Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kidnapped Europeans?

Babble on.

Many continental Europeans, if they have registered that there is a crisis at all, will probably think of it as yet another consequence of a foolish, illegitimate Anglo-American military action in Iraq. They will see it as a problem for "them" (Brits and Americans) rather than for "us" (right-thinking, peace-loving Europeans). Some may suspect the British sailors and marines did in fact stray into Iranian territorial waters, as the Iranians claim. A few may even privately mutter, "Well, you had it coming to you."


But I would bet my bottom euro that none of these continental Europeans' synapses will have fired spontaneously with this thought: "Our fellow Europeans have been kidnapped, so what can we, as Europe, do in response?" [Babbler's bold]

What, indeed. Between NATO and the EU, I'm wondering if the defining characteristic of European solidarity is convenience.

Babble off.


At 9:12 a.m., Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Good piece by Mark Steyn:



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