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EU: The Iron Wall

by Peter Polack

The many political uses of the word iron in curtain or dome should take on the most recent iteration for the European Union or Iron Wall. Perhaps this group is best encapsulated in Henry the Fifth by Shakespeare: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Well not happy, all the time.

Aspirant Ukraine is also described by Shakespeare: Men of few words are the best men. That’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

Since February 2022 people have forgotten valiant Ukraine has gone from bare survival to being graded on performance, use of weapons and corruption. Their outsized but desperate opponent have endured a flea becoming a wasp that stung the tongue of the invaders which has now swelled to a choke point, literally.

A blend of countries as culturally diverse as Turkey and Finland backed up by their NATO military brand, despite occasional Russian penetration, is an immense achievement. This against a United Nations or the coffee house backdrop that has become a job creation unit with little achievement.

Turkey has now risen to be the EU lynchpin. It has had a difficult recent journey between what is best for Turkey and what is best for the EU. Thankfully, it has mostly been the same, even with the prevention of UK minesweepers passing through their territorial waters or the most important place in the world at this time. We should also remember that the UK left the EU.

Finland is a veteran of optimum sensibility in the closure of its border with the territorial pirate Russia. There cannot be much worry there, with the cream of Russian military having been wasted in Ukraine, particularly at the attempted airborne capture of the Hostomel airfield. The young soldiers of entire units with irreplaceable experience have disappeared although some have been reconstituted like a Potemkin village. Faux to the core.

Being a proven performer has led to many recent recruits so much so that they should consider a name change to World Union. A selective membership drive could then go South and further East for the most qualified and amenable.

For sure this association would not see such autocratic, now desperate, pure evil members in their inner security council leadership like Russia. Their populace who doubled down on their poor leadership could find themselves out in the cold. Food for thought.

The capable Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg would be the best executive to lead this group, a reflection of the new now military priority.

The compelling and urgent necessity of this endeavour comes from the Emperor having no clothes or the United Nations. There is a gap to be filled and who better than a proven performer. 

It would be like McKinsey & Company running a company.

Running around with diplomatic words would not make this more than a moot point.

The world should prepare for a future of us or them.

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Peter Polack is the author of The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War (2013), Jamaica, The Land of Film (2017) and Guerrilla Warfare: Kings of Revolution (2018).He was a contributor to Encyclopedia of Warfare (2013) and his latest book entitled Soviet Spies Worldwide: Country by Country, 1940–1988 will be published by McFarland in 2024.

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