Thursday, September 15, 2011

War, huh, yeah

What is good for, absolutely nothing, Uh-huh, War, huh, yeah…you could almost hear Edwin Starr's famous anti-war song resonate around the lofty halls of the European Parliament yesterday. The anti-war footing of a sort came courtesy of Poland's Jacek Rostowski, finance minister and now scare-mongerer in chief.

Jacek, you see, decided to give a stark warning to European MPs, that if the euro-zone collapsed because of its recent debt woes, the EU would likely fall apart with it and the consequences of that could be war.

I'm sure Jacek just wanted to find some way to embolden his speech, which was designed to say that the entire EU needed to rally together and make the needed sacrifices to keep the EU together. But war in Europe? As finance minister, I think Rostowski should be a little more sensitive to the tetchy situation in Europe these days. About the last thing markets need to think about it war.

Perhaps, Jacek is merely the victim of inflation. Yep, inflation. Because, you see, Jacek has been giving interviews pretty much every day for weeks now, maybe years it sometimes seems. The more interviews he gives, the less interesting they become. How to break this vicious problem? Up the stakes.

One of the more ironic reactions to Jacek's speech came from good ole Jaroslaw Kaczynski of Law and Justice (PiS). Kaczynski called the war talk the "Mount Everest of irresponsibility." So says the man that when leading the government said in Germany that Poland deserves a bigger EU say because if World War II had not happened, there would be something like 20 million more Poles.

War, what is good for, absolutely nothing.


  1. Hey-- I love that stencil.. Is there a way I could ask the artist's permission to use it? Thanks!

    (What do you think of the EU unity now, over a year later?)

  2. I'm going to take the 5th regarding the stencil. Someone sent it to me and I really liked it. I imagine googling war and stencil should find it.

    As for unity, there isn't much, is there? But that's the normal situation in the EU rather than the exception and I don't think much has changed. The balance shifts with the economic winds -- meaning Germany is on top these days and Poland is more prominent than it was -- but this could easily change.

    I suppose it seems the eurozone will be stumble on. That should mean the EU will as well.