Thursday, May 08, 2003

And why would we do this?

According to Reuters:

The European Union's foreign policy chief asked the United States on Wednesday to deal with Europe as a whole rather than pick out individual allies because they happened to agree with U.S. policies.

Javier Solana, speaking at a dinner alongside Secretary of State Colin Powell, said in many areas the United States could best obtain what it wants from Europe by dealing with the European Union collectively.

'The European Union is more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, I am concerned when I hear ... influential voices asking whether the United States would be better served by disaggregating Europe,' he told the Foreign Policy Association.

'Such an approach would not only contradict generations of American wisdom, it would also be profoundly misguided,' he said.

Solana's remarks reflected European fears that splits in Europe over the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March would drive Washington away from its policy of encouraging European unity and integration.
It's not the US that split Europe--it's France and Germany that split Europe by failing to support the removal of a bloody dictator despite UN promises to the contrary. And now the US is supposed to put Europe back together again? Old Europe is broke and deserves to wither in isolation. We owe it nothing.

I think there are limits to American generosity, or at least their ought to be.

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