Did you notice the European Union celebrated its 50th anniversary this month?
I don't know about you, but I distinctly recall the launch of the EU in 1993 — 14 years ago. How is it that a 14-year-old government is celebrating its 50th anniversary?
It's an important story — especially for Americans who don't believe there is a real threat of, or a plan for, a future North American community confederating the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Today the Europeans, proud of their regional government achievement, see the real birth of the EU dating back to the 1957 Treaty of Rome, involving only six countries for the purpose of pooling their steel and coal resources.
The idea was to make it impossible for another internecine European war to take place because no one nation could dominate the industries of these strategic commodities. They also believed it would spur economic development.
It was, in modern parlance, a primitive free trade agreement — much less sweeping in scope than the North American Free Trade Agreement adopted by the United States, Canada and Mexico just over a decade ago.
But the Euro-elite understand it was this baby step in the direction of integration that set the continent on the road to merger.
And that's why the 50th anniversary celebrations are taking place all year long in Europe.
Today, those with similar plans for North America talk about them in muted terms. They will tell you it's not really a European Union-style confederation they are seeking. It's a simpler, more palatable North American community.
Keep in mind, before the European Union emerged, it was called the European Community. Before that, it was the European Economic Community.
These things are accomplished in stages.
It should now be obvious to any thinking, rational person who can add two and two that the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — was the first stage in a long-range plan for a European Union-style confederation in North America between the United States, Mexico and Canada.
And that is not the endgame.
The endgame is world government.
President Bush has a new plan for "integration" with the European Union. What happened when the White House posted on the official presidential Web site the agreement to create a "permanent body" that works toward "deeper transatlantic economic integration"?
Not one news agency in America reported it.
At my own news agency, WorldNetDaily, we waited days assuming that others would pick up the story. When it became clear no one else would, we did. No other news gathering organizations saw the significance of the unilateral move by the Bush administration with no effort to get the advice and consent of the Senate on a matter of national sovereignty.
It's called "not seeing the forest for the trees."
The forest is globalization.
What is globalization?
It's not just free trade. It's not just economic cooperation. It's not just a series of strategic agreements between nations. It's shorthand for moving toward one-world government.
No one would have believed 50 years ago that Europe could actually be governed as one large confederation. Today it is a reality.
This was not the result of the people of Europe clamoring for a centralized bureaucracy in Belgium. It was the result of careful, quiet, often extralegal planning by the European elite.
And, ultimately, it was achieved not through the will of the people, but in spite of it.
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