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June 09, 2005

Solana: "No Divide" Between U.S., Europe On Iraq. [Dave at Garfield Ridge]

That's a headline up on CNN right now.

"I think there is no divide today between the U.S. and Europe as far as the main objectives of Iraq," said Solana, perhaps a reference to the differences between some European countries and the U.S.-led coalition during the war.
Oh, yeah, no divide. Right.

That's why all those German soldiers were fighting in Fallujah, right? And that explains the French battalions slogging it out in Sadr City. Or the Canadian helicopters airlifting supplies along the Iraq-Syrian border. I must've missed all that while watching the new Battlestar Galactica.

Success has many fathers, but failure is always a bastard. Typically a *European* bastard.

Solana said the delegation is meeting with "everybody," including government leaders and Sunni officials who "are not part of the mainstream of the political system."

"We would like very much to see them incorporated. It will not be a successful transition without the participation of everybody."

Just like how Germany wasn't successfully reconstructed without keeping the Nazis on board. No need to punish the losers or anything. That just wouldn't be fair.

By all means, invite the wolves in for dinner. It's just polite.

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UPDATE: I've just been reminded that Canada is, in fact, not part of Europe.

Huh. You learn something new every day.

Still, I think that for the purposes of our discussion, Europe's less about geography, and more about a state of mind. "Canada" is more or less synonymous with "Belgium," "The Netherlands," or "Mexico."

What the hell do I care about geography anyway? I'm American. I pay that European Peter Jennings to tell me where these mythical foreign countries are located this week.


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