It's a good thing I didn't claim they were. It's a good thing I didn't accuse them of kneecapping an organization of their own making. What I did say was that they ought to know the value of international unity. I think asking whether the European Union is a product of post-WW2 international unity or a factor in post-WW2 international unity is a bit like asking which side of the scissors does the cutting. I do agree that the European Union has a democratic deficit, but the United Kingdom had elected representation in the European Parliament same as any other E.U. Member State. The answer there is to stay in the E.U. and reform it to be more democratic, not to run away. The U.S. had a democratic deficit when our Senate was unelected, but the answer there was not for states to secede. In addition, the U.K. frankly had more autonomy within the E.U. than other E.U. Member States by virtue of its retention of the pound-sterling rather than using the euro. The U.K. got to keep its own monetary policy, which is more than most of the E.U. Member States got. The U.K. got a sweetheart deal most E.U. Member States didn't get and that still wasn't good enough for them. But then, leaving the E.U. was never about national autonomy. It was about anti-immigrant hatred. Which is why hate crimes soared after the Brexit vote went through.