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Friday, September 15, 2006

Bush "squandered the world's good will"

From the AP:
"The nations of the world joined Monday in solemn remembrance of Sept. 11 - but for many, resentment of the United States flowed as readily as tears.

Critics say Americans have squandered the goodwill that prompted France's Le Monde newspaper to proclaim "We are all Americans" that somber day after the attacks, and..."
Wow, so what? Since when does one headline in some cheese-eating surrender monkey journal actually represent what the rest of France and Europe really felt? The whole idea that we "squandered" the world's "good will" after 9/11 is flat out dumb. It's just another variation of "why do they hate us?" It's a widespread myth:
Certainly it's true that, five years ago, Tony Blair spoke of standing "shoulder to shoulder" with America, that Iain Duncan Smith (remember him?) echoed him, and that Jacques Chirac was on his way to Washington to say the same.

But it's also true that this initial wave of goodwill hardly outlasted the news cycle. Within a couple of days a Guardian columnist wrote of the "unabashed national egotism and arrogance that drives anti-Americanism among swaths of the world's population". A Daily Mail columnist denounced the "self-sought imperial role" of the United States, which he said had "made it enemies of every sort across the globe".

That week's edition of Question Time featured a sustained attack on Phil Lader, the former US ambassador to Britain – and a man who had lost colleagues in the World Trade Centre – who seemed near to tears as he was asked questions about the "millions and millions of people around the world despising the American nation". At least some Britons, like many other Europeans, were already secretly or openly pleased by the 9/11 attacks.

And all of this was before Afghanistan, before Tony Blair was tainted by his friendship with George Bush, and before anyone knew the word "neo-con", let alone felt the need to claim not to be one.
How can you "squander" good will when there wasn't any real amount in the first place? A few flags and condolensces after 9/11 and all of a sudden we're all "united," which admittedly didn't stem the tide of old European habits for very long.

And all of the ensuing rancor was before the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, before Tony Blair became Bush's "lapdog" or any of that other nonsense. That old excuse that the invasion of Iraq ruined the relationship between America and the world is a non-starter.

As far as Europeans like readers of al-Guardian are concerned, nothing changed on 9/11 except that they took a one day vacation from bashing America. The only reason the myth holds such sway is that it fits so perfectly into the victim mentality of the liberal mindset. A victimized, pacified America that kowtowed to the UN and its European ilk would have continued to get adultations but as soon as we stepped up to defend ourselves the old canards like "imperialism abroad" reared their ugly heads.

9/11 happens and what do we get from the French? A newspaper headline and a few troops in Afghanistan. Whoop-dee-doo.

We didn't "squander" that good will. There was no true good will to squander. To this date, France and the rest of NATO haven't even kept up on their troop obligations to support Afghanistan, a war they agreed was justified. (Excluding Britain.) If Europe collectively can't even scrape up 2,500 troops for a cause they found necessary, then what good is their "good will" to begin with?

To the contrary, the real problem isn't America, but Europe. The French in particular, and the rest of Europe, are nothing more than a continent of selfish ingrates. The European intelligentsia have long stewed at the prospect living in the shadow of the United States -- that world power, that capitalist giant, home to the swagger of George W. Bush -- benefitting from our alliance yet nipping at our heels at the same time in resentment of that fact. They rely on -- demand -- America's help, but when it comes time to return the favor they're nowhere to be found.


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