der Leyen simply laughed it off. Don’t for a moment take it for a sense of humour.

Luckily for us and our children, Malta’s constitution is explicit in its choice of neutrality and nonalignment as the basis of its foreign policy. The politicians of the 70s, from both sides of the House of Representatives, showed the great foresight we now benefit from. The message was delivered home (and acknowledged) in Brussels last week, with Prime Minister Robert Abela making sheer political artwork out of it.

Our boys and girls won’t have to run for their lives. It would not be the same for most of their European brethren, alas. Unless they say no. They can’t put them all in jail.

There it goes again

Small languages everywhere face an ongoing struggle for survival. What is most disturbing is how quick are those who’d want them to go into extinction can be in their reactions to anything positive about endangered languages.

In Wales, for example, a strong movement for the protection and vision of the national language has been rightly insisting Welsh primary schools, among other institutions and organisations, should have their names in Welsh. Out come the doubters and media anglophiles to say Welsh names were “too difficult to pronounce.” Rejection. Keep them in English or lovely, nice-sounding Welsh names.

Does it not all remind you of how many in Malta think we should not insist on using Maltese words for schools, street names, traffic signposts, speeches, press conference background slogans etc? “Maltese words are too strange, the is too difficult to comprehend and, in any case, all Maltese speak and understand English.” Very much like the Welsh.

While there have been some Welsh names accepted because, inexplicably explained as “they do what they say on the tin”, the whole issue reflects the Establishment’s anti-Welsh attitude in Wales itself, pretty much the case with the Maltese language.

Hmmm. Difficult to pronounce for whom? Certainly not the Welsh. It is just an insane resistance to a nation’s own language survival. Same here, by the way, and you can put the where it fits you.

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