Thursday, January 13, 2005

Don't be stupid, be a smarty

Although it's painful to be reminded of it, the current crop of prominent European leaders such as Jacques Chirac and Gerhardt Schroeder really are the lesser of two evils. I mean, really. I realize this is a broad, hyperbolizing and utterly unhelpful question, but: Why is Europe, collectively, insane? Why does the European political dynamic support no such thing as centrism without knee-jerk anti-Americanism, conservatism without reprehensible anti-Semitism, or liberalism without obnoxious nanny-statism? Or vice versa, for the latter two? I don't understand why this seems to be utterly impossible. (And it really makes it hard to say anything but 'a pox on all their houses,' in the diplomatic sense.)

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