Jewish World Review Feb. 24, 2003 / 22 Adar I, 5763
Debra J. Saunders
I probably would have been treated to the same
anti-American rhetoric that I saw in Barcelona's
anti-war protest Saturday if I'd been at the San
Francisco protest Sunday. But I was in Barcelona,
where Europhiles tell me I should encounter a more
elegant and nuanced approach to world affairs.
Ha. What I saw were Europeans accusing the United
States of being bloodthirsty for wanting to disarm --
to really disarm, not pretend to disarm - - a
blood-drenched tyrant named Saddam Hussein.
Posters accused the United States of being
"imperialist." I guess old Europe is senile, because
people with memories know that America won the
Persian Gulf War, but claimed no lands, people or
riches. Ditto Afghanistan. Ditto -- should there even
be a need to say it? -- Europe after World War II.
At one point, as protesters marched through
Barcelona, I saw a woman carrying a poster which
was plastered throughout the Gothic quarter; it
showed President Bush with a Hitler mustache. Get
this: the woman was speaking German.
She hails from a country that a victorious America
chose, not to "annex," but to rebuild.
Protest organizers also printed posters of an Iraqi
child with a gasoline nozzle pointed at his head like a
gun. Roughly translated, its message was: "No blood
Amazingly, like their U.S. counterparts, these
Europeans apparently believe America is going to put
its finest young men and women in harm's way to get
oil that could be bought easily by doing what many
Iraq-appeasers often suggest -- turning a blind eye to
Hussein's arms buildup and mass murders, then
dumping the U.N. sanctions so Iraq can pump away.
As for killing children, that's Hussein's specialty. "
'Enemies of the state' are eliminated, and their
spouses, adult children and even cousins are often
tortured and killed among them," the New York
Times reported in January, in a piece that found that
the "figures of a million dead Iraqis" under Hussein
"may not be far from the mark."
Thus, there is only one explanation for a populace
that condemns Bush more than Hussein: Envy.
Missing their glory days of empire, Old Euros accuse
Bush of abusing what they call "hyper-power."
The good news is that Spanish Prime Minister Jose
Maria Aznar, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 16
other European leaders have a more realistic
understanding of what truly threatens Europe.
OK, so U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
miscalculated in his quip about France and Germany
representing "old Europe." The remark backfired, and
may have prompted some older Europeans to join in
the anti-American festivities.
That said, Old Europe had its old long knives out for
Bush since before he won office. Euro-journals
dismissed Bush as a rube and a cowboy.
Now Euro elitists demand that Bush respect their
differing opinions, even though it's clear that their
differences were born less out of of ideology than out
of puerile snobbery.
Our alleged betters in Europe say Bush must heed
Europe -- by which French President Jacques Chirac
apparently means France and Germany.
Do our Euro-betters realize that Europe also should
heed Americans? Do they have any idea how many
Americans want to pull every U.S. base from
Germany, stop buying French wine and snub any
other country that snubs us? Do they understand
that the only check to that isolationist impulse
comes from those brave European leaders willing to
publicly not disdain America?
Many Americans are angry that snooty Europeans
have denigrated our country while U.S. troops are
readying to risk their precious lives in order to keep
the world safe from the likes of Hussein.
Let the Euro-protesters call America's sacrifice an
act of "imperialism." It only makes it easy for
Americans to look to Europe and think, "ingrates."
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