Thursday, March 04, 2004

Neighbors, Europe say terror threat worse (subtitled: Shut up, France.) 

The Iraq war has increased the threat of terrorism, say majorities in Mexico, Canada, and five European countries.

Yeah, now that I think of it, there has been that huge wave of terror attacks in North America and Europe that started right after the Iraq war... Oh... Wait a second...

It's easy to say that an abstract "threat" has increased, in the absence of any facts to support or refute that conclusion. But objective facts show that nothing major has happened since the Iraq war started. If there is an increased threat, we're doing a pretty damned good job of addressing it, I'd say.

A lot of it, of course, boils down to that mean man Bush. Four out of five people in France, for example, have a negative view of Bush's role in world affairs.

"Bush has a lot of work to do if he wants to be popular in France," said Edouard LeCerf, director of opinion research for Ipsos France.
Yeah, maybe if his foreign policy were more moral like France's, the French would like him more.

Sorry, I couldn't resist that last part. I'm reading Philip Gourevitch's outstanding book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families right now, and France's share of the blame for the 1994 Rwandan genocide is absolutely staggering. Simply put, they armed the genocidaires, and didn't stop arming them when the killing began. The French army even gave them direct military support. It's completely disgusting to read about France's complicity in the deaths of 800,000 people. People who were easily selected for death because France shot down an earlier American initiative to do away with ethnic identity cards. I'm fairly pissed at France as I read the book, and frankly I think they should just keep quiet about morality in world affairs. If THAT is what passes for European "nuance" and "sophistication," then to hell with it.
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