Thursday, February 24, 2005

An Interesting Debate

Mark Steyn's column from yesterday has sparked an interesting debate. He believes that the President's visit to Europe is like:

"ex-girlfriends: if you're still deluding yourself you can get her back, every encounter will perforce be fraught and turbulent; once you realise that's never gonna happen, you can meet for a quick decaf latte every six – make that 10 – months and do the whole hey-isn't-it-terrific-the-way-we're-able-to-be-such-great-friends routine because you couldn't care less. You can even make a few pleasant noises about her new romance (the so-called European Constitution) secure in the knowledge he's a total loser."

Indeed. I think we can all agree that the European Constitution is a total loser, but Austin Bay believes that the success in Iraq marks the end of Chirac and Schroeder. To come to Austin Bay's conclusion you have to believe that European's want change. I believe Austin Bay would be hard pressed to find any evidence of that in the past 40, 50, 60 years. No, this will not be the end of Chirac and Schroeder. Chirac will admit that Bush has been successful in the Middle East by wooing another country or region to join with him to "counter-balance" the United States. Unfortunatley it looks as if, to use Steyn's analogy, France's new boyfriend will be China. So averse is France to change that it is willing to join with an oppressive communist regime in order to stop the one force of change in the world: the United States.

When the EU fails, and it will, and when demographics catch up to France and Europe as a whole, and they will, Europe will once again be in need of saving, and they will once again be asking for their first boyfriend, the United States, to bail them out, and most likely we will. And afterwards? The French and Europeans will once again pretend that they are superior, and they will once again put an ad in the personals for a new companion.

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