This video from the USA says about itself:
7 September 2016
Translated from Tomas Vanheste of Dutch site De Correspondent, 11 November 2016:
His name was said zero times, but his spirit is everywhere. Today in Brussels, representatives of the arms industry and European policy makers gathered for a session of foot sex at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency.
After the election of Donald Trump the share prices of defense companies went through the roof worldwide. And here you can feel the excitement. This is the opportunity for Europe to stand militarily on its own two feet, you can hear the assembled generals, arms manufacturers, politicians and officials think.
“We are at a decisive crossroads on the path to a stronger European defense,” says Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs. In the background we see a picture of several attack helicopters in a dark, magical landscape.
It fits perfectly with the visual language of the day: defense is presented here as a high-tech and heroic craft. The issue is whether we stand for a third industrial revolution in the defense field. The buzzword of the conference is innovation. In the audience there are almost exclusively men.
She wants Europe to “cooperate in the field of security and defense as a true Union, the full potential of a superpower.” …
A representative of the German Ministry of Defence states proudly that the defense budget will go up from 34 billion in 2016 to 40 billion in 2020, and the number of soldiers will be increased from 170,000 to 193,000. “We’re going to play in the premier league.” …
Questions that are not asked here
That we desperately need new weapons technology is something that everyone has tacitly agreed on today.
The assumption is that this contributes to a safer world.
That is very doubtful. One of the latest technological innovations is the drone. Meaning we can take out terrorists safely at a distance. Only it turns out that in those “precision action” attacks shockingly often there are civilian casualties. Which in turn breed new terrorists. …
Another question raised barely on this joyful day for the European defense industry is whether a European military superstate really is what the citizens want. You would think that European policymakers after the overwhelming vote against the status quo and against the elite in the US might think again whether their dreams reflect the deepest wishes of European citizens. But this cozy gathering of the military elite, industry and policy makers in Brussels mainly reinforce the view that the EU is for business and the powers that be, not for the people.
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