Thursday, October 21, 2004

Ceterum censeo Unionem Europaeam esse delendam or Fun With Dead Languages

It seems like Tim Worstall and other Eurobloggers like L'Ombre de l"Olivier have an anti-European Union campaign going. And they have now translated their battle cry to the above Latin. In essence it means:

"Therefore, I conclude that the European Union must be destroyed!"

Or, if your in a hurry, you can always shout:

"Unio Europaea delenda est."

Which basically means:

"The European Union must be destroyed!"

The idea was taken from the orations of Cato the Elder who for years and years would declare that Carthage must be destroyed after just about anything he said.

Now the really funny thing that came about from this endeavor is an exchange of communications with diligent Tim and a Brussels bureaucrat who works at the EU's own Latin translation help desk. (They have a Latin translation help desk!?!!) Tim just wanted an accurate translation of the above motto; but it seems the EUrocrat was a little offput by this knowledge seeker's choice of knowledge sought. The following are some choice out takes from their communications:

"Let me tell you first of all that it isn't a good idea to use a language that you don't know."

"In Europe, for the first time in History, no war has been fought in over fifty years thanks to the EU."

"Allow me only to remind you that the EU is not Carthage, Britain is not Rome and you aren't Cato."
"Only people who aren't sure of their identity fear losing it."
"Britain enters the 20th century as the biggest empire on earth, and exits it as a second-rate power. That has to be digested and absorbed and it takes some time, but it is unhealthy to prolong it endlessly."

You really need to read the whole thing because the condescending sanctimony of this Brussels EUrotwit is just amazing. It is also indicative of what life would be like under a "world government." (A Latin translation help desk...puh-leeez! Can you say bare minimum tax rates at 70+% to fund this kind of crap and way more!)

All I can say, with my power fist way high in the air, is:

Ceterum censeo Unionem Europaeam esse delendam!