උදිත ගේ අන්තර්ජාල සටහන
British voters have elected to leave the
European Union in a national referendum. The UK Independence Party
(UKIP) leader Nigel Farage declared Friday Britain’s “independence day.”
That is quite a statement given British history. A little over two and a
quarter centuries ago, America had its own first Independence Day, and
the British Empire was the super-state from which Americans declared
Independence is not isolation.
History has come full circle; in a
sense, today we are seeing the American Revolution in reverse. In many
ways, the European Union is a lever of US global hegemony. By seceding
from the EU in spite of threats from Washington, Britain is declaring partial independence from America.
It must be noted that independence is
not isolation. This is the key distinction that is intentionally blurred
by the “Better Together” rhetoric of the “Remain” camp. When they
scaremonger about “leaving Europe,” it conjures images of Britain
abandoning Western civilization. But “the West,” as in the US-led
alliance of neo-colonial powers, is not the same thing as Western
civilization. And the European Union is not the same thing as Europe.
Exiting a mega-state in defiance of an imperium is not withdrawing from
civilization. In fact, such an exit is propitious for civilization.